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I was able to attend one day of Jed Dorsey’s October workshop

I was able to attend the first day of Jed Dorsey’s October workshop at Sunnyshore Studio that took place Wednesday through Saturday of last week. Jed started off the day with a mini-lecture on what it takes to make a good artist: (1) desire, (2) opportunity, (3) encouragement, and (4) practice.

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Jed is an engaging and encouraging speaker. I was struck by one of the goals for the workshop that he shared. He said that one of his goals was that people would feel loved as persons, not just for their artistic performance. I thought this was great because deep down we all want to be valued not for what we do but who we are.

I sensed that the workshop participants did feel loved.

It was fun to hang out with my dad and my sister, April, who both participated in the workshop.

Having Dad in a workshop is like having a second instructor because he spends a lot of his time going around and chatting, sharing tips, critiques, etc.

Jed demonstrated throughout the day. You always learn a lot by watching another artist paint. And he’s pretty good.

Everyone worked hard on their art paintings throughout the day.

And ended up with some great paintings!

Plus we had time together to visit and just be in community.

All in all it was a great workshop…We’re already planning for another Jed Dorsey workshop in October.

Here’s a fun little video I made up of our time together. Enjoy.

Sunnyshore Studio Progress Report – September 15th, 2016

Sunnyshore Studio hosts our first Art Workshop led by my gifted artist-brother Jed Dorsey on November 3rd-5th.


Eight people have already signed up with a number of others who have expressed interest and a cap of 15. I expect it to fill up soon. You can learn more and sign up at:

We celebrate our Grand Opening “Beaches of Camano” show on Saturdays December 3rd, 10th and 17th. On display will be original artworks showcasing the 30+ Beaches of Camano. An accompanying Coffee Table book titled the Beaches of Camano featuring those artworks and stories of Islanders who live on and love those beaches will help you celebrate the beautiful beaches of Camano and share them with others.

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Here’s an example of one of my brother’s paintings. It is of Tillicum Beach.


There is a lot of work to get ready for this Workshop and the Grand Opening.

Here’s a brief status report on that work.

Gary Holloman and his team have done wonderful work on the trim.


The upstairs trim is done.

And the downstairs trim is coming along nicely. Trimming out the posts gives the Gallery area a great finish!

The trim in the Gallery/Studio should be finished today (September 15). Then all that will be left is installing the granite island and kitchen counter top, putting in the plumbing, and setting up the stove & pipe.

And the deck was stained. It looks great.

A lot is happening on the outside as well.

Donnie Watkins took out the big cedar tree that was going to be to close to a future house, whose roots would get entangled in the septic system, and which blocked our view of the water.


The cedar logs sit by the woodpile ready to be cut up for firewood.


Donnie moved the stones from under the cedar. They are ready to be placed as a retaining wall east of the bulkhead.

In the next couple of days Donnie will grade around the Studio, add some gravel for the pouring of the front and back porches and a walk that will go between them and install the septic drainfield.

Here are a few pictures of Donnie and I talking through the plans.

As I give this report I’m so thankful to God for the grace that has allowed this dream of mine that stretches all the way back to 1998 to come to fruition. Here’s a video that tells more of that story.

Sola Deo Gloria


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