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.

Monday 30 March 2015

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - Sketching from Square One... to Trafalgar Square

Sitting in our RV in Tofino. Two days of pouring rain. No painting done.
But it gave me a chance to read a new book recommended, if I remember correctly,  by the blog of Kathleen Dunphy.

I have many books on drawing, many of them good and recommended by others, but this one has moved to the top of my list as a book on the basics of drawing - particularly for painters. It focuses on the foundation skills: composition, drawing (measuring, proportions, perspective), value and edges. Its how to use drawing effectively for planning your paintings.

The book can be purchased from Amazon, but nice to order it directly from the author :

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