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Painting Paradise: Landscapes and Seascapes in Oils and Acrylics with Elena Parashko 21 – 28 June 2014

Sunset over Savusavu Bay outside Daku Resort

Sunset over Savusavu Bay outside Daku Resort

This course is confirmed to go ahead. Only one space left.

Elena Parashko is returning to Fiji for her fourth retreat. She knows and loves the views out over the bay from Daku resort, the tide lapping at the beach under the raintree at the end of the peninsula, the constantly changing light on the mountains in the distance. It’s a subject matter of endless joy and she will show you how to make the most of it.

During this week you will learn how to paint the basic elements of any seascape and landscape in a realistic style. You will learn how to paint sky and clouds, beach scenes with sand, rocks and a foam wash, how to capture the movement of waves with ripple effects, reflections in water, adding people or boats to a scene as well as mountain landscapes with coconut trees and other vegetation. We will be using acrylic paint in Fiji but the techniques learned can also be successfully applied to oil paints when you return home.

Painting the seascape with feet in the water

Painting the seascape with feet in the water

Each workshop is structured around a group demonstration of a particular subject while on location followed by individual tuition. We will be covering aspects of art theory such as designing balanced compositions, blending techniques, aerial perspective and linear perspective, colour mixing, creating the illusion of texture, tone, as well as the use of light and shadow. As well as these actual painting techniques, we will also be learning how to paint “en plein air”. That means painting outdoors on location and dealing with the elements. All painting locations are a short drive from Daku Resort, with shade trees to paint under and the most picturesque views. In the event of rain, painting will be done from one of the villas at Daku Resort which has gorgeous views looking out onto Savusavu Bay.

All skill levels are welcome in these workshops, from beginners through to experienced painters.

AUD $1850 twin share
Single supplement: $350
Non-painting partners: $950

Program Includes
Return airport transfers from Savusavu to Daku Resort.
7 nights accommodation at Daku Resort in traditional bures with private facilities.
Breakfasts, lunches and dinners are provided.
Course fees.
Lectures and excursions as indicated.

Program Excludes
Comprehensive Travel Insurance.
Optional activities not listed on the program.
Costs of a personal nature such as laundry, massages, private trips.
Meals taken in transit at the airport.


Contact us with any questions, or  make a booking here.
(02) 8094 1613 or email

For enquiries about the painting workshops contact Elena on 0404 032 785 or

Return to Paradise

Return to Paradise

Elena Parashko is an award winning artist, teacher and writer from Sydney, Australia. She has received a number of corporate and government commissions with her artwork held in private and corporate collections throughout the world.

Every 6 months Elena is artist in residence on Hamilton Island for 4 weeks. During this residency she teaches art classes to children and adults and has an exhibition of her seascapes in Hamilton Island Art Gallery. In August 2014 she will participate in L’ Ateliers des Artistes program at Le Meridien in Tahiti. For the month, guests will be able to wander through the artists’ space and watch Elena create her artwork as well as take an art class under her tuition. Her unique seascapes will also be on exhibition at the Atelier and every second Thursday night she will be talking about her art at the “Cafe des Artistes”.

Elena’s artwork has been featured in Australian Artist magazine, Artist’s Palette, Australian Decorative Painting, Artist’s Back to Basics, Ocean, Fine Art and Decorative Painting, Honestly Woman, Australian Coastal Home, Finally at 40… Life Begins, Modern Home, My Home and Home Ideas magazines. Elena contributes step by step painting demonstrations to the English magazine Leisure Painter. She is also a contributing writer for the American business magazine, Professional Artist, with a monthly motivational article for artists.

Elena is a trained teacher with a Certificate in Visual Arts, Bachelor of Education and Masters in Adult Education who enjoys teaching art to children and adults. She has over 20 years teaching experience. She also acts as an art therapist to intellectually and physically disabled adults. She sees her challenge as to inspire others, no matter their circumstances, through sharing her passion for artistic creation – the process as well as the product.

View Elena’s online gallery at:

The Programme

The programme is structured around morning workshops with afternoons for activities and free time to enjoy a massage, snorkelling, relaxing by the pool or continuing to paint.

Saturday 21 June
Domestic flight to Daku Resort in Savusavu.
6.00 pm Welcome ceremony
7.00 pm Dinner

Sunday 22 June
9.00 am – 12.30 pm Workshop 1: Rain Tree location
- How to set up for “en plein air” painting
- How to use a viewfinder to select a composition
- Painting sky and clouds
- Blending techniques
1.00 pm Lunch
2.00 pm Tapa demonstration
Afternoon: Free time
7.00 pm Dinner

Monday 23 June
9.00 am – 12.30 pm Workshop 2: Rain tree location
- Painting the view down a beach
- Reflections in water
- Perspective lines of waves
- Colour mixing
1.00 pm Lunch
Afternoon: Trip to Savusavu Town to see local market and shops
7.00 pm Dinner

Tuesday 24 June
9.00 am – 12.30 pm Workshop 3: Devodara Beach location

Devodara beach

Devodara beach

- Painting the view out to sea
- Ocean ripples and waves washing onto sand and rocks
- Creating the illusion of texture
1.00 pm Picnic lunch
2.00 pm Swimming at Devodara Beach
7.00 pm Dinner

Wednesday 25 June
9.00 am – 12.30 pm Workshop 4: Savusavu Town location (view of Nawi Island and boats)
- Painting a landscape with mountains, tropical vegetation and boats
- Tone
- Aerial perspective
1.00 pm Lunch
2.00 pm Coconut demonstration
3.00 pm Walk up hill behind Daku
7.00 pm Dinner

Thursday 26 June
9.00 am – 12.30 pm Workshop 5: Daku location
- Adding figures and / or boats
- Light and shadow
- Completing previous paintings
1.00 pm Lunch
Afternoon: Free time for optional activities
7.00 pm Dinner

Friday 27 June
9.00 am- 12.30 pm Workshop 6: Daku location
- Use a viewfinder to choose and paint your own subject using elements learned in previous workshops
1.00 pm Lunch
2.00 pm Visit to local village
7.00 pm Final lovo dinner

Saturday 28 June
Fly from Savusavu back to Nadi
International flight home

Note: the order of workshops may vary depending upon weather conditions.

Materials List
BYO art supplies.   Please note that acrylic paint must be used as oil paints will not dry in the humid Fijian weather
Titanium White
Cadmium Yellow Medium
Cadmium Yellow Light (or Lemon Yellow)
Alizarin Crimson
Cadmium Red (or Scarlet)
Ultramarine Blue
Cerulean Blue
Cobalt Blue

Yellow Oxide (or Yellow Ochre)
Pthalo Green
Burnt Sienna

6 Canvas panels 12” x 10”  (Bring more if you would like to do additional painting in free time)
Stiff synthetic flat brushes No. 2, 4, 6 and 8
Filbert brush No. 2, 4
Liner brush No. 1 or 2
Medium round bristle brush
Disposable Palette (pad of many sheets)
Palette knife (for mixing paint)
Willow charcoal (for drawing composition on canvas)
Clear painting medium (to thin paint for details)
Portable folding easel

Paper towel or tissues (for cleaning palette knife and drying brushes)
Cling wrap (to cover paint on palette)
Pen and pad (if you would like to take additional notes during demonstration, information sheets will be distributed)