Category Archives: Workshops

One on One Mentoring Session

This week I had the opportunity to give a one on one mentoring session. It is a very efficient way to learn. In a one on one session you get undivided attention.  For some people it is a preferred method of learning rather than in a classroom setting. This was the case for G. (who wants to remain anonymous).

We spent three and a half hours together and he went home with a painting ready to hang.

He had an idea of what he wanted to do and needed help achieving it.

Here was the process.

Fist he blocked in some colour using a catalyst straight edge blade. Raw umber, yellow oxide, nickle azo and red iron oxide.

Initial Layer

Blow drying speeds up the process-even though acrylic dries fast G did not want to watch paint dry!


Next he added some umber to the foreground to tie it to unify it more with the top and give it a more rock like feel. Notice he is holding his brush at the end so he does not have so much control. This makes for more interesting lines.


He got ahead of my picture taking! He added another mountain shape in the background. For the tree he used a veil coat of watered down titanium white. This was misted with water so it would leave some texture and bring some of the umber to the top. The last step was to glaze over it with Nickle Azo gold. I love how the tree looks back lit. It makes it the focal point.  The edges where finished with raw umber before putting hanging hardware on the back.

G. went home with a painting he created ready to hang in his new home.



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10 Things to Try When You Have a Stuck Painting

My guiding word for this year is COMPLETE so even though I work on more than one painting at a time I am working hard to finish them and not loose interest when I hit a block. Here is a list of 10 things to try if you have a stuck painting. Go ahead and give them a try!

  1. Don’t worry about the end result – you are stuck!
  2. Try adding a new colour
  3. Bring out the sandpaper
  4. Use coloured construction paper to block oiut areas
  5. Take a photo and look at it on a large computer monitor
  6. Turn your painting upside down
  7. Try adding a different medium
  8. Try a different brush stroke
  9. Draw into your painting
  10. Put away your brush and use your fingers or unorthodox tools!

If you need more guidance I put a workshop together to help you get to “THE FINISH LINE” – it is one day  and you will leave feeling good about moving forward on a few of those stuck pieces.

You can register online or by phone at 250-248-2775



School is Back In

If you live in B.C. that is not the case with the striking teachers!

However school is back in at my studio!  I will be offering some workshops in October in my studio in Parksville. One is on the Monoprint and Collage method that I have been doing a daily painting challenge with.  The other one is a Mixed Media Abstract Landscape Workshop.

Class sizes are limited to 6 so you get lots of one on one.

If you would like more information you can find it here.