Christa Thomas (@christa_thomas)

We walked through this Magical grove of coastal redwoods to a beautiful and nearly deserted beach. Coastal redwoods can live 1200-1800 years. It’s hard to capture their majesty on a small 6x8” painting. #watercolorpaintings   #redwoods   #mendocinocoast   #artwork   #artistsofinstagram   #magic   #treehugger   #eatpaintlovemendocino2020   #womensartretreat  

Painting lighthouses and windswept trees today. And looking forward to being here in person again. If you’d like to paint the Mendocino coast with us in May, see my previous posts or check the link for our eatpaintlovemendocino2020 retreat @pointarenalighthouse #watercolorpainting   #womensartretreat   #artworkshop   #beachpainting   #coastalart   #womenartists   #travellingartist   #aplacetopaint  

Hello Beautiful Souls! Registration is now open for our “WildCoast-WildArt Painting and Other Adventures at the Point Arena Lighthouse” Art Retreat! And we have a shiny new eat.paint.love website to tell you all about it! Link is in bio. Join us on the beautiful Mendocino Coast 5/30-6/5 2020. It’s a stunning location and will only be more special if you are there too. Early bird discount if you sign up by 12/10. Let’s go paint on the coast! Xoxo Kelly, Marie, and Christa #womensartretreat   #artworkshop   #newwebsite   #womenartists   #travellingartist   #womenwhopaint   #aplacetopaint   #pointarenacalifornia   #beachartist   #mendocinocoast   #mendocinoartworkshop   #getoutsideandpaint   eatpaintlovemendocino2020 @marielauredelagecarlson @kellyberkeyart @christa_thomas

Save the Date! Wild Coast-Wild Art. Painting and Other Adventures at the Point Arena Lighthouse on the Stunning Mendocino Coast of California May 30-June 5 2020. We will stay in the cozy lighthouse keepers cottages surrounded on three sides by the Wild Pacific. We will explore oils, watercolors and more, in our studio space and plein air. Highlights include a guided wildflower hike, mead tasting, redwoods, dramatic coastline, and a mini-safari to a wildlife preserve where you might get kissed by a giraffe! We love to eat, so we will enjoy yummy, locally sourced home cooked meals and a couple of meals out. Make some art, great memories, and friends for life. Don’t forget to watch for passing whales! Registration will open Nov 10 with an early bird discount. Space is limited. Stay tuned for more info! Xoxo #womensartretreat   #artworkshop   #travellingartist   #womenartists   #mendocinocoast   #paintingnature   #mendocinoartretreat   #takethetrip   #womenwhopaint   wildcoastwildart2020 @pointarenalighthouse @eatpaintloveartretreats @marielauredelagecarlson @kellyberkeyart @christa_thomas

Happy Halloween!! Experimenting with black watercolor paper while handing out candy! What do you think? I used my regular watercolors, white gouache, pastel pencils and some gold metallic. The paper buckled a lot, but I love the black background. Happy Halloween! I’m off to raid my candy bowl. #pumpkin   #autumnvibes🍁   #watercolor   #artwork   #fallishere   #autumnartwork  

Poppies in Monet’s Garden. Inspired by my visit to Giverny last June. Watercolor and pastels and some metallic gold that’s hard to photograph. Just a touch of spring as we head further into fall. #artistsoninstagram   #travellingartist   #artinspiration   #poppies   #monetsgarden   #watercolor   #mixedmedia   #flowerpainting  

wip last June I visited Monet’s garden at Giverny which was just overwhelming to the senses. The flowers and their heavenly scents, the buzzing of bees and other insects and the birdsong were all enough to make you swoon. I’m going to finally try to capture some of that in some paintings. Here’s a peek at the first in progress. Watercolor and mixed media. #poppies   #monetsgarden   #artinspiration   #womensartretreat   #travellingartist   #paintinginspiration   #giverny   #ididntwanttoleave   #artistsoninstagram  

