Watson Lake is about four miles from downtown Prescott. To reach it, drive north on Highway 89 for a little over three miles until you reach the traffic circle. Here you’ll take the first right, directly into the park.
You may want to channel José María Velasco and paint the vast Verde Valley from this overlook on Mingus Mountain or you may find something more intimate to paint. Whatever it is, you're sure to be inspired.
Founded in 1876, Jerome was once the fourth largest city in the Arizona Territory. The population peaked at 15,000 in the 1920’s. The Depression of the 1930’s slowed the mining operation and the claim went to Phelps Dodge, who holds the claim today. World War II brought increased demand for copper, but after the war, demand slowed. Dependent on the copper market, Phelps Dodge Mine closed in 1953. The remaining 50 to 100 hardy souls promoted the town as a historic ghost town. In 1967 Jerome was designated a National Historic District by the federal government. Today Jerome is a thriving tourist and artist community with a population of about 450.
The world is inspired by Cathedral Rock in Sedona. Crescent Moon Ranch is a great place to paint this iconic site along with many others. We'll paint all day, breaking for a picnic in the park.
This destination paint out will encompass several different paint out sites in the cool and beautiful White Mountains of Arizona. Possibilities include the East Fork of the Black River, Big Lake, Greer, A1 Lake (pictured above), Greer Lake (Tunnel Reservoir), and more.
The Bisbee Plein Air Festival returns the second week of October! Join other artists in painting Old Bisbee’s historic architecture and colorful homes set amidst picturesque hills to compete for $700 in prizes. You also have the opportunity to sell your Festival pieces to the public in a well-organized venue at the Wet Paint Sale. Locals and visitors are already in town enjoying gallery openings as part of the Bisbee After 5 Artwalk.
Paint in the Shangri-La of the Southwest! Sedona is a sublime environment with stunning beauty and the Sedona Arts Center has roots going back 60 years to the founding of Sedona’s identity as an ‘art colony’. The Festival takes place during the best weather week of the year and is supported by a group of very experienced and enthusiastic staff and volunteers. The community of art lovers open their doors to host - thirty artists from around the country that will be selected to participate in this prestigious event. An opening exhibition of six works by each artist at the beginning of the event presents work the artist has brought with them from their home terrain creating a diverse opening exhibition that represent a variety of media and style incorporating studio along with plein air work.
Are you looking for an intense, one-on-one, learning experience? Then this program is for you! You'll have exclusive access to Michael as you join him in beautiful northern New Mexico where you will paint the high desert. In addition to guided trips to his favorite painting locations, you'll work side-by-side with him in his private studio, taking your art to the next level in this workshop, which will be entirely customized to your goals.
Join Michael for four half days (9-1, Tues-Fri) of plein air painting in beautiful Red Rock Country. He'll show you how to capture the moment without losing magic or mood. You'll find that his unique “best guess” method removes a lot of the pressure one may experience when painting outdoors.