• San Miguel de Allende
  • Guanajuato

Powerful Design and Personal Color with Pamela Caughey

Let me introduce you to an artist who literally made paintings with the ashes from her home that was destroyed by fire. Pamela Caughey knows how to turn a tragic event into something quite beautiful.

This is her first time leading a Bellissima Art Escape and we are very excited that she will be teaching this Powerful Design and Personal Color workshop in San Miguel de Allende.

This workshop is for beginner through advanced artists who would like to learn how to create “their best art” through powerful design and personal color. These techniques can be used by artists wanting to learn how to paint using cold wax, encaustics, acrylics and oil media. Cold wax will be available for those artists who would like to explore the medium.

Pam is one of the artists included in the newly published book by Rebecca Crowell and Jerry McLaughlin, “Cold Wax Medium: Techniques, Concepts, Conversations.” 

Pam Caughey

Students will learn how to mix and apply a wide range of colors, grays, and glazes through short, explorative exercises.

Through demonstrations, presentations, and working one on one, each student will be able to approach a painting at any stage of development and understand the “when” and “how” to pull their paintings together to create art they “love.”

The majority of workshop time will be devoted to painting, with helpful demos and exercises to nurture the creative artist within! There will also be time for individual critique and discussion of each student’s personal artistic goals and progress.


October 13 - everyone will arrive that evening. We will have quick introductions and depending on how you feel, we may walk to our favorite taco truck for a quick bite before heading to bed. 

Each day we will have breakfast in the morning at the B&B and then meet in the studio at 9:30 a.m. We will break for comida (lunch) at 1:00 and then return to the studio until about 4:30. 

There will be two cooking classes, one at the home of our friend Michael Coon. His kitchen is to die for, as is his pantry. It is swoon worthy. 

Michael Coon and a few "helpers" in his cocina                                 Photo by Sean Reagan

Michael Coon and a few "helpers" in his cocina                                 Photo by Sean Reagan

We'll also take a break from creating in the studio to take a class with Hermes Arroyo, a local mojiganga artist who, along with his family, create magical puppets. 

My favorite mojiganga that is now in a museum.                                  Photo by Sean Reagan

My favorite mojiganga that is now in a museum.                                

Photo by Sean Reagan

Our farewell dinner will be magically prepared for us by our friend Paco Cardenas who owns Petit Fors. Yes, there will be chocolate. I promise. 

Paco Cardenas                                             Photo by Sean Reagan

Paco Cardenas                                             Photo by Sean Reagan

This itinerary may change due to weather, new opportunities or the whim of the group.

Pam Caughey

This Escape Includes

  • 8 nights accommodation, double occupancy at Casa de la Noche
  • beautiful studio to create in
  • aiport pickup/drop off at designated time at Leon airport
  • five days of workshops with Pamela
  • all meals except for one lunch and one dinner
  • Special class with local mojiganga master 
  • some art supplies
  • farewell celebration
  • two cooking classes
  • new art tribe

Price: $3,500, limited to 12 people based on double occupancy. Limited single rooms are available for an additional $500. 

A $1,000 non refundable deposit is due upon registration with the final payment due April 1, 2018

Price does not include airfare to/from Mexico

Airport: Leon International  Airport, Guanajuato, Mexico. Code: BJX United's direct flight 6247 leaves Houston at 2:30 p.m. and it arrives in Leon at 4:45 p.m.. We will have a driver pick you up and deliver you to the hotel which will take about 1.5 hours. Return: We will leave at 9 a.m. on October 21 for the 12:45 pm United 6227 flight to Houston.

Casa de la Noche, a former bordello is owned by Barbara Poole, also an artist who supports the arts in San Miguel de Allende. Her beautifully renovated B&B is five minutes from the jardin, the center of the town. 

Pam Caughey
Pam Caughey
Learn to take risks, welcome barriers and experiment to create success.

San Miguel de Allende is a Unesco World Heritage site that is celebrating its 475th birthday.  It’s the fourth-friendliest city in the world, according to Travel + Leisure magazine’s “World's Best Awards” announced in March.

Artists from all over the world have been making the long trek to San Miguel since the 1930s. There are over 120 art galleries, several award winning wineries, and hundreds of restaurants with some of Mexico's top chefs at the helm. One of the largest food festivals in Mexico is held annually in San Miguel.  

Cobblestone-lined streets are often the parade grounds for the many weddings held at the Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel. The parish church's pink 'wedding cake' towers dominate the Jardín and it is common to see a bride lifting her dress as she and her husband walk the streets in a celebratory parade.

You never know what you will find when you walk through the Jardín

La Parroquia

Pam Caughey

Pamela Caughey grew up in Wisconsin, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from UW-Madison in 1983. After moving with her family to Hamilton, MT in 1986, she began her serious study of art, and in 2010 received her MFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Montana School of Art. She works in many media, with special interest in cold wax/oil, encaustic, mixed media and acrylic. Her work is in the permanent collection of several museums and public buildings nationally and internationally. After teaching foundations courses at the University of Montana, Bitterroot College, Montana, she is now a full time studio artist and teaches workshops from her Hamilton, Montana studio and around the country.