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.

Wednesday 29 May 2013

Playing with the ladies

Promised myself (and wife) that while I was travelling and in Ontario I would not make any gallery commitments. Well that did not happen but now they are done. So the next month or more is for me and for playing.

Have not done any figurative for a long while. Thought I would try a series of quick figurative pieces using the acrylics I brought and the few reference photos I have with me.

First is on black gesso on 12x16 linen on doorskin. Used graphite pencil to lay in first sketch, then used the acrylic marker pens for "final" sketch. Piece completed using only a half inch water colour brush (Alegro from Opus Framing ) Needed many layers of dry over dry to cover the light parts (back of gesso showing through on course linen).

Planning and drawing time about half an hour. Painting time about an hour. Simple spots of colour dry over dry.

Building a selection of acrylic marker pens

That was fun so I started another. This one on course linen again covered in gesso mixed with leftover paint from palette. 

Not happy so I left the exercise there. Thought I would share anyway.


  1. Hi Brian, I love it when you share your process. More of us should do that. I've done some of that, but not as well as you have here.

  2. As intriguing and vibrant as your landscapes, it is a joy to look at your work, thanks for sharing your process Brian, look forward to more!


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