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Under Construction!!

Hi everyone.

For the next little while this site will be Under Construction. I will announce on Social Media and to my Mailing List when the reconstruction of this sadly ailing site is done! I’m so looking forward to the total refreshment and brand new capabilities of the new look. 

In the meantime, all the menu items to the left have drop downs, and they do work, so please go there to find what you’re looking for, or use the search function. I hope you enjoy your visit to my page.



Goodbye 2020! Hello 2021

Hi Everyone!

While I’m happy to see the end of 2020, I’m also grateful for the experience of being able to teach online, which has connected and reconnected me with so many of you! I’ve really enjoyed the online experience. 

So, as we end the old year, this is a note to let you know where I’m starting off in the New Year. 

We will continue the ongoing online Studio Classes on Zoom, where you can paint what you want with my guidance and you can suggest projects or techniques that I can then give lessons on. As always you don’t have to do the project you can just paint what you like with help from me as you need it. $25/ class paid monthly. So January has 4 Wednesdays and 4 Thursdays, so the price will be $100. There are 2 of these classes, Wednesday evenings 7-9pm[Mostly watercolour] and Thursday afternoons 2-4pm [ a mix of acrylics and watercolour] so you can do any makeups in the other when you can. we can also add oil painting to any class if you want that. eTransfer to

It has been suggested to me that I move the in person Abstract: What, Why, How workshop that I was going to give live at Swintons to a one day Saturday workshop which I will do. That info will be down at the bottom of this email. 

I will be planning the next 6 months worth of Saturday workshops in the next 2 weeks, so if you have any requests for subjects or techniques that you’d like to know more about, please let me know in the next couple of weeks and I’ll see what I can put together.

Whether you sign up for something or you don’t, I wish you a great New Year full of health, wealth, wisdom and love. 


Abstracts! What? Why? How!

Saturday, January 23, 9:39am- 3:30pm. 

$95 paid by eTransfer to

then receive the Course Outline and Supply List. 

Fall 2020 Classes, Courses and Workshops

Hi everyone! Welcome to the page of ALL new Fall classes, courses and workshops that I will be teaching coming up. I hope you find something to interest you so you can sharpen up your art skills during these weird times.

Compositions in Complements

Colour Theory for Painters   TOTALLY NEW VENUE!!
Thursday evenings, 6 – 9pm at Studio Vasquez-MacKay
Suite 100, 441 5 Avenue, SW
September 10-October 8
In Person! Masks are mandatory and Social Distancing requirements and cleaning protocols will be in place..

Learn the basic fundamentals of colour theory in a course designed to simplify and enhance your painting practice. Colour is a vital component of the painting process. Using a Six Colour Single Pigment System you will work through a series of charts and exercises that will deepen your understanding of how colour is essential to your works effect and success. 

To register and see your supply list please visit:


At Riley Park

AUArts Acrylics 1 – ONLINE
Tuesday evenings, 6:30-9:30
October 13 – December 15

$385.00 Special Fall Price

What is it, how does it work, and how do I use it? This course is everything you need to know to get serious about painting in acrylics. Basic fundamentals through the specifics of different genres.  By the time we are through you should have enough working knowledge to get going on your own.

For more information  please go here: visit:


Ongoing Studio Classes @Swinton’s

Wednesday Mornings, 9am – 12pm, starting September 2
Monday Afternoons, 12:30 – 3:30, starting September 14

In Person – Masks are mandatory and Social Distancing requirements and cleaning protocols will be in place

Your choice of mediums and subjects. Once you understand the fundamentals then you paint what you want and I help you.From time to time we do group exercises, which you can totally opt out of if you want. Ongoing interesting info about art. artists, art materials, making art and pretty much anything else todo with art. Pretty fun.

Call 403-258-3500 for more information and to register.


Mixed Media Flower Fun @ Swinton’s
Saturday & Sunday, November 28 & 29, 9am – 4pm


In Person.  Masks are mandatory and Social Distancing requirements and cleaning protocols will be in place.

Using Acrylics, inks and various mark making tools we will make up flowers and arrangements using our intuition and imagination.  Yes, its really fun!

For more information, supply lists and registration please go to:


Abstracts – What, Why, How?@Swinton’s

Sat & Sun, January 14 and 17, 9am – 4pm@Swintons 


In Person – Masks are mandatory and Social Distancing requirements and cleaning protocols will be in place.

Intrigued by abstraction but intimidated? come and fins out what it is, why we make it and how to make it – all in acrylics. Its easier than you think.

For Supply list and registrationplease visit:


Glazing, Layering and Creating Form in Watercolour – ONLINE

Online!  1 Day Workshop with Lori on Zoom!
Saturday, September 26, 9:30am – 3:30pm


Just what the title says – if you’ve ever wondered how to make convincing form in a watercolour painting then this workshop will really help.

