Daniel Ambrose Egg Tempera Painting Workshop in Maine

July 25 - August 1, 2020

A holistic egg tempera painting workshop on the waterfront in historic Port Clyde, Maine with Daniel Ambrose.

 Want to make better paintings?

Learn how to make egg tempera paint, prepare the egg and mix pigments.

Make paintings you’ll be proud of using idea, design, drawing, color and value.

Learn secrets to successful blending, creating light and beautiful color.

Discover a mindful way to select a subject authentic to you.

“You will leave the workshop inspired with renewed confidence, great memories, new friends and a painting you created as a Maine souvenir.”

Hello, I am Daniel Ambrose and I am so excited to offer this workshop to you.

The past eight summers I have been visiting coastal Maine. The incredible light, landscapes, nourishing food, and friendly folks have captured my soul. It’s amazing how a few summer days in a small fishing village can be so rejuvenating to the spirit! I want to share my passion for this special community, holistic approach to landscape painting and the fascinating medium of egg tempera painting with you.

I have been working in egg tempera for 30 years. Many people have asked how I achieve my ethereal egg tempera paintings, and if I teach.

This is the first time I am sharing my spiritual approach to painting and techniques in egg tempera that took me a lifetime to master. I will guide you to creating your own works of art. Because I want to see what you see — the beauty inside of you.

If you have some experience painting, and would like to explore egg tempera or take your work to the next level, I can help you.

Space is limited and we can only accept 9 artists. Grab your spot now.

Egg tempera is a fascinating painting medium thousands of years old. It is a handmade water-soluble permanent paint that dries quickly and produces luminous artworks.

You Will Receive

4 Day egg tempera workshop with lodging at waterfront home
4 Dinners during the workshop
Ambrose Egg Tempera Kit

3 Extra nights lodging and daily continental breakfast!

Daniel’s sensitivity to light and color along with his sense of humor and gentle approach to life and painting have helped me to develop as both a painter and artist. His ability to teach and simplify the landscape and express those ideas in egg tempera has helped me to expand the use of egg tempera in my own work. – Nelia Harper

Here’s How to Register

Only 9 spots available
Register by March 30th to receive the special introductory rate of $1595 per person. $500 non-refundable deposit reserves your spot. Balance due June 10th.

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Retreat Date: July 25 – Aug 1, 2020

Workshop Date: July 27 – 30, 2020

Rate: $1595

Location: Port Clyde, Maine

Ambrose Egg Tempera Kit ($75 value included)

If you have any questions please contact: Suzanne Grill at Suzanne@DanielAmbrose.com.

Daniel’s instruction techniques have given me a sound foundation in the art of painting. He has shown me that the essence of using light is needed to achieve a successful effort. He is a gifted artist who captures nature on canvas in a beautiful manner.- Dave Hochstetler

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the accmodations like?


The home is a large old two story home with 6 converted bedrooms on a picturesque cove. There are stairs throughout the house. If stairs are a problem, it is important to let us know.

There are 3 shared bathrooms (2 upstairs and 1 downstairs) Please contact us if you have any questions about accessibility.  No air conditioning. No linen service. 

Cell phone service is poor or non-existent. WIFI is hit or miss as well.



What is the weather like?

The weather is usually very sunny and pleasant this time of year. However, it can go to extremes.  Usually, highs in the 70’s and 50’s at night. If we are lucky we will see fog roll in off the ocean one morning. The weather can change quickly during the day, so bring a windbreaker, and raincoat.

What is a typical daily schedule?

The workshop is Monday – Thursday. Weather permitting,  the first day of the workshop we will visit a scenic waterfront location nearby to gather reference for our paintings. The other three days we will be working indoors on our egg tempera paintings. I encourage working at your own pace. If you feel like taking a break and going for a walk, for example, please do – it is your retreat. Instruction ends at 5 p.m. and we usually have wine and cheese, but you are free to continue to paint into the evening hours if you like. Dinner is at 8 p.m. Evenings are a time for hanging out and relaxing. It stays light until about 9 p.m.

What if I have dietary considerations?

Individual requests can be made on the booking form. We make one main dish for dinner.  We will try our best to accommodate and modify our menus when needed; i.e. vegetarian, gluten free. If you have food allergies, please let us know on the registration form.  Many of our guests purchase some foods locally to supplement what we provide. A small amount of items can be stored in the house kitchen.

What is there to do for a travel companion?
Port Clyde is a very small coastal community. Daniel Ambrose has been going there seven summers, and makes these suggestions: The General Store, Squid Ink Coffee, Marshall Point Lighthouse. Drift Inn Beach has spectacular sunrises, view sunsets and lobster boats from the harbor. The ferry to Monhegan Island also leaves from the harbor wharf, and boat tours and kayak rentals are available.

Rockland is about 30 minutes away. There are many excellent restaurants and cafes. Boat tours to see puffins and seals, quaint boutique shops, and bookstores. Lobster, lobster, lobster everywhere! A favorite destination is The Farnsworth Museum to see original Wyeth paintings.

There are antique stores in Camden, as well as the popular black and white Belted Galloway cows. The Olson House, which Andrew Wyeth painted for decades is in Cushing, about an hour’s drive away.

Thomaston is known for its antique architecture. The Slipway Restaurant is a favorite dining place of our guests.

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