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.

Saturday 9 May 2015

Rescheduled October Workshop Coastal Collective

We recently purchased a summer home in Collingwood Ontario. Thats where our sons and their families live. We are looking forward to taking possession of it. Unfortunately, we cannot take possession until mid fall. So it is necessary  to postpone the workshop scheduled for late October at Coast Collective in Victoria. The workshop will now be held February 20/21.

The workshop is already well subscribed so I feel badly making the change. I hope most will be able to reschedule and join me in February.

Approaches to Acrylic Landscape Paintings 

Next schedule:  Coastal Collective   February 20/21 2016

This workshop is designed to expose students to three different approaches to starting and developing acrylic landscape paintings.  Students will be provided reference for a coastal landscape, a seascape and a mountain scape. We will work together to plan, design and develop each painting as far as time permits. Each will be started using a different approach:  
  1. by creating a value under-painting using dark transparent paint; 
  2. beginning on a dark umber or black ground; and
  3. beginning on a brightly toned canvas. 
Emphasis will be on planning, design, working with values and colour, critiquing our work, and finally making the paintings "stand on their own", free of reference. 

The workshop is for serious beginners, with experience in working with acrylics, to intermediate painters wanting to try different approaches.

Hopefully you will go home with three good "starts" to which you can add finishig touches