September 20, 2017

Mixed Media Workshop and Creativity Retreat


Mixed Media Workshop: Embracing the Fall

Workshop participants in my studio

Workshop participants in my studio

Dear Friends,

Many of you are celebrating! The summer vacation is over and your children or grandchildren have returned to school after a long, hot summer. It will be a few weeks before we can enjoy the cooler weather here in Florida BUT we are relieved to have survived Hurricane Irma. And now is the time for us to plan for cool weather activities.

On Saturday, October 28, I teach a day-long mixed media workshop in my St. Petersburg studio. Using a variety of media we’ll earnestly, and playfully, explore the season and the many ways the word “fall” is used as a metaphor in life: free fall, fall in love, fall from grace, and so on…

For more information, contact me through my website. Space is limited. The cost of $110 includes demonstrations, individual instruction, a group critique and morning tea and coffee as well as lunch on my back deck. All levels are welcome.

Workshop participants on my back deck

Dee Perconti at work on her mixed media collage










Workshop participants preparing for a critique on the back deck


Painting Retreat on the Mexican Riviera: Awaken Your Creativity and Inner Life in Relaxed and Vibrant Mexico!

In the idyllic setting of Casa Buena Art Retreat explore acrylics, mixed media, watercolors, charcoal and ink. Find inspiration in both the ever-changing natural panorama of the Mexican Riviera that surrounds Casa Buena, and in the many facets of your own inner journey. Nina Ross and I will guide you to ever deeper revelations in your art-making process. Through individual and group instruction, demonstrations and supportive critiques, we will lead you toward the fullest expression of your artist self. Keep a dream journal for insight and further inspiration: Nina, who has led and co-facilitated retreats in Mexico, Oregon, Massachusetts, and New Mexico, will lead the group in reflective journaling and meditation daily, including dream sharing. I will lead morning yoga sessions. All levels of artistic expertise are welcome.

Take refreshing breaks in the swimming pool, walk on the beach and hike the hills covered with tropical foliage and plantations. While you’re busy creating art and exploring, your friendly hosts at Casa Buena will ensure that your stay is memorable. Outstanding accommodations, food, and field trips will satisfy your desire for both comfort and adventure.

Casa Buena Art Retreat

Sunset view at Casa Buena

Beach at Casa Buena

Rose Marie Prins PhD

Nina Ross PhD

Rose Marie Prins has a PhD in Studio Art and Arts Administration, an MA in Art and a BFA in Painting. Her award-winning paintings and sculpture have been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the United States and in her native South Africa. Her work is in collections in the USA, Canada and Europe. Since her arrival in Florida in 2000 she has taught painting, drawing, sculpture and art appreciation at numerous institutions including Ringling College of Art and Design, Eckerd College, Barry University and Hillsborough Community College. She currently teaches painting at St Petersburg’s Morean Arts Center.

“Rose Marie gets the most incredible work out of people who have either never made art before or who lack confidence in their work…she has a perfect eye and can suggest one thing that transforms a painting into greatness. She introduced me to mixed media and I found my voice.” —DP

Nina Ross has a PhD in the Psychology of Art and an MA in Art/Education/Art Therapy. She is a licensed and registered Art Therapist in New Mexico with over twenty-five years experience working with people through art. Nina has an innate understanding of the relationship between art and psyche. In addition to her private practice, she is a mixed media artist and published writer. Visit: email:

“As I reflect on my time in Santa Fe, the most profound gift I received was time with Nina. The sacred space she creates is a catalyst for magic to happen. Through individual work, intuitive painting and…workshops, I …found my creative soul and my heart was opened. I’m changed forever…and deeply grateful.” —VF

Dates: March 12-19, 2018

Cost: $1,500+tax includes accommodations, studio space, meals, field trips, limited art supplies, a night in Puerto Vallarta & return transportation to Puerto Vallarta airport.
For more information visit the Casa Buena Art Retreat website.
Space is limited–reserve your space early!

NOTE: Rose Marie and Nina are solely acting in the capacity of your instructors. All arrangements with Casa Buena Artists’ Retreat are between the Retreat and the participants only, as are any travel arrangements you may make to attend the retreat.