You Can Paint Beaches is a bold statement when directed to someone like me who manages to paint once a year but, the instruction by the Master Robert Garden is excellent and I get to take home paintings I can feel good about and hang on my wall. The other aspect that is important to me is the friendships that have developed over the years. What a wonderful group of people. I am looking forward to the next adventure with great anticipation.
The "You Can Paint Retreat" was a wonderful and relaxing week surrounded by calm waters and beaches. The beautiful coastal views inspired me to the create and Robert Garden taught me skills that got the creative juices to flow. It was a fun and inspiring retreat. Thank you Robert and Susan Garden.
I have been coming to Robert and Susan's Beaches Retreat for 10 years. It
requires a drive of over 2000 miles, but is always worth the effort.
Not only have I made life-long friends that I keep in touch with on the
internet, but I get to see them year after year in such a fun and enriching
environment. The ability to get up each day with the excitement of knowing
that we are going to be spending the morning painting is awesome. The
students come into the classes with different skill levels and different
expectations, but everyone goes back to their condos looking forward to
whatever fun idea will be painted the next day. Our afternoons are open and
allow us to explore the area, shop, sit by the pool or the ocean, or read a
good book. There is always something new and fun, year after year. It
doesn't matter how much or how little you paint, it is a great way to
interact with people who have a love of art and the visual, with a desire to
produce lasting memories with their talents.
I have brought my family with me to the retreats also. The grandchildren
were involved and had no problem painting with Robert and Susan, but would
probably admit their favorite memories involved fishing in the ocean.... and
I'd have to agree. Great times, great memories.
I have attended five Port Aransas workshops now in the past eight years and
i wish I had started going earlier. I did not know what to expect and was
really surprised at how much fun it is. It is also a great learning
experience. The painting sessions are great. There is a mixture of people
attending the workshop including other artists and people at all levels of
experience, No matter what level you are at it is a wonderful learning
experience in a relaxed environment. Hey! the painting sessions are just
part of it. You get to socialize with Robert and Susan and other attendees
and quests through out the week several times and eat some great food. Robert is also a gourmet chef and comes up with some very tasty dishes every year. There is usually a fishing opportunity in the bay for those that
want it also. If that is not your thing you can also take boat rides to
see the dolphins. I try to do both each time I go. Robert and Susan also
try to make sure that you know about other things to do to have fun in your
spare time. You also get get to know Robert and Susan a lot better than
just attending 3 hour workshops. I don't think anyone could every say they were really glad they came and had a great time. Also it is very reasonably priced and the accommodations are great. You also usually get to meet other members of the Garden family who are also very interesting people. Both Robert and Susan are not only great artists but also are fine people and it is really great to be around them.
The week I spent In Port Aransas with Robert and Susan Garden was the most enjoyable and life-renewing experiences I have had since the death of my husband in 2010. We painted every morning, and then spent the afternoon doing whatever we most enjoyed: swimming the pool or the ocean, resting, sightseeing in PA, working on the morning's painting, or even sometimes having another lesson. The evenings were spent going out to eat with the group or eating in the warm ambiance Chef Robert's (with his hostess Susan) kitchen. Though in no way do I consider myself an artist, un the patient guidance of Robert and Susan, I managed to create several works on which I have received many compliments. I look forward to October when I can once again make my way south to experience a most delightful week painting and relaxing.