Plein Air Workshop May, 2025
Santa Fe/Abiquiu/Taos, New Mexico,  

New Mexico is a magnificent place to paint! The colors are beautiful earth colors, sand stone and foliage. Drink in the ancient history as you capture it in paint. Watercolor is perfect for plein air with the quick drying capacity, portable materials, and/or other mediums are welcome as well.

General Schedule details

Always ongoing, so changes may come up. Date and location changes might occur according to availability and prices.

 May Proposal:

Fly to Albuquerque Airport ABQ, drive to Taos. We will stay at the Mabel Dodge Luhan House, the well loved inn located in the downtown of Taos. Arrive Albuquerque. Drive to Taos via shared auto rentals.

Drive to Taos takes approx 2.5 hours. We’ll see the awesome sunset along the way!  Arrival at MD Luhan House evening. If after front desk has retired for the evening, keys will be left out for us.

Breakfast in morning, is wonderful! Not to be missed! Optional: A morning walk-about is customary! Quiet time in town.

Then on to our day. Painting schedule and locations to be announced.

 Abiquiu, Georgia O’Keeffe country!

Abiquiu Inn, providing reservations are available.

Traveling to see Abiquiu sights, featuring a visit to Ghost Ranch with a Georgia O’Keeffe Landscape tour. This tour is enlightening, revealing Georgia’s painting locations as well as a driving tour through the rocky hills. Insightful!

 2 nights in Santa Fe

Accommodations TBD.

 Fly home from Albuquerque Airport.


We’ll text back and forth as May ’25 approaches. It has even a bit chilly, perhaps sweatshirts and vests good to have. We’ll be walking about on trails, setting up to paint;  I bring sneakers and Teva type footwear, for me, hiking boots are heavy to pack.   Painting materials: keep it all portable. Easel is wonderful, so you don’t have to sit on stool or ground, but not mandatory. Complete list for watercolorists is available on web site:

Costs for the trip:

  • $100 deposit to hold your place ($50 refundable if cancelled by 2/28/25 ). Payable to Doris Rice
  • $500 Artist fee for workshop.
  • $350 for companions
  • $125/day for drop in artists.


Cancellation fees apply, once I rent the rooms.

  • Mabel Dodge Luhan House  could be a shared room w 2 beds.
  • Abiquiu Inn estimated could be room share
  • BNB Santa Fe TBA
  • Auto Share: TBA


  • Breakfasts included at MDL House, Taos.
  • lunches on our own.
  • dinners: shared where we have cooking facilities, on your own otherwise.
  • shared Wine/spirits with afternoon critique, as desired.

That’s our initial outline for the Painting Adventure to New Mexico. It is a truly wonderful place to immerse yourself and feel your  paintings! Join me!

Contact Doris Rice:

  • cell: 603-724-7779 text or call
  • 155 Atlantic Ave,  North Hampton,  NH  03862
  • [email protected]