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Creativity art workshops & retreats

Creativity art workshops & retreats
See website for other locations www.permissiongranted.org

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The annual Monhegan Island, Maine plein air painter retreat

American Contemporary plein air painter.
a different, gentle kind of workshop
People often wonder about whether my creativity workshop/retreats are a good fit for them...watch an intro to a week long retreat on Monhegan Island, in Maine - a tiny island 10 miles out in the Atlantic Ocean


Saturday, January 3, 2015

Sarasota Longboat Key Florida Art & Creativity workshop

American Contemporary plein air painter.

Join our

'tapping your creativity 2015'

 art workshop in 

Sarasota/Longboat Key, Florida on 

March 5-6, 2015 . 

More info and details at 




Workshop includes two full days of painting & 

instruction en plein air in gloriously beautiful Sarasota and surrounding areas - 

admission to Ringling Art after 5 and 

Ringling Underground on March 5th. — in Sarasota, Florida.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

The only way to stick with a New Year's resolution is

American Contemporary plein air painter. Remember, the resolutions that you made for 2014 ?
Remember trying to hold on to them ? 

Don't be ordinary - resolutions are what the ordinary people do for New Year.  

 Don't set yourself up to fail. 

The feeling of 'why can't I stick with it - is what inevitably sticks with you instead.

So... what can you do ?
Find something that changes your thinking, just ONE thing' and you take that first step towards a changed 2015. 

No resolutions, no promises, no bargains with God or the Devil ...we're not meant to be clean slates. Our lives are about memories - if you feel lost, turn around and reflect - if you feel happy, truly savor the moment and smile with gratitude. It's about just you and no one knows you or what motivates you better than you do.                            

Can you feel the possibilities that just crossed over from 2014 ?

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Feb 1st - 8th annual mini "Day in an Artist's Studio" Niagara Falls

American Contemporary plein air painter.

Experience what it's like to be an "ARTIST FOR A DAY", whether you've ever even picked up a paintbrush before or not. Our annual, all inclusive mini holiday -


features a warm inviting cozy fire,light lunch and gourmet coffee, teas & all supplies provided to create your own oil painting.

I teach how to use your creativity to relieve stress.

Read an article on me talking about this  HERE

EVERYONE is creative !! Come spend a creative relaxing day with us !

Includes(more details at ...) http://artworkshops.homestead.com/day.html

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Niagara Arts and Culture Wall of Fame - Lynda Reeves HGTV host

American Contemporary plein air painter.

Niagara Arts and Culture Wall of Fame 2014 Inductee
- Lynda Reeves( from her website)

Lynda is the founder and publisher of House & Home magazine and its French-language counterpart, Maison & Demeure. A former interior designer, Lynda has spent the past 27 years hosting TV shows, writing her own columns and speaking about design and decorating on national TV and radio. 

Ms. Reeves was recently in Niagara Falls to accept an award from the Niagara Falls Arts & Culture committee.
She graciously posed for some photographs with former recipients on the wall of fame.
Lynda is the host and Executive Producer of H&H Online TV that features house tours, decorating lessons, cooking segments and design news. New episodes are available weekly on demand at houseandhome.com/tv

Monday, September 1, 2014

September in Niagara Falls en plein air painting workshop

American Contemporary plein air painter.

2 registrations today for the 
'Find your Creative Self ' 
 Sept 12 & 13, 2014 workshop in Niagara Falls

 Let's get back to the basics of who you are...feel that stress leaving already ?


 or call the studio at 800.393.7270

other dates Sept 27 & 28
Oct 10 & 11, 2014

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Creativity retreats - new 2015 scheduled updated soon

American Contemporary plein air painter.
Looking for a short 2-3 hour program for your upcoming conference or convention ?
Contact us to find out how Creativity through art, may increase creativity in your company and decrease sick days with
stress reduction techniques easy to learn.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Niagara Whispers- oil painting on canvas

