Bluff Strokes Mississippi River Art Workshops Paint Dubuque

Welcome to Paint Dubuque

Dubuque has a rich variety of material for the painter.  Located on the Mississippi, it offers panoramic overlooks from the bluffs, as well as diverse riverfront scenes ranging from marshland to industrial.  Located in the Driftless Region, which escaped glaciation, Dubuque and its surrounding area offer a unique geography of meadows, forests, and creek valleys.  First settled by the French fur trader Julien Dubuque in 1785, and chartered in 1838, Dubuque has many historic homes, neighborhoods, storefronts, churches, industrial buildings, and bridges.  It's park system includes Eagle Point Park, with spectacular Mississippi overlooks, a mature arboretum with Japanese and English Gardens, and several large nature preserves.

This website suggests many settings for painting, but it is by no means comprehensive; we will continue to add sites over time.  Use the dropdown menus above to locate settings of interest, including photos and map links.  This site does not yet work for viewing on a phone; for tablet viewing, use landscape mode.

Dubuque is alternatively historic, panoramic, gritty, quaint, and intimate.  It is a community for wandering around and finding interesting nooks and crannies.  Explore!


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Some Favorite Places

Here are 3 businesses supporting Bluff Strokes with interesting storefronts.  Each is a favorite of the AU!  Paintings encouraged!

Charlotte's Coffee Shop

1104 White St


Stone Cliff Winery

600 Star Brewery Drive


East Mill Bakeshop

620 S Grandview Ave


Mississippi River Looking South from Julien Dubuque's Grave

Mississippi River Looking South from Julien Dubuque's Grave