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Two new workshops in October!

I'll be teaching for 7 straight days in the Greater Vancouver area this fall.
This may sound arduous, but it's actually a lot of fun and very energizing.  Years ago I walked into a meditation room and was struck by the palpable, deeply relaxed atmosphere generated by a group of meditating people.
Walking into a room full of painters is a different, but equally wonderful feeling. Everyone is striving for the same thing - a good, honest painting - and the energy in the room is intense and stimulating.  I know I'll receive as much as I give.

The workshops are a 2-day still life weekend on October 3-4, offered through the Federation of Canadian Artists, and a 5-day figure painting week through the Richmond Artist Guild from October 5 - 9.  I'll be in picturesque Steveston, BC for the weekend and in Langley, BC for the figure workshop.

I hope you'll join me for some good, honest painting and some excellent energy!

For detailed information, please see my website .

Painting white in full colour

White is tricky and fascinating colour to paint and I often tackle it in the studio to see just how my painting chops are progressing.  It's all very pleasant to paint stuff that comes easily for me, but sometimes it's good and humbling to try to paint the hard stuff.

This little Chinese vase is one of my favourite objects.  It's shape, pattern and colours all appeal to me and I've used it over and over.  Each time I paint it, it looks different thanks to type of lighting I used on it, the background and ground colours, and the mood I'm in.  I was into high drama when I painted it this time, and that turns out to have been a good thing.  I learned just how much further I could push my whites.

Setting up the vase on a powerful red and putting a dark background behind it, forced me to work with strong contrasts.  The vase couldn't be a delicate pastel in this setting as it wouldn't harmonize with the overall strength of the colour environment.  So I had to …