1-7 October 2017



The big news is the rooming format has changed entirely at Ghost Ranch! The room rates are like a hotel room. If you share your room with a spouse or another artist in our group, you could save hundreds of dollars for your week. I am really excited about this change.


My art workshop/retreat is Sunday through Saturday...6 nights. My group pricing includes your room and board, your workshop fee and the use of the New Arts Building as our base of operations! About 5 months before the beginning of our event our optional tours are booked. If you register after that time there is less chance of being able to participate when the group does (these tours fill up quickly in the fall)! Every effort will be made to be sure you get the full Ghost Ranch experience! The schedule of events and even the lessons we plan depend to a degree on the generosity of our sponsor materials. In 2016 each participant received $280+ of materials! We also had close to $800 of merchandise given away as door prizes!


The plan here is simply an example and 2017 is far from being developed. Each year Darla presents something a bit new, so if you are returning you will have something unexpected!

NOTE: Rooms for our workshop/retreat are reserved more than a year ahead of time...and they fill up! It is almost impossible to add more rooms. Early registration is strongly encouraged! Rooms on the ground level have been requested.

“Rainbow Agave” by Darla Bostick (mixed media demo at the Ranch 2011)


It is the privilege of artists to represent the world the way we see it. When I hold a paintbrush, a pencil or stick of pastel, I am able to travel to the limits of my imagination! The journey is a great experience. ~ Darla Bostick


Each day Darla will have a demonstration or two...and when requested, a few slide shows in the evening. During the week we plan to combine watercolor and acrylic, inks, claybord and get messy with carveable paste. Yupo and resist painting are also on the agenda! Below is a guideline for our activities however details may change depending upon the sponsors materials. A questionnaire will be sent to participants after they register. That input will be used to help direct the workshop to address specific areas of interest.  Ghost Ranch is a marvelous place to explore. For those participants who desire to have time for hiking or horse-back riding, the schedule can easily accomodate those. Demos are worked around what the group wants! If you want a break for other activites, just let Darla know!


2017 Ghost Ranch Schedule for Serving Meals:

Breakfast 7:30-8:30am         Lunch 12-1           Dinner 5:30-6:60


Day 1 (Sunday) 1 October: Welcome!

Darla will handle registration when she arrives. Our rooms are not available until 3pm. If you are coming from the direction of Santa Fe I recommend you stop at Bode's in Abiquiu for lunch. If you plan to eat lunch at the Ranch, you will need to pay for that on arrival at the office (it is not provided in your package the first day and it is $12).

Unofficially the workshop begins after lunch! However, should you arrive earlier, come to our group activity room in the Arts Building, choose a table, unpack your supplies and perhaps meet some of the other artists.  Don’t get too settled in, we will have to move tables.

1-2 pm (Immediately after lunch):  Meet in the Arts Room for introductions, talk about our week, explain the printer, see a demo and begin painting.

About 4:30: Some have traveled a good distance to arrive and may feel like resting a bit to acclimate to the elevation. Today is very flexible. I want everyone rested and ready for the rest of the week, so if you need a nap, that is fine!

5:30-6:30pm: Dinner

7:30pm: Darla’s Welcome Reception for artists (and spouses) in Arts Building. Slide presentation on photography. After the presentation artists are welcome to retire to their room to relax for the evening or perhaps take a stroll on the grounds.

Demo: Water medias--Acrylic paint with watercolor (this will be an ongoing demo!)

“Hollyhocks” at Tierra Amarillo, NM by Darla Bostick (demo from 2011 workshop)


With my paintbrush I soar across the paper as my ideas take flight. Shapes and colors, shadows and light all perform a magnificent dance in a trail of water and pigment. What joy! What freedom! Creation has begun! ~Darla Bostick


Day Two (Monday), 2 October:

7:30-8:30am: Breakfast in the dining hall.

9 am: Meet at our group activity room in New Arts Building. Come with digital cameras in hand! We can capture some images to work with later. Today we will visit the hogans to sketch/ journal /photograph these structures. The path leads into Box Canyon and the small Ghost Ranch Lake. Participants have the option of staying to paint or sketch on site in this area, or returning to our group activity room to create. Our walk is about one mile with the beginning being fairly steep then it levels off completely. There is no climbing and a dirt path is available at all times.  After lunch we will spend some time with a painting demonstration and more time with our artwork.

Noon: Lunch

After Dinner: Ghost Ranch Orientation by the Ghost Ranch folks

Today’s Demos: Carveable paste on ampersand boards (The paste and ampersand boards are provided). 

“Rainbow Cactus” by Darla Bostick (mixed media demo at 2011 workshop)


Day Three (Tuesday), 3 October: Poured Paint & AbiquiuTour

7:30-8:30am: Breakfast in the dining hall.

9 am: Meet at our group activity room in New Arts Building. Flexibility is the name of the game. You choose your subject matter today.  Again, you have the choice to paint on site or inside in the activity room. Darla’s portable photo printer is available to print off images from digital cameras to paint from or share. This morning we will begin a painted collage paintng with windows of interest...hard to explain in words!

Noon-1pm: Lunch

Immediately after lunch: Meet at the loop near the dining hall in cars as we carpool for our field trip to Abiquiu.