Thinking back to just over a week ago when we visited @pointarenalighthouse and how beautiful the sunsets were. Tonight’s sunset in Sonoma County was red from smoke. I finished this painting today while I listened to the scanner and the firefighters on the ground and in the air working so hard to get a handle on the fire. Great job and a million kudos to those brave women and men. Grateful that I didn’t need to evacuate and I still have power. I did pack the essentials, art supplies of course, and other stuff too just in case a couple of nights ago. I think we are safe where we are now and my heart goes out to those still worried about their homes and wondering when they can come back home. Hopefully we can light the way back home for all of you soon. #artist   #sunsetpainting   #lighthousepainting   #artisgoodforthesoul   #oilpainting   #landscapepainting   #beachpainting   #pointarena  

#Happy   internationalartistday I hope you all get out there and get your art on in whatever way makes you happy! #artisgoodforthesoul   #artlove   #create   #womenwhopaint   #artist  

wip getting started on this painting inspired by our weekend at @pointarenalighthouse on the edge of the earth it felt like. Certainly the most western point of the continental U.S. The crashing Wild Pacific Ocean on three sides of the point. It’s exhilarating and incredibly relaxing at the same time. And the sunsets and sunrises beg to be painted. Oil on canvas #oilpainting   #artistsoninstagram   #paintedsunset   #sunset   #womenwhopaint   #womensartretreat   #mendocinocoast   #beachpainting  

Repost from @eatpaintloveartretreats I had never climbed all the way up in a lighthouse before but we did just that this weekend: 145 steps to be at the very top of the tallest lighthouse on the West Coast. Stunning. #lighthouse   #beautiful   #ocean   #northerncaliforniacoast   #gooutside   #goodmorning   #ocean   #naturephotography   #nature   #friendship   #sunset   #family   #weekend   #artist   #artistsoninstagram   #artretreat   #womensartretreat   #eatpaintloveartretreat   #sunrise   #inspiration  

A very quick watercolor study of the Mendocino sunset. So many paintings whirling around my head after our weekend on the wild Pacific coast. #watercolor   #sunset   #artist   #artinspiration   womensartretreat @eatpaintloveartretreats #pointarenalighthouse   #mendocinocoast  

Good morning! We don’t want to leave! So much painting inspiration! So many stunning views in every direction! We can’t wait to come back.... plans are underway... #pointarenacalifornia   #artinspiration   #wildpacific   #womensartretreat   #travellingartist   #womenwhopaint   #paintyourselfhere   mendocinocoast @eatpaintloveartretreats @marielauredelagecarlson @kellyberkeyart #nofilter  

Last nights sunset was breathtaking. Is it time to paint yet? Coffee and breakfast first!! with @marielauredelagecarlson at the beautiful #pointarenacalifornia   #aplacetopaint   #artretreats   #womensartretreat   travellingartist @eatpaintloveartretreats

Repost @eatpaintloveartretreats with @get_repost ・・・ Christa and Marie are having an adventure this weekend and have found a beautiful inspiring place to paint. We are surrounded on three sides by the wild Pacific. It's so invigorating and inspiring and thank goodness we have a car full of art supplies. We might be making some big plans. Stay tuned... #art   #artist   #artistsoninstagram   #painting   #artretreat   #womensartretreat   #ocean   #lighthouse   #naturephotography   #nature   #beautiful   #eatpaintloveartretreat   #inspiration   #californiacoast  

SOLD Look at how nice these cuties looked all framed and ready to go their new home tonight! (Pastel) #pastel   #artwork   #chickenpainting   #roosterpainting   #pastelpainting   #artistsofinstagram  

**SOLD** Fluke... a continuation of the marine life theme I’ve been on the last week. I am having fun and beginning to make friends with watercolor! I think I will do one more whale and still want to try an otter. More sea life to come! #watercolor   #mixedmedia   #whaletail   #whale   #oceanlife   #keepouroceansclean   #itstheirhome   #artwork   #artistsofinstagram   #oceanpainting   #oceanart   #watercolor_daily  

