Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Party colour and Fun

What a fun Christmas/holiday party we had. It was an evening filled with delicious food

colourful hats

 Funny, colourful and weirdly wrapped gifts

and a chance to have your photo taken with our very own, very artistic Santa

 Have a wonderful Holiday season from all of us at BWS

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Christmas/ holiday party details and reminder

Yes, it's  that time of year again. Doesn't time fly when you are painting and having fun!

Hope to see EVERYONE at our holiday party meeting on Tuesday 11th at Langstaff Community Centre. Non members are welcome too so please come and say Hi 
Our evening includes a Slide Presentation by Doug Purdon,  a Gift Exchange (Prizes), a Raffle, and a Pot Luck Reception
Please arrive by 6:30 PM   We have a fun-filled program for your enjoyment & need time for setup of Pot Luck refreshments. Please bring SWEET or  SAVOURY,  finger foods, to be served cold (no access to warm up)   NO NUTS  PLEASE.
 At 7:00 PM   DOUG PURDON  will present a slideshow 'The Muses of Picasso & Dali'.
 At   8:15 PM     There will be a  Gift Exchange Fundraiser  -  Bring Wrapped Art Related Gift  (value should be approx. $10)  
                     Prizes to be awarded  (members vote):     1.  Funniest
                                                                                        2.  Most Artsy
                                                                                        3.  Weirdest
SANTA will take pictures with you & help hand out gifts.   GUESS WHO'S SANTA????!!!!
 There will also be a  RAFFLE  DRAW
At  8:30 PM           POT LUCK GOODIES   =   Mix and Mingle & EAT & ENJOY
See you on Tuesday evening!
The Executive

Message from our President

Hi All Members
Whatever your background, may you be blessed with a joyful holiday season.  Amid the bustle of family and friends, may you find inspiration to fuel your creative life.  As the New Year approaches, no matter what happens , don't give up on your dreams.
Keep exploring your passion.   I look forward to seeing your visions become reality.
From my heart to yours
Shirley Scoble

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Some photo's from Bianka's demo evening

On Tuesday evening Bianka demonstrated various techniques to create non objective abstract art using liquid acrylics.

Here are just a few photos from the evening of Bianka in action.

Thank you Jean for sending me the photos to share here on The Waterfront and thank you Bianka for a wonderfully informative demo.

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Feature Artist- Jackie Grisley Step by step demo

Our Feature Artist for this month has very kindly completed a step by step demo of her latest painting for us. Thank you Jackie

JACKIE GRISLEY SWA-demonstration

I am currently exhibiting with a selected Members SWA show at Picturecraft Gallery in Norfolk. As I was painting for the show I thought it might be of interest for my blog to take pics at significant stages.

Pic 1 - I’ve completed a simple outline drawing
Pic 2 - to preserve my whites I have masked off with tape and fluid.

Pic 3 - my paint mix using naples yellow, French ultramarine blue, davy’s grey, burnt sienna, perylene violet and ultramarine violet.

Pic 4 - the sky is done. First I wet the paper and used naples yellow, then a very watered down French ultramarine blue to the lower parts which is hardly noticeable but granulated nicely. I mixed naples yellow and davys grey for around the castle and then added a tiny amount of burnt sienna to that mix. Then I strengthened the grey with perylene violet and ultramarine violet, got that down and then added French Ultramarine blue to darken that mix a little more and over painted once more, always leaving some of the original colours exposed. Then I left it to dry. I got a small run back to the right of the castle – I quite liked the way that happened.

Pic 5 - the distant mountains go in

Pic 6 – masking tape peeled away, ready now to put some detail in

Pic 7 – the castle is done

Pic 8 – the loch water goes in leaving pale areas where the light from the sky breaks over the water

Pic 9 – a closer look at the castle

Pic 10 – the painting is dry

Pic 11 – the outer masking tape is now peeled off

Pic 12 – The finished painting- CASTLE RUINS. I wanted this painting to have some tranquillity.
Actually I’ve just noticed the sky, unintentionally, looks like a flying dragon hissing fire! 


Saturday, 10 November 2012

Bianka Guna demo's for BWS this coming Tuesday

Bayview Watercolour's next EXCITING demo will take place on Tuesday November 13 at 7 o'clock in the Program room of the Langstaff Community Centre.
Bianka Guna CSPWC TWS, will be demoing non-objective acrylic painting. 

