M. Douglas Walton’s ‘Encounter’


intensive drawing & painting

Sunday, Aug 23 to Saturday, Aug 29
6 full days, $795 + HST
includes lunches & dinners

Everyone from absolute beginners to experienced artists welcome!

Douglas calls his new teaching process “a transformative painting experience, which will allow the student to enable true, individual expression to come forth in their work. Becoming the poet, saying way more with a lot less – no longer the epic writer who relies upon complex composition. Therefore, the compositions are simplified down to their pure essence, or using no composition at all, resulting in a more abstract or non-objective work, containing great inner spirit. Paintings are created on paper or canvas, with latex paint.

douglas-waltons-new-paintings1“Doug’s new style of painting – isn’t it fantastic! Abstract, and typically of Douglas, inspired by looking at someone’s red dress through a glass of ice cubes – the rest coming from his imagination. Lots of acrylic paint and working on canvas! What a difference, this new path he is taking!”
artist – Barbara Lea


Douglas was Lynn Connell’s (Creativity Art Retreat’s founder and owner) very first art teacher in 1996 in Bali, and without question, he changed her life. He taught her how to see, how to get rid of her doubts, to learn composition and design, colour, shapes, line. Since then, Douglas has inspired and catapulted hundreds of brand new and advanced students at the Creativity Art Retreat, changing lives, and teaching life through art. Click to see Julie Pollack’s “In The Hills” article describing her experience at a Walton workshop.
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In his own words: The journey of the artist is often lonely; others may not understand it. The further you go, the more unpaved the road may get. You will have chasms to cross. If you fall to the bottom, you must find the strength to continue the journey and not return to the safe side. A true artist blazes the trail and has the courage to go where they have never been before.

About Douglas: M. DOUGLAS WALTON was raised in Carmen, Oklahoma. For the first 16 years of his life he was unable to speak, communicating only in vowels. This barrier forced him into an internal world of exploration and spiritual realm of existence. At 16 he was discovered through mandatory US government science and math tests and was sent to speech school to overcome his problem. He became an architect and then a painting teacher. Over the past 30 years Douglas has taught workshops throughout the U.S., Canada and around the world including Bali, Europe, India, and Mexico.

in-the-hills-walton_on_deck_chair.jpg?w=584Workshop Schedule:
Our week starts Sunday,
August 23
with a 6:00 reception, gourmet dinner and an introductory talk by Douglas.

Please DO NOT come earlier as we will be setting up, unless you are staying on-site, in which case you may access your room at 4:00. There will be time to set up your space and unpack your materials after the opening dinner.

The workshop runs Monday through Saturday, 9:00 to 4:00, with delicious snacks, lunches and dinners each day. An hour of yoga follows each workshop day on the banks of the Noisy River. We have a limited number of yoga mats to share, so please bring your own mat if you have one. A closing dinner is served Saturday evening.

The studio will remain open every night until 10:00 PM for the duration of the workshop for those who want to work into the evening.

The workshop ends Saturday, August 29 after dinner and wrap up.

Douglas’ Material List
(a final confirmed list will be sent out to registrants 4 weeks prior to the workshop. Note: If you are allergic to latex, this may not be the right class for you as all the paints supplied are latex):

  • Paper Towels
  • Spray Bottle (extremely fine mist, usually a chemical sprayer with yellow top available at hardware stores)
  • Water Container(s) – preferably square or rectangle, big enough to rinse out your sea sponge
  • Apron, lab coat or old shirt – to protect your clothes
  • Natural Sea Sponge – at least as big as your fist
  • 2 – 3 Kitchen sponges – cellulose, not foam
  • 4 black Sharpies – fine point or ultra fine point
  • Scissors
  • Masking tape or blue painter’s tape
  • Isopropyl alcohol, 91% solution (available in pharmacies)
  • Q-tips
  • Sketch book for notes
  • Pens, Pencils
  • ‘bull dog’ clips – to hold paintings on boards, available at business supply stores
  • Brushes:
    Purdy (approximately $19 each) – 1″, 1-1/2″ and 2″, in one package, which can be found at Lowes or Home Depot
    NOTE: IF YOU CANNOT FIND THIS BRUSH, Douglas will bring some with him which you will be welcome to purchase;
  • Paints: Latex paint is supplied for this class and a large selection of colours is available at the Retreat. Acrylic paints can be used to finish the painting but are not absolutely necessary. If you wish to use acrylic paints, please bring your own, along with a suitable palette of your choice. All types of media are explored in these encounters.
  • Drawing/Painting Boards:
    Paper and/or Canvas – at least 8 pieces, medium size or larger, any shape
    Watercolor paper – 7 or more sheets Arches 140# hot press watercolor paper 22”x30”
    Drawing Paper – Index paper, 22”x30”, available at the studio, $.50 ea.
    1 package 32 lb. glossy 8 1/2 x 11, for drawing (available at Staples, etc.)
  • OPTIONAL: digital camera, matte medium, disposable plastic glovesl

Quite simply a life changing experience!

REGISTER HERE ♥ for M Douglas Walton’s ENCOUNTER: intensive drawing & painting.  Registration opens December 1, 2014 at 8:00 am.