For The Love of Art: Paint Along with Watercolor Whiz Yaoling Lee This Weekend

by Carolee Chanona

An art lover’s dream, spend Valentine’s Day weekend with another one of Belize’s ‘greats’ in this 3-day workshop, incorporating breathtaking watercolor artwork. Paying homage to the lush surroundings of Belize’s very own Garden City—the City of Belmopan—you’ll be mentored by watercolor artist Yaoling Lee during these three days’ exchange of art and culture. Born and raised in Taiwan with a formal background at art school and a free spirit, thanks to years of traveling through Europe. Lee has spent the last 18 years in Belize perfecting her signature watercolor realism of daily life, including Belize’s street scenes, the quiet mangrove-lined coastline of the city, and familiar faces.

Guests are invited to not only try their hand at art but to exercise their imagination and “enhance their intuition” alongside Yaoling Lee and Carolyn Carr, with a theme of horses—thanks to the art workshop’s hosting location in Belize’s capital city.  After all, Banana Bank, a horse and jungle lodge just outside Belmopan, sits along the Belize River with activities centered around its wildlife. For more information on the Painting Workshop this weekend, February 11-13, 2022, get in touch here.

A monthly artistic venture

In January, Banana Bank Horses & Jungle Lodge recently welcomed budding artists to participate in a first-of-its-kind ‘Paint Along with the Greats’ Art Workshop in Belize’s capital City of Belmopan. Celebrated Belizean artist Carolyn Carr and special guest Walter Castillo took turns teaching their techniques, styles, and tips to eager participants. Starting with evening cocktails and dinner in Carolyn’s famed gallery, the workshop explored signature oil realism and acrylic surrealism styles that both artists are known for, respectively.

Surrounded by blooming palms, beautifully kept foliage, and the cutest grazing colts, novice painters were immersed in the very nature they were tasked with expressing on their canvases. And of course, it wouldn’t be a Banana Bank event without ending the weekend by painting the horses, too. 

All other photos, except for Yaoling Lee’s watercolor pieces, are courtesy of Drea Reneau.

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