Placewares+LyndonDesign, just north of Sea Ranch

Placewares+LyndonDesign – April 12

My California Home – Still Life and Landscape Paintings
Opening Reception, April 12, 2014 4-7 pm

Santa Lucias, East of Nepenthe - Erin Lee Gafill
Santa Lucias, East of Nepenthe – 48″ x 48″

“Erin Lee Gafill is back with a major new show of her lovely, warm and richly-painted oils.  A fifth generation California artist, with deep roots on the central coast, Erin lives and paints in the old log house above her family’s legendary restaurant, Nepenthe, in Big Sur.

“She is a prolific, admired and award-winning painter and although she exhibits and teaches in several countries and across the US, she loves being home.

“Through color and form and line and texture, I paint to evoke the awe I feel here at home – to convey the place beyond the place.

Lemons, Two Blue Cups - Erin Lee Gafill
Lemons, Two Blue Cups – 20″ x 24″

“One painting is never enough, so I work in series, through seasons, through years and decades, returning to locations in fact, in memory and in dreams.” Erin is so energetic and enthusiastic; her paintings of local barns, coastal vistas and still lifes reflect this passion.

“My California Home is a celebration of Erin’s oil paintings which capture the essence of place and stir the mind with the beauty of life on the California coast. As curators for our gallery here at Pacewares+LyndonDesign, we are thrilled to invite you to return to meet Erin and see her new work.”

                                                                              —–Maynard & Lu Lyndon


Color! beyond theory

Awaken the Artist Within

Studio One Presents

Awaken the Artist Within!

Your Studio | Your Schedule | Your Pace
Starts May 5th – 8 weeks – $150

Erin Lee Gafill
Erin Lee Gafill

Join award-winning Big Sur artist, Erin Lee Gafill online for an eight week exploration of painting techniques, creative habits, and personal expression. Share your work with a supportive community who are making creativity a bigger part of their lives; whether you are a seasoned artist, or you’ve never picked up a paintbrush.

  •  Streaming video demos
  •  Step-by-step instructions
  •  Inspirational tips
  •  Supportive creative community
  •  Personal feedback
The Amazing Paintout

The Amazing Paintout

Second Annual! – August 20 – 24, 2014

The Amazing PaintoutFive days of painting in select locations on the Central Coast of California with award-winning painter, Erin Lee Gafill

$725 per person

Tuition Includes All Entry Fees, Instruction Lunches, Snacks, Beverages “After Hours” Events and Receptions

Erin Lee Gafill
The second annual Amazing Paintout will feature new painting locations, one-on-one instruction, a wide range of painting venues, a safe and supportive creative environment, and a fabulous group of friends with whom you’ll paint on California’s Central Coast.

Wolf Creek Ranch, Wimberley, Texas

Texas Hill Country Retreat

Awaken the Artist Within

June 5-8, 2014
Wolf Creek Ranch
Wimberley, TX
Includes all workshop, meals, evening reception and three nights lodging.
$1,100 – double occupancy | $1,600 – single occupancy | $575 – workshop only (with lunches)

Register Now!

Still Life Painting with Erin Lee Gafill
Award-Winning Big Sur Artist, Erin Lee Gafill


Join Award-winning artist, Erin Lee Gafill for a four day immersion in creativity. Using paint, drawing, mixed-media collage, and writing, you’ll experience a personal break-through in creative expression. This retreat is more than a workshop, it is an opportunity to fully experience a nurturing creative environment, where you can discover what ignites your creative fire.

Erin is on the creative faculty of Esalen Institute and teaches annually at Rancho La Puerta in Tecate, Mexico. In June she is bringing her expertise to the Texas Hill Country in Wimberley, where a small group will come together to share a transformative weekend.

The Texas Hill Country Retreat takes place at Wolf Creek Ranch just 35 miles outside of Austin. This lush, private setting has two houses, a swimming pool, and out door work space that will provide the inspiration for our art making. Tuition in this workshop is all inclusive with lodging and all meals provided. A limited number of “workshop only” spaces are available for those who would prefer to provide their own accommodations, or who live locally.

Big Sur Love Story - Erin Lee Gafill
Big Sur Love Story – 36″ x 60″

Tuition in the Texas Hill Country Retreat includes –

  • Four days of instruction with Erin Lee Gafill & Tom Birmingham.
  • All supplies and equipment.
  • Accommodations at the Wolf Creek Ranch (optional).
  • Home cooked meals from Thursday afternoon through Sunday morning.
  • Evening receptions and entertainment at the ranch.


Erin Lee Gafill

On Location with Erin

Online painting & creativity workshop

April 14 – June 9, 2014
Painting the outdoors, plein air and studio methods
Erin Lee Gafill – Instructor

On Location with Erin Lee Gafill

Your Studio | Your Pace | Your Schedule

Erin’s life takes her far afield from her home studio in Big Sur. This spring she and Tom are visiting some of their favorite destinations, Gualala, CA; Santa Fe, NM; Covington, LA; New Orleans, LA; Wimberley, TX and of course, home to Big Sur.

Alphabet Cafe - 14th StreetHer travels include workshops for adults and kids, art shows, visits with old friends, and painting the open places and interior spaces she’ll be visiting. You can join her for an eight-week, online journey, learning techniques and exploring inspiration from new environments.

This workshop will introduce methods of recording your observation in a personal source book, setting up for painting plein air on location, using sketch and photography to capture composition and color references, and bringing it all back to your studio (or motel room) to create paintings based on impression and memory.

Erin will be painting in town and in the country. She’ll set up her easel at the beach, in the mountains, in the city, and in the bayou.