Tuesday, October 21, 2014


"Fleeting Gallop", oil on linen, 22x26
I'm happy to announce that my painting, "Fleeting Gallop", was recognized in the "FAV15%" of Boldbrush Painting Competition for the month of September, 2014.
My 1-Day workshop, "Painting the Figure from Life, Alla Prima", Saturday, October 18th,  was a huge success!  I was blessed with a super group of artists attending and what a pleasure it was for me.  Our lovely model, Brenda,  was one I'd worked with in the past and she made the day even more delightful.
The day was challenging, the participants were very pooped at the end of the day and rightfully very satisfied with their efforts.  The best kind of workshop - and day - in my estimation.
The students did so well and stretched themselves so happily, and eagerly, we've decided to do another one: "Painting the Portrait from Life".  This will be a 1-day workshop and I hope to co-ordinate it around the same model, "Brenda".  I'm really looking forward to working with this group again ... if you'd like to join in, please let me know or contact Calgary School of Art.  Workshop date coming soon.
Other workshops planned for 2015: TBA  Check this blog for announcements and on my website in Events and Workshops

Thursday, October 2, 2014


Massing in

Alla Prima - having fun

"A Studio Visit", Study - oil on  panel, 16x12
In recent months I've been going back to the old practice of doing studies before beginning larger works.  I find these paintings totally enjoyable for a number of reasons, the main one being that I am able to explore possibilities that I might not otherwise encounter, or risk taking, in a larger painting. The study allows the artist to solve potential problems and when I'm really fortunate, uncover something special. 
After a summer of plein air studies, I found myself pining to paint the figure. This study, "A Studio Visit", (16x12) was painted in preparation for my upcoming 1-Day Workshop, "Painting the Figure, From Life,  Alla Prima". 
I still have some workshop spaces open and I would love for you to join me for a challenging and fun day.
Saturday, October 18th 2014 - 10-4:00pm 
Cost: $100 + shared model fee
To read more about the workshop and to Register online at Calgary School of Art
OR  (New)  register for my Wednesday "Open-Studio" evening class - 6-9pm
month-to-month, ongoing registration.
Calgary School of Art