Wednesday, 29 February 2012


Dear members
John Pryce will be demonstrating watercolour next tuesday. Please don't miss it!
View his work at
Membership for 2012-13 Up for renewal
Please bring your cheque to renew your membership which is due on March 31. Don't forget to fill in the membership form as well. We need your signature for the Waiver.
A gentle reminder that you have to renew your membership to be eligible for the Luminosity Show 2012.

Saturday, 25 February 2012

Support needed for Aurora Cultural Centre!

Below is a message from Herbert Pryke
Dear Friends,
Your attendance is required on Tuesday, February 28th 7:00pm at the Aurora Town Hall.
There are those in Council that want to withdraw the five year contract from the Aurora Cultural Centre.
Many of you, like myself, have benefitted from the incredible location and ambiance.
Show up and give your support.

Herbert Pryke

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

For all artists who love painting Florals!

Hi everyone,

Our Luminosity juror Birgit O'Connor has posted two wonderful step by steps on her blog of how to paint Pansies and tutlips that I thought some of you would enjoy looking at or trying for yourselves.

Click on this link and go directly to her blog post to see how she painted the picture above

 and this is the link to her tulip demo to see how she painted the tulips below


Monday, 20 February 2012

The Artist Project

Bianka kindly sent me the details of The Artist Project. Thanks Bianka.

The Artist Project celebrates its 5th year with another exciting show featuring original works from over 200 carefully juried, independent contemporary artists. Artists from a variety of geographic and creative backgrounds will converge and connect with patrons looking to get a glimpse of tomorrow’s Art Stars. From seasoned collectors and first time art buyers, to gallerists and interior designers, visitors will find this art fair a rare opportunity to meet and purchase work directly from Canadian and International artists.
Thursday, March 1st to Sunday, March 4th, 2012
Thursday:  7PM – 10PM (Opening Night, 19+ Event)*
Friday:  12PM – 9PM
Saturday:  11AM – 9PM
Sunday:  11AM – 6PM*A portion of Opening Night ticket sales will be donated to the Canadian Art Foundation.
Queen Elizabeth Building
180 Princes’ Boulevard, Exhibition Place
Toronto, ON

for more information please click on this link


Friday, 17 February 2012

Congratulations Ona Kingdon

All of us at BWS would like to congratulate Ona who has just been notified that one of her paintings has been accepted into The Transparent Watercolour Society of America (TWSA) 2012 exhibition.
This news is so hot off the press that Ona does not know which one of the two paintings she submitted was chosen.


Thursday, 16 February 2012

Get Inspired and get Painting!

What is your special subject? You know, that scene, flower idea, or
colour that makes you pick up a brush, lose all sense of time and create the very best painting you've ever done. Now that is the painting we want to see!!

Are you a passionate beginner who has never entered a juried show before?
Or are you a practiced professional? Whatever your level, the upcoming



Don't be intimidated by our internationally known juror.
I can guarantee that whatever stage you are at, she has been there.
An experienced teacher she will fairly evaluate everyone's efforts
and tell us why she chose the winners.



Sunday, 12 February 2012

Art Cures needs Artists!

Herbert Pryke, Founder of Artcures Inc. is organizing a special evening titled 'The Power of Art' on October 26th, 2012 at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts.
This will be a celebration of visual, culinary, music and theatre. 

Herbert wants to build a wall of art and requires 200 artists to donate an 8 x 10 painting!
This is a wonderful community project/event. If you are able to help Herbert achieve his goal of 200 pieces of artwork please contact him directly for further information. Artcures will return a new canvas to you, plus a pass for one to the evenings event if you can donate a painting.
On October 26, the artwork will be raffled and all ticket holders will go home with a piece of art. (artist's passes do not include the raffle)
If you would like to help, please email Herbert at

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Thank you John!

A special thank you to John for  sharing  information so generously on Tuesday evening. You had so many great tips, especially the money saving idea of making your own masking fluid!!!!!!

It was gratifying to see someone who paints so losely but plans so thoughtfully and throroughly. So many artists get part way through and get stuck because they haven't planned properly.

Your work is exquisite and you give an excellent demo. Look forward to calling on you again in the future.

Shirley Scoble.

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Enter our Luminosity 2012 Exhibition!

 There are many wonderful prizes to be won. A big thank you to The Framing Depot, Studio Six, Emotive Expressions, Lynrich Arts, and the Art Supplies discount store, our award sponsors for this years show.  