Continuing on with my marine life theme. See previous posts also. Next will be a crab, mama with baby otter and I’m not sure what else. Water color and pastel. #seahorse   #watercolor   #oceanart   #beachpainting   #keepouroceansclean   #seacreatures   #artwork   #artistsofinstagram  

narwhal with a shiny silver tusk. Another lovely creature making his home in the sea. #oceanart   #keepouroceansclean   #artwork   #watercolor   #seacreatures   #beachpainting   #artistsofinstagram   #underthesea  

Sea Turtle - watercolor and pastel with a bit of metallic for fancy. She was fun to paint. I may fiddle with her a bit more or leave her as is. Clearly I’ve got a sea creature thing going on. There’s a narwhal in the works and maybe a an otter and her baby. What else? Just a reminder that the ocean is home to many beautiful beings and we really need to take better care of it and them. #seaturtle   #oceanpainting   #beachpainting   #watercolor   #mixedmedia   #artistsofinstagram   #artwork   #keepouroceansclean  

Jelly with watercolor and pastel. Some metallic in there too, but it never photographs well. #jellyfish   #beautifulcreatures   #artistsofinstagram   #beachpainting   #underthesea   #watercolor   #mixedmedia   #artwork   #oceanpainting   #keepouroceansclean  

Breach! Watercolor on paper about 11x13”. No power? No problem! Paint while the sun shines. #whale   #watercolor   #artwork   #artistsofinstagram   #saveouroceans   #beachpainting   #beautifulcreatures  

Thinking back to June in Paris when I was sitting on a bench at the Pont Neuf on the Île de la Cité on the Seine painting the river and barges and pinching myself. It was like a dream. #travelingartists   #watercolor   #womenwhopaint   #paintinginparis  

I think I’ve finally finished these little guys. 6x6” oil on wood. Hard to capture the true colors in my phone today for some reason. #beachpainting   #artwork   #artistsofinstagram   #sandpipers   #obxart  

I miss the beach... I miss my mermaids... I miss the horses... not sure I’m ready to be back to real life. #eatpaintloveobx2019   #womensartretreat   #obxartretreat   #beachpainting   #carova  

It is National Daughters Day I’m told. Well here is mine💕 She is one of the most compassionate and strong and funny women I know. I love you! Xoxo @_lucymt #nationaldaughtersday  

My sweet friend @marielauredelagecarlson took these great photos of me the other day. What a gorgeous day to be out with my easel and my toes in the water while I painted. I couldn’t stop grinning! (And yes, I had stuck my paintbrushes in my ponytail!) #eatpaintloveartretreats   #womenwhopaint   #pleinair   #beachpainting   #womensartretreat   #obxartretreat   #obxartists   #twiddyobx   carova @eatpaintloveartretreats #myhappyplace   #artistsofinstagram   #blueskies   #carolinablueskies   #rosemarybrushes   #sennelierrivegauche  

I painted another mermaid today and finished her up while watching a movie with the remaining art girls (Mama Mia) watercolor and pastel. Scroll to see the whole painting. #artwork   #beachpainting   #womensartretreat   #eatpaintloveobx2019   #womenwhopaint   #mermaidart   #mermaid  

What a special week this has been. We’ve painted together and shared some new mediums and techniques. Laughed A Lot! Provided love and shared special memories. Eaten a lot of yummy food and drank a bit of wine. And enjoyed this gorgeous little piece of heaven way up on the north end of the Outer Banks. This has been my happy place for over 40 years and I’m so happy to share it with these ladies who love it as much as I do. We will be back again next year. #artfriends   #womensartretreat   #womenartists   #obxartretreat   eatpaintloveobx2019 @eatpaintloveartretreats @ursula_woll @marielauredelagecarlson @kellyberkeyart #carovabeach