St. Croix Painting Workshop

Looking straight up at the massive mast of the Schooner Roseway, a National Historic Landmark that makes its’ winter home here on St. Croix. This was a photo from last winter on a day trip I took with visiting friends.

In addition to being a teaching facility for kids on St. Croix to learn about sailing, there comes a unique opportunity for friends of this blog who would love to take a plein air painting workshop, on the Roseway as she makes her way from St. Croix, to St. John and the BVIs’ next March ’09.

Please click here to read about the mission of this stunning schooner and get details and itinerary on the workshop.

The workshop is being given by Colin Page- please go here and take a long drink of his work. He infuses landscapes, still lifes, figuratives with dazzling light and masterful brushwork.

You’ll also learn about the last workshop he gave on the Roseway and see why he wants to do another one- this time in waters a bit warmer and bluer than in New England.

Oh- I should add, there’s room only for 12. Book your trip now- operators are standing by…….

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30 Responses to “St. Croix Painting Workshop”

  1. Nava Says:

    Nice photo, tempting workshop… the operator seems a bit sleepy, though 🙂

  2. Theresa Rankin Says:

    Great photos and what a wonderful place for a workshop!

  3. Marian Fortunati Says:

    I LOVE to read your blog! You made me laugh today. First I was enjoying the really interesting photos, then made thoughtful about the workshop, then I saw the operator. Sorry, Bonnie… I think you operator might be ready for a cat-nap.
    Thanks again for the smile!!

  4. bonnieluria Says:

    Nava- you know these are Caribbean operators- it’s hot and they’re not uber- operators!

    Theresa-Thank you for dropping by again- if anyone wanted to take the ultimate workshop and vacation together, this would be it.

    Marian- Thank YOU! You leave such lovely notes when you check in here- I really appreciate it.
    Believe me, these operators are very well taken care of……..

  5. epicurienne Says:

    Wow, I’m keen, but the Powers That Be are keeping me close to home for the time being. Meanwhile, I have to say that the cat is quite something. He’s a Real Ship’s Tabby! and happy looking at that. Perhaps he’s screening calls…

  6. planetross Says:

    Until I clicked on the link, I was thinking it would be pretty difficult to paint on a rockin and swaying ship.
    I wish I didn’t click on the link and have my mental imagine destroyed.

  7. bonnieluria Says:

    Epicurienne, you might reconsider after a long winter- I’d even have the catcierge greet you at the door. He’s a buster and a sugar boy.

    PR- funny, I thought the same thing when I first read about it. I can barely keep my balance on an anchored vessel without painting.
    I NEEDED my mental image destroyed.

  8. nathaliewithanh Says:

    If I were a pirate, that’s a boat I would definitely attack. I remember seeing it close to the St. Croix harbor and having thoughts of Captain Hook and Rackham le Rouge.

    If I owned the boat (which is an impressive piece of wood), I’d definitely pair up with Cruzan Rum and offer booze cruises. Then we could make obnoxious drunks walk the plank in history reenactments. A far cry from painting workshops but very entertaining nonetheless.

  9. Marian Fortunati Says:

    I checked Colin’s website information and am so absolutely jealous of all the painters who will be going.
    I signed up for Franks workshop which I’m very excited about so can’t do Colin’s although it sounds so wonderful. By the way… there doesn’t seem to be any way to make comments on his blog…. Did I miss it??

    To anyone who has never been on a sailboat in that part of the world… It is such a fabulous experience. My youngest daughter and I traveled all around the BVI in a 50 footer (along with several other people) and I have to say it was one of the warmest (no pun intended) memories I have. It was exciting, beautiful every moment and a total bonding experience. I think she was around 19 at the time…. I was much older but it was soooooo fun!! Go if you can… paint, love, and live!!!

  10. bonnieluria Says:

    Nathalie- the only alcohol that came near my face was what I put on a hanky and inhaled to keep seasickness to a minimum.
    I am so not a sailor.
    But she is a gorgeous vessel and has a very dedicated young crew.

    Marian, first may I say how ” fortunat-i” you are to be taking Franks’ workshop. He thought he might have been joining Colin and he’d do the land portion while Colin took the seafarers. Sadly for me that won’t work for him this time.
    Colins’ site is really not a blog so there’s no place to leave a comment- it’s really a web journal. His work is so inspiring and beautiful.
    We’re trying to figure out how to extract a day to paint on terra firma before he takes off.
    Thanks again for visiting.