Bayview Watercolour Society
Call to Artists

Luminosity 2012 Exhibition
May 2-6 2012

McKay Art Centre, Main Street Unionville, Markham

Awards Juror: Birgit O’Connor
Reception and Award presentation Thursday May 3rd from 7-9pm

Eligibility of artists: The exhibition of original, water based media on paper, board or canvas is open to all members of the Bayview Watercolour Society.

Paintings must be executed within the last three years without instructor supervision. Work using photographs other than the artist’s own is not considered original.

Works previously shown in BWS exhibitions are ineligible. All paintings must be ready to hang and meet the display standards set by the society. (see separate attachment on show rules) All paintings will be required to hang for the duration of the show.

Sales: A 20% commission will be retained by BWS from all sales. Please price your paintings accordingly.

Delivery and collection of paintings: Paintings should be hand delivered to the McKay Art Centre between 12-1pm on Tuesday May 1st. You will also be required to pay the appropriate entry fee at this time.

Paintings need to be collected between 10-11am on Tuesday May 8th.  Any painting not collected will be subject to a $25 per day storage fee made payable to BWS.

Awards: The juror for awards, Birgit O’Connor, will present the awards on May 3rd.

The Framing Depot Award for Best in show… $250 cash

The Framing Depot Award for 2nd place… $150 cash

The Framing Depot Award for 3rd Place… $100 cash

The Emotive Expressions Award for 4th place… $100 Art photography and printing voucher

Art Supplies Landscape Award... $50 voucher

The Phyllis Forrest Memorial, Floral Award …$25 voucher

The Ken MacFarlane Watercolour Award …$25 voucher

The Studio Six Mixed Media Award …$25 voucher

The Studio Six Acrylic Award… $25 voucher

The Lynrich Arts Award for best presentation …$25 voucher

The President’s Encouragement Award ...$30

3 Honourable Mentions… Award Certificates

People’s Choice Award

Entries: Entries must be received by April 3 2012, Fee $10 for the first painting and $5 each for any additional painting.

Because there is no formal jurying in of paintings other than meeting our display/ hanging  guidelines there will be a maximum of 50 paintings accepted into the exhibition (If the maximum number is reached before the deadline date the entries will be closed early)

 Please make sure that your 2012-13 membership is renewed to be eligible for entry. (Deadline: March 31, 2012)

Read the options below, choose either option 1 or option 2 and then E mail the appropriate information to Marion

Entry Option 1: You can submit up to 3 paintings no bigger than 24 x 30 inches outside dimensions of frame

Entry Option 2: You can submit one painting with framing dimensions no
larger than 36 by 44 inches and one other no larger than 24 x 30 inches (if you want this option you need to submit your entry early as there will only be 3 large paintings accepted into the whole show)

For each painting please provide Marion with the:
Image size (in inches)
Frame size (outside dimensions)
Medium used watercolour, acrylic or mixed media (if mixed media please specify which variety of media used
Choice of sitting time (see below)
Can you also please write a sentence about each painting outlining location or idea e.g’s  “Plein Aire, Main street Unionville in winter.” Or “ An exploration of light on petals”

On receipt of the above information Marion will provide you with labels to attach to the backs of your paintings. Please confirm the accuracy of the information on your labels when received. If there are any errors, new labels will be issued. Do not wait until the day of hanging to have information changed.

All members who have work in the show must be available to sit for 1 session. Please also provide Marion with 1st and 2nd choice for sitting time.
Wednesday 10 am- 2pm
Wednesday 1pm-5pm
Thursday 10 am- 2pm
Thursday 1pm-5pm
Thursday evening… Reception and Award ceremony
Friday 10 am- 2pm
Friday 1pm-5pm
Saturday 10 am- 2pm
Saturday 1pm-5pm
Saturday 4pm-8pm
Sunday 10 am- 2pm
Sunday 1pm-5pm

We will let you know your exact sitting time by email after April 3 once the sitting schedule has been compiled.

Any person with paintings in the exhibition is entitled to submit cards, giclee prints or matted original paintings FREE OF CHARGE. All items need to be presented in crystal clear bags or equivalent for a professional finish. Prices need to be clearly labelled on each item.  20% of all sales during the exhibition will be taken by BWS.

Saturday, 4 February 2012

News News News!

It is so lovely to see our members both past and current having success in the world of art.

Past member Bianka Guna, has a special message for all her friends at Bayview.

Dear Friends,
I would like to invite you and your family, friends  to my solo show "KALEIDOSCOPIC  DAYS" , in The Distillery District , the up gallery of Balzac Café  (building 60in The Distillery) from the 1st to the 29th  of February 2012. The gallery is open  daily   from 9:30 am to 7:30  pm.
I will be on the site on Tuesday , the 7th  of February 2012 from 2-4pm .
You can also  find me in my studio, at the Artscape  Case Goods Warehouse ,Building #74 ( behind Balzac Café) ,Studio #211 most of the days . Come , chat  and  explore a full collection on my latest  "Kaleidoscopic Days "  Series.