American Contemporary plein air painter.
 "Niagara Whispers" oil on canvas

J.R. Baldini:  Creativity in painting Landscapes – Painting in Oil
Riverbrink Art Museum new workshop November 1
contact manager@riverbrink.org

Friday, May 30, 2014

Monhegan Island workshops

American Contemporary plein air painter.
The 5 day Monhegan Island Workshop has a dbl occupancy room available
including the 5 day workshop.
See photos of the cottage HERE
Send me a voice message HERE

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Painting Niagara's lilac gardens

American Contemporary plein air painter.
Centennial Lilac Gardens"
Oil on 6" x 6" x 2.75" deep gallery wrap canvas
$175. ©2014 J R Baldini

Friday, May 2, 2014

One of the painting challenges I see in art workshops is...

American Contemporary plein air painter.
 One of the most common struggles I see in workshops is...
how to make water lie flat in your painting.
Here's a TIP : realize when you are painting what you see as the bottom of the rocks or ground, that you are not painting the base of either. People tend to have the bottom of the shape follow the perspective to the horizon line. But, because you are not painting the base, rather you are painting the water line and since water always levels itself, you're painting a horizontal surface and the base of the rock or ground is below the water line. Remembering this, and overlapping as you come forward are two things that will make your water look more realistic.                                J.R. Baldini
'changing the world one brushstroke at a time...'


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

An American painter in Greece

American Contemporary plein air painter in Greece.

Oh, those Greeks...
This was our charming tour guide during our time on Mytilini
a beautiful island in Greece


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Enlightened Feelings Garden art workshop - Fonthill, Ontario (Niagara Falls)

American Contemporary plein air painter.


'Through the Eyes of Your Heart' Art Experience
Sunday June 22, 2014 10AM-3PM

Internationally renowned Plein Air artist Jacq Baldini takes you on an inward journey to connect with nature at the heart and soul level. This creativity and visualization experience is for artists, nature lovers, and artist-want-to-be's

Plein Air means 'painting on site in the open air'. Jacq has elevated plein air into the art of seeing your environment through how it makes you FEEL. You don't have to be an artist to paint from the soul or to visually express what you feel. You just have to answer your own deep desire to see and feel your world through new eyes.

Our beautiful Enlightened Feelings gardens and property is the ideal place to feel your heart and soul in a profound new way. This workshop is a spectacular way to truly become one with nature and see it through new eyes. Jacq will help you access your inner creative self in a picturesque setting bursting with the vibrant energies of colour, scent and sound. Feel, sense, hear, inhale. You'll be at one with magical garden divas and tree spirits, uplifting songbirds, healing flowers and herbs, a peaceful meandering brook, and graceful towering willow trees.

$80 Includes HST, materials and instruction. Jacqui will supply 1 canvas, paint, and use of brushes. Enlightened Feelings will provide flower essence samples to help you be One With Nature. Feel free to bring your own art supplies. Bring a chair and an easel (or something to prop your canvas at an angle such as a loose leaf binder or wooden board), as well as something to cover your clothing from paint, and a bag lunch or snacks.

About your workshop leader: J.R. Baldini is the Executive Director of International Plein Air Painters and author of the forthcoming book: "Permission Granted – learning to breathe on Planet Earth." J.R. paints and teaches not only in Canada and the USA, but internationally.

Reserve your space today! $40 deposit required. Balance due on day of workshop. We do accept credit cards and e-bank transfers. 

Call Enlightened Feelings 905-892-3813 Fonthill, Ontario
or reserve and pay online...http://www.enlightenedfeelings.com/calendar/calendar_day/7478408/2014-6-22.htm

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Monhegan Island artworkshop - August 2014

American Contemporary plein air painter.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Monhegan Island, Maine August art workshop

American Contemporary plein air painter.
Monhegan workshop participants August 11-15, 2014, will get to visit the studio built by Rockwell Kent and see the paintings of James Fitzgerald.


