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Jon Houglum Personal Painting Retreat Evaluation:

I had the opportunity to participate in a “Personal Panting Retreat” with Jon earlier this year. It met and exceeded my expectations. I just started oil painting and this was just what I needed to proceed with my artistry.

The personal instruction was invaluable. I wanted to paint landscapes, and after a short conversation and evaluation of my current level, we hit the ground running with Jon knowing exactly where to start. Jon thoroughly explained and demonstrated every aspect of creating a finished artistic painting. We covered composition, brush strokes, color values, paint mixing, visual interest, lighting, etc.
A huge benefit was seeing Jon work in person, and having him right there to see my mistakes, weaknesses and progress, and to immediately correct or focus with either more practice time and/or more instructional time. I was kept busy and challenged the entire time. Jon has a gift as an instructor and is willing and open to sharing/teaching from his vast knowledge and years of experience.

The other bonus was that this experience was not just confined to the studio. I traveled from central Florida and was fortunate to have the pleasure of staying at Jon and Carolyn’s guest room in their home. In addition to the great hospitality, fellowship, and suburb meals that Jon and Carolynn provided, the learning experience was continued from talking of all aspects of relevant art topics to watching videos of other artist and their techniques and styles. I was basically immersed in art from morning till night.

I would encourage anybody that is looking for additional training/instruction or looking to learn a new style of painting to attend a Personal Painting Retreat with Jon. I couldn’t have been more pleased with the progress I made and I returned home inspired to paint!

Curt Reffner
Belleview, FL