I borrowed this phrase from the recently deceased Canadian painter Robert Genn who believed that there is only so much we can learn about how to paint from the many fine instructors and resources available today. The true learning comes from going off on our own and just doing it - Go to your room!

I have had the good fortune to take instruction from outstanding artists in Canada and the USA. I continue to work on my own development ( Going to MY room!) . I share, through this blog and workshops, what I have learned and what others have shared with me.

I created this blog primarily for those attending my workshops to keep in touch and to further share as we grow together. If others are interested in following that would be great.

Enjoy the journey.

Thursday 23 February 2012

No more tea cups!

 I left off last post trying decide about material I could use for quick studies in oil to work on some of the techniques that Carol  Marine demonstrated.  I might have found it. I have had the good fortune to have traveled extensively in my previous life and have some interesting photos of  people and faces (and lots of cows and sheep). And our good friends the Ulmis have given me wonderful photos of their many travels to exotic places. So I thought I might try quick studies of faces - "faces of the world".  

Great challenges in small format and no different than an apple or orange for creating form and playing with edges. So these are my first attempt. Goal is to be playful and create impressionistic feel. 

Both 6x6 on acrylic primed linen glued to door-skin.

Also, tried a softer brush - a Connoisseur White Taklon - brights 6 and 8  - and liked them on the linen. Goal is to complete in less than an hour - these about 45 min each.

These are from two Ulmi photos from Tibet.

 Hoping to do two or three a week .

Quite fun to do.

thin wash of Indian Yellow and Alizaran Crimson  -paint water  soluble oil 


  1. Love the color you used in the skin tones. I like the loose, impressionistic style. I have recently attempted "a face". You inspire me to try again!

  2. And fun to see! What are door-skins? (I tried looking them up, but most references are to car parts)

    1. Hi. Door skins are sheets of thin wood (1/8 inch) - normally mahogany or birch- that you can get at most lumber yards. I buy in 3x7 sheets and cut as needed. Seal with shellac then glue on my canvas or linen using PVA (Elmirs white glue - its archival). Cheap, light and very sturdy.



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