In 2004, longtime friend and Monhegan Island summer resident Anne M. Hubert bequeathed to the Monhegan Museum the estate of painter James Fitzgerald (1889-1971), including all his art work (drawings, sketches, watercolors, oils) and his house and studio (both of which had been designed and built by Rockwell Kent and eventually acquired by Fitzgerald).


Sunday, February 2, 2014

Niagara "Day in an Artist's Studi" 7th annual

American Contemporary plein air painter.

8th annual Feb 1, 2015 - See you then ! 


Saturday, January 25, 2014

Niagara Falls - Day in an Artists Studio

American Contemporary plein air painter.

Feb 2, 2014
pre-register at DAY WORKSHOP

7th Annual Day in an artist studio
Sign up for a one day 'Mini Holiday"
Give the gift to yourself
or someone on your friend list.
Workshop one day only...

Experience what it's like to be an "ARTIST FOR A DAY", whether you've ever even picked up a paintbrush before or not. Our annual, all inclusive mini holiday -
features a warm inviting cozy fire,light lunch and gourmet coffee, teas & all supplies provided to create your own oil painting.
I teach how to use your creativity to relieve stress.

EVERYONE is creative !! Come spend a creative relaxing day with us !
Includes 10 - 3 pm  workshop instruction
1 canvas
Use of environmentally friendly oil paints and brushes
morning coffee
Light Lunch
only $65.00 per person + tax ($73.45)

Go home with your finished original painting
Sign up with a friend and give yourself the gift of time.

Studio location
7973 Lundy's Lane
Niagara Falls, Ontario

Adult or preapproved juvenile
Call 1 800 393-7270 or 905.354.8692 to register

Monday, December 2, 2013

Niagara Falls art workshop Feb 2, 2014

American Contemporary plein air painter.

3 more registrants this morning for the 7th annual "Day in an Artist's Studio or Not into Superbowl Sunday" Feb 2, 2014. http://artworkshops.homestead.com/day.html If you're thinking of doing it, don't wait - the sign ups are coming in multiples. It's 5 hours, includes materials, light lunch and a cozy fireplace. February Mini oasis holiday.

More info on our website   http://artworkshops.homestead.com/day.html 

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Do you make this one mistake that results in an unexciting painting ?

American Contemporary plein air painter

Whether you paint in the studio or outdoors in nature, you gotta look for the light !

The subject may be your first excitement about why you're painting the subject, maybe it's the color,  but look to put that subject 'in the right light'...

Most artists would agree that 80 percent of your landscape painting is going to end up
in the middle value range. It's what I call baking the cake...the bare bones, structure - call it what you may.
It has to be there to have a solid painting, assuming you're painting in a representational way.
In the beginning stages of learning to 'see', we all want to paint the bling. So the amateur artist will go right for the frosting, but the painting has no structure, so remember to 'bake the cake' to hold it together. And with the 'frosting', plan your lights and darks for the punch that will add excitement to your ' painting.

Take the time to look for the light and then look for your design - whether it's a panorama or something right at your feet. Your painting will be stronger for it.
J. R. Baldini
author of the forthcoming book
"Permission Granted - learning to breathe on planet Earth"

Monday, November 4, 2013

plein air painter - The Art of seeing

American Contemporary plein air painter.
My book, as you may already know, is finished. 
Need to carve out some focus time to 'gather' my files and start my search for an editor 'match'...

In the meantime, I continue to personally work with the material in my book in my own everyday life (a recent experience landed me in Paris, France) At the end of a 3 hr workshop the other day, a woman came up to me and said 'you enriched my life'. It's an amazing feeling to validate the material I've spent years working on...www.permissiongranted.org

Friday, October 25, 2013

plein air painter - end of an era

American Contemporary plein air painter.

Thank you to Maid of the Mist for your kindness to me through the years . I will remember fondly announcing 'it's Jacqueline the artist' and the sound of the security entrance opening, letting me into a wondrous world of painting at the base of the Falls...thanks especially to Tim and his office staff...end of an era. http://www.niagarafallsreview.ca/2013/10/24/farewell-maid-of-the-mist

Saturday, October 5, 2013

American Contemporary plein air painter.

