Category Archives: Optimistic Pursuits

Fall Painting Classes: Beginner and Intermediate

  PAINTING FOR BEGINNERS Learn the steps to building an acrylic painting using a loose, impressionistic approach. As you paint a simple still life, your instructor will give demonstrations to help you understand the block-in,  develop your work with more …

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ONE SPOT LEFT / Drop-ins Available

August: OPEN STUDIO PAINTING WORKSHOP I have one spot left in this 4-part workshop series. There are a few drop-in day spots also available–ask me for details! Paint a project start to finish, or bring paintings you’d love feedback on …

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Painting Mentorships

  PRIVATE TUTORING/MENTORSHIP One-on-one detailed work which is tailored to your needs. This could include drawing and painting technique, critique, shaping a body of work in preparation for exhibition, and advice on professional artistic practise. First one-hour session for new …

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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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