Sunday, 16 April 2017

Preparing for an 'Open Studio' workshop in August

I don't know where the time is going - and I just don't seem to have enough to do all things I want to do (versus 'have' to do)!

The workshop with Brian Atyeo was wonderful. I will do a short writeup as soon as I go through my notes and photos. Brian is coming back to the Calgary area the end of August and I was fortunate to get the last available space. He will be doing a 5 day workshop at the beautiful River Rock Studio near Cochrane, Alberta. It will be an open studio workshop - lots and lots of painting in a small group (12 participants) with daily discussion and critiques. I have started thinking about what I would like to paint and doing some research into my subject. This was suggested by Brian - you don't want to show up without some ideas and pre-planning. The subject I want to explore is 'abstracted/interpretive landscapes'. I am leaning towards the prairies - uncultivated native grasslands and cultivated 'scapes' - although I think the Foothills will probably appear as well. I will be working large - again at Brian's suggestion....30"X30" and larger! Now that is a little scary, but could also be very freeing. I will be starting a journal filled with sketches, small landscape studies, colour swatches and some favourite artist's thoughts on painting and subject matter. I am a bit of a research junkie so this will be right up my alley. I am looking forward to lots of painting between now and the workshop and at least a couple of trips to the prairie grasslands. I will leave you with some inspiration from some of my favourite artists.

**These paintings are done by the artists listed under the images**

*Kurt Jackson*

*Richard Diebenkorn*

*Barbara Rae*


  1. These are wonderful, thanks for sharing them with us! Have fun in the workshop :)

  2. August will come around way to fast I am sure! Good to hear from you Sheila

  3. Janet, loved this post and I'm so intrigued by prep you'll be doing for your August workshop. Makes me realize how little instructor-led study I've undertaken. Can't wait to see what evolves for you. Thanks for thinking to share photos of paintings by favorite artists.

  4. Hi Dotty. Good to hear from you. I am hoping that I will be able to follow through with the 'prep' side of things - think I will get a lot more out of the workshop. I don't necessarily think one needs to go the workshop route but I seem to thrive (in most cases) in a workshop. Don't get me wrong - I come home with some pretty awful looking work,have cried my fair share of tears in the frustration of 'not getting it' and have vowed never to paint again. But - here I am signing up for another! I love your work - the fearlessness of it and your openness to experimenting. Don't ever loose that - I think that is something that can't be taught!! Looking forward to seeing more of your art.