i'm back…

Well…that was a long break from blogging! It was completely unintended, but the summer around here just has a way of sneaking up and stealing me! So let me sum it up for you: rain, bored kids, lazy dogs, messy house, no groceries left, entertaining kids, melting popsicles, birthday parties, BBQs, endless sleepovers, considering installing permanent beds for neighbourhood kids, sunburns, teenagers sitting around patio fire ’til wee hours, bikes and skate boards piled up on lawns, sunscreen stains on car seats, sunscreen smears on windows, dry grass, endless eating, dirty floors, wet laundry…sigh.

I did manage to escape the mayhem for a week of bliss at a painting workshop with my art crush, Mike Svob. I have admired and drooled over his paintings for years.

What a treat to watch and learn from someone who’s paintings fetch thousands of dollars!!!

I’ve taken other painting classes, and quite often artists are stingy with sharing information, but Mike was awesome. He gave us really solid advice and practical tools to use in our own practices, and I can’t wait to create more pictures!

Ta dah!

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11 responses

  1. hi,
    thanks for posting up these photos that show Mike Svob’s painting process… I have his book and tried to paint by following it. However, my work just turns out horrible. I was wondering if you have any idea if Mike uses paint straight out of the tube in its thick and opaque state, or does he mix it with some type of retardant/water? I have tried mixing with retardant and may be the reason why my colours never turn out the way I want.

    thank you

    • Hi Michelle…I can’t remember if Mike mixed retardant/water with his paint. I do recall him saying that the truest colour is the one that comes out of the tube, which I think means that he often puts the paint on without mixing other colours into it. He also said you don’t need to use white to lighten all the time, just use the next warmest colour on the palette to brighten your colours. If you’re able to take one of his workshops, I’d highly recommend it.

  2. thank you for the tips Jennifer.. I’d love to take Mike’s workshop if I ever make it to the West coast, or if he ever swings by Toronto area. 🙂 It would’ve been nice if he had a dvd to compliment his book.

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