 Expect to learn more about new acrylic materials, wet- in- wet  techniques, design and  composition, the use of colour, texture, movement and be ready to get inspired . Non- Objective  Acrylic Painting is the perfect way to explore and get challenged. Working with fluid  acrylic is more fun than fun!

Hope to see everyone on Tuesday. Non members are welcome too so come and say hi and learn all about non objective abstract painting.

Thursday, 1 November 2012

November Feature Artist Jackie Grisley SWA

Hi everyone and welcome to the beginning of a new month. I would like to introduce to you our feature Artist for this month, Jackie Grisley SWA, and to say thank you to Tony who made the initial contact with Jackie. Welcome to the Waterfront Jackie!


Strumble Head Lighthouse in beautiful Pembrokeshire with its jagged, rocky coastline is so appealing to me and I’ve painted it a few times now. The first time I ever saw it a black storm was developing and as it strengthened the whiteness of the lighthouse against that dark sky was an impressive sight and the vision stays with me. In this painting I have introduced some colour in the sky but my aim was to replicate the image I still have of that first sighting.

I’d like to say thank you so much for inviting me to be your featured ‘artist of the month’, it made my day when I got Tony Cook’s email. I confess I have never done a blog before so I hope I do it justice. I will certainly do my best and am looking forward to conversing and sharing my way of watercolour painting. To kick off with it seems like a good idea to offer an insight into what my goals and inspirations are.
The British coast is what really inspires me to paint. The dramatic skies are my ‘wow’ factor, the stormier and wilder the better. We have such varying weather here which creates ever-changing conditions, especially around the coast or in the mountainous regions such as The Lake District and The Highlands of Scotland. I’ve found watercolour is the perfect medium for achieving the effects I want in my paintings. I love its freedom but also its discipline. Knowing when to stop painting and put down the brush to allow the drying process is crucial and knowing when comes with experience, fight the temptation to keep ‘fiddling’, I’ve spoiled quite a few paintings in my time doing this and have learned to tell myself (out loud occasionally!) to ‘STOP!’. Watercolour has such a unique and magical quality when you do stop painting it keeps on doing its own thing until completely dry. That really excites me-to leave a sky to dry and to come back a few hours later to see how it has developed whilst drying gives me a little thrill.
I aim to achieve mood, drama and atmosphere in each painting and that all comes from the sky for me and how that affects the rest of the painting, deciding on the light direction etc. You may have guessed by now blue skies with fluffy cotton-wool clouds do nothing for me! I try to keep things simple and spontaneous with not too much detail, I seem to achieve more impact this way, and I hope to leave a degree of interpretation for the viewer. Less is more so they say. The use of light against dark is a technique I use frequently to create contrast and bold impact. I like to work wet-in-wet completing the sky in one session, leaving it to completely dry before proceeding. By profession I started out as a graphic designer and I’ve found it’s been very consolidating and useful in regard to composition, expression and balance in my paintings, bringing a sense of right and wrong instinctively.


I was pretty excited with how this sky wash had dried and I think it demonstrates that controlling the wet-in-wet technique cannot be totally mastered. The way the paint continued to dribble into the underlying colour is as we say a ‘happy accident’. It also makes my point of knowing when to put the brush down and let things happen.

I like to use a restricted palette in order to introduce harmony into my paintings, I always want drama but harmony is equally important to me. I use Winsor & Newton, blocks and tubes. My brushes range from Isabey Petit Gris to W & N sables, round and chisel in varying sizes. My paper is always Saunders Waterford and Arches not and rough surfaces 200lb and 300lb. They don’t cockle and are quite forgiving if you need to lift out. Most important to have confidence in your paper, I’ve used others and have been disappointed with the finish.
When I’m travelling for my reference, my latest trip was September to the Lizard Point in Cornwall, I do simple pencil sketches and take my camera everywhere. I have no qualms about using photographic reference, even though it can be frowned upon, it’s a great way to gather plenty of material to work up in my studio. I don’t like working outdoors, there are too many distractions and it doesn’t suit my painting technique. Plus the viewfinder immediately helps with composition. I’m not afraid to move elements around or even leave some out until I feel the scene is balanced.
I am self-taught and as I mentioned my graphic design background has been very useful to my painting development. After this I helped set up a craft based business making model trees for architectural modelmakers. This has also been advantageous, working in scales and perspective in a 3-dimensional way has helped me understand how to achieve these elements within a painting.
In 2006 I was invited to become a Member of The Society of Women Artists and I felt extremely honoured to become a part of such a special and historical Society. To have my work recognised by such a wonderful Society was and is very special to me.
I really only began watercolour painting about 15 years ago and was hooked immediately and my style has evolved and developed the more I’ve painted. Turner’s watercolour skies and seascapes have been a tremendous source of inspiration to me. His imaginative use of paint and reaction to dramatic weather made him so ahead of his time. I look in wonderment at how he achieved those storms out at sea-incredible-oh to paint like that! But that’s what I love about painting there’s always more to strive for, more to improve on and so much to keep learning.
Well that’s a bit about me, I look forward to the month ahead and hope to be able to chat with fellow watercolourists.