Today we are scheduled for the Georgia O'Keeffe Home and Studio Tour at 2pm. We will leave the Ranch right after lunch. On our way to Abiquiu we stop at the Chama River overlook briefly for photographs then head directly to Abiquiu Inn for a film about Georgia O'Keeffe and the studio/home tour.  After that we may have have time for shopping, visiting the Abiquiu Art Gallery upstairs and wandering. The flowers here are always beautiful. We'll also pop into the only grocery around for snacks and local wares and across the street is The Rising Moon Gallery & Art Center. For those choosing to not visit the O’Keeffe Home and Studio, you can explore the area with Darla. Last year we popped into the Lavendar Farm and visited a drum maker. It’s different each year. After dinner the group activity room will be available or artists may choose to relax and unwind. Darla will be present for guidance/instruction. This is optional for those interested.

5:30-6:30 pm: Dinner                        

Tonight the group activity room will be available and Darla will be present for guidance/instruction. The evening paint time is always optional, but always fun!

Today’s Demo: Watercolor collage on watercolor.


“Goodnight Sun" by Darla Bostick (mixed media)


Day Four (Wednesday), 4 October: Texture Painting and Landscape Tour

7:30-8:30am: Breakfast in the dining hall.

9 am: Meet at our group activity room in New Arts Building. This might be a good day for paintng plein aire...pick a spot you like on the Ranch, and sketch or paint!

Noon-1 pm: Lunch

3:30: Aside from our regular demos and paint time we have the Georgia O’Keeffe Landscape Tour on the private lands of the Ranch. We must be in the office area at 3:10 for our private tour.  Upon our return to the New Arts building there is another demo and more time to paint. After dinner the group activity room will be available. Darla will be present for guidance/instruction. This is optional for those interested.

5:30-6:30 pm: Dinner

After dinner meet back in the Arts Building for more activities.  

Demo: to be determined later

Above: Rio Chama Colors by Darla Bostick



Day Five (Thursday), 5 October: A Day of Resist

7:30-8:30am: Breakfast in the dining hall.

9 am: Meet at our group activity room in New Arts Building. Since hiking is best done in the early hours, this is your chance to climb to new heights…or maybe you wanted to schedule some horseback riding? There are many choices with your free time…perhaps visit the world famous paleontology museum at Ghost Ranch. Otherwise, we paint! Today we have a choice of the old Ghost Ranch wagon or the old log cabin (actually a prop for the movie, “City Slickers” filmed here). The Ranch vegetable garden is also full of surprises.  Darla will be using a combination of pitt pens and watercolor. Those who desire to remain at the site and paint plein aire are welcome to do so.

Noon-1 pm: Lunch

We will meet back at the New Arts Building for more creating!  This afternoon we have an optional visit to the natural Amphitheatre. Bring cameras! They have some covered picnic tables where we can sketch and use our Graf putty or paint stix.  If you want to schedule horse-back riding or other Ranch activity this might be a good time to do that if you are not interested in the amphitheatre.

5:30-6:30 pm: Dinner

After dinner meet back in the Arts Building for more activities.                                                                                                            


“Ghost Ranch Skull” by Darla Bostick (mixed media demo at 2010 workshop)


Day Six (Friday), 6 October:  To Sum It All Up!

7:30-8:30am: Breakfast

After breakfast we will meet at the New Arts building and take turns visiting the Meditation Circle. Bring your sketchbooks/journals. Today we will spend some time to connect with the spiritual aspect of Ghost Ranch, capture some thoughts and return to the group activity room where Darla will share some ideas about incorporating text in your artwork. We will create a tapestry of images with the power of words using the media of your choice.

Noon-1 pm: Lunch

Begin group share time using the easels.

5:30-6:30 pm: Dinner

Tonight the group activity room will be available to everyone. Darla will be present for guidance/instruction. We will also have our concluding group share time (this is optional for those interested). Tonight we might view a slide show of our week’s activities! 

“All Creatures Great and Small” by Darla Bostick (mixed media from 2010 Ranch demo)

Embedded in the surface of the paper are the words: "All creatures great and small, the Good Lord created all"


Day Seven (Saturday), 1 October:

7:30-8:30am: Breakfast

Good things sometimes come to an end…this is our final day at Ghost Ranch. Check out time is 10 am. After breakfast we will have our final farewells. Since everyone has different departure times, today is flexible. Today lunch is not included but individual plans can be made to purchase lunch if you wish. You are welcome to remain on the property as long as you wish after checking out with the office. For those on the road trip, or with cars we will stop at Jackalope in Santa Fe and eat on the patio at la casa sena restaurant near the Cathedral just off the main Plaza for authentic New Mexican cuisine. 


Sometimes I stop in my tracks to admire the play of shadows, the patterns drawn upon the sand as the surf retreats, or the ever changing shapes of the clouds as they slip across the sky. I marvel at these small things and delight in the quiet way they beautify our lives. How sad it would be to not notice these simple pleasures of the Spirit. ~ Darla Bostick    

Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu views (photographs by Darla Bostick)


I am moved to share what I see, teach what I have learned, and encourage others to pursue their art. My workshops provide a restful atmosphere where we explore and expand our knowledge of life as we see it, feel it and experience it. I take very seriously the fact that others have come to learn what I can offer. My philosophy is simple…my students are never asked to copy from my work. I believe a piece of art belongs only to the mind that created it. I would never consider adding even one stroke of a brush or pencil to another’s painting~that is a compromise of ownership. Finally, I believe in encouragement. Create, experiment, learn something new, paint what pleases you! If that means breaking some rules, then do it. Let the question to yourself be: “What if I…”

If you aren’t having fun, why are you painting?     ~Darla Bostick