Ghost Ranch New Mexico Painting Retreat 2016

Home of Georgia O'Keeffe  

Abstraction from Nature


This will be our last year at the Casa! Don't miss it! 

Arrive Saturday, August 27, 2016 (you may also arrive earlier and stay at the Marriott in Santa Fe, see below).

Depart Thursday, September 1, 2016

Join me in the beautiful New Mexico high desert for this amazing painting retreat! Walk in the footsteps of Georgia O'Keeffe and be inspired by the landscape she loved so much. Using the gorgeous scenery around us we will create amazing abstracts in acrylic. 

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Stay at the world famous Ghost Ranch (former guests have included Charles Lindbergh and John Wayne). We will be staying at Casa Del Sol, a beautiful Spanish style home, about two miles from the main compound.

Hike into Box Canyon, former home of cattle rustlers. 

We will visit Ojo Caliente Hot Springs for an evening of soaking and peaceful relaxation. My treat!

Optional: Georgia O'Keeffe's studio on horseback in a secluded part of the Ranch. ($85.00 not included in registration fee).

Me, walking in Georgia's footsteps. Ghost Ranch painting retreat 2015.

Me, walking in Georgia's footsteps. Ghost Ranch painting retreat 2015.

Check out our pictures from the 2015 retreat here.


  • Friday night August 26, 2016 at Marriott, no host wine and cheese get together. *** optional
  • Ghost Ranch Arrive 3 pm Saturday, dinner and get together.  
  • 7:30-8:30 am Breakfast daily
  • 9-10 am Outdoor lecture on color, composition, texture and various painting techniques.
  • 10-12 Painting on location or at the Casa daily
  • 12-1 Lunch daily
  • 1-5 Painting, sketching, on location or at the Casa daily
  • 5:30-6:30 Dinner evenings
  • Evenings group discussion, more painting, sundown hikes.
  • Depart Thursday morning, September 1, 2016.

Add on at your own discretion (see the Ghost Ranch website for more information):

  • Massage
  • Horseback riding lessons
  • Kayaking
  • Archery

Fees, Lodging and Accommodations:

Your fee includes five (5) nights lodging at Casa Del Sol guesthouse at Ghost Ranch. Meals are included. Dinners will be provided by a caterer in Santa Fe. Breakfast and lunches are provided in "build your own" fashion, i.e. oatmeal, eggs, fresh fruit, sandwiches and salads. All the fixin's are provided, you do the building!  I will send you an email asking for dietary restrictions after you register. 

Paints, mediums and gels are provided.  You will need to purchase paper and a sketchbook. See the materials list here.

Your fee also includes all instruction and demonstrations.  Your trip to Ojo Caliente is included as my treat to you!

Airfare, rental cars and any additional meals and/or lodging are not included in this fee. 

See this page for more information Casa Del Sol  at Ghost Ranch.

Important information on deadlines and fees:

Deposits are due by April 1, 2016.

Balance is due by July 1, 2016.

Single occupancy room with semi-private bath, five nights includes instruction and all meals: $1435.00.

Double occupancy room with semi-private bath, five nights includes instruction and all meals: $1135.00

There are 3 private rooms and 4 semi-private rooms available.  Private rooms are available on a first come basis.  If you require a private room, please register early.

There is no wi-fi at the Casa. The Main Compound Library is open 24/7 and wifi is available. 

Additional lodging in Santa Fe:

I've arranged for a group rate at the Courtyard Marriott in Santa Fe either before or after the Ghost Ranch Retreat.   Please book these rooms on your own should you so desire. Please call the Marriott to reserve. When you reserve your room at the Marriott ask for the Blackburn Fine Art Group code. 


Air Travel to Albuquerque:

Albuquerque is easily reached from all major airports.   

Things you need to know:

You will need a rental car to reach Ghost Ranch. You may want to partner with one or more students to rent a car. Students will be put in touch with each other to arrange transport and the like once registration has finished.

There is also a shuttle from the Albuquerque airport to Santa Fe.

The drive from Albuquerque to Santa Fe is about 50 miles.  It is another 65 miles to Ghost Ranch.  Plan to arrive early in the day to allow time to reach Ghost Ranch before dark. Or spend the night in Santa Fe before arriving at Ghost Ranch on Sunday. See this page on the Ghost Ranch site for directions and more information. 

High desert weather, etc. - The high desert can be challenging for those of us used to being at sea level. To avoid getting Altitude Sickness see these tips on the Santa Fe website. Bring a hat, sunscreen, sturdy walking shoes, a flashlight and a jacket.  

Registration begins February 25, 2015.


Materials to bring:

All paints, mediums and gels are supplied.

See the materials list here.

You will need to purchase supplies before you arrive or shop at Artisan in Santa Fe.

You can have things shipped via Amazon to Ghost Ranch.  See the materials list for address.


Be prepared to take your materials home with you. You can ship from Ghost Ranch, Santa Fe or take on the airplane.

Everything dries quickly in the high desert! So all of our paintings will be ready to pack on Thursday morning.

Once you are registered, you will get a detailed email with  maps, timeline and so forth. 

The Labryinth at Ghost Ranch

Questions? Email me.

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