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Workshop full! Another workshop date added

"Painting the Figure from Life" on April 17 in Vancouver, BC filled fast.  Thank you to all who signed up.
The FCA has added another date for this workshop so that those who didn't get in on the registration would still be able to join me for a great day of figure painting.

The new date is Monday, April 20 and the location is Richmond, BC.
For more information and to register, please go to the FCA education page.
I hope to see you there.

2 New FCA workshops in Vancouver

I love Vancouver in the springtime, so I'm happy to be heading there to teach 2 workshops in April. Hosted by the Federation of Canadian Artists, these will be a one-day figure painting workshop and a 2-day still life workshop.  Both will be from life so I know that my students and I will have a grand time.   The descriptions are below, including an amazing quote by Cezanne (that man was a quotable painter), and you can register through the FCA website.  I hope you'll join me for some great paint and balmy weather! Painting the Clothed Figure from life Friday, April 17 The head bone connects to the knee bone? It does in this dynamic figure painting workshop. Working from a clothed model, students will learn about the amazing and powerful connections that link the body together in a graceful gesture. Discover the liberating fact that you can throw away pencils and grids, and capture the most complex poses accurately with only a brush and a squint. Using group demonstrations and…

Go big or go home

This is the largest painting I've attempted to date.  It's been a work in progress for the past several months and has many, many layers.  The photo doesn't show it to its best advantage because it's darned hard to avoid any glare across such a broad expanse of canvas, and, after too much effort, I gave up.  The boy on the left is actually darker than shown.

But enough about camera stuff.  This piece required me to use a medium that I became familiar with in Alex Kanevsky's workshop last year: Liquin.  It's a quick dry medium used to extend paint.  It makes a tough, flexible film and it's what Alex uses to create the multi-layered work that he's famous for.  I don't know if it would be possible to use my usual medium of oil and OMS to create such a large number of layers safely; I'd be worried that the paint would crack.

It was great to be able to apply a layer of paint, and find it dry in one or two days.  That allowed me to stay interested …