Join Me in Tuscany This  Fall

October 8-15, 2022

Different Strokes in Tuscany

The magic and inspiration that is Italy  in the fall will come to life in the enchanting hills of Chianti.  Participants will learn a variety of techniques in both water color and/or oil as we explore the infinite possibilities for creative expression.

A serene setting, glorious vistas, delightful folks and a long and interesting history will guide us through our unforgettable experience as we visit local hill towns, incredible wineries, enjoy a cooking class, snap numerous reference photos, and form new friendships.

In the studio you’ll be encouraged to paint what you love as your instructor guides you and assists you through any “rough spots,” or you can follow along with step-by-step  studio lessons either from life or photographs.  Numerous plein air opportunities will also be offered.

Fall in love with Tuscany as we discover why so many artists both past and present return time and again for inspiration and ambience.  

This workshop will be taught by award-winning artist, Carmen Gardner.
Our painting days will be combined with other adventures such as:
    •    Day trip to Medieval Siena to sketch, take photos, explore and shop
    •    Excursions to nearby hill towns like Radda, Castellina, Monteriggioni, etc.
    •    Visit to a Chianti winery for a tour and tasting
    •    Variety of plein air locations to paint landscapes, villages, and the Tuscan light
    •    Discussions of Tuscan cuisine with our chef

After excursions or painting on location, we’ll return each evening to relax in our 1,000 year old monastery to enjoy the newly added spa, enjoy a glass of wine and an informal critique of the day’s work or Q & A discussions. Then we will move to the dining room (the authentic refectory where the monks used to assemble) to enjoy our local chef’s authentic, gourmet home-made Tuscan meal, recapping the day’s adventure with good company.  The folks at Il Chiostro are known for hosting firsts class workshops filled with memorable experiences for everyone, painter or non-painter, JOIN US!


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***POSTPONED*** (details when available)

SPAIN May 2022 Workshop, tour . . . Painting, art museums, small villages, towns, cooking class, music, history SPAIN!!! 



May 3-13, 2022


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Borgo San Fedele, our venue in Chianti

 Non painters welcome!


Just $2795 per person includes pick up in Florence, most meals (full breakfast each day and gourmet dinners with wine, transportation to excursions and more!


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••••• "Chiiko" Art Maui Image Award 2009 •••••

 "It has been said that art is a tryst, for in the joy of it maker and beholder meet."  ~Kojiro Tomita

"I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way - things I had no words for."  ~Georgia O'Keeffe

When folks ask me why I paint, I've wondered myself at the answer . . . what should I say?  Because it brings me joy?  Because I want to share that joy with others?  The answer comes to me every time I pick up a brush.  Every time I mix a color or watch pigment mingle on the canvas . . . I realize then, it is about the process.

For me, the deeper meaning in what I paint, lies in my passion to preserve the Maui I discovered when I came "home" in 1981.  The greens are greener here, the ocean bluer, the skies full of drama and light . . . but the true Maui is in the kama'aina, the kupuna who are leaving us.  They are the spirit behind the word "aloha," they are teaching me to see.  I hope to continue learning to view Maui not only through the eyes of an artist, but through the aging eyes of her beautiful people, and that I may one day come close to adequately saying with color and shapes that which I have "no words for."

E komo mai.

I hope you will get a positive impression of my artwork and maybe even take some home with you.

Call me to make an appointment to stop by my Haiku, Maui studio - visitors are always welcome!

With fond aloha,


Carmen is interviewed by Bill Best

at her Haiku, Maui studio


Mary Whyte on Maui


Watercolor Portrait & Figure
March 27-28, 2015

C. Gardner Studios,

Haiku, Maui, Hawaii
For 12 students of all levels


(includes snacks and model fees)
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Join Carmen for one of her popular watercolor workshops!

"Lily Dance" Transparent Watercolor Available for Purchase at Hana Coast Gallery



"Fabulous Florals"

Discover the magic of the underpainting and creating luminous florals in this fun, two-day workshop! Carmen will provide indepth coverage of color relationships, modeling for form and value, glazing, and more! Participants will learn the basic essentials required to plan and execute a piece filled with intensity and light.


Materials List for Carmen's Workshops
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Suggested Paint List
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Check out the Daniel Smith Blog!  Carmen's one of the winners of their 11th Annual National Art Competition!


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"Bubba" Transparent Watercolor

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"Kalawao Blues" Oil on canvas 18X24" Available for Purchase

Carmen is proud to have her painting "Kalawao Blues" 











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Are you looking for a great piece of artwork for your home or work place? This online gallery presents you with an overview of  Carmen's artwork, and you can also contact her directly. We're sure you'll find something that suits your taste and artistic needs... if not, commissions are gladly accepted.




Art … in View

March 15, 2012
The Maui News

Viewpoints Gallery in Makawao will unveil new works by five Hawaii artists during an exhibition opening this week and continuing through April 19.

Meet the artists - painters Joseph Fletcher, Michael Clements and Carmen Gardner, and sculptors Jazz Glickenhaus and Vince Hogan - during the opening reception at 5 p.m. Friday.

Fletcher "honors the moment and dedicates the craft to recording the living history of Maui in a strong and vibrant manner"; Clements catches "light and color in its constantly changing states"; Gardner's "watercolor celebration of Maui is a luminious tribute to the people, special moments and natural beauty"; Glickenhaus focuses on "abstract and realism, finding a point in the middle where these two styles can come together"; and Hogan, who has been turning Maui hardwoods for decades, creates "spectacular traditional and contemporary pieces," according to a gallery release.

Viewpoints is located at 3620 Baldwin Ave. For details, call the gallery at 572-5979.

"Waianapanapa White"

February 2012 issue of

Maui No Ka 'Oi magazine! 


Carmen's painting of Kumu Hula, Hokulani Holt, is featured on page 39!



"Na wiliwili o ka aina"

Malama Wao Akua Juried Exhibition 2011


Carmen is proud to have two works accepted into this year's juried show at Viewpoints Gallery in Makawao . . . now thru December 2, 2011.  Don't miss this exceptional exhibition.  A partnership with East Maui Watershed, partial proceeds to benefit and protect our native species . . .







Read the article, pubished in the Daniel Smith catalog . . . "The Four Basic Watercolor Washes"


by Carmen Gardner



"Maui Christmas" holiday cards


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