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.

Sunday 25 February 2018


A few years ago I compiled suggestions  from the many artists I had had the good fortune to spend time with .  To that I added gems from my reading and my own thoughts as I explored my learning.  I gathered them for my own benefit – to crystallize my thoughts and to keep the ideas in front of me.  I shared them in the first few workshops I did ( they were five day fundamentals workshops and we had plenty of time to chat) , then put them away and forgot about them.  

I was recently asked to share them and I thought now, with the new formats available,  that they might be useful to new artists entering the journey.

They are a bit dated. They were done before the time of the I Phone and Google Search. There are so many more systems for learning today from You Tube clips to on-line learning programs. Still they might be helpful .