I am painting in Athens right now. Tomorrow I fly to Lesvos for the start of the Greek Muse Tour painting workshop. Enjoy the view from the restaurant I had dinner at last night.

The Acropolis
during my GREEK MUSE art workshop

Sunday, September 22, 2013

plein air painter - Greece October 6-15, 2013

American Contemporary plein air painter.
Artist J. R. Baldini is selected to head an art workshop watercolor journaling tour to the Greek Islands.
The Tour is organized by Wanderwomen/Eurynome Journeys out of Camden Maine Oct 6-15.
This tour is women only, because there's a different kind of energy when women create together.

The Tour director and J.R. actually met about 7 years ago on a tiny island in Maine. They exchanged business cards and casually mentioned, 'we should do something together sometime' Last year the tour director found the card and remembered the conversation.

The rest of the story will be played out, as the group tours some of the less touristy islands, journaling, cooking and even taking a dance lesson on their memorable "Greek Muse" holiday workshop.
More information can be found at http://www.permissiongranted.org or email info@eurynomejourneys.com

Friday, August 30, 2013

Women only Oct Greek Tour

American Contemporary plein air painter.
Women only October Greek Muse Tour and workshop.

 The tickets are here and I'm really excited about Greece !
If you have a minute..........
A gifted friend of mine, Molly, who's a psychologist told me about progression therapy - it goes something like this.....

Sit still in a comfortable chair, close your eyes & do a few deep breathing inhale and exhale breaths. Imagine you are entering a room - in the room is a chair with the back to you. Walk into the room and sit opposite the other chair. In the other chair sits your 80 year old self. The other chair is a rocking chair. After a long life of putting others first, please tell your 80 year old self why you wanted to (insert something wonderful you wish you could do for yourself right now) and you never 'did'.
It really hits home about how you always putting yourself last.
This year I made a promise to myself "to always take care of me :)"
It seemed silly to say this to "me" but, I realized 'it really meant something'
We still have room for one more to join this group of creative women as we tour and journal our way through the Greek Isles for the Greek Muse workshop...if you'd like more info at www.permissiongranted.org

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Book in making 4 years finished

American Contemporary plein air painter.
I am happy today to say my book is finally finished.
I will revel in that for a few days and then tackle the editing, etc.

Remember the Greek Muse workshop starts in October
still a few spaces available
All women Tour of the Greek Islands
see our website for more information

Thursday, August 15, 2013

American Contemporary plein air painter.

"The magnetic frequency of the earth’s surface
is roughly 7.5 hertz, which corresponds to the theta
and alpha brain waves that occur during meditative
and creative states."

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Art workshop Monhegan Island Maine

American Contemporary plein air painter.

Monhegan factoid... this island home of author Sidney Baldwin was built in 1915. It looms up above huge granite boulders on Swim Beach.
The house was named
"Harbor Rocks"
16x16 oil on canvas

Art workshop August 5-9, 2013

Friday, July 5, 2013

Paintings of Monhegan Island Maine

American Contemporary plein air painter.

"Late Afternoon"
Monhegan, Maine
12x12 oil on gallery wrap

Monhegan Island plein air painting art workshop dates
5 day August 5-9, 2013
2 day August 8-9, 2013

Thursday, July 4, 2013

plein air paintings - American Contemporary Landscape painter

American Contemporary plein air painter.

Happy 4th !

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Saturday, June 29, 2013

plein air paintings - Niagara Falls art workshops

American Contemporary plein air painter.

 Murray's story

Do you approach everyday events that present themselves, as Possibilities to explore or as obstacles to be overcome ?

During a workshop in Niagara Falls, I was explaining the process of using grisaille (value under painting) was by no mean the end of decision making when starting a painting - it suggested some of the possibilities. Often, my painting gets more simplified, as I 'confirm' that elements put in as possibilities, aren't needed in the composition as supporting players.

