Painting while traveling, capturing aspects of your trip in an artist’s travel journal or while painting on location are fabulous ways to deepen and enrich your travel experience. You will return home with your own painted mementos of the trip that will take you right back there to re-experience it whenever you would like.

Dottie co-led her first painting travel trip to Spain (Madrid, Sevilla, Jerez) in May 2007 and has since been leading painting trips to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and Greece.

She co-led a  “Painting In Spain” trip in May 2014 with Salli Gutierrez ( and is looking to lead return painting trips to Mexico, Greece and elsewhere in the future. Contact her with your trip questions and/or wishes and for more information at


El Pueblito - 16"w x 20"h - watercolor

El Pueblito

Painting In Mexico 2017—March 10-20, 2017


We had a fantastic Painting In Mexico Trip in March 2015 with 8 women attending. After a year break, I’m raring to go to San Miguel again! Join me.

Info sessions, Monday, October 10, 6-7:30pm at my house, and Wednesday, November 9, 2016.

2881 21st Street, Boulder, CO 80304

Ten days in the beautiful historic colonial city of San Miguel de Allende. We will stay within walking distance of the center of town (the Jardin) and spend 10 days painting en plain air and in making our own artist travel journals with instruction by Dottie Oatman. You will delight in this town of sumptuous color, textures, culture and endless painting subjects.  Trip cost -$2000, not including airfare.



Experience Spain

May 7-17, 2014, Olé Olé!

Come to an Information Session Monday, December 12, 2017 at Dottie Oatman’s house, 2881 21st Street, Boulder 80304 from 6:00-7:30pm. RSVP  

IMG_2337A fun filled tour of Spain at the height of its Spring celebrations. The tour begins in Madrid for a cultural intensive on Spanish art, historical sites, sidewalk cafes, plazas, tapas and Spanish wines. Then off to Sevilla for an infusion of Almudejar architecture (Moorish influence), warm Spanish smiles, excellent Flamenco shows, and more…We finish our trip in Jerez de la Frontera for the Horse Fair (Feria del Caballo) which dates back to the 1400’s. There you will be lost in the visual beauty of the locals dressed in costumes made just for the Feria and dancing the Sevillanas. Create your own art travel journal along the way, improve your painting style and capture your experiences in even more memorable ways. Trip led by Salli Gutierrez, art journals led by Dottie Oatman.

$3,756 (not including airfare)IMG_2165

$500 deposit due by or before January 31, 2017

to reserve your spot.

Interested? Questions? E-mail Salli ( or call 303-956-0703 or Dottie ( , 303-641-8704 for more information.

Info Session Monday December 12, 6-7:30

Dottie’s house (see above) RSVP