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 17 April 2014

Back to Acrylic Plein Air - West Coast Style

Last week we returned from our trip to Scottsdale. I had hoped to work our way up through Utah but it was too cold - at least for Cathy - so we headed back home. As we returned earlier than expected with headed to Tofino for 5 days before getting back to normal life. Gave me my first chance to do some acrylic plein air since last fall.

Off the coast at Ucluelet, south of Tofino, there is a great coastline that looks out into the Broken Group of Islands. A favorite kayaking destination. The Wild Pacific Trail is a great hike along the shore.

Working on a linen 11x14 I followed my thumbnail sketch to lay in the large shapes using acrylic markers - black for the foreground rocks, dark warm for the midground rocks and blue for the back ground . Keeping the planes separate in this way I think helps in early decision making. 

I filled in the fore and mid ground with warm dark Dioz Purple ( Golden Liquid) and thinned it randomly with the rubber shaper to vary the intensity and create a rock-like feel. I then washed with Magenta the background - so its a bit of a two value plan. 

drying in the sun 

Magenta added - and again drying in the sun

Finished "start" on location 

Took it back to the RV, popped it in a frame to consider. Decided to play with it a bit more. Finished piece is below and I think I might have lost some of the freshness and energy of the start done on site. Part of the game. But was sure fun getting out again. 

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