Saturday, 31 March 2012

Raising money for Charity

Shirley Scoble was one of the contributors at this years Vinifera Gala held at the A.G.O. Her painting Autumn Dance...

 ...was part of their auction which raised $ 17,000. The auction was part of a larger event put on by B.M.O. And Women In Capitol Markets. Funds raised benefit Financial Independence For Women and The Heather L. Main Scholarship Fund.

Friday, 30 March 2012

The Artists Garden - Call for Presenters

Call for artist-instructors and workshop leaders 
Good News….
We’ve extended our deadline to May 15, 2012
For workshop proposals

The Artists Garden Active Arts Summer Conferencing,
operates Monday, Tuesday, Thursday evenings, and selected week ends in
July and August, 2012

We still have several dates available for local artists or presenters to provide workshops in a downtown garden studio in Toronto. This is a special opportunity for professional development, introductions to new clients, and developing new sources of income… in a rent-free space !
Download the proposal form for artist-instructors at our web site
And view the venue

for more information, please contact
Susan Brown, Project Manager
Artists Garden Cooperative (AGC)
345 Balliol St., Toronto,ON., M4S 1E1
416 487 0705

Thursday, 29 March 2012

Our 10th Anniversary Celebration!

 We would like to remind you that our next meeting is coming up soon. Please mark it down in your calendar now -

                         APRIL 3 , Tuesday 6:45pm
                                      Langstaff Community Centre
Apart from an inspiring acrylic demonstration by our long time member, Steven Wolk (, we will also be celebrating  the 10th Anniversary of Bayview Watercolour Society.  You will meet some of the Artists who have demonstrated for us in the past 10 years and other guests who have been supporting us all this time.
Here's the Program for the great evening:
6:45pm         Registration
7- 8pm          Demonstration by Steve Wolk
8- 9:30pm 
  • BWS 10th Anniversary Party kick-off
  • Red carpet ceremony
  • Mingling and Refreshments   
  • Mini art show*
  • Photo-taking
  • Cake cutting
As we have a pretty packed program, please kindly arrive at 6:45pm as Demo will start at 7pm sharp.
Hope to see you all!

Saturday, 24 March 2012

Canadian Brushstrokes Magazine

This is a free online magazine filled with amazing art work.
Click on Canadian Brushstrokes Magazine to enjoy it.
It contains work and comments by many famous and extremely talented artists.  Guess who had a piece published?   Yes, our own Ona Kingdon...........congratulations once again Ona.


Sunday, 18 March 2012

Marianne Broome Workshops

I know many of our members have enjoyed working with Marianne, here is a list of her upcoming workshops.
All workshops run from 10 to 4. $75.00 per day. Please contact Marianne to register.  wlmailhtml:{F24404B8-D65E-4AD8-A886-1F504F8F4385}mid://00000204/! or (905) 939 7007 For workshops at other locations see her website 

April 7 FULL DAY ABSTRACTED LANDSCAPE WORKSHOP- ACRYLICS. Learn how to simplify and distill a reference photo down to the essential elements needed to convey the essence of the scene. Changing colours and the addition of texture can make your painting even more exciting. We will do 2 paintings.

April 8 FULL DAY ABSTRACT WORKSHOP- ACRYLICS A fun and creative day, using different methods to kick start an abstract painting with a carefully selected colour palette. We will also explore ways to incorporate texture for a second painting

April 14,15  TWO DAY COURSE - COLOUR and VALUES. WATERCOLOURS and ACRYLICS. We will cover the importance of values, notan and a limited palette, colour mixing, colour harmony and selecting your colours to convey what you feel about a subject. And of course how to apply all this as we work on two landscape paintings. I will provide reference material and valuable handouts that you can refer to later.


Friday, 16 March 2012

Ona has had her painting accepted into NWWS exhibition

Congratulations Ona on the acceptance of your painting "Imagine" into this prestigious International exhibition by NWWS (Northwest Watercolor Society.)

Three International Exhibition acceptances in this Spring season ..............we at BWS are so very proud of you.

If you want to see the other 2 paintings that have been accepted into the Transparent Watercolor Society of America and Louisianna Watercolor Society International Exhibitions  please click on this link


Thursday, 15 March 2012

Congratulations Steven!!

Steven  won the 'Art Battle' at the Markville shopping Centre today. The public in the audience voted and his painting won.  He did the whole painting in less than an hour!

 All the paintings will be displayed on the main level at Markville shopping centre.McGowan and highway 7.

Congratulations Steven from all of us at BWS!!!


Red carpet Event!

 Bayview Watercolour Society turns 10 next month and we are planning a special celebration to honour the event at our Tuesday April 3rd meeting at Langstaff Community Centre. Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Free Forum for Arts Entrepreneurs Upcoming this April

On April 24, Enterprise Toronto will offer a forum geared for arts and cultural sector entrepreneurs of all arts disciplines interested in learning strategies to further developing their companies.Admission is free. The event, Small Business Arts Forum: Financing Growth in the Arts, focuses on a critical subject for all arts professionals - financing. Renowned contemporary Canadian visual artist Charles Pachter will be giving the keynote address. Panel discussions on funding strategies and in-depth seminars will be held throughout the day from 9am - 4pm, Tuesday, April 24, at Council Chambers on the lower level of the North York Civic Centre.  More info here.   Registration here.

Sunday, 11 March 2012

Steven takes part in Charity Function!

