Jean Pederson Workshop


                       Painting in Portugal

                                                 with JEAN PEDERSON

Workshop dates:            24th September – 2nd October

(with the option to stay longer)

The vibrant twinkling city of Porto…Porto is quite hilly but taxis are cheap, the on/off buses are great and there are even tuktuks (rickshaws)!

A wonderful 8-day workshop with five full days in the Pink Buddha Studio near Porto, Portugal with the celebrated artist Jean Pederson, combined with three full days of outings to soak up both the history and lovely scenery of this safe, fascinating country where you receive a warm welcome. There will be many opportunities to sketch, journal and take photos to use as inspiration for your painting, both in the workshop and for many months to come!

(Please see the end of the page for Jean’s biography and wide artistic and teaching experience)

Jane paints expressive portraits on vibrant texture-filled backgrounds







Jean describes the workshop in her own words:-

Seductive Surfaces

As painters we work on two-dimensional surfaces to communicate our ideas. The choices in the supports, medias and techniques are endless and their exploration is a seductive process!

Create texture and add depth to your paintings in this experimental workshop with Jean Pederson.

Using a variety of acrylic mediums you will learn to build up interesting surfaces and intriguing grounds that can be used within your paintings or as a base for finished work.

We will explore techniques to achieve a variety of effects, including layering, texturizing, glazing, and more, and then use these ideas to develop finished pieces.

Feel free to work on paper, canvas or wood – any surface you’re comfortable working on (or would like to try). You may want to take your artwork home so size and weight may influence your choices.

The Pink Buddha Art Studio

Portugal is the land of tiles!


The studio is owned and run by Linda Chaves, a UK ex-pat who has lived in this area of Portugal for many years. A teacher all her life, and now an artist and teacher, Linda opened the studio in 2015 to offer both her own teaching programmes and retreats to students, and residencies to established artists, and also to invite her pick of her favourite artists to come and give their own workshops and retreats. “My aim is to provide a large, spacious studio area where people will be inspired by this unique corner of the world. I try to supply as many of the heavier materials as possible, to lighten your load, and to generate a great atmosphere where learning and exploring are balanced by fun, friendship and joy.” Linda knows all the interesting places to go, not found in the tourist guides, indeed way off the tourist track, and loves sharing all her secrets about this area, known as the ‘Green Coast’. You will find the local people warm, kind, hospitable and delightful – eager to help and to please.

There is a lovely view over the valley of the River Sousa with farmlands and villages, from Linda’s house above the studio

Stay at Linda’s house (Casa Linda) or book in at the nearby Lousada Country Hotel (all details later) – enjoy not just the studio, but the huge sun terrace, the pool and the garden full of fruit trees such as lemons, oranges, figs, quinces and plums!

To add to our sensual experiences, we hope to arrange a Portuguese Cookery Evening for our last evening together; a demonstration, by Portuguese friends, of a typical meal, which we will then tuck into, enjoying their company, and a unique chance to meet and chat with local people. This has been the highlight of all the Pink Buddha workshops so far!

Please click along the tabs at the top of the page to find out much more about the studio and the area.


The pool and terrace, right by the Pink Buddha Studio
An atmosphere of radiant calm where the sun outside floods in, creating a heady mix of creative flow and laughter
A nearby Romanesque bridge









22nd to 24th September: Arrival and settling in time – get acclimatised and maybe sample the local wine by the pool!

24th September: In the studio with Jean

25th September:  Outing to the vibrant, twinkling yet historic city of Porto (return train ticket included in price) for a day of discovery, sketching and adventure.

The interior of the Lello Bookshop

This is a chance to visit the magical LELLO bookshop, on the top ten lists of the best bookshops in the world (placing third in lists by the Lonely Planet and The Guardian), the famous Cafe Majestic (unbelievably also on the top ten list of the best cafes in the world!) the port wine cellars and the historic riverside area and the newly renovated Rua de Flores, now bustling with cafes and shops!


Vibrant Porto – now  voted European City of the Year 2017
Was it at this table that Harry Potter was ‘conceived’?


There are also a couple of amazing art stores, as well as the tiled churches, restored Bolhao market…and much, much more!!! If you are a fan of JK Rowling, it might interest you that she lived in Porto for some considerable time, taught English at a school where I had previously taught, and walked these streets just as lovingly as I still do to this day! It is said that she had the idea for Harry Potter while sitting in the Cafe Majestic (In Rua Santa Catarina, one of the main shopping streets)


26th September: In the studio with Jean

Houses in the old squares of Guimaraes

27th September: A day out to Guimaraes, a beautiful small city only 30 minutes away, easy to stroll around,  with lovingly preserved historic architecture and lovely shops to explore on the Caminho de Santiago, and later time to visit some of the recently preserved ‘Romanesque Sites” in this green, flower-filled area. Sketchbooks and cameras a must!


28th September: In the studio with Jean



29th September:

Each tiled panel shows the traditions of port wine in the valley, the grape harvest and the people

A stunning trip over the mountains to the World Heritage site of the Douro River Valley, where the port wine grapes are grown, with unique scenery, history and climate. Trip will include, depending on the weather and time, some or all of the following: visit to a local museum of port wine in Regua, trip to a local beauty spot with a panoramic view, with choice of a picnic lunch or lunch in a typical restaurant (neither included, lunch in the restaurant about 10 euros per person) , a visit to a quinta (port wine estate) with a tour and tasting, a quick look at the amazing tiled station at Pinhao, and if time, back up the hills to a remote yet charming village which has the best gift shop in Portugal, an array of locally produced gifts and handicrafts at very reasonable prices.

The Douro Valley

NB: There is a port wine tasting session available after the tour, but it is your choice whether you would like to experience the port wine tasting (about half an hour maximum), or join Linda outside where there will be opportunities to sketch or photograph the stunning outlook and the River Douro, stroll by the vines, and there is even a bird walk available for anyone interested.

30th September: In the studio with Jean

1st October: Final studio time with Jean,  and time to relax and lie by the pool before our Portuguese Cookery Evening which will be our goodbye event. ( this is not a vegetarian/vegan friendly meal, as this way of eating is still not widely found in rural Portugal, this is optional). There are also self-catering facilities in the upstairs accommodation. (Please note that you will be asked to make a small contribution to the food, and for chef Teresa’s time and work)

2nd October: The sad day when you are asked to leave by 12 noon. Please see below for information on how to extend your stay.



Please see ‘Length of Stay’ below for our recommendations on the dates and length of your stay.

Lousada Country Hotel

Jean will be staying in one of the bedrooms in the accommodation above the studio at Linda’s house with her husband, please click on the pink to see more about the house – Casa Linda – there are also  two more bedrooms available, one with a double bed and one with two singles –  these will probably be booked very quickly, so best not to wait too long. Please let Linda know if you are interested in sharing the twin-bedded room.

If Casa Linda is booked, I thoroughly recommend the Lousada Country Hotel, which is listed on all the main sites. You will be transported to the studio in the morning and again back in the evening. The hotel is just over a mile from the studio – there are other hotels and b and bs in the wider vicinity, but you would need to arrange transport to and from the studio, unless you are staying within a mile or two. You can contact the hotel directly to book, or use one of the main booking sites online. For legal reasons, I regret I am not able to undertake the hotel booking on your behalf.
Please note that the cost of the workshop is reduced if you are staying in hotel accommodation.

Other Information

To find out more about the Pink Buddha Art studio, please click here to learn more about the studio, here to learn more about the house and here to learn about the locality.

Linda relaxing in the ‘quiet corner’ of the studio

Please note that, aside from a couple of very reasonable lunches out, evening meals (though the apartment is self-catering and you are welcome to use Linda’s small kitchen downstairs for self-catering if you are at the hotel) and souvenirs, there will be very little extra expense. Food and wine are very reasonable indeed, and you will be amazed at the incredible wine available at VERY low prices. It is also cheap to eat out, especially at lunchtime, and in the evening in Lousada there is a choice ranging from several local pizzerias up to slightly more expensive quality restaurants. It is a 15 minute walk from the hotel into Lousada, and I recommend that you club together for a taxi (also very reasonable) or ask the hotel for bicycles!

Jean and I are very happy to answer your questions ( – just ask us anything about the trip at all, the programme, outings, accommodation etc and we will be more than happy to reply. Linda will open a private Facebook group for everyone in a short while, where you can also ask questions and get to know us all.

Travel – I recommend that you book flights through to PORTO airport (OPO) where you will be met and taken to the hotel or to the Pink Buddha. There are train links to Lisbon from Porto city centre, about half hour by train or car from Lousada. please click here for much more information on travel

Length of Stay

The actual workshop consists of five full days of studio activities led by Jean, and at least three full wonderful days spent exploring both city and countryside in this little known but fascinating corner of the world. If you are staying at Linda’s house, you are welcome to arrive on the 22nd or 23rd September at no extra cost to give time to acclimatise, get settled, learn a little about the area and have a dip in the pool. Guests at Linda’s house are asked to leave by 12 noon on the 2nd October unless you have booked to stay longer.

There will be time to relax in the pool, too!

If you are staying at the local Lousada Country Hotel, then I recommend again that you arrive early to acclimatise, and book dates accordingly. Please let me know BEFORE making the hotel or house booking if you wouldn’t mind sharing a room, either here at Casa Linda, or at the hotel, then I can perhaps put you in touch with another person who is interested.

The Pink Buddha accommodation above the studi

If you wish to arrive earlier, or stay on after these dates, then please see if rooms are available at Linda’s house to book extra nights for $45 a night per person. Accommodation is also available at Linda’s house from 18th September 2017 and, after the workshop, to a date of your choice.

(Please note that if you wish to see more of the area before or after the workshop, Linda offers tours and outings here (with discounts for more than one person). Otherwise, though there is a train service to Porto, you would definitely need to hire a car to get about if you are staying longer. I include one airport pick up and drop off (if from Lousada) in the price, so you do not need to worry about that – and I am happy to take small groups to the local supermarkets etc. You may also consider spending a few nights in either Porto or the capital Lisbon, which is totally different, and well worth a visit, too).

Cost and Payment

Payment is usually by Paypal. PLEASE contact Linda by email or Messenger first to decide on accommodation availability and length of stay etc. If you prefer to pay by bank transfer, please just let me know, this is no problem. Choose Option One or Two below depending on accommodation as explained above.

You will have the option of paying in total or payment in four instalments as follows…..

OPTION ONE: Workshop including accommodation at Casa Linda and outings (22nd September to 2nd October)

Either one payment of    


Or      Initial Payment of $500, plus three further payments of $750

OPTION TWO: Workshop and outings but not including accommodation

Either one payment of


Or  Initial payment of $500 plus three further payments of $600

This includes:-

……………….An eight-day workshop, led by Jean pederson to include 5 teaching days in the studio and three full days of outings as described above.

These will include a return train ticket as mentioned for a day trip to the amazing city of Porto.

Sunrise at the Pink Buddh

………………. Most materials and supplies A short supply list will be published soon.
………………..Airport pick up and drop off, and hotel pickup and drop off once a day (within a two-mile radius of the studio)
………………..Fresh snack lunch at the studio every day, except on excursions. You may opt to use the local cafes instead, for a glimpse into local life and for a change of scene (not included)
………………..Hot and cold drinks and snacks available all day in the studio, including expresso coffee (bring your favourite tea – not a speciality here!)
………………..Access to the studio from 9 .30 am – 8 pm and later by arrangement. Please note that Linda and her assistant Isabel will only make one trip per day to the hotel to pick up and take back, but taxis are reasonable, and you can always make arrangements with Isabel who will be happy to do this for a small charge.
……………….Use of pool and garden as weather permits as well as the house facilities.
……………….Free Wifi throughout the studio

………………..Use of a an (ageing) Mac computer and Wifi printer

(Please note that air fares are not included, nor transport costs from locations outside Lousada.)

Remote villages high in the hills!

…The first payment (or $500 if paying in full) will act as a non refundable registration fee, unless the workshop is cancelled, when a full refund will be made. I recommend taking out some basic travel insurance to cover last minute complications, accident and health coverage, luggage problems etc.

My Paypal address for all payments is

(please send a covering email, too, with your name and contact details, and naturally we would like to know a little about you! Thanks)

…If you choose to pay in instalments, I will send you a payment reminder when the next instalment is due – I usually divide the time equally with the final payment 28 days before the workshop.

Again, please contact me at with any questions – there are always other payment options which I am more than happy to work out with you. I will always send a confirming email after a payment.

Jean’s Biography and Achievements

Pederson is the author of two instructional books published by North Light Books: Mixed Media Painting Workshops (2013) and Expressive Portraits: Creative Methods for Painting People (2007). She is currently developing a third book scheduled to publish in 2017. She has also filmed instructional videos for ArtistsNetwork.TV: Acrylic Painting: Mixed Media Portraits with Jean Pederson and Acrylic Painting: Mixed Media Flowers with Jean Pederson.

In addition, Ms. Pederson has received numerous awards from national and international watercolor societies, including in 2014 from the Canada Council of the Arts Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal. In 2016 she was chosen to participate in the International Watercolor Exhibition in Fabriano, Italy, and she has a solo show in Key West, Florida, later in the year. Her work is in the Royal Collection in Windsor, England, and in the International Watercolor Museum in Fabriano, Italy; in 2005, she was the first recipient of the Federation of Canadian Artists Early Achievement Award.

She is an artist and teacher of exceptional talent and accomplishment. We are honored to know her, and are grateful for her many contributions to the fine-art brands under the F+W Media umbrella.

Solo Exhibitions
2016 – Gildea Gallery, Key West Florida

2011 – Centre 64 Public Gallery, Kimberley, B.C.

2011 – Estevan Art Gallery and Museum, Estevan Saskatchewan

2010 – Red Deer District Museum, Red Deer, Alberta

2010 – The Avens Gallery, Canmore, Alberta

2009 – Pynlogs Public Gallery, Invermere, B.C.

2007 – Birchwood Gallery, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

2005 – Leighton Centre, Calgary, Alberta

2002 – Birchwood Gallery, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

1998 – Unisource Gallery, Calgary, Alberta

Selected Group Exhibitions

2017, 2002 – 2003 International Watercolour Exhibition, National Watercolour Museum,

2016 – International Watercolor exhibition, Fabriano Italy

2016 – 15, 13, 12, 11,10, 09, 08, 07, 06, 04, 03, 02, 01, 00- CSPWC Open water Exhibition, Toronto

2013 – Group Exhibition Dianna Paul Gallery, Calgary, AB

2012 – Group Exhibition, F.C.A. Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.

2012 – Pennsylvania Watercolor Society State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA

2012 – China International Invitational Water Media Exhibition, Jiangsu Water Color Institute

2011 – C.W.A. National Exhibition, Gallery Concord, Concord CA

2010 – C.I.P.A. International Portrait Exhibition, Mount Royal University, Calgary, Alberta

2010 – China International Invitational Water Media Exhibition, Jiangsu Water Color Institute

2010 – T.W.S.A. International Exhibition, Kenosha Public Museum, WI

2009 – Drawing Project 2009, Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts, Valdosta, GA

2008 – Triangle Gallery Artist’s Circle Exhibition, Calgary, Alberta

2008 – 06, 05, 01 – A.W.S. 134th International Exhibition, Salmagundi Club, N.Y., N.Y.

2008 – C.I.P.A. International Portrait Exhibition, Calgary, Alberta

2008 – 07 – China International Invitational Water Media Exhibition, Jiangsu Water Color Institute

2007 – 05, 03,02,01,00 – C.W.S. National Exhibition, Academy of Art University Gallery, San Francisco

2007 – 06, 03 – N.W.W.S. 63rd Exhibition, Artists Gallery, Seattle

2006 – CIPA National Open Exhibition, Red Deer Museum, Red Deer

2006 – T.W.S.A. 30th International Exhibition, Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, IL

2005 – 04, 03 – Painting on the Edge, Federation Gallery, Vancouver

2004 – CIPA National Exhibition, Calgary

2004 – C.S.P.W.C. 80th Anniversary Traveling Exhibition

Mexico City, Mexico

2002 – Search for the Human Essence, Triangle Gallery, Calgary, Alberta

2001 – Royal Collection Exhibition, traveling exhibition: Canada House, London,

England: O’Connor Gallery, Toronto, Ontario: Arts & Letters Club, Toronto, Ontario

2000 – A Brush With History: The first 75 Years, Art Gallery of Mississauga,

Mississauga, Ontario

2000 – Your World In The Year 2000, International Exhibition, Winsor and

Newton, traveling exhibition: New York (United Nations): London, England: Stockholm,


1999 – 2000 Mexico/ Canadian Watercolour Exhibition, Mexico

1996 – 2013 The Alicat Gallery, Bragg Creek, Alberta

1996 – 2000 The Artnest Gallery, Calgary, Alberta

Public Collections

International Watercolor Museum, Fabriano Italy

The Royal Collection, London, England

Laramie Community College, Cheyenne, Wyoming

Triangle Gallery, Calgary, Alberta

Bow Valley Artist Garden, Calgary, Alberta

Selected Corporate and Private Collections
Covenant Real Estate, Alberta

Fairchild Resources, Alberta

Kinderhook Resources – Alberta

The Mustard Seed – Alberta

A.G.R.A. Collection – Alberta

Phillips Bros. – Alberta

Diploma Collection, C.S.P.W.C. – Ontario

Doris McCarthy – Ontario

Agrium Collection – Alberta

Sponsored by Holbein

American Watercolor Society (AWS Signature Member)

Canadian Institute of Portrait Artists (CIPA Senior Signature Member)

Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour (C.S.P.W.C.)

Alberta Society of Artists (A.S.A. Signature Member)

Federation of Canadian Artists (SFCA Senior Signature Member)

California Watercolor Association (MCWA Master Signature Member)

Selected Awards

2015 – Winsor Newton Award – CSPWC Open Water -Toronto

2013 – Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal for contribution to the arts.

2011 – Jurors Award- C.W.A.-Gallery Concord – San Francisco

2010 – Walter J. Philips Award- CIPA- Mount Royal University

2010 – Finalist – The Artist’s Magazine – Experimental– U.S.A.

2009 – The Charles Comfort Medal –C.S.P.W.C. – Leighton Centre, Alberta

2009 – Swinton Award- C.S.P.W.C.

2008 – The Charles Comfort Medal– C.S.P.W.C. Toronto, Ontario

2008 – Mario Cooper & Dale Meyers Medal – A.W.S. 141st International Exhibition, N.Y.

2007 – Certificate of Honor with Medal – Jiangsu Water Color Research Institute -China

2007 – Jarvis Award – C.S.P.W.C. – Toronto, ON

2007 – Presidents award – C.S.P.W.C. – Toronto, ON

2007 – M. Graham Award – N.W.W.S. International Exhibition – Seattle – Washington

2006 – Daler-Rowney Award – CSPWC –Open Water International Exhibition -Toronto

2006 – Merit Award – T.W.S.A. International Exhibition – Elmhurst, IL

2006 – Honorable Mention – N.W.W.S. International Exhibition – Seattle – Washington

2005 – Grand Prize – Painting on the Edge International Exhibition -Vancouver

2005 – Early Achievement Award – Presented for the first time by the F.C.A – Vancouver, Canada

2005 – Finalist – The Artist’s Magazine – Portraits – U.S.A.

2004 – Best Water Media of Show – CIPA Nation Exhibition – Masters Gallery- Calgary

2004 – Finalist – The Artist’s Magazine – Portraits – U.S.A.

2003 – Opus Award – Paintings on the Edge International Exhibition -Vancouver

2003 – Finalist – Artist’s Magazine – Portraits – U.S.A.

2003 – Silver Medal, Canadian Institute of Portrait Artists – Canada

2002 – Gold Medal, New York Adirondacks International Exhibition – U.S.A.

2002 –Honorable Mention – Artist’s Magazine Competition – U.S.A.

2001 – A.W.S. – Silver Medal of Honor – U.S.A.

2001 – C.W.A. – Silver Medal – U.S.A.

2001 – Finalist – Artists Magazine – Portraits – U.S.A.

2000 – C.S.P.W.C. – S.J. Sloan Award – A Brush with History – Ontario

2000 – C.S.P.W.C. – H. K. Holbein Award – Open Watercolour Exhibition – Ontario

2000 – Watercolour West – National Watercolour Society Award U.S.A.

1999 – Honorable Mention – Artists’ Magazine – Portraits – U.S.A.

1999 – The Evans Award – Vancouver, B.C.

1999 – 1st Place – Signature Show, Western Canadian Artists F.C.A. – Alberta

1998 – 4th Place – Windsor and Newton International Watercolour Competition – U.S.A.

Selected Publications

Author of upcoming North Light publication Spring 2018 “Artfully Abstract”

Author of “Mixed Media Painting Workshop” North Light Publications, Fall 2013

Author of “Expressive Portraits: Creative Methods for Painting People” North Light Pub., fall 2007

Author of “Artists Pocket Guide to Better Painting” 2010

North Light Publication “Sketchbook Confidentials” 2010

Acrylic Artist Magazine 2016,15

Watercolor Essentials Magazine (Watercolor Artist) July 2016

Watercolor Artist/Magic 2013, 2011, 10, 2008, 06, 05, 04, 03, 02, 01

CCP Video of Jean’s work available in 2010

American Artist Watercolor Summer Issue- Feature article, 2009

Wyoming Tribune Eagle, Article by Karen Cotton June 16, 2009

Feature Water Media Artist for Daniel Smith International 2009 Catalogue

Artist’s Magazine 2015, 14, 13,12, 11, 10, 09, 08, 07, 06, 05, 04, 03, 01, 02, 01, and 99

Canada’s Who’s Who 2017, 16,15,14,13, 12, 11, 10, 09, 08, 07, 06, 05, 04, 03, 02 Editions

International Artist 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004

Best of Splash 20 Years of Contemporary Watercolors 2014

Splash 14,10, 9, 8 – F& W Publications – 2007, 06, 04

Magazin’Art – October – 2005

The First Seventy Years – Historical Book A.S.A. – 2000

Our World in the Year 2000 – Windsor and Newton


Contributing Editor for “The Artist’s Magazine”

Chairperson for National CSPWC Water Media Symposium- University of Calgary

Red Deer College – Series 2016, 15, 14, 13, 12, 11, 10, 09, 08, 07, 06, 05, 04

Alberta College of Art and Design – Extension, 2000 – 2017

C.B.E. – Art Education, 1985-1999

Variety of workshops taught to groups across Canada/ U.S.A.

1985 – B.Ed. from the University of Calgary (Major in Fine Arts)

1983 – B.P.E. from the University of Calgary

Both Jean and Linda can’t wait to meet you in September for an unforgettable week!