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Every few days someone asks me to send a personalized checklist of things they need to do and think about while they’re painting. As everyone’s creative concept is really quite different, this is a tough order. Even though I may have looked at the work, their continued flourishing depends on a unique vision and a sense of individual entitlement. We are all specialists of some sort, and specialization demands we make our own checklists. In our game there’s no silver bullet, no one size fits all....Read On

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    Don Berger

    Don Berger finds his inspiration in the floral world, which he describes as “so vast and pictorially brilliant, I never cease to be amazed by…

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    Christine Hanlon

    Her painting is inspired by the Old Masters, especially from their use of chiaroscuro and geometry, utilizing proportions like the Golden Section and other ratios…

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    Monique Jarry

    Monique, like many artists, had ‘periods’ throughout her work. In the sixties, she accepted that her painting be called ‘psychedelic’. She meant to convey that…

Upcoming Art Shows

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    March 10, 2017 - June 29, 2017

    49th Watercolor West International Exhibition

    49th Watercolor West International Juried Exhibition Call for Entries. Online only. Deadline: June 29, 2017 Juror: John Salminen. Approximately $20,000 Cash and Merchandise Awards. Entry…

    May 20, 2017 - June 18, 2017


    Fort Langley Artists Group Now in our 23rd year, the Fort Langley Artists Group (FLAG) consists of a diverse group of established and emerging artists,…

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    August 1, 2017 - August 31, 2017

    32nd Annual Watercolor Wyoming National Juried Exhibition

    The 32nd Annual Watercolor Wyoming National Juried Exhibition will showcase the talents of watercolor artists from across the United States. The show will be on…

Upcoming Workshops

  • May 25, 2017 to May 28, 2017 - 3-Day Plein Air Art Retreat in Ottawa Valley, Ontario with Keith Thirgood

    keith-thirgoodJoin us in the Ottawa Valley for three days of instructor-guided painting. The Valley has something for everyone. Small towns, rivers, lakes, rock faces, beaches, forests, farmland and more.
    Keith Thirgood leads this retreat, guiding you in painting out-of-doors in a loose, free manner. You will also learn Modern Colour Theory and how it can make you a better colourist.
    Your retreat includes shared accommodation in rustic cabins with kitchens (bring and prepare your own meals), instruction and beautiful scenery. (Spouses/friends welcome.) Small group, individual instruction.
    Visit my website for more information and to sign up:

  • Jun 11, 2017 to Jun 15, 2017 - Rocky Mountains Plein Air

    sharon-rusch-shaver_workshopJoin award winning artist Sharon Rusch Shaver to learn the fun of plein air painting in the majestic Rocky Mountains in springtime, when the wildflowers are blooming in the valleys and the creeks are still rushing from snow still clinging in the highest elevations. Your 4 nights will be spent in modern comfortable  accommodations which include heated pool, hot tub, and en-suite guest rooms in a historic lodge built over 100 years ago by one of the founders of the Rocky Mountain State Park. Delicious chef-prepared meals, and transfers to painting sites included.  This plein air workshop is for all levels beginner to advanced, watercolor, oil, pastel, photography. $1,450 all inclusive.*




  • Jun 19, 2017 to Jun 22, 2017 - Gibsons School of the Arts – Painting the figure/portrait with JUSTIN OGILVIE

    justin-ogilvie_workshopA 5-day workshop in picturesque Gibsons, BC, Canada


    Explore both traditional and contemporary techniques for painting the figure using both photographs and a live model taught by professional artist Justin Ogilvie.  Basic figure drawing and painting experience recommended.  Media – oils and acrylics.


    Fee $550.00 for more info visit website



  • Jun 19, 2017 to Jun 23, 2017 - Creating a Visual Memoir Using Writing and Collage

    gwen-fox_workshop2A 5-Day magical artistic retreat led by artist Gwen Fox and author Junie Swadron that honors your resiliency, artistry, strength and beauty. Both collage and writing have enormous power to invoke your muse and the invisible intelligence that emanates from your heart. You may be surprised by the depth of your creative genius that is birthed from these two art forms working together. All of this is taking place in Gwen’s studio and beautiful 100-year old adobe home in the heart of beautiful Taos, New Mexico where creativity literally hangs in the air.



  • Jul 10, 2017 to Jul 14, 2017 - Gibsons School of the Arts – Watercolour and mixed media = WOW with LORI SOKOLUK

    lori-sokoluk_workshopA 5-day workshop in picturesque Gibsons, BC, Canada


    Suitable for all levels, students will be exposed to fundamental watercolor techniques such as composition, colour mixing and design.  This will be followed by exploring mixed media.  Line work, resists, collage, the use of crayons and inks and other types of mixed media will be introduced.


    Fee $550.00 for more info visit our website at





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