I don't view my canvas or life, as a series of obstacles to overcome.

A gentleman approaches and introduces himself as being from the Brain Injury Center in a neighboring city, saying he has an artist that would like to come over to say hello, if that wouldn't disturb us. I say it would be fine and continue with the workshop discussion. 10 minutes later, I glanced in the direction he walked, and notice a very elaborate process of a hydralic lift, moving a wheelchair down from a large van and thought, what an effort was being made to enable this person to simply come over to say hello.

Murray was a gentleman who was 60 and through various means of communication (his speech was affected by his brain injury), had been a director of an art gallery and an artist for many years. He still paints and goes to a small town near him to paint portaits of residents of a nursing home. The caretakers with Murray told us that because of his brain injury, he only completes half a face but, thinks he's done the whole portrait.

Murray laughed and said "Modern Art"...

Murray thinks of the Possibilities and not the obstacles...

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

plein air paintings - Monhegan Island art workshop

American Contemporary plein air painter. plein air paintings - Monhegan Island art workshop Monhegan art workshops August 5 - 9, 2013 HERE and August 8 - 9, 2013 HERE
or give a call at 1.800.393.7270 Ask about one package remaining with accommodations ARTWORKSHOPS

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Monday, June 10, 2013

plein air painter - Monhegan Island - the island time forgot...

American Contemporary plein air painter.

The Monhegan Island workshop August 5 - 9 , 2013
If you are still thinking about this workshop,  only a few spaces remaining.

About the island...
Be prepared to step back about 60 years in time, to when things were simpler,  there was time to appreciate a sunrise or sunset, people took time to smell the roses...again and again.
The island is like nothing you've experienced, if you're a creative person, or would like to find out if you are - you'll experience a calmness, tranquility really, that stills the inner voice to a point where you can again hear the whisper of your soul. If you've already been to the island, you know how elusive it is to put the atmosphere and the state of mind you experience in mere words...

You would be surprised how many people who take this workshop remark that they've been following the notices for a few years and they're so excited to be finally doing it 'this year'.

If you're thinking about it, listen to that whisper and don't miss this opportunity.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

plein air painter - plein air painting workshop Monhegan

American Contemporary plein air painter.

Welcome Jennifer to the 2 day Monhegan Island Art Workshop

2 day and 5 day workshop available
or give us a call at 800.393.7270

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

plein air painter - Crab Apple Blossoms painting

American Contemporary plein air painter.

Crab Apple blossoms
oil on gallery wrap 6x6x2in.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

plein air painter - Niagara Spring Workshop May 4 - 5

American Contemporary plein air painter.

Niagara Spring
6x6 oil on panel

 Next Niagara art workshop May 4th and 5th - more details here...

Thursday, April 18, 2013

plein air painter - Prince of Wales Hotel, Niagara on the Lake, Ontario

American Contemporary plein air painter.
Prince of Wales Hotel, Niagara on the Lake, Ontario
12 x12 oil on canvas
© J.R. Baldini
contact the studio at 1.800.393.7270

Monday, April 8, 2013

plein air painter - Green Drake Gallery, Millheim PA

American Contemporary plein air painter.

J. R. Baldini is from upstate New York where she studied painting and printmaking from a very early age at Munson Williams Proctor School of Art, now part of Pratt.

Having spent 30 years painting on tiny and exotic islands and the Niagara Peninsula, she now resides there with well known Canadian photographer husband Charles Vandersluys and their Silky terrier Bebe Star.

J, R. is referred by the National Gallery of Canada as the only Contemporary artist painting Niagara Falls, painting Niagara over and over for the same reason Monet painted his haystacks, the ever changing quality of light.

“Painting en plein air has the capability of transferring internal communication to the viewer very successfully. A metaphysical immersion happens when you're drawn to a plein air painting – you're engaged in the atmosphere the painting was created in, connected to a moment in time,” says Baldini.

