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.

Friday 30 September 2016


I have to November workshops ( Gabriolla Island and Coast Collective, Victoria) - both are full.

In January 17-19 2017 I will be teaching at the Old School House in Qualicum Beach. 

Approaches to Acrylic Landscape Painting

The Old School House, Qualicum Beach

January 17, 18, 19 2017

This three day acrylic workshop will expose students to different approaches for planning and developing an acrylic landscape painting. The course is designed for the serious beginner (with acrylic experience) to the intermediate painter interested in alternative approaches.
We will work from the same references.  The first morning we will review/discuss the principles of value, form, perspective and composition. We will paint together the rest of the workshop.  We will plan using shape and value sketches making best compositional choices. Each "start” will be made using a different approach. We will develop the paintings together stroke by stroke, glaze by glaze. We will adjust as needed together and make a final critique to consider and other choices we could have made, and you can make at home, to make the piece stronger.

Lots of learning; lots of fun. 

The following week I teach in Sidney , BC.  This is a longer, more comprehensive workshop focusing on strengthening the fundamentals for landscape painting. Contact:

SPCA  Acrylic Landscape Workshop         January 27-30 2017     

This four day acrylic landscape workshop is designed for the serious beginner (with acrylic experience) to the intermediate painter interested in strengthening fundamentals and getting an exposure to different approaches for planning and developing an acrylic landscape painting.  We will focus on Colour; Value; Shape and form; Perspective; Planning; and Design/Composition. Students will be sent a set of notes in pdf format for reading in advance. This helps to insure we are all “ speaking the same language” during the workshop. We will also discuss self critiques and supplies and equipment.

Each morning we will review  the day’s subject with presentation and discussion. Brian will do a demo relating to the days subject and incorporating approaches to planning and design.  Exercises will be introduced as needed.

Following the demo on day one students will work from their own references with guidance .   The following two days,  Brian will demo his approach to planning and executing a painting and students will follow step by step building the piece together. The final afternoon students can choose to once again follow Brians  work step by step, or work from their own reference.

Will be fun.

Next June I will again be teaching plein air skills in Thornbury Ontario. A great place for on- location painting .  Contact the Blue Mountain School of Landscape Painting. 

Plein Air Workshop Blue Mt School of Landscape Painting June 19-23 2017

Painting on location is enjoyable - but challenging. The most experienced plein air artists invest time in planning their composition before they paint.  Time spent planning can speed the painting process and increases the chance of a successful painting/sketch and an enjoyable day.

This five day plein air workshop will begin with two days of “indoor plein air painting” . We will review fundamentals and approaches to planning for strong composition. We will work together from supplied reference material.  This indoor work prepares us to handle the three outdoor days with confidence and enjoyment.  

Looking forward to these workshop. Hope to see you there. 

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