What to Expect

Orcas at Pender Island

A Magical Week of Plein Air Painting in the Southern Gulf Islands

Your Hosts Rob & Kathleen welcome you and help you to settle in to your assigned room for the week. Then we have a brief orientation and introduce our instructor who will explain their plein air setup and how to be prepared for a day of plein air painting. A westcoast welcome dinner will be served and we can kick back and enjoy the amazing sunsets and the beautiful ocean view before retiring to our comfy beds for the evening. 

The next morning after breakfast we’ll set up our plein air easels at the WhaleKum Inn for the day and practice plein air painting skills and techniques with our Master Plein Air Painting Instructor.

On the second day, after a hearty breakfast, we pack up our painting gear and board “Mistral”. We cruise along the arbutus lined shores to our awesome painting location with a packed lunch and extra drinking water to keep us energized and hydrated. Once at our Painting location, we anchor “Mistral” and disembark with our painting gear, set up our easels and begin a day of plein air painting guided by our masterful instructor.

At the end of the day, we cruise back to Whale Kum Inn, unload our paintings and painting gear, and set out to enjoy a meal at one of Pender Islands eateries or make your own meal in our well equipped kitchen.

We highly recommend limiting the weight and the supplies that you carry as you will be required to climb up and down the stairs from the house to where our boat is docked. Albeit, the steps are well spanned with open spots to rest if need be. 

Stairs to Whalekum Inn from the private dock.

A few of  LeMistral’s lineup of painting locations, include:

  • Cabbage Island
  • Russel Island
  • Winter Cove – Saturna Island
  • Princess Bay & Royal Cove – Portland Island

All of the painting spots we pick are beyond spectacular which is very easy to come by as the Southern Gulf islands display unspoiled nature in its most pristine state with a view worthy of painting everywhere you turn.

**We recommend bringing along an extra pair of water shoes for occasionally wading out of the dingy to shore.  Our choice painting sites are nature reserves equipped with clean out house style toilets.

**Please be sure to pack a garbage bag in your painting pack as we are required to take away all garbage from these pristine and remote nature reserves.

Also remember you water bottle or thermos, a hat, sunscreen and bug spray.  See the PDF “What to bring and wear for Plein Air Painting” (this PDF info sheet will be emailed to you a few weeks prior to the commencement of the retreat workshop)

Wind up Celebration

On the last night, we celebrate with a Pizza night and join our instructor in a wind up painting critique.

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