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.

Wednesday 2 September 2015

New Use for Acrylic Markers

I am a big proponent of acrylic markers - any of the brands seem fine but recently I have been using the Molotow and really liking them. I use mostly the 2-4mm tips. Have a drawer full of wider ones that never get used. I use them mostly for laying in an initial plan - acrylic or oils- or for making corrections and trying ideas during the acrylic critique.

Today I am framing some pieces to send off. A few have scratches on the frames - dark brown/black and goldish frames. I have been using a commercial repair product to correct these scratches. Never been really happy  with the colour match and they leave a glossy lacquer patch of finish where used making the repair quite visible.

I just tried my acrylic markers. Wow!  Easier, faster and was able to blend as needed. Best repair jobs I have done.

Love'em .


  1. Thanks Brian, I too love these acrylic pens, and use them for prep work, corrections, and drawing accents in my work. Now, having them to use for framing touch-ups will just make me love them more! Cheers!

  2. Hi Brian. Yes, I've used Liquitex pens to do the same and they've worked well too. On a somewhat related topic: Where do you buy your plein air frames, the ones with the linen insets?

  3. Hi. I have been purchasing at Classic Gallery, now Icon in Kelowna


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