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.

Sunday 18 May 2014

Painting the Peaks - Whistler BC

Spent the past few days with White Dog Gallery in Whistler in a local event - Painting the Peaks.  The first day I worked in oils and did four 8x10 oil sketches - two I will take home to see what comes of them and two I scrubbed.

Thumbnail and sketch with acrylic marker on linen 

Two 8x10 oils on linen with heavy palette knife work

 The next day I painted in acrylics. The light was off and on  flat and the peaks a long way off so I sketched and painted the Whistler peaks as accurately as I could then pushed the colour and added different foregrounds from my imagination. Trying to project my view closer and to give the piece punch. It was not a day I would normally do plein air of this subject because of the light but this was an "event" I was in so I tried to make the best of it. Three one hour 11x14 sketches.  I did one more but it is going to the burn pile.

Whistler Peak from White Dog gallery - a challenge to make interesting 

sketch with acrylic markers - on canvas 11x14


sketch with foreground from imagination 

Second sketch 

Same peak new foreground from imagination 
Third sketch of peaks with a different foreground
A fun event. Thanks to Penny Edder of White Dog Gallery and my wife Cathy who puts up with it.


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