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 5 October 2015

New Plein Air Workshop Blue Mt School of Landscape Painting Ontario June 2016

Pleased to be invited to conduct a four day workshop Preparing for Plein Air at the Blue Mountain School of Landscape Painting in Collingwood/Thornbury Ontario  June 27-30, 2016.

Painting “en plein air” is difficult. It can intimidate even the most experienced painter. This workshop will focus on methods to increase your chance of success and, in turn, your enjoyment.  It is designed for the serious beginner with painting experience and the intermediate level painter wanting further experience.

We begin with a presentation on the fundamentals for creating strong paintings: working with colour, values, shape and form, linear and areal perspective, and composition.  We will build the habit of strong advanced planning. We will cover equipment and supplies.

I will demo in either water-mixable oil or acrylic and we will do exercises together.  Each afternoon you will work on you own with supervision focusing on subject selection, planning and making a strong start. We learn through repetition – for plein air that means many small paintings repeating the process until it becomes a habit - and good painting is built on good habits. 


  1. finally you are coming east how do I sign up?

    1. Hi. Go back to the message and hit the link to Blue Mt School. It will take you there. Might be too early as yet but give it a try.

      Thanks for your interest


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