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 12 September 2013

Preparing for Doug Braithwaite

Spent the last few days at the north end of Vancouver Island collecting reference material and doing a series of quick starts playing with the approach that Doug Braithwaite will teach in his workshop: smooth gessoed MDF boards and watercolour brushes applying thin oils and medium.  I usually try to out-guess what the instructor will present based on their supply list and images of their work and from their Blog and using that try to practice in advance in order to take full advantage during the classes.

First day I did three very bad starts and scrubbed them all. Paint was applied far too heavy and used too much medium. Next day I was ready to quit and  go back to my acrylics. But the third day was much better. I made five quick starts during the morning and could feel the control improving with each successive one. I used my Montana acrylic pens for the quick sketch then applied the oil thin with little or no medium. I feel some reason for optimism. Excuse the poor quality images.




6x8 you can see the ship in the distance 

Had a great few days.

Beautiful sands of San Jose Bay

Cathy  with one of the sea stacks 

Sea stacks of San Josef Bay 

Its heads-up driving to the west coast of the Island 

Fog lifting at Cluxewe estuary

Today we are back home in Comox. Tomorrow we head south to Utah. Expecting lots from this workshop. 


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