J. R. founded International Plein Air Painters in 2001, hosting the annual Great Worldwide Paint Out bringing artists from all over North America to Niagara to paint, as the Executive Director and a Signature member of IPAP .

J. R. is currently showing at the NEW CENTURY ARTISTS Gallery in Manhattan and the GREEN DRAKE gallery in PA.,as part of the WORLD TOUR OF CONTEMPORARY LANDSCAPE ARTISTS that she has been a founding member of since 2007. She's been a juror for numerous plein air events and been published in many art and travel magazines. She has taught workshops in St. Lucia for eight years, Maine for many more, Niagara Falls, Florida, SC and new locations including a 'Greek Muse' painting tour of the Greek Islands in the Fall. J. R. is a Master Photographer, she's been inducted in the Niagara Falls Arts & Culture Wall of Fame and is currently writing and illustrating a book on art and psychology and a children’s book on celebrating what makes us different.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Last week for Chelsea Gallery Show, NYC

American Contemporary plein air painter.

Get down to the Chelsea District this week
530 W 25th St Suite 206
closes this Sat March 23rd

International Contemporary Landscape show
Next leg of the Tour will be in PA. (details to follow)
The exhibit was curated by Basha Marynaska

Call the gallery at 212 367-7072
Hours Tues - Sat 11-6pm 

The World Tour book


is available on AMAZON HERE

Friday, March 15, 2013

plein air painter - Chelsea, NYC exhibit until March 23

American Contemporary plein air painter.
Current Exhibition
March 5 to 23
Far & Near Horizons
International Landscape Show
J.R.Baldini - Christophe Cardot - Margaret Evans
D.F. Gray - Debra Joy Groesser - Julie Houck
Karl Eric Leitzel - Carol McArdle - Kathryn McMahon
Georgia Mansur - Sandra Nunes - Lelija Roy
Linda Richichi - Larry Seller - Janica Warriner
Curated by Basha Maryanska
Opening reception: Saturday March 9 from 3 to 6.


Friday, February 8, 2013

plein air painter - Sarasota Art workshop March 23-24, 2013

American Contemporary plein air painter.
 Shells print available HERE

Each day starts with a morning demonstration  and lecture
focusing on bold composition with underpainting.
You will learn to make quick decisions and simplify for the most impact.
We will discuss Color relationships,temperature, detail, form and edges
Put the brakes on and learn to 'build the foundation' before you apply the decoration.

Participants should be able to start a second painting for the afternoon session
so it is suggested to work no larger than 12x12.       I will be working square.

Supervised painting until 4:30 pm each day

This workshop is focused on making you a faster and better painter,
capturing the essence of the landscape

Workshop is from 10:00 - 4:30 pm
2 day Workshop Cost pp is $297.00 US

Plein Air painting TIP

With plein air painting, I often see artists confused about what to focus on outdoors.
Some truly don't know where to begin painting something in front of them.
What plein air painting is about, is relating
your feelings about the scene, and not about copying nature.
I have seen artists walk around endlessly looking for subject.

A much more dramatic way to paint is to look for 'light'.

Subject is secondary for me. An ordinary object in a wondrous light becomes extraordinary !

And when you have excitement starting your painting, you can more easily carry that through to the finished piece, instead of deciding at the finishing what you can do to make the painting more exciting.

Is your painting missing something but you can't put your finger on it ?
It probably wasn't there to begin with...

Go for the drama !  More info HERE

Thursday, February 7, 2013

plein air painter - NYC exhibit - you're invited

American Contemporary plein air painter.

You're invited to attend the continuation tour of the
opening March 5, 2013 - March 23, 2013
March 9th, 2013 from 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The "Far and Near Horizons" coffee table book will be available for your collection.
Artists will be on hand for the book signing.
The book is be available shortly on Amazon.com (details will be updated)

The location
New Century Artists (in the Chelsea district)
530 Ewst 25th Street.
New York, N.Y.

LIKE and follow the World Tour on Facebook HERE