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GO TO YOUR ROOM !

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 doing it - Go to your room!

I have had the good fortune to take instruction from outstanding artists in Canada and the USA. I am now focusing on my own development ( Going to MY room!) and sharing what I have learned and continue to learn. 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, 26 May 2017

Ontario Plein Air - day two



Enjoyed another day working plein air. This time in the lovely community of Meaford which has a wonderful harbour with lots of subject matter.
Again, acrylic on linen mounted on board. Gesso mixed with Quin Red. Quick plan as thumbnail sketch. Sketch transferred to panel using with pencil. Final plan committed with acrylic marker - black.



Pencil Sketch  transferred from thumbnail

Acrylic marker final plan


Diox Purple Liquid glaze used to darken body of boats
Negative paint forming boats

Opaque paint carving negative spaces
 Adding some yellow to the negative space for "punch"
Throw it in an old frame to see if it helps. 

Don't think  I am going spend any more time on this one. Will add isolation coat ( Golden Soft Gel Gloss 2:1 with water) to bring out the darks and deeper colours and even the surface finish.

Fun sketch to do.





Tuesday, 23 May 2017

First Ontario Plein Air sketches of the season


Yes, yes, I know, its been a long time. Life and other painting commitments get in the way. Also not much new to share that I have not already shared about my approach.

Today I made my first plein air sketches of the year in Ontario. Both quick and simple. Total time under two hours. Compositions weak - but its a start again. Just nice to be out.

Both 12x16 acrylic on canvas board.  Small thumbnail sketches.  Initial plan of large shapes laid on using pencil. Final plan made using acrylic markers.








Second sketch on grey gessoed board. 





Burnt Orange wash.

Best keep practicing.

Friday, 27 January 2017

New under paintings


More paintings developed:

30x40 on canvas. Sketch with acrylic marker

Pthalo turquois glaze

Magenta added to darken areas

Magenta wash to the sky area

filling in darks with more transparents then adding opaque to shape trees and grasses


Viewing framed 

additional glaze to darken - over did it - too dark 
Brought up the lighter opaques - back and forth, back and forth- need to frame, hang and consider

Second piece 16x24 on canvas:




Anthacranone blue underpainting 



Allowing the blue to form the darks of the rocks and dark tree and dark accents of mountain



Wednesday, 4 January 2017

New starts for the New Year




Been a while and its another year. Few more approaches to acrylic landscapes
Started with a photo of the shoreline near Campbell River, Vancouver Island.

Interest area was simply the shoreline. Altered some elements (rocks) to close in the outside and emphasized and exaggerated the foreground elements.



24x30 sketch in with fine then darks with15mm acrylic markers






View in frame, notice the different temp of light in other room 
Played with glazes to darken for more "drama".  Need to think about it - pretty dark . 

Iconic west coast tree near lighthouse in Ucluelet BC

Diox Purple glaze

Use rubber shaper to pull out rough values






18x24 consider few days, may need to bring in some warmer temperatures  and the value on the rocks too light - same as water- need to be darker