(FULL) Opus Special Event: Making a Good Landscape Painting with Deborah Tilby – 2-day workshop

August 24, 2019 - August 25, 2019



Please note: this workshop is now full. Thank you for your interest. 

If you would like to sign up to a waitlist, please phone us at 1-800-663-6953 ext 1. 

Saturday, August 24 & Sunday, August 25 from 10:00 AM – 3:30 PM

Enjoy a beautiful weekend of painting outdoors in a lush, whimsical garden on Bowen Island. You’ll enjoy instruction, personalized coaching and demonstrations by renowned Canadian painter, Deborah Tilby.

A multitude of elements go into making a good landscape painting, many of which will be covered in this workshop, including: composition, value sketches, black and white studies, and blocking-in with full colour.

To create a beautiful painting, the beginning stages are crucial. Deborah will be paying particular attention to creating a solid beginning. The initial block-in of compositional shapes can have an enormous effect on the progress of that painting; it can flow relatively smoothly or be a struggle all the way through. Deborah will demonstrate several ways to tackle the initial block-in stage to help set you up for success. Deborah will offer individual help and demonstrate her experienced approach to any problems that may arise.

The weekend will be spent learning and painting in the garden, using its varied landscape and scenery as a source of inspiration. Masterpieces are not expected and critique will be provided on request. Relax, enjoy, learn & experiment!

The $325.00 fee for this 2-day workshop includes lunch on both days.
Art materials, accommodation and ferry travel are not included in the cost of this 2-day workshop.

Instructor Bio:

Deborah Tilby is a Canadian painter currently living in Victoria BC. She is recognized as one of the top oil and watercolour painters in the country and is a signature member of the Federation of Canadian Artists and of the Oil Painters of America. Her work has won numerous international awards, has appeared in International Artist, Southwest Art, Arabella and Artist magazines and has been accepted into the prestigious American Masters Show at the Salmagundi Club in New York. Read Deborah’s full bio here.

“I am passionate about my work; I truly love it and paint every day. Painting is a challenge, but always fascinating and deeply fulfilling.”

General Stuff To Bring:

Let’s assume the weather will be fine. Otherwise bring/wear extra work jacket, layers, long pants, warm hat, extra socks & dry boots. If it gets warm…you can always take them off!

Dress in layers: it might seem hot but standing or sitting still for a couple of hours can chill you, or you might want a spot/view in the shade. Be prepared – bring an extra layer.

Sunshine: Big hat, neutral tint sunglasses, sunscreen, long sleeve shirt to keep the sun off. Drink lots of water.

Personal: Don’t forget those other glasses! Any personal items, medications, eye drops etc. to last you for a long day/weekend. Carry a snack bar and water so you don’t have to stop painting. This is an isolated location and there are not the usual shops & amenities on Bowen Island as in the city.

Tech devices & Media: Bring your charger and extra batteries! Record your location with a camera, smartphone or iPad while working on location to have additional references when you return to your studio. You are welcome to take photos of the demos and painting examples. Please turn off your ringers and notifications and respect other artists’ privacy. Please don’t post photos of others on social media without their permission.

Download the Supplies List here.

Please be advised that this location has steep and sloping terrain. Ensure that you wear sturdy shoes for both comfort and safety. The garden is located on a private property that is not wheelchair accessible nor suitable for those needing a cane or a walker.


Getting to Bowen

Please consult the BC Ferries website to confirm the ferry schedule. The ferry takes approximately 20 minutes to cross.

Saturday, August 24, 2019
• Horseshoe Bay to Snug Cove: Leaves Horseshoe Bay at 8:00 am or 9:05 am
• Snug Cove to Horseshoe Bay: Leaves Snug Cove at 4:00 pm, 5:10 pm, 6:15 pm, 8:50 pm, 9:50 pm, or 10:50 pm

Sunday, August 25, 2019
• Horseshoe Bay to Snug Cove: Leaves Horseshoe Bay at 8:00am or 9:05 am
• Snug Cove to Horseshoe Bay: Leaves Snug Cove at 5:10 pm, 6:15 pm, 7:20 pm, 9:50 pm, or 10:50pm

Workshop address and contact details will be provided upon registration.

Bowen Island Accommodations
Hoping to spend the weekend on Bowen Island? Because accommodation can be limited on the Island, you may need to return to the mainland in the evening. Here are quick links to some of the accommodation options on Bowen Island:
Bowen Island Lodge Rate Range: $168-272
Union Steamship Marine Resort Rate Range: $125-270
The Lodge at the Old Dorm Rate Range: $110-179
Simply Safari Guest Suite Rate Range: $180
Additional accommodation listings
Air B&B listings on Bowen Island

PLEASE NOTE: Opus does not endorse the transportation and accommodation sources listed on this page, nor can we guarantee the accuracy of the information or the availability of transportation or accommodation; information is provided for reference only. It is recommended that you conduct your own research before booking your transportation or accommodation. We recommend checking out online reviews and each company’s refund policy.


Cancelling Your Workshop Registration

Should you wish to cancel your registration, workshop fee refunds will be issued for cancellations received no later than Friday, August 9th, 4:30pm PST by phone at 604-435-9991 ext. 1, toll-free at 1-800-663-6953 ext 1, or by email at sales@opusartsupplies.com.


Registration Details

Call 1-800-663-6953 ext 1 or email sales@opusartsupplies.com to register today!

August 24, 2019 - August 25, 2019


2 days