Tuesday, December 15, 2009

"Venice Carpenter"

"Venice Carpenter", oil on linen/panel, 10 x 7 3/4 inches

Incredible? Unquestionably! Venice is one of the world's most fabulous cities to experience first hand. We set out early each morning, eager to explore its many treasures. One particular morning, as we left our apartment, we happened upon this enterprising craftsman who had set up his wares outside his own apartment door, just a few doors away. He was busily refurbishing what looked to be an antique, so clearly immersed in the pleasure of his task that he paid us no attention. Just a moment in time... perhaps an ordinary one at that... but one which, for me, so clearly defined the whole experience.

This painting is available for purchase through Rustica Fine Art Gallery

Sunday, December 13, 2009


The past three months have flown by in a flurry of creativity! In that time, I've held four weekend workshops in my studio and each session has been a rewarding growth experience for everyone, particularly for me. I'd like to sincerely thank those people who have participated and look forward to seeing you all again.

I have some exciting plans for my upcoming workshop so please continue to visit my website at Bobbi Dunlop Fine Art and this blog for updates on new ones.

The next weekend workshop will be January 23rd and 24th, 2010. This workshop will focus on painting "Dailies"... those diminutive paintings which are overtaking artist's studios in a new phenomenon called "Daily Painting". This fast growing group of artists are painting small paintings daily - or weekly - and posting them to a blog for sale. There are as many variations to this theme as there are artists. For example, my own personal venture into this phenomenon was done while painting larger paintings so my goal was to paint one little masterpiece per week and post it to my blog. Many artists sell these paintings on eBay or on their blogs beginning at $100 each. Paintings are painted on panels or canvases in varying sizes such as: 6x8, 5x7, 8x10, 6x6, etc. Some are even smaller, 2x3! The "Dailies" are there for you to explore and only limited by your own imagination.

In addition, participants will learn how to prepare panels for their 'Dailies' - 4 panels will be supplied for the weekend workshop. We will focus on painting small still lifes, discuss setting up a free blog, selling your paintings on eBay or your blog and shipping and marketing your work. There will be a demo, and one-on-one instruction in a very small class size, in my personal studio.

All subjects/objects to paint will be supplied and there will be handouts for reference.

Painting these little "Daily" masterpieces is a wonderful way in which to challenge oneself and develop as an artist, while having fun!

Workshop Date: Saturday & Sunday, January 22nd & 23rd, 2010
Place: Bobbi Dunlop's Studio (Calgary, Alberta)
Time: 9am - 4pm
Cost: $265
Class size is limited to 7 participants, so register early
Deposit: $100 with registration
All objects/subjects supplied for the still lifes as well as 4 panels and handouts.
Note: participants will require their own 'french' style easel

Please email me for further information and to register at bobbi@bobbidunlop.com

Also, please visit earlier archived posts here to see many of my "Dailies". You will also find them under Miniatures and Studies in 'Collections' on my website.

If you have any questions, I'd love to hear from you!