3. Oil Riches of a Different Kind: Rockport, Texas

No matter if oil, acrylics or water colours are your preferred medium, Rockport in Texas welcomes all manner of artistic temperament. An unlikely contender on the national artist colony scene, this tranquil town in the southeast of Texas attracts artists from across the country, who come to meet their fellow artists, chat and exhibit at the Rockport Center for the Arts in the Heritage District, which is situated along Aransas Bay. Equally delightful, the historic Bruhl-O'Connor home is a great place to come for inspiration. Stroll through the artistic home and sculpture garden, before joining one of the workshops, or attending a lecture or an exhibition. Call tel. 361/729 5519 to book or visit rockportartcenter.com for further information.