 Lizbeth, Sharon, Dorothy, Rebecca and I went to see the exhibition this afternoon. 

Thank you Bianka for a lovely afternoon.

Tony has also e mailed me to let me know that

'Artists against the Mega Quarry' show has been picked by NOW magazine!

Thats fabulous news Tony!

Don't forget to let me know of any other good news, Interesting articles or upcoming shows.


Thursday, 2 February 2012

Message from our new President

I was so impressed when I visited the show at Boynton house last fall. Greeted by stunning work from both old friends and new members, I was welcomed into a professionally displayed show by a warm and friendly group of sitters. Bayview Watercolour Society has certainly matured, and the quality and polish that has developed since it all began can rival that of any other arts organization!

Lizbeth, as it's President, has been an intrinsic part of this metamorphosis.
Her wise council and thoughtful guidance have made her an exemplary
leader. The willing help and support that she speaks of, and the well oiled machine (executive) that I inherit today, is a compliment to her abilities. Thank you Lizbeth for all the time and gifts you have shared with us.

The executive has laid the groundwork for so many incredible new projects
and I look forward to the opportunity of helping to bring them to fruition.

I can't wait to see you all on February 7, to renew old acquaintances and meet new members.


Wednesday, 1 February 2012

February Artist of the Month Debi Watson NWS, PWS

Hi everyone,

Its the beginning of a new Month today and it is with great pleasure that I introduce to you all our February Artist of the Month Debi Watson. Debi is the President and a signature member of the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society. Last year she also was elected as a signature member of the National Watercolor Society. She paints in both watercolour and oils in a traditonal realistic style.

                                                                          'Blowing Snow' Watercolour

Debi has kindly written a message to you all below. She is willing to answer any of your questions this month. I hope you will again take this fabulous opportunity to learn from such an amazing artist. If you would like to ask Debi a question please click on the word comment at the bottom of the post. a new window will then open up with a white box for you to type your questions or observations into.

Hello Bayview watercolour Society,

I was born a love for art and spent a lot of my childhood drawing, much to the chagrin of my parents, who tried to encourage 'more practical' uses of my time.  I continued art as a hobby and started painting watercolors in 1983, with a how to paint craft store book as a guide.  My work was lauded by judges from the beginning, which was kind of unnerving for me.  At one of the first shows I entered, my painting won two awards and  I was asked to exhibit in the professional catagory.  I was so intimidated that I didn't show for years!

                                                                                             'Madness'   watercolor

  Being self-taught, learning took a lot of time, but gave my work it's own unique look.  In 1999, I retired from nursing to paint full time.  I have enjoyed entering the juried shows as a way to push myself toward excellence.  My work has been accepted and won awards across the nation, being featured in over a dozen magazines and books. 

                                                                                                    'Serenity' Watercolour

I just like to paint, and always will.  I enjoy teaching and giving other people the encouragement to create art that I didn't get in my early years.  I have many free how to paint videos on youtube including this one

For a whole range of free videos please follow the following link

I am also currently working on putting lessons on my website

I'm looking forward to  being your Artist of the Month and answering any questions you might have.

                                                                                                 Debi Watson

Two Reminders!

Hi everyone, Just a quick reminder of our next meeting: which will be on Tuesday Feb 7, at Langstaff Community Centre. John Nussbaum will be demonstrating semi-abstract watercolour floral. On his web site he says:

 "One of my greatest enjoyments is to experience the ebb & flow of creativity arising from an inner compulsion to paint. It infuses me with an upbeat mood which is reflected in my paintings. The randomness of nature is my prime inspirational force. This releases me from constraints of realism, allowing imagination to flow freely over my canvas. It parallels the random experiences we encounter & our attempts to pull our lives together in harmonious form.  If I can share this enjoyment with others & bring them some pleasure I am well rewarded."

Visit his website to see some more of his brilliant works!

Membership Renewal for 2012-13

I would also like to remind you that your 2012-2013 membership is up for renewal latest by March 31.  May I suggest that you bring your cheque of $65 payable to Bayview Watercolour Society together with your form to our meeting next week. (If you wish, you can post date your cheque to April 1, 2012).

It is important to renew your membership in order to be eligible for our Spring Luminosity Show in May. Deadline for registering for the show is April 3.

See you all next week!