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.

Monday 28 July 2014

Post workshop practice

first lay-in 6x6 oil on board 

Having just returned from the Susan Lyon/Scott Burdick workhop I needed to find time to play with some of the concepts. My main concern from the workshop was that it was clear that I was not identifying my values as well as I could. So I needed to play with small quick sketches to practice while I still had things in my head .... and SQUINT harder and longer  and carefully survey the reference to clearly identify value shapes. .

First few quickies. Each under an hour.

Smile on Black  WM oil on board 6x6

The Outdoors Man   WM oil on Linen 6x8

Beauty on Black  WM oil on Board 6x8

Great practice and fun to do. Keep trying.

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