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 19 April 2012


This is day 4 of 5 for the workshop at the Old School House Qualicum Beach.  Great group  - a keen and inquisitive bunch of artists - keen to try new and different approaches. I continue to learn as much or more than the students do at these workshops. And I still find it fascinating how unique  each of us is - in the way we see and interpret  and how we use our tools and work with the medium. Learning to paint well is such a personal journey. Wonderful!

I expect to be seeing a few very tired artists today. 

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