Plein Air Guided Painting Workshop with Gary Selig at River Ridge Lodge June 4 – 5, 2021

Exploring Light in the Landscape Through Watercolours – Plein Air Guided Painting Workshop 

Friday, June 4, 2021, 6-8 pm and Saturday, June 5, 2021, 11 am – 5 pm

Join local artist Gary Selig in the peaceful and picturesque setting of River Ridge Lodge to explore the local landscape as you discover the joy of watercolours. To maximize your learning and relaxation, the sessions will be spread out over two days.

Under Gary’s mentorship, you’ll create an incredible watercolour memento to capture your imagination and experience.

Unlike most art “courses”, Gary will facilitate an introduction to watercolours, designed for the “curious” and beginner artist in you. The sessions are designed to provide enough basic knowledge and skills to create a watercolour sketch of your very own.

We will supply all tools and materials needed and a take-home kit. No prior knowledge or skill is required.

Session #1 – Friday, June 4, 2021, 6 pm – 8 pm (refreshments will be provided)

Introductions to the Artist and Materials, then on to “Constructive Play”

Learn “what” rather than “how” to draw and paint during this ice-breaker event – a fun introduction to the medium and the tools you will use. Discover why “colour” can play such a small part in interpreting an image realistically. Hear “artist tricks,” which help bring focus and dynamics into your painting.

Light refreshments will complement some short and lively exercises to get you familiar with watercolours and image creation.

Session #2 – Saturday, June 5, 2021, 11 am – 1 pm (Sunday, June 6 in case of bad weather)

Skills Development and how to Begin a Landscape

We will start with an exploration of looking at the landscape and carving out the view you will capture.

Practice brush and paint control to enable you to form the shapes you want. Create a simple drawing that will guide your painting and make a seemingly daunting landscape panorama visually accessible to you as you create a watercolour sketch.

Lunch and optional relaxing walk – Saturday, June 5, 2021, 1 pm – 3 pm

Feast on a complimentary 3-course lunch with fresh, local ingredients from Ma Belle Country Condiments before you set out across the River Ridge Lodge property to find your painting location.

Session #3 – Saturday, June 5, 2021, 3 pm – 5 pm

Exploring and Painting the Landscape on your own with a Floating Mentor

With your own Plein Air watercolour kit, find and paint your unique response to the beauty of the grounds and riverscapes surrounding River Ridge Lodge. Artist-mentor Gary Selig will be close by and support you in expressing your own creative response to the beauty around you.

Workshop participants are welcome to continue painting on your own on the property in the evenings and/or on Sunday.

The event will be Plein Air on the beautiful rolling hills property and in the historic barn of River Ridge Lodge.

About the Artist: Gary Selig took up the brush in 2018 to explore watercolours and then acrylics to create wildlife and landscape images as well as figurative works and portraits. He quickly developed a passion for watercolours and acrylics and spends most of his time painting. Before taking up the brush he had a 30-year career in museum management and worked as an illustrator-designer. His work can be viewed at:

$195 + HST

Contact Frauke at River Ridge Lodge to register.

To add a room and make it a relaxing getaway, please ask Frauke for available rooms. She would also gladly arrange for rooms in another nearby B&B, if necessary.

River Ridge Lodge
28 Silver Point Rd
Mahone Bay, NS B0J 2E0