Mill of Kintail Painting Workshop Additional Info



Basics of colour and composition will be discussed at the beginning of the session, as well as sketching and drawing.

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We will be working out painting ideas from sketches that we make either from subjects we see on the Mill of Kintail grounds, or from photo reference that you might bring along.




There is always a great spirit of friendship and co­operation in my

workshops, and with more than four decades of experience as a professional

artist, I can give you expert help at all stages of painting.








Please, contact me at ttbpaul4@hotmail soon to register, as there are only 8 seats available.


Mill of Kintail - 2 day Painting Workshop, Sept.16-17th., 2017


First of all I want to say, “Thank you”, for considering this workshop.

The local landscape will be our subject for two days, and acrylic will be the medium used.

If you are not familiar with The Mill of Kintail Museum and grounds, you are in for a treat!

We will be visiting the Mill Museum to see the summer home and studio of one of Canada's most accomplished and revered artists, Dr. Robert Tait McKenzie.

He was a real renaissance man in that his career involved medicine, art, teaching, writing and mentoring.


Each of these fields brought Dr. McKenzie worldwide recognition.

The subject matter we will consider is varied... from the Mill of Kintail architecture, to the beauty of the river banks and the pristine forest. The beauty of the Mill and it's grounds is captivating, and inspiring!

*Remember to BRING YOUR CAMERA as well as your painting equipment.

*Please, bring a lunch with you, and a thermos, bottled water etc. as we have a fully equipped kitchen in the Gatehouse.

*Please, bring landscape photos to work from should the weather not allow us outside.                            

This is an “Acrylic Landscape Painting Workshop” suitable for painters at all levels.

Basics of colour and composition will be discussed at the beginning of the session, as well as sketching and drawing.


Saturday, Day 1:


    9am: - Meet at the Gatehouse which is just inside the Mill of Kintail grounds, and

                introduce ourselves.

    9:15-10:15: - Presentation by Chris MacFarlane –  photographic  compositional techniques. See

    10:15-12: - Painting materials, methods, and DEMO

    12-1PM: - Lunch time and general Art conversation.

    1-3: - Sketching /Drawing on site ….weather permitting

            - Visit the Museum and studio of Dr. McKenzie

    3-5:   Getting the sketch onto the canvas and starting to paint!


Sunday, Day 2:


     9-10: Meet at the Gatehouse.

     10-12: Work on the painting begun on day 1.

      12-1:  Lunch and conversation.

       1-5:   Continue working on the painting you started.

       4:30-5:  A brief group critique of the work completed.



I expect that you will learn quite a lot over our 2 days together, and this should hopefully motivate you to continue drawing and painting. Most of all “It should be fun!”

The more you do, the better you will feel. Self-confidence is very important, so always look at each painting or drawing as a mystery, a challenge, and a puzzle to be solved. Just do your best, and don't give up!

After hearing Chris MacFarlane talk about photography, you may also find yourself much more interested in that medium, and want to take many more pictures. Photos are frozen moments of time that you will be able to look at and enjoy for years to come. They also serve as great reference for paintings, so take many!


     Remember, “You can't create art by just thinking about it; you must physically do it.


Pablo Picasso said, “Art washes away from the soul the dust of every day life.”