Get Splashy: 2 spots left in Rosemary Leach Spring Painting Marathon, Friday May 11-Sunday May 13.

Relax, cover a lot of boards with juicy brushstrokes, in an emotionally supportive environment.

See what happens.

Perfectionism can get you down. Creating space for colour and process is a beautiful thing.

Yes I take beginners; sometimes their lack of expectation gives them an easier ride.

Break up with your inner critic; it is only for a weekend affair.

A few details:

  • Times:
    • Friday, May 11, 6pm-9pm
    • Saturday May 12, 9:30-2pm
    • Sunday May 13, 9:30-1:30pm
  • Structure: The flow will be similar to a figure drawing session with shorter and longer times. Fridaynight I would like to do two or 3 monochromatic “sketches”, and we can do some kick start still life for starters on Saturday. Otherwise your time is your own and I will encourage you to be lateral, switching up paintings regularly, going back to something you started earlier. Keeping it fresh is the important piece here. I will offer intermittent “teachable moments”, but if you are in your zone I totally support people to continue their flow.
  • Please bring:
    • samples of work that inspires you
    • any subject matter or photos of subject matter
    • any paintings or photos of work you have done that might help me to support you in your path!
  • Materials Fee: I bring paint, panels brushes, primer, rags, everything you will need except the easel. Your copious paintings will be done on 1/8” fibreboard.
  • You do need to beg borrow or steal an EASEL. I  feel pretty strongly about people standing to paint, unless you are in pain. If you have a small table to place away from your easel you might like that. Otherwise we have big 8 foot tables we can share. Let me know if you don’t have access to one and I will see what I can arrange.
  • Payment/registration. If you have already paid, no worries.
    • NO MATERIALS: $375 +48.75hst= 423.75
    • MATERIALS INCLUDED: $375 + $50 + 55.25(hst)=480.25 .
    • E-transfer is preferred or cheque asap to Rosemary Leach, Box 75, Almonte. Please let me know when you have put it in the mail!
  • Don’t hesitate to ask me any questions as you might not be the only one wondering!
  • I do have a couple of spots left if you know anyone who might benefit from a funfest.

I’m very excited to be doing this as I have found an emphasis on volume much more helpful to my own practice than perfectionism. I will encourage you to take photos of your work here and there as sometimes one might want to go backwards!

In case you have not read the inspiration of this event from the book Art and Fear by David Bayles and Ted Orland:

The ceramics teacher announced on opening day that he was dividing the class into two groups. All those on the left side of the studio, he said, would be graded solely on the quantity of work they produced, all those on the right solely on its quality.

His procedure was simple: on the final day of class he would bring in his bathroom scales and weigh the work of the “quantity” group: fifty pound of pots rated an “A”, forty pounds a “B”, and so on. Those being graded on “quality”, however, needed to produce only one pot – albeit a perfect one – to get an “A”.

Well, came grading time and a curious fact emerged: the works of highest quality were all produced by the group being graded for quantity. It seems that while the “quantity” group was busily churning out piles of work – and learning from their mistakes – the “quality” group had sat theorizing about perfection, and in the end had little more to show for their efforts than grandiose theories and a pile of dead clay.

Rang true to me, more so years later!

Read more about it here: