JUST ADDED ~ Pacific Grove, California, workshop in February of 2015

A quick update for you ~ Marie Otero and I want to thank you for filling the Charlotte workshop ~ we are delighted to be able to offer you further instruction in Corel Painter X3 as well as PhotoShop.

Announcing our new workshop ~ Pacific Grove, California, in February of 2015 ~ details will be here as well as on our new Facebook page:  Photography and Painted Works Excursions.  Please join our Facebook page, we would love to see you there.  We will be sharing images, workshops, notes, and much more.  Please contact Marie Otero or Karen Burns with questions.  I will be adding links here:  Photography and Painted Works Excursions for accommodations in the Pacific Grove area.  Just be sure to ask for “off season” rates.

Looking forward to shooting and painting along the coast with you!  Please read some of the Testimonials from our students.




Photography and Painted Works Excursions Cancellation Policy:

Please note: This Cancellation Policy is applicable for Marie Otero and Karen Burns Photography and Painting workshops within the Continental United States only. For cancellation policies on all other workshops (those outside the continental US and abroad), please check on the website page specific to that workshop.

If cancellation is made 60 or more days prior to the beginning of a workshop date, a full refund will be made less a $100 processing fee. If cancellation is made less than 60 days prior to the  beginning of a workshop, one half of the workshop fee will be refunded. Cancellations of 30 days or less from beginning date of a workshop, no refunds will be issued. If a workshop is cancelled by PHOTOGRAPHY and PAINTED WORKS EXCURSIONS, the entire workshop fee will be refunded.

3-Day Beginner Corel X3, CA

3-Day Intermediate Corel X3,CA

Beginning & Intermediate, CA

Below is the information for the October workshop.  This workshop is FULL at this time. October-Painting-Workshop-Info_Page_1-931webOctober-Painting-Workshop-Info_Page_2-931web Remember, a great place to find tutorials is UTube.

Also, one of my favorite place for information is:  PaintBoxTV

To see what previous students have said about our workshops, please see the TESTIMONIALS page link in the sidebar.

Please contact Karen Burns or Marie Otero with questions.

Yes, bring your cameras. Students are already booking rooms, some say that the Hampton Inn is reasonable ~ book early as it is a ‘holiday’ weekend (Columbus Day). The price of the workshop is $750. This workshop in Charlotte, NC, is now full ~ thank you to those who have signed up.  We look forward to seeing you in October!!  Get ready to push some pixels 🙂

Charlotte, NC, Workshop

Below is the information for Southern France, 2015.  At this time, one half of the spaces are reserved.

PROMO USE THIS ONE FOR BLOG Here’s a This is a fabulous opportunity to immerse yourself , your camera and your digital paint brushes into the glorious scenery and wonder of the French countryside surrounding the medieval village of Durfort. Not only will we be exploring Languedoc, taking lots of photographs and learning more about your camera and how to capture that perfect moment, we will also be taking your images back to our cozy workroom and spending time together learning how best to process those images in Lightroom and/or Photoshop and how to give them that fantastic zing you see in those travel magazines!

As if that was not enough, we are also going to embark on some creative explorations and show you how to craft dreamy composites and photo montages in Photoshop AND how to interpret your work in a painterly fashion using Photoshop and Corel Painter X3. Your week of photography and digital art explorations will leave you with a wonderful portfolio of images to document this fabulous experience.

The workshop is being hosted by award winning Photographer and Photoshop Teacher, Marie Otero and the talented Photoshop Artist and Digital Painter, Karen Burns. Our workshop days will include daily field trips, photography instruction, digital post processing along with Photoshop and Corel X3 Painter Instruction. There will be Open studio at night where Marie & Karen will be happy to work with you on the processing of your images.


Side-Alley-in-Ricaud-WM-Flickr . Cost The cost is $2,350USD and includes:

. Seven nights lodging in a charming French home –La Cascade – twin share rooms.

. All breakfasts – served continental style.

. 3 lunches and 3 dinners prepared by our private chef Nese at La Cascade.  Dinner includes wine.

. Camera and Photography instruction during local excursions

. Workshop instruction and support from TWO instructors.

. Instructional materials and extra bonus downloads.

. Access to class materials after you get home.

. Internet access and 24-hour open studio

. (NOTE) Price does not include airfare, trip insurance or transport from Toulouse Airport. A Hire car is strongly recommended, as little public transport is available in this part of the world.  You will also need transport for various more far flung excursions away from Durfort. (Shared car rental cost is approx $150)

All meals taken at La Cascade are included in your workshop fee.

Meals at other restaurants will be at student’s expense.

Contact Marie at marie@lostaussie.com or Karen at paintedworks@me.com if you have any questions or wish to reserve a space.


The French Countryside

About The Instructors

Karen Burns, Mixed Media Artist uses original photography, processing images in PhotoShop and/or Corel Painter, pushing pixels with digital brushes on digital canvas, one layer at a time.   Karen lives in Northern California halfway between the mountains of Tahoe and the city of San Francisco, working in her studio on digital imagery. Her pigment prints are on Epson Exhibition Canvas using Ultra Chrome Pigment Inks.  After printing, acrylic paints and mediums are often added to the surface to highlight areas and add depth.  Her work can be seen in several galleries in Northern California as well as on her website PaintedWorksByKB.com and her portfolio at 500px.com

Marie Otero has been teaching Photoshop classes online and at various art retreats around the world since 2009.  Her Mixed Media and Digital Artwork has been published in such magazines as Cloth Paper Scissors, Quilting Arts, Stampington’sArtful Blogging and Digital Arts. Marie’s work also appears in a number of books including Digital Expressions, Exhibition 36 and In This Garden.  In 2013 Marie won a number of International Photographic Awards including a Royal Photographic Society Gold medal for her image Shipwrecked Stranger and Gold Medals for her Black and White Architecture work and Creative compositions .  You can see Marie’s daily work at lostaussie.com and her current portfolio at 500px .

Fine Print

~ a $400 deposit will reserve your space.

~ full payment will be required by 23rd June 2015 to hold your place.

~ cancellations up to 1st June, 2015 will receive a 75% refund of the deposit money.

~ cancellations after 1st July, 2015 will receive a 50% return of monies paid, excluding the deposit.

~ cancellations after 23rd August will result in the forfeit of all monies paid.

~ Travel Insurance is recommended.  Marie Otero nor Karen Burns accept any liability for loss, damage or personal injury to person or property during the workshop.   Please contact me at:  PaintedWorks@me.com ~or~ Marie Otero at:  Marie@LostAussie.com for information


deposit for S. France workshop

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  • Karen Burns

    Finalizing plans ~ReplyCancel

  • Gail Rinard

    sounds like fun.. would love to go however between Ireland and Italy this year , it would be a stretch to add in another trip.. perhaps down the road next year? ReplyCancel

  • Karen Burns

    Pricing and Particulars are posted ~ReplyCancel

  • Nancy Neupert

    Sounds just wonderful!

  • Karen Burns

    PayPal Button coming soon ~ We will be staying here: http://www.gwengibson.com/lacascade.htmReplyCancel

  • Karen Burns

    PayPal Button has been added. You can now secure your place in the workshop. ReplyCancel

  • Karen Burns

    A new week for 2015 has been added ~ join us September 23rd through 30th ~ this page will be updated shortly to reflect additional informationReplyCancel

  • Rhonda Nash Stansberry

    Are you teaching classes in California as well? I can’t do an overseas trip but one in the states just might work! ReplyCancel

  • Karen Burns

    Southern France, September 23rd through 30th, 2015ReplyCancel

  • Karen Burns

    Southern France, September 23rd through 30th 2015
    Charlotte, North Carolina, October 11th through 13th 2014ReplyCancel

  • Karen Burns

    Charlotte, NC, workshop information is posted! We are very excited to bring you 3 days of processing and painting. . . ReplyCancel

  • Karen Burns

    Thank you for those who have signed up for the Charlotte Workshop ~ 2 spaces remain
    And Thank you for those who have signed up for France ~ we are now half full for the September 2015 trip. (See you there Debi Monolbano !)ReplyCancel

  • Karen Burns

    New workshop just announced for the West Coast. Marie Otero and Karen Burns are offering a photographic/paint work excursion hosted from Pacific Grove, California. ReplyCancel

  • Karen Burns

    Thank you Tracy Counts ~ you will enjoy the time in Pacific Grove/Carmel/Monterey with Marie Otero and me!!ReplyCancel