Amazing Artist Retreat in St.Kitts and Nevis

My friend and fellow artist Beth Haizlip invited me to spend six days in the West Indies with Debbie Pounders and Beth's two sisters and their artist friends from South Carolina, Denver and California. This was one of the most incredible immersive painting experiences ever. Every day, we would get up, have coffee and cereal and then take off with our art supplies to paint. The first day we went to the marina at Christophe Harbour. After lunch, we went to rustic Salt Plage eatery on the carribean side of the island, which used to be a salt mill. Did a little snorkeling and then was inspired to paint an underwater scene. Second day we took a ferry to the island of Nevis where we went to the oldest sugar mill ruins to paint. The sheep meandered through the stone ruins. Pleine aire painting is not comfortable... standing on rocks with the wind blowing the paints a bit and working through speckled sunshine. But it was so beautiful. Then we grabbed our cab to go to the beach around the other side of the island and have lunch at Sunshine's, a lively tropical bar and restuarant. A delicious lunch and sample of the famous Killer Bee drink. Then we hung to paint at the beach. Some youngsters drove up right where we were working and decided to leave their car boombox music blast for 20 minutes until I figured out that they were not going to leave so moved to a quieter location. Then we went up the hill to BANANAS which was quite elegant for a view of the sunset and fun dinner. Water Taxi back to St. Kitts at 9pm. Next day, we traveled to paint in the town of Basseterre which we painted at Rosie's Art Cafe. Next day we painted locally on the beach near our hosts home. Watching other artists work was an amazing experience since I normally paint alone. I was so fortunate to meet such lovely women and accomplished artists and photographers. I want to move there.
My friend and fellow artist Beth Haizlip invited me to spend six days in the West Indies with Debbie Pounders and Beth’s two sisters and their artist friends from South Carolina, Denver and California.
This was one of the most incredible immersive painting experiences ever. Every day, we would get up, have coffee and cereal and then take off with our art supplies to paint. The first day we went to the marina at Christophe Harbour. After lunch, we went to rustic Salt Plage eatery on the carribean side of the island, which used to be a salt mill. Did a little snorkeling and then was inspired to paint an underwater scene. Second day we took a ferry to the island of Nevis where we went to the oldest sugar mill ruins to paint. The sheep meandered through the stone ruins. Pleine aire painting is not comfortable… standing on rocks with the wind blowing the paints a bit and working through speckled sunshine. But it was so beautiful. Then we grabbed our cab to go to the beach around the other side of the island and have lunch at Sunshine’s, a lively tropical bar and restuarant. A delicious lunch and sample of the famous Killer Bee drink. Then we hung to paint at the beach. Some youngsters drove up right where we were working and decided to leave their car boombox music blast for 20 minutes until I figured out that they were not going to leave so moved to a quieter location. Then we went up the hill to BANANAS which was quite elegant for a view of the sunset and fun dinner. Water Taxi back to St. Kitts at 9pm.
Next day, we traveled to paint in the town of Basseterre which we painted at Rosie’s Art Cafe.
Next day we painted locally on the beach near our hosts home.
Watching other artists work was an amazing experience since I normally paint alone. I was so fortunate to meet such lovely women and accomplished artists and photographers.Some of the gals left earlier so I was not able to photo their work to share. I want to move there.

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