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Artistry Retreat Expands, Moves to Malibu

Press Release—Karen Sperling, the original Corel Painter expert, is pleased to announce that Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., will serve as the new home for her Artistry Retreats and The Artistry GARTEL Marketing Seminars, beginning with the upcoming Artistry Retreat and The Artistry GARTEL Marketing Seminars September 24-28.

Photographers will not only learn techniques for creating paintings from photos and marketing them, but will also enjoy the opportunity to bask in the spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean from the world-class luxury of the Villa Graziadio Executive Center at Pepperdine University, nestled in the tranquil Santa Monica mountains of Malibu.

Sperling has also created a new seminar, The Artistry Painting Faces Retreat, to be held in Malibu, October 10-12. While the Artistry Retreat covers faces, portraits and landscapes, the Artistry Painting Faces Retreat will focus completely on faces and portraits.

In the Artistry Retreat you learn to paint facial features, hair and other parts of the portrait.

The Artistry Painting Faces Retreat includes the foundation of portrait lessons from the Artistry Retreat and then delves further into learning about other artists' styles with the goal of developing your own, unique portrait style. Participants study the distinguishing characteristics that separate a John Singer Sargent portrait from a Mary Cassatt portrait. They also learn how to develop the skills to paint a portrait with an Impressionist look or a contemporary style.

In both the Artistry Retreats and Artistry Painting Faces Retreats, find out the art concepts and Painter steps so that you can paint professional-level portraits yourself.

Malibu photo and painting in Corel Painter by Karen Sperling.  




Author, artist, photographer and original Painter expert Karen Sperling has been writing about and teaching Corel Painter longer than anyone. The Artistry Retreats and Artistry Painting Faces Retreats give you not just the Painter steps. You also learn the art concepts for turning photos into paintings in Painter, like choosing the best candidate images for painting in Painter and choosing colors that bring out the look and feel you want from your art.

Digital media pioneer Laurence Gartel teaches the Artistry GARTEL Marketing Seminars, covering out-of-the-box marketing concepts; developing a niche, getting published and enhancing your image; and how to respond to the inevitable questions about digital art. Whether you have your own portrait studio, or you are interested in selling painted photos and paintings in other ways, Laurence Gartel can guide you on the path to selling your work.


The Artistry Corel Painter Retreat Taught by Karen Sperling

  • September 24, 25 and 26
  • October 23, 24 and 25
  • November 5, 6 and 7
  • December 5, 6 and 7

The Artistry GARTEL Marketing for Photographers Seminar Taught by Laurence Gartel

  • September 27 and 28, 2007

The Artistry Painting Faces Retreat Taught by Karen Sperling

  • October 10, 11 and 12, 2007

For more information about the Artistry Retreats, the Artistry Painting Faces Retreat and the Artistry GARTEL Marketing Seminars and future dates visit:

Photographers who can't get away from the studio can benefit from the Artistry Retreat information by reading Artistry Tips and Tricks e-zine.

Contact Karen Sperling at or 818-981-2803 for more information about the Artistry Retreats, Artistry Painting Faces Retreats and Artistry GARTEL Seminars. 


Painting by Karen Sperling