Painting with Fire ..Creative Alchemy at Ghost Ranch







Arrive Sunday, May 6th and stay through Monday, May 14th, 2018

As the sun is setting behind the Orange tinged Mountains and the warm desert breezes give way to the cooler sharper night and the stars begin to twinkle – you find yourself walking back to your comfy room thinking about all that you are experiencing.
You are joined by your fellow adventurers with a glass of wine or refreshing mint tea.
As you sink into a comfortable chair, you can’t help smiling about the delightful day you just had Painting, soul searching, connecting, laughing, finding your voice, and exploring with your amazing new art retreat-loving friends!

Ah…the delights of Encaustic!

(NOT to mention the delights of Encaustic at GHOST RANCH !!)


So why should YOU join us?

Simple, this is the PERFECT environment to learn about painting the landscape and take a deep dive into color with Kathryn.  Rediscover and refine your love and ability of figurative painting with Lora. The knowledge we have is the knowledge we share over five days of dedicated workshop time. 
There’s no need to do this alone, imagine spending time at this scared place with like minded creatives.
Painting with Fire, Creative Alchemy at Ghost Ranch is JUST what you’ve been looking for to get the help you need to make your work sing!
Plus, we will be exploring this fabulous ranch, and all this special land has to offer, and availing ourselves of some of the most deeply needed ME time!
For artists who are looking to shift their work to a new level, this workshop will be a valuable resource and an ongoing source for creative inspiration. Other techniques covered in this workshop include the use realistic and abstract imagery, pan pastels, collage, stencils, shellac, metal foil, mica paper and tar.  We will talk about concept, content, narrative and continuity.


Ghost Ranch is the PERFECT place to spend 7 full delightful days (and 8 nights)…

…painting, drawing, journaling, learning, brainstorming, creating and transforming your ideas, while also learning the finer details of figure and landscape in encaustic plus best practices.
Imagine bringing that pile of stuff you’ve been working on for your retreat and FINALLY getting it all straightened out!  Perhaps you’ve been feeling…..
Flummoxed over what to paint and how to move forward with your work?
 No worries, we’ll help you tap into knowing..
Can’t seem to figure out where to go next?
 We are here to help guide you…
Having troubles finding inspiration?
 we have guided techniques to unearth a plenty..
Finding your inner muse got you frustrated and flustered?
Your journal will be full by the time we depart…
Not sure how to begin your paintings?
we will help you find ones that work for you ,understanding your process is key

Kathryns Workshop

In Kathryn’s workshop the focus will be on developing your paintings discovering the hidden language within. Using color and painting intuitively you will create landscapes that can be viewed as metaphor, or you can also choose to work more representationally. At the core, we will be gathering our inspiration from the local scenery, and how our senses come alive in a new environment.  Kathryn will guide you on a color journey to help you express moody and evocative landscapes. Kathryn’s understanding of color, color mixing, and even the energy of color, is her forte. She will skillfully guide you in making the most of your palette. Starting with intuitive drawings with graphite,  charcoal,  and pastels, you will then move into your final painting with wax, incorporating all that your sketches have revealed 
Kathryn received her BFA at Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts where she was trained in the classical approach to creating art. For well over a decade since, she has grown her knowledge immensely through working with Enkaustikos, an encaustic paint manufacturing company. There, she has honed her knowledge on the chemistry of pigments. She is a walking encyclopedia of knowledge ready to share with you about the subtleties of color mixing. Her deep understanding of the formal applications are bridged into a more expressive and concept oriented approach in this workshop. Kathryn will provide you with inspiration and techniques on how to access the creative channels more easily so that you can feel your way more successfully into your art making. 

Loras Workshop 

Brace yourself to be amazed with your accomplishments in this hands-on workshop where we will investigate exploratory techniques and approaches in Encaustic Portraiture and Figurative art. We will focus on the creation of rich and expressive surface designs and original pieces done with a combination of encaustic painting and mixed media techniques.

