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 6 October 2014

From plein air sketch to studio commission

Pleased to have been  commissioned to make a  painting in Collingwood. The request was for the view from the top of Blue Mountain down to the town and to the grain silos - the  town icon. Its a scene I have painted many times but only in the spring and winter.

 The client wanted a splash of fall colour and the Collingwood scene from above.

Pencil sketch on linen. Final draw in using acrylic markers

WM oils nearing finish   11x14 on linen
For the commission I decided to create an oil and an acrylic. Each with a different foreground.

Oil on linen 14x18  
Acrylic on linen 14x18
The client chose the oil.  Wonderful couple to work with making doing a commission a joy.


  1. And I love the Acrylic... composition and perspective, Terrific!


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