Lismore Lighthouse in Scottish Highlands has a backdrop of impressive mountains and I would imagine for passing ships in the night the lighthouse must do a crucial lifesaving job. So I wanted to paint a night time view of it showing its power and importance for those vulnerable seamen.

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Jean Haines' Simply Magic

Jean Haines was our Artist of the Month in August.

She has just posted an interesting watercolour exercise on the SAA (UK) web site. You can view the article at this address

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Art Cunanan Workshop!

To celebrate World watercolour day Bayview Watercolour Society has arranged an All day workshop with Art Cunanan which will take place on Saturday Nov. 17  9:30 to 3:30pm   in the Program room at the Langstaff Community Center, the corner of Bantry rd. and Red Maple  in Richmond Hill.

The cost is $49 for members and $55 for non-members. 
Please register first with Julie Junger -

then Mail cheques to         Bayview Watercolour Society
                               44 Cobblestone Dr.
                                Thornhill Ont
                               L3T 4E4

Friday, 5 October 2012

Meeting Reminder!

Looking forward to seeing you all on Tuesday October 9th at 7pm. Langstaff Community Centre.

Doug Purdon is the educational and technical advisor for Winsor & Newton. He has ordered  samples for us and will be demonstrating the products Winsor & Newton carry and discussing how to use them.

 DOUG PURDON was born in Toronto, Canada and graduated from the Ontario College of Art (AOCA) and is a full-time painter living in Toronto, Canada.  He is an elected member of The Society of Canadian Artists (SCA), The Ontario Society of Artists OSA. and an Associate Member of the American Watercolor Society.

Thursday, 4 October 2012

People's Choice Results

 Here are the results of the peoples choice ballot which took place during the Exhibition at Boynton house last week

 The painting with the most votes was Painting #6 Primal Warmth painted by Ona Kingdon. 

Other popular paintings were Painting #5 Fast Food Fly Through again by Ona Kingdon, Painting #52 Crystal Glass 2 by KyoungReal Youn, Painting #56 Heaven’s Garden Gate by Steven Wolk, Painting #17 Radiance Bloom by Ben Lee, and Painting # 47 Wild Shore by Shirley Scoble.

Thank you everyone for all your votes and for supporting our society.
The member of the public whose ballot was drawn was Margaret Lee. Congratulations Margaret! 

Margaret will be attending our next meeting on October 9th at Langstaff Community Centre and will be receiving her Bag of art related gifts then.

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Exciting Event!

Don't miss this exciting event at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts beginning at 7pm tomorrow (Thursday)

Three of our members are taking part in the Studio tour next weekend (Oct 13th and 14th) and Ben Lee and Ona Kingdon also have paintings hanging at the theatre this month. Come to the official opening of the studio tour at 7pm

At 7.30 hear all about THE ART OF COLLECTING ART with Alan Bryce & Rocco Pannese plus an introduction by Ernestine Tahedl. YRAC members FREE and $10 for non-members. To register please email YRAC at or call 905.726.3278 Thursday, October 4th, 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts – 10268 Yonge Street, ON
YRAC and the Town of Richmond Hill

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Mayor Barrow Presents the Signature Membership Awards

On Friday, September 28, 2012 Richmond Hill's Mayor David Barrow attended the Bayview Watercolour Society's Awards Reception at Boynton House and presented the BWS Signature Membership Awards. The Bayview Watercolour Society is celebrating its 10th anniversary, and in recognition of this occasion, have introduced a prestigious BWS Signature Membership, which is awarded to those members who have won two or more awards for outstanding achievement in water-based media paintings in Bayview Watercolour Society's juried art exhibitions. Congratulations to our inaugural Signature Members,

 Diana Bick,

Patricia Duke,

Ollie Hawryliw,

Marion MacDonald, 

Shirley Scoble,

 Betty Wong,

  Steven Wolk,

Ona Kingdon,
Ben Lee,

 Fiona Evans,  Jean Soong, Joanne Baker, and KyoungReal Youn.