Visionary Alchemy


1st – 10th December 2017.

 WITH DAVID HESKIN & ALORIA WEAVER, Luminous Flux Gallery, Loveland Colorado
1st – 10th December 2017.

We are offering either a 3-day workshop 1st – 3rd December 2017.

Or a 10-day workshop 1st – 10th December 2017.

We have a payment plan available for Visionary Alchemy. You can pay $100 or any set amount weekly/monthly … please contact to set this up.

Visionary Alchemy
: A 10 Day Painting Intensive
with Aloria Weaver & David Heskin

*Students may choose to attend one of the following:
1. The full 10 Days – Visionary Alchemy Painting Intensive
2. The first 3 Days only – The Art of Oil Painting

The First 3 Days – The Art of Oil Painting

In the first 3 days, we will be primarily focused on technical aspects of the craft of oil painting.  We will create two paintings of the same subject matter in two completely different traditional and innovative techniques, in order to better understand the full range of possibility that oil painting offers. The Art of Oil Painting explores the differences and similarities between direct and indirect (layered) painting approaches, from the ground up, summarizing extensive research into a practical and effective means of artistic expression.

Our exploration will take us through a variety of traditional and visionary oil painting processes while translating these techniques into a unique means for personal expression. Returning students will build upon the elements that were introduced in other classes, while new students will gain a broad understanding of a diversity of drawing and painting materials and techniques.

Please note these 3 days are not intended to create a completed painting. Shorter classes are a great opportunity to take extensive notes and ask personalized questions regarding the painting process. Our mission in offering time-tested techniques is ultimately to guide our students to develop their own unique artistic approach, rather than simply copying another artist’s methods.

10 Days – Visionary Alchemy Art Journey

During this painting journey, students will create a more ambitious Mischtechnik (egg tempera & oil) painting based on their personal vision to put these techniques into action.  The last 7 days of Visionary Alchemy are dedicated to the Artist’s Journey: a synthesis of inner and outer inspiration and the cultivation of a dedicated painting practice combined with a magical working knowledge of the natural elements that are the building blocks of a painting.

The curriculum follows the various stages of a layered painting technique, specifically addressing each of the following stages through demonstrations, hands-on practice, and presentations:

    •    Foundational Elements, Composition & the Drawing Phase

    •    Underpainting: Exploring various traditional methods for developing an oil painting, from the ground up

    •    Oil Glazing: Creating depth & luminosity while maintaining overall harmony

    •    Overpainting: Building volume & dimension through translucent paint layers

    •    Finishing Touches: Stylistic approaches to the end of the journey of the painting

Weaving elemental forces into the materials and mediums of painting turns the art into a talismanic portal to the mysteries of Nature. Synthesizing internal and external subject matter, this workshop presents the opportunity for students to develop a uniquely personalized approach to the practice of oil painting.  Cultivating inner vision and imagination in parallel with the observation of Nature allows artists a broad range of creative expression. This workshop will emphasize a devotional focus on our painting practice through meditative concentration both in the studio and outdoors.

Traditional mediums took time to create, and it takes focused time to learn the methods and materials of generations of old masters techniques. In these ten days, students will enjoy a hands-on approach to the preparation of handmade paints and painting mediums. Our exploration will take us through the many layers of a traditional painting process while translating these techniques into a unique means for personal expression.  Workshop attendees may or may not achieve a finished painting, but in either case, will produce a painting that demonstrates the many steps of a layered painting process – an artifact that each artist can take back to their studios and apply to their original works.

The full 10-day workshop includes our Materials & Mediums Presentation, a comprehensive de-mystification of traditional egg tempera, oil painting, and Mischtechnik materials.

This presentation covers the following topics and many more:

    •    Pigments – Traditional, Mineral & Modern

    •    Binders – Water- & Oil-Based archival paint vehicles

    •    Resins, Solvents & Varnishes – Organic & Synthetic

    •    Toxicity & Best Studio Practices

Students are welcome to bring questions related to their own works in addition to the scheduled curriculum. Returning students will build upon the elements that were introduced in other classes, while new students will gain a broad understanding of a diversity of drawing and painting materials and techniques.

The workshop is rich with presentations and demonstrations in the theory & practice of:

         Oil Painting

         Mischtechnik & other Indirect Painting Approaches
        Egg Tempera

         Underpainting Methods

         Oil Glazes & Overpainting

         Color Mixing – Direct & Layered Methods

         Drawing & Painting from Life

         Composition & Geometry   

         and much more..

We’re grateful to have the opportunity to bring our art and dynamic teaching style to Paradise One and to a new community of inspired artists!


David & Aloria’s website

More Info on Paradise One Retreat Centre & what you will need coming soon.

3 days are  1st – 3rd December 

All accommodation linen provided.Included 3 days of meals. All day tea/coffee.

And 10 days are 1st – 10th December
All accommodation linen provided. Included 10 days of meals. All day tea/coffee.

Early bird until November 1.


Options to pay a deposit:
Bookings email: for internet banking details
Phone: 02 6684 7348 to Pay by Credit Card
Please also use these options to pay the balance by 17th November. Thank you.
Course Information email:

We have a payment plan available for Visionary Alchemy. You can pay $100 or any set amount weekly/monthly … please contact to set this up.

Accommodation 10 day 10 day 3 day
Early Bird Total Cost Total Cost
No accommodation $1,469 $1,569 $472
Dormitory $1,667 $1,767 $516
Twin share room $1,847 $1,947 $556
Private Room $1,982 $2,082 $586
Private Cabin (single) $2,432 $2,532 $686
Private Cabin (couple) $3,719 $3,879 $1,102

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT PARADISE ONE & ACCOMMODATION All prices include tuition, accommodation, organic vegetarian meals, with specific dietary options if needed (inform us please), use of property, pool, linen & towels (for dormitory, room & cabins).Our cabins have a queen-sized bed and separate living room with a sofa bed. We also have cabins that feature a queen sized bed & bunk beds in the living room. Other options are for a private bedroom, twin share room, or bunkbed room with a shared bathroom & toiletThere is WiFi around the common areas, but no mobile phone reception on the property.

Paradise One has a conscious food policy. We supply our kitchen with organic food grown on site or sourced locally. We can cater for any personal dietary needs. Please let us know at the time of booking. We have a renowned gourmet vegan chef on site to cook us 3 amazingly delicious meals a day. All meals are vegetarian with vegan options.


Flying In
Fly in to Coolangatta (Gold Coast), Ballina, or Brisbane. The earlier you book the cheaper the airfare will be.

For airport transfers, or will bring you to our door, but must be booked in advance. runs regular shuttles to Byron Bay, from where we can pick you up in our mini-van for an extra fee of $40.

Renting a car from the airport and returning it to the airport when you leave is also a good option.

What to Pack
Suggestions of what to bring:
clothing for warm-hot weather/cool at night
Swimsuit & towel for pool/creek
Sandals/walking shoes
Mosquito repellent-preferably natural
Please be aware not to wear any sunscreen, mosquito repellent,
or any other chemicals/creams if you are swimming in the creek, as this can harm the wildlife that lives there.

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