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Old Spanish Trail Gallery at Crow's Nest Ranch | Fort Davis, Texas

rock formation illuminated by storm cloud painting
co-sponsored by the Museum of the Big Bend

LIGHTHOUSE IN A STORM 10" x 8" pastel  © Lindy Cook Severns

RIDING THE RED DAWN   22" x 33" pastel © Lindy Cook Severns

while no classes are currently scheduled, this gives you an idea of the format!
How to Use Light to Infuse Landscape Paintings With Magic

Oct 25-27  2019 instruction and painting sessions
plus optional opportunities included on Oct. 24 &Oct 28

Old Spanish Trail Gallery and Museum outside Fort Davis, Texas



tuition payable to Old Spanish Trail Gallery 



scroll for a supply list and suggestions below

9/8/19 Full !


A rare opportunity to immerse yourself in painting while surrounded by museum quality fine art in a gallery high in the mountains of Far West Texas!

Learn new techniques and polish old ones in a relaxed, elegant setting with an intense schedule. Simply be an artist for a few days while expanding your skills and enjoying the view and the company of other painters and Big Bend artist Lindy Cook Severns, who is known for her information-packed classes and personal attention.


Appropriate for artists of all levels. Experience with pastels or landscape painting isn’t necessary. While basic drawing skills are presumed, this class is structured around the individual needs and abilities of each student. You will learn what you’re ready to learn.

Class fee includes three intense days of Instruction and Painting, plus two optional days with unstructured activities. Each artist is welcome to bring a guest to all social events, meals or hikes.

WORKSHOP SCHEDULE for this Davis Mts Gallery Painting Experience


Thursday Oct 24


4:30 -6 pm Wine and Cheese and Heavy Nibbles for artists and their guest

Welcoming Reception and Set-Up Your Table of Supplies


Friday  Oct 25

gallery opens at 8:15 for supply set up for those who couldn’t make it on Thursday evening


Friday-Sunday Oct 25-27 

8:30-9   Coffee and Tea in the gallery while you visit, paint or porch-sit

9 am til 4 or 5 pm* Class Time

Class starts promptly at 9 each day.

Quitting time will vary, but you will receive 6 full hours of instruction and attention daily

*the Gallery opens at 8:30 each morning and closes at the end of class each afternoon. (No after-hours painting)

Mornings:  Lecture, Instruction and Demo followed by a break for lunch and light exploring

Afternoons:  Artists work independently with lots of Lindy’s individual attention

This is an indoor workshop. Easels and tables will be provided for each artist.  Artists are welcome to paint on the gallery porches, weather permitting, but you must bring your own plein air easel.


Saturday evening: Roxa’s Ranch Dinner at headquarters, relaxed hospitality for artists and their guests in a lovely setting most folks will never experience


Monday Oct. 28

Optional: Time In Nature, dawn ‘til noon

Hike the surrounding mountains, take photos, draw or paint outdoors on your own. (The gallery will NOT be open, and Lindy will likely be comatose by then.) No instruction, no guidance, no schedule—this is simply a final chance to soak in the beauty of the Davis Mountains!


$450 tuition is payable to Old Spanish Trail Gallery 

Registration is complete upon receipt of payment. We accept all major credit cards, PayPal and checks.

Enrollment deadline: October 5, 2019


Sending a check? Please let us know that so we don't fill your space before your check arrives!

Enrollment is limited, the deadline, firm. To assure your place in Lindy's class, we highly recommend enrolling thru the secure online link on this gallery website, which will immediately put you on the list.


Limited on-site lodging is available but you must arrange that separately thru Roxa at Crows Nest Ranch (432) 426-3300 or (432) 426-3343.   The gallery cannot make reservations for you nor answer questions about lodging.

Meals, with the delightful exceptions noted above, are not included in the class. Old Spanish Trail Gallery & Museum is on a working ranch miles 15-20 minutes drive from Fort Davis, Texas.  During the workshop, the gallery will be open during the lunch break. There are tables and chairs, two refrigerators to store picnic lunches in, and a microwave. Bring a sack lunch* or purchase light fare we'll have on hand for a nominal fee. 

Artists often enjoy meeting for dinners in in one of the colorful area towns.

LODGING IN FORT DAVIS (15-20 minutes to the gallery):

Mountain Trails Lodge   800-403-3484   Modern Cabins on the edge of town
The Hotel Limpia   800-662-5517           Historic Hotel or modern Motel Rooms in the Orchard House
Fort Davis Drug Store and Hotel    432-426-3939        Historic Rooms Above the Drug Store cafe
Veranda Historic Inn   432-426-2233       B&B in a Garden Setting
Stone Village Tourist Camp, Online reservations at:
Butterfield Inn   432-426-3252        Quaint Cottages
Harvard Hotel   432-426-2500        Modern Hotel Rooms

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Supply Tips and Recommendations

Meet Lindy Cook Severns in this director's clip from the PBS Documentary WESTERN PERSPECTIVE  
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