Aug
25
to Aug 26

Intensive Study Workshop

This 2-day workshop is for painters with some experience who would benefit form one-on-one instruction to advance their skills to the next level. Emphasis on value, simplifying complex scenes, developing a colour story in your pieces, and painterly brushwork. Demos, exercises, and discussions of concepts designed around these aims. I will help participants to work through a painting from start to finish, including helping to identify challenging areas and propose solutions to move the piece forward.

For more information or to sign up for the class, contact the Pumphouse (office@niagarapumphouse.ca or 905 468 5455) or feel free to email me directly through the contact form on this website.

 

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Aug
11
to Aug 12

Painting Light & Shadow Workshop

I will be teaching 2 classes at the Pumphouse in August. The first is one on light and shadow.

Renoir said “No shadow is black, it always has a colour.” In this class, you will learn how to mix paint to capture the dramatic differences between light and shadow, brightness and dullness, vibrancy and paleness. Using a very limited palate, we will focus on colour mixing to help you to capture the colours present in nature at different times of day and under different lighting conditions. This two-day workshop will include colour theory instruction and simple exercises, and the chance to complete a small painting building on these colour principles from start to finish.

For more information or to sign up for the class, contact the Pumphouse (office@niagarapumphouse.ca or 905 468 5455) or feel free to email me directly through the contact form on this website.

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Jul
7
to Jul 8

The 40-Stroke Challenge!

This workshop is for those wanting to loosen and freshen up their brushstrokes, and who are willing to step (a little) outside their comfort zone to do so! We will complete a number of exercises using a limited number of brushstrokes -- maxing out at 40!!! You will be amazed at the looseness this creates and in all the happy little accidents that come from having only a limited number of strokes at your disposal.

For more information or to sign up for the class, contact the Pumphouse (office@niagarapumphouse.ca or 905 468 5455) or feel free to email me directly through the contact form on this website.

 

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Jun
26
3:00 PM15:00

"Artists' Café" Talk at the Pumphouse

On Thursday, July 12, 7-9 p.m., I will be giving a talk at the Niagara Pumphouse Visual Arts Centre as part of their monthly "Artists' Café" series. My talk will be called "Finding Your Painterly Voice." Below is a description of the event:

"Socialize in the Gallery chatting with friends new and old, or break away to step into the Walker Room for 45 minutes to participate in the evening's chat.

The café is usually held on the 2nd Thursday of every month. You do not need ID to enter, the paint stains on your clothes or other unintended evidence of your artistic endeavours will be proof enough. The event is open and free of charge to Pumphouse members and non-members alike.

The casual drop-in cafe allows local artists to meet and build a community, learn from one another and share ideas. The cafe will occasionally feature special speakers discussing topics of interest."

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May
26
to May 27

Interiors Workshop

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I'll be teaching a 2-day workshop on painting interior spaces at the Niagara Pumphouse at the end of May. Learn how to create dynamic interior compositions full of life, energy, intimacy, and movement. We will focus on capturing light in interiors, minimizing detail to create a focal point, and creating inviting scenes into which the viewer will want to enter.

For more information or to sign up for the class, contact the Pumphouse (office@niagarapumphouse.ca or 905 468 5455) or feel free to email me directly through the contact form on this website.

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Apr
9
10:00 AM10:00

BLOOM, Bloom, bloom!

I am thrilled to be teaching a one-day floral painting workshop at the lovely Mikreations Gallery in Virgil on April 9. The workshop will focus on painting loose and lively florals that breathe and are full of life! We will focus on tips and tricks to simplify different types of flowers--roses, irises, bulb flowers, and more--and discuss appealing colour stroies to create striking images. Participants will aim to complete a 12"x12" floral painting by the end of the day. This workshop is currently full but we may offer more of its kind in the future.

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Mar
2
to Mar 31

"Nocturnes" at Mikreations Gallery

For the month of March, I have a solo show of nocturnes (i.e. night paintings) at Mikreations Gallery in Virgil. The openings are Friday, March 2 (7-9 pm) and Saturday, March 3 (2-4 pm). I have a variety of architectural pieces, mostly of Niagara-on-the-Lake, as well as some landscapes, which explore the theme of light play in the darkest times of day. If you missed the openings, never fear! The exhibit is on until the end of March.

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