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"I Thought I Had Lost You" - Finishing A Good Start

By Chantel Lynn Barber

I love teaching workshops. I love getting the opportunity to share my passion with others, and in the process,  I learn so much from the students. They offer me visuals in areas I know I myself struggle with. Seeing them work through these issues has helped me develop certain practices in my own studio. In painting, it is easy to fall into bad habits. The main issue that arises time after time is "finishing a good start" or keeping an initially successful painting from ending poorly.

Here are some invaluable suggestions:


Welcome - Brian Batista

Instructor News

Brian Batista

Welcome to the Swinton’s team, our newest instructor, Brian Batista. He has been with us doing the Sampler Workshops and will now teach a regular class on Thursday afternoons.

If you are looking for a fresh new approach or a different take on your work he may be just the guy for you. Brian’s creative experience is extensive and his enthusiasm is contagious. He is high energy and animated making for a very fun and entertaining studio environment…

Brian believes that there is an efficient and effective way to successfully tackle creating an artwork. Knowing these steps and being systematic in how you set up your practice can make all the difference. Art creation need not be boring or formulaic, there is still plenty of room for creative exploration etc. but great innovation comes from limitation and knowing to get to where you want to go.

Paula Henchell

"Paint what you see - not what you think you see"

Paula Henchell

Paula Henchell began taking classes at Swinton's many years ago and in no time developed her own style. She began teaching as a substitute for other instructors and did such a great job that when a full-time spot became available she was the natural choice for the position. Now, as one of our premier instructors, she has gone on to some great artistic feats:

Winning first place in the landscape category at the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede 2006 Art Show; Painted in the "Artist's Window" at the 2007 Stampede; September 2008 Paula was a finalist for the art competition "Still Life and Florals - published in the International Artist Magazine, October 2008; In November - accepted as a member of the International Guild of Realism - a prestigious group of artists that promote the art of Realism all over the world.

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