Throughout the workshop, some different demonstrations will be done, providing an extensive array of visually-stimulating possibilities for artists to explore. Both encaustic and mixed-media techniques will be covered, including creating alternative working grounds, using a wide variety of tools, altering the painting surface in imaginative ways, and utilizing original and exciting mixed-media techniques to create stunning effects. To support artists in their own creative path, topics on feeding and embracing the creative spirit, developing personal content through daily stream of consciousness journaling, adopting a multidisciplinary mindset and creating strong concepts in your art will also be discussed.



Together we can focus on:

1. What direction we would like to see our art growing into
2. Composition alternatives
3. Understanding the materials we use
4. What is my process and how it supports me
5. Going within for our for inspiration

The Venue…

GHOST RANCH  is a fabled retreat and education center located close to the village of Abiquiú in Rio Arriba County in north central New Mexico, United States. It was the home and studio of Georgia O’Keeffe, as well as the subject of many of her paintings.

Ghost Ranch offers rustic lodging accommodations that are reflective of its origins as a working ranch. Our rooms are basic – no frills – which allows you to focus on the natural beauty of the land and to delve fully into your workshop subject matter. While basic, our rooms are clean and comfortable and offer breathtaking views of the colorful vistas, sandstone cliffs, cottonwoods and distant mountains. At this time, daily maid service is not available.

Cell phone service is limited and Wi-Fi access is available only at certain spots around the Ranch. We suggest you bring a calling card or credit card if you anticipate making long-distance calls.

When you book a stay at the Ranch, lodging rooms are in walking distance to public buildings. You are also close to the Dining Hall, Library, Museums and other structures via non-paved roads. Please do, however, expect loose gravel and uneven terrain.

Painting with Fire , Creative Alchemy at Ghost Ranch

14 + 2 =

What’s Included:

  Five Days of Deep-dive Encaustic and mixed media sessions + lots of juicy retreat conversation all week!

What is included in the cost of Tuition
– 5 days of workshop (2.5 days with each instructor)
– 24/7 studio access 
– all necessary workshop materials and supplies 
– guided journalling exercises
– private tour of museums
– guided hike 
– talk with local artist
– opening reception 
– a day mid-week off to unwind, restore or take a personal day trip
– closing reception
– Experience of a lifetime

Your Investment ?

Tuition fee for 5 fun days of workshops with Kathryn and Lora is $1095, including all materials used in the workshop portion of this retreat. Studios are open late ..yay !
Minimum of $450 to reserve your space the workshop. Email Kathryn at   or Lora at to reserve or if you have questions
Tuition payment due in full by March 1st, 2018 – no exceptions. Checks can be made to:
Kathryn Bevier
63 Shelwood Drive
Rochester, New York 14618


What’s Not-Included:

  • Room and Board.  If you are planning on staying at Ghost Ranch, you will book your room and board separately, through the kind folks at Ghost Ranch as they have so many options for you to choose from. Your choices range from single room/private bath to communal dorm style accommodations, and everything in between. Room rates for registrants will range anywhere between $1269 for private room and private bath, including meals, to $534 for shared dorm style accommodations including meals.
     Register early to secure the room style you are looking for. This fee does not include the cost of workshop tuition, which will paid separately to either Kathryn  via check or paypal in USD.

    You can call us for advice.

  • If you are not planning to stay at Ghost Ranch, then you can plan and purchase you meals on a daily basis.
  • Airfare and travel expenses to and from Ghost Ranch.
  • Personal, medical or trip cancellation insurance.
  • Any extra art materials you will want to use while not in the workshops. Please contact us, if you have any questions.
  • Any food and beverage you will want while at Ghost Ranch, aside from the meals that are served at Ghost Ranch.
  • Packaging materials to take art home.
  • Other non-included items would include souvenir shopping, personal phone calls, extra services while at the ranch, your fees for horseback riding, taxis.