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.

Wednesday 4 January 2017

New starts for the New Year

Been a while and its another year. Few more approaches to acrylic landscapes
Started with a photo of the shoreline near Campbell River, Vancouver Island.

Interest area was simply the shoreline. Altered some elements (rocks) to close in the outside and emphasized and exaggerated the foreground elements.

24x30 sketch in with fine then darks with15mm acrylic markers

View in frame, notice the different temp of light in other room 
Played with glazes to darken for more "drama".  Need to think about it - pretty dark . 

Iconic west coast tree near lighthouse in Ucluelet BC

Diox Purple glaze

Use rubber shaper to pull out rough values

18x24 consider few days, may need to bring in some warmer temperatures  and the value on the rocks too light - same as water- need to be darker


  1. I think darkening the first painting with glazes and leaving the bit of sunlight on the lower left was just the ticket! Love it!

    Thank you for showing your process. It's really helpful for those of us trying to figure out this painting business.


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