You will receive the Supply list and Course Outline, and instructions for using Zoom,  when once you eTransfer $85 to


Drawing with a Brush – ONLINE

Online!  1 Day Workshop with Lori on Zoom!
Saturday, October 24 26, 9;30am – 3:30pm


In ink or watercolour. Come along with me as I practice an alternate form of drawing and adapt my drawing style.

You will receive the Supply list and Course Outline, and instructions for using Zoom, once you eTransfer $85 to


Old  Time Fairy Tale Illustration – ONLINE
Pen & Ink  & Watercolour

Online 1 Day workshop with Lori on Zoom
Saturday, December 5, 9am – 3:30pm


Using a technique favoured by the famous illustrators Rackham and Dulac, create a little piece of romance or adventure.

You will receive the Supply List, course outline and instructions for using Zoom, once you eTransfer $85 to 



You paint what you want with my help. Occasional exercise for all – that you can totally opt out of. Lots of info about art, art materials, art techniques, artists and just about anything about art. And – yes. its FUN!!

$25/class, payable monthly on the last class of the previous month. Makeups available. 


Upcoming Courses and Teaching


Hi Everyone,

Welcome to my temporary teaching page. I’ve been working like crazy ever since covid hit on keeping some classes going online on Zoom  and introducing new ones, so I’ve been up to my ears with  the technological learning curve.

Folks are asking where they can see what’s available or currently being offered, so I thought I’d put up this page as a placeholder while I work on getting a proper teaching and registration section built now that I have the technology to do it properly. It is just me doing it all so please bear with me.

So far we have a couple of ongoing studio classes [ see info at bottom of page ] We have completed both Acrylics Basics and Watercolour Basics, as well as Sketchbooking. And this last week we started both Acrylics: Applying the Basics and Watercolour: Applying the Basics. All these courses are 6 weeks long, $150.00, and run from 7-9pm, Tues, Wed, or Thurs evenings. Course Outlines, Supply lists and Zoom instructions are delivered on my receipt of eTransfer to I will likely offer the same rotation again in September if I see enough demand for them.

I will be offering an in the flesh Wednesday morning ongoing studio class at Swintons in Studio 3, 9am – 12pm. Strict Covid protocols will be in place. Beginning Wednesday July 1. Call Swintons @ 258-3500 to register.

Please let me know – –  if you have any questions or if there are any other online courses you would like to see in addition to this. Here is what is currently on offer for the summer:

One Day Workshops


Learning a wonderfully forgiving charcoal technique, we will learn about adult facial proportions  – a great little map for placing adult features and building a likeness. 

Saturday, July 4, 9am – 12pm, 12:30 – 3:30pm


eTransfer to to register and recieve your supply list.


Did you know that children’s facial proportions are quite different from adult facial proportions, and they change every couple years? Come and learn about how they change and how to approach this with a simple pencil and paper.

Saturday, July 18, 9am – 12pm, 12:30 – 3:30pm


eTransfer to to register and receive your supply list.


Saturday, August 8, 9am – 12pm, 12:30 – 3:30pm

Simplifying flower forms and expressing their beauty in as loose a way as we can and using 3 colours to do it.


eTransfer to to register and recieve your supply list.


Really freeing technique for loose and expressive landscapes. How to use Aerial perspective and a couple of simple concepts to make fun paintings.

Saturday, August 22, 9am – 12pm, 12:30 – 3:30pm


eTransfer to to register and recieve your supply list.

Beginning Thursday we will be starting an Ongoing Studio class where you do whatever you want with my help, once I feel you have the basics down. We do have group exercises from time to time, that you can join into if you want to. 

Thursday mornings – 10am – 1pm on Zoom. 

The online format – Zoom –  has become quite a comfortable way to paint for many of us. It’s much easier and effective than you might think. 

The fees are $25/class, charged monthly and due the last week of the previous month. eTRansfer me – to sign up.



Fantasia is here!!

So many friends!! Love you all!

What a wonderful opening and Artists talk. 

So many lovely people came out to see the new works and to support. It was a real pleasure to meet Chris Kuzmanovitch, whose gorgeous abstractions are a perfect foil for my realism. 

And our Artist’s Talks on Saturday, October 13, were really fun and well received. Thanks to everyone for all the great questions.

If you want to see the rest of the paintings and read the written part of the Artists Talk?- just look to your right under Exhibits and click on Fantasia! Remember that seeing them in the gallery space where they can really breathe is a different experience than seeing them on a screen. But we do our best, right? Enjoy!!

Big thanks to Christine Klassen Gallery – Christine and Hilary, for their lovely ongoing support.

