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.

Friday 28 June 2013

Phil Starke - a free and interesting ebook

Aspens in Winter  by Phil Starke

Probably like most of you  I have a love- hate relationship with social media and the world of art blogs. Hate - in that I hate the time I give it: love - in that I love the contacts and little gems I find.

I thought I should share a gem. I recently became aware of the work of American landscape and figurative painter Phil Starke. I was very drawn to the strength of his work and was surprised that I did not know of him. He teaches in a variety of formats from workshops to on-line mentoring and is now on my list of workshops-to-take.

But this post is not about his work but about an opportunity he offers. If you LIKE  his Facebook Page  you can request a download  at no cost  of his ebook : What I Learned from the Masters.  It is a large pdf file (850,000 KB) and takes a while to download. In addition to text it contains video and audio clips.

He presents the bio and critiques paintings from many of the great painters of the early 20th century:
John Carlson, Carl Peters, Oscar Berninghaus, Sam Hyde Harris,Aldro Hibbard, William Wendt, Mary Cassett, Frank Tenney Johnson, Willard Metcalf, Emile Gruppe, Alfred Sisley, and Hanson Puthuff.

I was aware of most of these artists and have books on many, but I really enjoyed this presentation and format.

You might consider it as well.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the kind post. Enjoyed seeing your work and getting to know you a little through your blog. You have nice color and composition. Very reminiscent of the Canadian Impressionists.


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