Category Archives: Optimistic Pursuits

AUGUST PAINTING WORKSHOPS

OPEN STUDIO Paint a project start to finish, or bring paintings you’d love feedback on and bring to completion in this series of four 3-hour workshops. I love helping people carry out their vision, and answer their technical questions! Each …

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Painting Mentorships

PAINTING MENTORSHIPS NOW AVAILABLE: Do you love to paint but find yourself being stopped by your “inner critic”? Do you want to exhibit your work but are in the dark about how to proceed? Are you feeling limited technically in …

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Life

For the past several years, I’ve been researching portraiture, including a series of painted and drawn self-portraits, portraits of friends and students, and also some drawn portrait studies I made in Paris of people I met there this past Spring. …

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Tuscany Painting Retreat Sneak Peek 2017

I’m in the final stages of planning a painting holiday for early June 2017. Here’s a sneak peak of the location––a very old stone farmhouse and a charming converted tobacco drying tower in the Italian countryside, located just outside the …

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Amsterdam!

I’m pretty excited to be skipping town for a week to take in some amazing art and have a little rest. One of my first stops in the museum district will be the Rijksmuseum, where I’m interested to see wonderful …

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Talking objects

Below are images of a work shown in progress through to completion, of the Porcelain Dining Room in the Chateau de Versailles. It’s a commission I’ve enjoyed making for a private home near Toronto.  The wide panoramic format was pieced …

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Itness

Now that the cooler weather of Fall is here, I’m so grateful to be able to get back into the studio and paint paint paint. A little study I made last winter of a scene on my breakfast table has …

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Drawing for Pleasure

Anyone can draw. But people in our culture often think of drawing as something done by children, or a specialist in drawing, called an “artist”. Many times I’ve heard stories from people about an early point in their lives when …

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Madrid Travel Notes

Ahhh—the meditative experience of train travel, as the landscape floats gently by. After saying goodbye to Barcelona, a few hours later I arrived at the beautiful Atocha Station in Madrid. I love the in-between spaces of travel, where time is …

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PAINTING DEMO

VALUE AND EDGES with VAL NELSON September 20, 11am-1pm at Opus Art Supplies, Granville Island, Vancouver. Gain confidence in working with a limited palette. Award-winning artist and sought-after painting instructor Val Nelson will demonstrate, in oil paint, how the informed …

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