Opening night for Fantasia!!

Artist’s Talk on Saturday!

Fantasia is Coming!!

I’m so excited and anticipating with great pleasure my upcoming solo exhibit at Christine Klassen Gallery. It has been years in the making, and while I have shown a very few of them as I built the body of work, I have been mostly hanging onto them for this exhibit. Please join me to celebrate!

October 11 – November 24, OPENING: October 11, 5 – 8pm

Christine Klassen Gallery, 200, 321 50 Avenue SE, Calgary, AB


Upcoming Spring & Summer Courses & Workshops

Exciting Spring Summer teaching season ahead!

Here are the courses I’ll be offering at ACAD for the Spring and Summer season. Click the link to check out the details and supply lists:

Children’s Book Illustration, May 1 – June 26, 6:30 – 9:30pm, $362.25

Acrylics 2, May 7 – June 25,  6:30 – 9:30pm, $262.50

Acrylics 1, May 10 – July 12, 6:30 – 9:30pm, $362.25

Sketchbook Drawing Week Workshop, July 30 – August 3, 10am – 4pm, $420.00

At Swinton’s along with my Studio Classes that run every Wednesday from 9:30am – 12:30pm and from12:45pm to 3:45pm,  I’ll be offering these weekend workshops. Again check out the link to see details and supply lists:

Dynamic Charcoal Portraits, Sat, Sun, April 21,22, 9:30-4, $210.00

Watercolour Basics, Sun, May 27, 9:30-4, $110.00

Pen & Ink, Line & Wash Sun, June 24, 9:30-4, $110.00

Acrylic Portrait Painting on Rough GroundsSat Sun, July 28, 29, $210.00

Acrylic Abstraction – Elements of Design,Sat Sun, August 18, 19, $210.00

If the link doesn’t work – just call the store to register – 403-258-3500 

Studio NOW!@CKG

Exciting exhibit showcasing whats happening in the studios of 4 artists with upcoming solo exhibits. Kind of like a preview. And we will be having a great artist discussion at the opening. Come on out!

Working towards my next exhibit!!

Working on underpaintings!!

Its been way too long since I posted, but there is a very good reason…. I’m heads down working to get ready for my exhibit in October of next year at Christine Klassen Gallery!! So while I’m posting the paintings on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter as they are finished, I’m not making too much noise about them because I want everyone who possibly can to come out to this exhibit to see this new body of work. So, thanks for your understanding and watch for the updates as they come. 



My Artist Talk @CKG

Me & Little Wing

Me & Little Wing

When Christine asked me to do a small talk at the opening of Put a Bird on It, I said sure! I most often give small talks just flying by the seat of my pants and since I haven’t really paid too much attention to my artist Statement of late I thought it would be a good opportunity to refresh my thinking about my work all around. So after 2 hours of typing I could see that I had a good start on my autobiography, so I used it as my crappy first draft and refined it so I could say something more measured and meaningful. Here’s what I came up with:

I love the demands and processes of oil paint, the pigments, the mediums, the materiality. The stuff. I love the stuff. I love the slow nature of the indirect process of multiple layers.

I paint the way I paint because I find the process of long seeing to be very meditative.

I can breathe, I can think, or not think. Staying with the images for as long as I do is like listening to a sustained pleasurable note. It is deeply satisfying even though it can take quite a long while to paint, I find it deeply therapeutic.

I like still life because its just that. Still. Quiet. I love the light.

So, theres a long and pleasing process for me, and maybe a moment of light, an opening to stillness, hopefully some delight, for the viewer.  A little rest from the big loud demanding world.

The actual objects I use have been tools to explore ideas about taste, nostalgia, good or bad, whimsy, family, and mortality. Not to mention the beauty inherent in natural objects. There – I said the B word. The meanings and importance of objects and images for humans, the stories they tell about us, and the stories we tell about them. The fact that these objects often outlive us.

Right now, in my work,  the objects are leading me back into the fundamentals of composition, abstraction  and colour. Still realism – but you’ll just have to wait  and see.

I haven’t really been a part of the resurgence of academic realism, I’ve been too busy following my own nose, because there wasn’t really any guidance for realistic painting when I started so, I adapted what little I read about the indirect process and have made my own way, for good or bad.

I am happy to see the renewed interest in realism only because I think that it would be such a shame to lose such precious skills and that the more aspects of artistic expression there are available to people the better for everyone. I find great inspiration, excitement and solace in the idea that art is endless and that there is room for everyone.

Oh, and you can find me here at CKG and online on the social medias as TheQuietEye. Thanks so much for listening.

@CKG Put A Bird on It/Dec 102016

My dear friend Jackie and I at the opening of Put a Bird on It @Christine Klassen Gallery