Unleashing the Painter in You: How to start, keep going, and know when you're done

MAY16TH TO 23RD 2020

Let’s take a magnificent art journey together to a magical land…

I’m so happy to invite you to join me for an incredible adventure to the west coast of Ireland. To the Emerald Isle, where magic, mystery and myth enchant the very air ! This 7 night/8 day all inclusive creative journey will be hosted by The Essence of Mulranny Studio, run and operated by artists, Lora Murphy & Cheryl Cobern Browne and located in the quaint coastal village of Mulranny! A place full of rugged beauty, fascinating history and endless inspiration! Come Unleash the Painter in you ,together with me in Ireland!


We invite you to imagine standing on the panoramic hillside of our studio, taking in the spectacular views of Clew bay and Croagh Patrick (Ireland’s holy mountain).

Open your heart to the profoundly moving drama of constantly shifting Atlantic skies, reflecting an ever changing light show on the bay. The wildness and drama of this spectacular area belie the peace and connection you will feel to Ireland and to this very special place.

Lay on a blanket in the heather and watch the stars emerge on a clear night or walk along the rocky shores, to gather shells, driftwood and memories. Find yourself letting go of the stress of everyday life, feel the mystery and beauty of this land, awakening your senses.

This unspoiled place provide a safe place of inspiration and experimentation to stretch your skills in whatever medium you are working on.

You are warmly invited to stay awhile.

Visit historic sites, Learn about the infamous Irish Pirate Queen and visit one of her many castles. Hear the story of our Stone Age ancestors and experience the myths and magic of Irelands spiritual roots while standing in one of the ancient stone circles. This is indeed a land of legends! 


Finding something to inspire you is not hard with the richness of the various eco systems surrounding Mulranny - from marine to mountain landscapes, with grasslands, bog and heather hills - this enchanted land casts a spell on any artist.


Dream about the history of past times, evident in every field with old stone walls, every stoic castle and each abandoned cottage.

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The greatest joy that comes from the creation of non-representational paintings is freedom and the celebration of line and color. Bringing forth a brand new work of art that is a mystery and a thing of beauty.

The greatest surprise when the creation is finished is how they mirror into the soul of the artist. It is this search, this sacred and thrilling search, that interests me and every artist I know.

Each day of class I will start a new painting with you as we explore shapes, mark making, line and color. I will bring instructional materials that I will use to teach sections on composition and placement. Touching and envisioning are a large part of my teaching process.

We will explore color mixing and learn how to mix on the substrate.

We will observe the importance of value in our work as we progress.

We will participate in a series of exercises that will reveal information about our personal style.

Most importantly we will discuss the issue of trust for the artist; “Am I good enough?”, “Who decides if my work is a success?” “Can I trust my work?” 

And I will do my best to answer every question about approaching galleries and selling through portals such as Saatchi and personal websites. About handling commissions and pricing. I will help you move to the next step in your exploration, be it personal or professional.

My goal for each student is to take home paintings and confidence that will prompt them to return to their practice with renewed vigor. 


Judy Wise is an Oregon artist and teacher who has worked as a printmaker and painter for four decades. She has exhibited and taught in the USA, Mexico, Australia, Indonesia, Spain, the U.K., and the Netherlands. Follow her on Instagram at judywiseart


Essence of Mulranny Studios


Being in Mulranny is all about being on the edge, on the edge of Europe, on the edge of land and the great ocean seas and the edge of yourself. Edges lead to new boundaries when invited to expand.


DATES: May 16th to 23rd , 2020





A $500 non refundable deposit is due upon registration with the final payment due March 1, 2020


This beautiful learning center is complete with well equipped mixed media/encaustic art studio, private bedrooms, a cozy gathering room with fireplace and group kitchen for those midnight snacks! All meals will be included and prepared by an on-site private chef and will focus on delicious, healthy cuisine.

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your view from the studio



  • Workshop instruction

  • Visit to our Old Irish Goat Sanctuary

  • Trips to explore Achill Island

  • Kylemore abbey , Grainne OMalleys castle plus the deserted Village and Keem bay

  • Some art supplies (we be specified closer to trip)

  • 7 nights lodging in this lovely soulful place

  • Transportation from Westport to the Studio (it is recommended to fly into Dublin and get a train to Westport where we will meet you . Its very easy to get around in Ireland

  • All meals except - 2 lunches & 1 dinner

  • All tour & excursion fees

  • Shopping trips

  • Music and craic(fun)

  • Welcome Dinner

  • Long hours access to our state of the art studio

  • Wine with Dinner and beverages

  • Help with travel arrangements

  • Farewell celebration


    • Travel costs / Airfare

    • Passport fees, photos and processing where applicable

    • Additional nights lodging

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Judy Wise


1981-82 Pacific Northwest College of A1977-78 Portland State University

1972 Graduated Arizona State University, BA, English, Art

Selected Exhibitions

2018 - Siren Nation Art Show, Portland's Center for the Arts, OR

2018 - ISEA International Exhibition, Runyon Gallery, Newport, OR

2018 - Art in the Pearl Art Festival, Portland, OR

2017 - Giving Voice, 12x16 Gallery, Portland, OR

2017 - Between the Lines, Pearl Womens Center, Portland, OR

2016 - Ephemeral, 12x16 Gallery, Portland, OR

2016 - Abstract Catalyst 3, Verum Ultimum Gallery, Portland, OR      2016 - Colors of Oaxaca, Viajero Art Gallery, Oaxaca, Mexico

2015 - Portland Art Museum, Rental Sales Gallery, Portland, OR

2014 - Wax and Words, Frances Keevil Gallery, Sydney, Australia

2012 - Residency Exhibit, Can Serrat, Spain

Teaching Experience 

2018 - Instructor - Abstract Painting, London & Alnwick, UK

2017 - Instructor - Cold Wax Workshop, Gig Harbor, WA

2016 - Instructor - Painting & Book Arts, Can Serrat & Bordils, Spain 2016 - Instructor - Life Drawing, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2015 - Instructor - Drawing & Painting, Mexico City, Mexico

2015 - Videographer/Instructor - Polymer Clay Online

2015 - Instructor - Indigo Textile Workshop, Gig Harbor, WA

2015 -Inst.Gum Arabic Printmaking, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico 2014 - Videographer/Instructor - Painting Online

2014 - Instructor - Painting: Encaustic & Plaster, Oaxaca, Mexico      2014 - Instructor - Encaustic, Kiama, Australia

2014 - Instructor - Encaustic, Ubud, Bali

2013 - Videographer/Instructor - Cold Wax Workshop Online

2013 - Instructor - Cold Wax Workshop I -  Melbourne, Australia

2013 - Instructor - Cold Wax Workshop II -  Huskisson, Australia

2012 - Instructor - Drawing & Painting:  Encaustic & Plaster, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

2012 - Videographer/Instructor - Mixed Media Journaling Workshop 2012 - Artist in Residence - Can Serrat, Spain                                    

2011 - Videographer/Instructor - Plaster Studio Workshop Online