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.

Sunday 20 April 2014

Day Two On-location Tofino


Second day painting on location in Tofino, Vancouver Island. Nice day. Dull. No sun to worry about. Same light on palette, on supports and on subject. But then need to push the final colour a bit to give it punch.

Initial water mixable pencil sketch on clear primed linen 11x14
Acrylic markets for final sketch of shapes and placement 

Diox Purple and Magenta mixed for dark red underpainting 

letting underapainting dry on rocks 

Begin sketch of second piece while first drying 

Violet underpainting of second painting

Back to first painting while second drying and wipe down with magenta

Working in opaques on first and beginning second

First rough-in of each 

Day was flat and colourless so had to invent and play with adding colour to the shapes. 

Tofino Sketch I   11x14 

Tofino Sketch 11

Final pieces.  Total time just over two hours.

Cute anecdote. I dragged my umbrella and acrylic cart along the beach from the RV to where I was painting. On the way back my hands were covered in paint and I was tired and grubby. Dragging my equipment along through the sad a cute little guy with an Aussie accent came up to me  and asked " Hi mister. Are you a homeless person?"

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