Monday, March 27, 2017


 "Reverie", oil on linen/panel, 6x6 inches SOLD

"Lindsay", Work-in-progress, oil on linen 

The paintings above show my various processes and what we'll be focusing on in  my workshops  ... building shapes and sculpting with paint. And having fun!


Oil & Acrylic Painting Workshop
“Painting The Clothed Figure from Life – In the Interior”

* Saturday & * Sunday, June 17 & 18, 2017  
         10am - 4:00 pm each day
* Fri Night Demo: 6:00 – 8:30 June 16 (included)
Demo open to everyone ($25)

$225 + shared model fee $25

Note: all demonstrations will be done in oil
Email: to register

Impact Picture Framing Studio
4034 – 7th Street S.E.
Calgary, AB 403-243-2000

This workshop is for you …  if you have an interest in experiencing the “joy” of putting brushmarks on canvas  … without labouring over drawing and measuring.

In this two-day, simplified, exciting but challenging milieu, you will be guided through the process of painting the clothed figure from life - in a simulated interior setting.


to read more about this workshop ..


 ~Casa Buena Art Retreat~

From their website:
"Casa Buena Art Retreat between Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan, Mexico is a calm and beautiful place to relax, rejuvenate and explore your creative energy.

The colorful villages, pristine beaches, tropical jungles, and the sounds and smells of daily life take you right into the heart of authentic rural Mexico. Fishermen, tortilla makers, street sweepers, donkeys, and bicycles, all add to the colorful animated village life."

About My Workshop:

A painting magically reaches out and pulls you across the room for a closer look.

How or why does that happen?

It's often a simple subject, yet a painting can be so captivating, it just doesn't let go ... mysteriously drawing you to look closer.

This 4-Day workshop will touch on all the
"Simple Ideas" that Bobbi emphasizes throughout her teaching: " logical ideas " ... the nuts and bolts necessary to build a strong, beautiful painting. Ideas that help take the mystery out of painting and add the magic you are seeking.

Please contact me for further details. more about this workshop at Casa Buena Art Retreat

 "Casa Buena", painting studies of some beautiful images for my upcoming workshop in Mexico. 
"Rome", pencil, watercolour, pen & ink
"Venice", pencil, watercolour, pen & ink

Recently I've renewed my love of watercolours and combined it with drawing with pencil and pen & ink.  Artists call these "Postcards" and it's a perfect way to go when you want to travel light.  These were painted for my watercolour and acrylic classes from photos from our trip.  We'll be exploring these little gems from life while relaxing in the beautiful Mexican sunshine!

Please contact me for information ... and visit Casa Buena's website for more.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

New Workshop!

"Brenda", from a life session
8x10 oil on panel, SOLD

For all you figurative painters!   I'm teaming up with one of my favourite models (Brenda) for my next workshop - "Painting the Clothed Figure from Life - In the Interior".

I will be demonstrating in oil but acrylic painters are welcome. Some experience - Advanced.  

Please stay tuned for all the details which I'll post here and on my website (Workshop Link).

In the meantime, feel free to contact me for details at bobbi at bobbidunlop dot com.

Thursday, January 19, 2017




"Study - A Studio Visit", oil on panel, 14x11 inches

You can now find me in my new teaching digs at the lovely new studio space at Impact Picture Framing.  

Take your work to the next level! 

Beginners ~Advanced ~ In-Between? - My classes are open to all levels!. But not only that, whether you're a watercolourist, acrylic or oil painter or love to draw, I will help you develop your particular discipline, in your own style.

"In concert with her philosophy, "keeping-ideas-simple", Bobbi generously shares knowledge from her professional artist's toolbox. Exploring subjects in the genre of your choosing, from figurative/portraiture to landscape/plein air to still life, from a photo or painting from life, Bobbi will guide you with sensitivity to achieve your own visual voice. There'll be plenty of mini-demos, lots of one-on-one personal guidance; lots of sharing! Open to watercolour, acrylic and oil painters as well as drawing. All levels."

Class Time: Please inquire
Cost: Month-to-Month - $120 for 4 week month
Impact Picture Framing
4034 - 7th Street S.E.
Calgary, AB 

Please contact me by email to register, for more information and for supply lists.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Spirit of Christmas in Bragg Creek

 "Teacup #12", oil on panel, 6x6 inches $450

"Teacup #13", oil on panel, 6x6 inches, $450 (framed)

Festive, Sparkly and Fun! If you're looking for something for that special person on your Christmas list, my new works will be available on Saturday, December 10th at 
Art Country Canada in Bragg Creek. 
Join Me There this Saturday!

"Teacup #13" is hot off the easel and I'll have more of these little treasures to choose from.  There's still time to choose your favourite and have it shipped in time for Christmas.

And don't miss Bragg Creek's Spirit of Christmas Festival which is in full swing as the community "transforms into a winter wonderland complete with many free family activities".

Email me with your inquiries...

My work is available at these fine galleries.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

"Teacup #10"

"Teacup #10", oil on panel, 6x6 inches
 by Bobbi Dunlop

 This is the lovely sugar bowl from my paternal Grandmother's collection, handed down and eventually passed along to me by my mother. While it's not technically a teacup, I've chosen to include it in this series.  This delicate sugar bowl, as well as the teacup, have appeared several times over the years in my paintings.

Sadly, I never knew my grandmother as she passed away a few years before I was born. I am told that she was remarkably artistic and an accomplished photographer and business woman, very much ahead of her time.  I am so proud to share her name.

Whenever I paint these treasured cups, I think of her.
~Evelyn Bell Jackson Dunlop~

Painted from life, this painting is unframed and varnished for longevity.

Available at Bluerock Gallery
Black Diamond, AB

Saturday, September 17, 2016

"Teacup #9"

"Teacup #9"
Oil on panel, 6x6 inches  by Bobbi Dunlop

Another cherished teacup and saucer from my lovely collection.

"Teacup #9" is the latest in my Teacup collection and is now available at

Bluerock Gallery
Black Diamond, AB

Friday, September 2, 2016

"Ripe and Reddy"

"Ripe and Reddy"
oil n panel, 4.25 x 8 inches by Bobbi Dunlop

Sitting on my kitchen counter, these beautiful little nectarines were just ripe for a painting!  What I love most about painting from life is that even the most simple and ordinary of subjects are transformed into something magnificent when sculpted in paint.

These small paintings make lovely groupings and are perfect for gift giving - weddings/showers, birthdays  -  and perhaps for the special people on your Christmas list.

Thanks for visiting!  

This painting and others are now available at:

Black Diamond, AB