  11. Colin Page Says:

    Hi Bonnie,

    Thanks again for posting about my upcoming workshop. I really appreciate your support, and look forward to doing some painting before the Roseway heads out to sea.

    And I keep telling them they need a boat cat, like your “operator,” but I’m not getting anywhere with that!

    Hope all is well.

  12. bonnieluria Says:

    Maybe someday your fan club will convince you to have a blog so the many comments that people want to leave, will have a place to be read!

    Not that I want to wish that life goes any faster than it already does, but it’s great to have things in place to look forward to.

    Thanks for leaving your mark here.

  13. w1kkp Says:

    Now, I jjust learned something once again. A whiff of alcohol on a hanky for seasickness? Interesting and so lady like! I have terrible seasickness discovered when I was 11 on The Queen Mary in the a terrible storm. 50 foot waves! My brother thought is was great and I couldn’t decide which was worse the seasickness or the fear when I opened a door to the deck (No passengers were allowed on open decks during the storm) and peeked out. The Roseway shall be admired from afar! But, long way of saying I just visited Colin’s site as well. Wow. I love seascapes and, in particular, Maine harbor and rocky shore seascapes. So, what’s not to love about Winslow Homer and Colin Page?

  14. wrjones Says:

    Now I’ve got a kink in my neck.

  15. bonnieluria Says:

    Pat- I’m getting sick just reading your episode on the Green Mary….50 foot waves???? I can’t even imagine.
    Those memories trigger an immediate response don’t they?
    That’s what did it for me- two horrible experiences on the open water and that panic that I couldn’t get off.
    Living here, surrounded by water, I’ve tried to ” get back on the horse that threw me ” and did another stint last summer.
    Same result only not quite as bad. The captain of this trimaran, ( not the Roseway ) gave me a hanky soaked in our local rum and advised me to keep inhaling through my nose, taking deep breaths.
    It’s a good home remedy to know about.

    The thought of drinking on a boat is beyond my comprehension or tolerance.

    Bill- don’t stare. And at least it’s not birds through binoculars.
    You might disagree with the application of potables with alcoholic content.

  16. Linda Blondheim Says:

    It sounds like a dream Bonnie.

  17. Bill Sharp Says:

    Bonnie, I like what you’ve been doing with oil paint. I really admire Colin Page’s work, it should be a terrific workshop.

  18. bonnieluria Says:

    Bill- thanks so much- I really appreciate your compliment.
    And so glad to see you back on your blog. I’ve left a note for you there.

  19. wrjones Says:

    What in the world are you up to now? If you are not going to paint, could you read to me?

  20. bonnieluria Says:

    Bill- I’d be glad to read to you. Where should I begin:
    I could read you: Your rights ( diminishing )
    The riot act ( you ARE one )
    Your Fortune ( also probably diminishing..)

  21. S. Le Says:

    You DO know with that sort of Operator answering the phone, nobody will ever get their messages unless the message involves food, comfort, or world domination? Yup. “You betcha!”

  22. Sharon Crute Says:

    “Have I reached the party to whom I am speaking?” (snort, meow)

  23. bonnieluria Says:

    S. Le- you’re right, and that’s why there are TWO operators at this house.
    As the famous kitty quote goes, ” Cats MAY come when you call them”.

    Sharon- yes you have- one ringy dingy….

  24. Frank Gardner Says:

    Hi Bonnie. Yeah, I wish I could have made it to team up with Colin this winter. Maybe next time. I have a full plate right now.
    I highly recommend this workshop. Not only is Colin a great painter, but he is a lot of fun to hang out with as well.
    The Roseway is a beautiful boat. I am going to be green with envy. Better than green with sea sick I guess.

  25. bonnieluria Says:

    Frank- trying to work out at least a terra firma one day painting op with Colin.

    I’m glad your plate is full- it must mean you’re engaged in your own productivity and creative menu.

    And don’t think I won’t start working on you by Fall of 09!

  26. nathaliewithanh Says:

    Yo! It’s been a whole week. Are you slacking off again?

  27. Paz Says:

    Very cool — the photos and the workshop. 😉


  28. Mary Sheehan Winn Says:

    I’m putting a Schooner workshop on my Wish List.

    I love Colin’s work, too.

  29. Paroshep Says:

    Wow, I am quite envious of your workshop venue.
    I thought my Greek island was unbeatable but you have done it.


  30. stcroix Says:

    Last winter we went on the Roseway and took a few photos. Maybe this article will give you a better idea what it was like…

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