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 7 September 2014

Along the Road to Ontario

In mid August Cathy and I left Comox for Ontario to spend 6 weeks with our family there. We took our RV, headed into Washington State and did the Cascades region, which we had not seen before. Then up into Southern BC and across Canada to Ontario. The trip was easy (for a change), uncomplicated by bad weather or problems of any type.

We really enjoy our 24 ft unit - e bikes on the back.

In Saskatoon we enjoyed the hospitality of painter and photographer Delee Grant and her husband Larry. 
I packed an acrylic kit to use in our rented condo on arrival and an oil kit for plein air along the way. I decided NOT to pack my acrylic plein air kit - to force me to work with the oils and not have my more comfortable acrylics to fall back on when I got frustrated. Goal was to experiment with new and  different brushes on different surfaces - linen or smooth gessoed MDF board. 

I made about 20 small pieces along the way, all needing "tweeking".  Below I have shared a few. 

 I am pleased to have been asked to do a workshop with the Marsh Street Painters in Clarsburg while I am here. Looking forward to that.

Will try to keep in touch - grand-kids permitting.