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Michelle Held 
Wednesday, November 8 at 11AM - Sunday, November 12, 2023 at 2PM


Hone your skills and add a touch of Pizazz!!

Michelle is excited to help you further your painting career!!

Michelle will work with you all individually and lift you as a group. She has a passion to teach and push you. Michelle will cover not only traditional aspects of plein air, but help you dive deeper with light effects that will illuminate all of your paintings. We will start by breaking the process down.

Focusing on Design and Composition, the intense importance of value, then leading you to the fun exciting process of brushwork, edges and fun tools that will insure your voice is unique to you. 

Michelle will be helping you learn perspective in the landscape. She will help you with technique, brushwork and edges to add dimension to all your inspired paintings. Michelle will share easy ways to achieve 1 and 2 point perspective and continuing to explore deeper in aspects of atmospheric perspective! 

This will all add depth in your inspired paintings. Exploring a new landscape will continue to help you grow and GROW!!

Creativity is abundant within you. Come get inspired and ignite a fire!!

MIchelle is very passionate about the morning glow of a waking sun illuminating beautiful egrets!! Michelle will be adding a BONUS bird day to this workshop! You will learn skills that you can take into future paintings, be it a bird, boat or anything in your imagination!


Michelle believes that evoking a feeling of light, space, and passion is the key to any successful contemporary painting. 


Much like a pink spoonbill soaring through the dusky evening twilight, Michelle brings with her a splash of vibrancy, a flutter of unique perspective, and the bewitching song of nature in its truest form.

Born and raised in Maryland, Michelle knew from a young age that she was meant to fly the vast skies of the art world with a palette and paints tucked beneath her eager wings. Passionately working as an artist and business owner for the past 25 years, Michelle has been living out her dreams in Sarasota, Florida. Michelle currently participates in invitational paint outs and is widely collected throughout the United States. She is also represented in 3 thriving galleries.

Her success in the art world has come from her winning combination of creative spark and imaginative nature along with her meticulous attention to detail. Often commissioned for custom paintings as well as murals, Michelle’s  passion for wildlife and its ecosystems brought her to embrace the natural world through painting from life .

From serene, swampy marshes draped in ancient Spanish moss to tiny, rickety oyster towns bursting with rainbow buoys and boats, there is always a sight to behold. MIchelle is passionate about the morning glow of a waking sun illuminating an observant egret, the conversation between a fisherman and a hungry pelican testing its luck, or the simplistic beauty of a half peeled clementine, bursting with flavor and juicy color.

Michelle believes that evoking a feeling of light, space, and passion is the key to any successful contemporary painting. Michelle gives attention to composition, design and value and gives credence to a “go with the flow” attitude as well, and lets the painting direct her, instead of imposing her will on it throughout the entire process.

Plein air has set flight to many paint outs, including Easton, Forgotten Coast, Lighthouse Art Center and many more. Achieving many awards throughout this journey, her favorite ones are the artist choice awards. The real victory however, has come with her love of teaching. There were so many who encouraged her, Michelle finds that paying it forward is the best way to fulfill the soul. 

Taking a note from the birds she so loves to paint, Michelle approaches painting like flight, letting the swells and surges of the wind carry her and her brushes through those brilliant beautiful skies.


fall Johns Island, SC retreat rate:

FOUR all-inclusive spots for $2050

includes oil instruction, a goodie bag, a sunset boat cruise, evening wind down/deep stretch yoga, 2 additional creative mini sessions, all meals (dinners by private chef) & fine natural wine and accommodations 
(4 females in private rooms + sharing a bathroom)

FOUR commuter spots for $1550

includes everything minus nightly accommodations

(male or female)

A deposit of $500 is due upon reservation via Venmo

with the balance due 4 weeks prior to your retreat start date.

Payment is non-refundable, but transferable to another

attendee for the same retreat.

Your deposit acknowledges your responsibility in assisting Fallon,

Field & Flow Founder and Director, in finding your replacement.


Should COVID-19 or an unforeseen emergency keep us from having the retreat on the scheduled dates, reschedule dates will be set and your payment will be transferred to that retreat. If you're unable to come to the rescheduled retreat, you'll be reimbursed 100% of your payment on day one of the new retreat.

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