Steven has been chosen with 2 other artists to take part in a charity function organised by  the Markham council to finish a painting in one hour. It is called ‘Art Battle’ and will take place this Thursday March 15th from 12:00 to 1:00 at the Markville shopping Centre on the top floor next to Toys are Us. 

Thanks for letting us know Steven.

Friday, 9 March 2012

Studio Six selling Daniel Smith Paints! and Luminosity Flyers!

  Just wanted to let you know that Studio Six are now selling Daniel Smith  watercolour tubes. YAY!!! Thank you Studio Six. For more information click on the link in the sidebar for a direct link to their website.

  Several of you have also been asking for electronic versions of our Luminosity flyers so here they are. Thank you to our award sponsors The Framing Depot, Studio Six, Emotive Expressions, Lynrich Arts and Discount Art Supplies.

 We now have 46 entries for our show so if you still want to enter a painting please get the information to Marion as soon as possible.


Thursday, 8 March 2012

Demo nights

Here are some photos from the last two demos.

Firstly John Nussbaum's floral demo

and secondly John Stuart Pryce's demo about creating light

For those of you who loved Petra's Chocolate Expresso shortbread at last months demo she has kindly given me the recipe to share with you all here. Thanks Petra

Petra’s Chocolate Espresso Shortbread

1 cup unsalted butter, softened
½ cup icing sugar, sifted
6 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
½ cup corn starch
6 tbsp unsweetened cocoa
1 tbsp instant espresso coffee
½ cup chopped semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 325 F
In a large bowl, beat butter and two sugars together.
In a separate bowl, blend together flour, corn starch, cocoa, and coffee.
Mix together the dry ingredients with the butter and sugar and add the chocolate chips.
Roll into 1 tbsp sized balls, place on parchment paper-lined baking sheet and flatten to ½ thick
Bake at 325F for 10 to 12 minutes
Allow to cool before attempting to remove from baking tray
Makes about 40 cookies.

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Catching the light!

A big thank you to John for a wonderful demo yesterday evening. Light is such a crucial componant to a successful watercolour. John has kindly e mailed me his sequential photos today to share.  

 He  would also like to invite all members to visit his web site at  and subscribe to his free newsletter. 


Watercolour demo for Bayview Watercolour Society.

March 6 2012                      Instructor.  John Stuart Pryce.

“Catch the light.”


This demo contains helpful instruction on how to present the effects of light in your paintings.

Basically the most effective way to show the intensity of light and it’s effect on objects is to be aware of and apply close values as well as reduced chroma in the highly lit areas.  

    Apply areas of warm and cool colours.                        Add middle values and colours.

          Introduce darker values and colours.             Refine shapes, dark values, cools and warms.


“Cold Gold”  16” x 20”  Watercolour on 140lb stretched Arches cold press.

Monday, 5 March 2012

Artist of the month shares Work in progress!

 Hi everyone,
A couple of people have been very interested to know more about our Artist of the month Dan Vangeli's colour palette for his portraits. Today Dan has very kindly sent me some Work in progress photos from his most recent painting showing us the stages he goes through.

For all my paimtings I use a relatively small palette of about 10 colors...I use:
Transparent colors:
-cobalt blue
-aureolin yellow
-rose madder genuine
-veridian green
Staining colors:
Alizarin crimson
Winsor green (blue shade)
Olive green
Scarlett lake red
Burnt umber

 As for skin tones, it varies with each piece. but most of the time I start with the rose madder, alittle aureolin yellow, and add a little olive green. It gets a nice base skin tone.

I start very light, and build up from there adding scarlet lake, and cobalt blue to the mix. I use a large palette, and really use the mixing area to experiment until I find what I want.

  As far as avoiding the muddy darks, it gets a little tricker. I try first to just get deeper with the colors I am already using in the face, but sometimes, I do add a little burnt umber. I also make a mixed black using the alizarin crimson, and winsor green (blue shade) which I sometimes add to mix, but VERY little as it is overpowering. Alot of what I do is just experimenting. As I paint, I don't really think about the paint itself, I literally just mix things (having a basic idea of what colors make what I am looking for and pulling out what I like.

 Hope this helps to answer some of your questions

Sunday, 4 March 2012

Watercolours By Tony Cook Exhibition!

Hope you will take the time to visit Tony's Exhibition this coming month. Good luck Tony form all of us at BWS

Pop Up Gallery


Watercolours by Tony Cook

Artify Pop Up Gallery is pleased to present watercolours by Tony Cook
March 5 to April 5, 2012.
New works on watercolour paper and Terraskin in sizes from 6" x 8" to 11" x 14" on wood panels (no glass)
Also, high resolution giclée prints of popular originals and framed floral paintings.

Hosted by:
Café by "Crepe it UP!" and Pavillion Pastries
507 Church Street, (at Wellesley)
Toronto, ON M4Y 2C9
Hours: Daily 7am to midnight, Weekends, 8am to 11pm

Enjoy delicious crèpes and fair trade coffee while you view the art work.

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Artist of the Month Daniel Vangeli PWS, BWS

My, the months seem to be flying past. It’s March and time for me to introduce our new artist of the month Daniel Vangeli. I had the pleasure of meeting Dan and his wife last year at the PWS exhibition. Dan is a fabulous but very modest person. He has huge talent and has just won a major award at this years American Watercolor society 2012 exhibition with this painting. 

I know many of you are starting to enter juried shows locally and some are thinking of spreading their wings and trying further afield. So why not ask Dan about his experiences. 

I will now pass this post over to Dan

Hello Everyone,

First of all thank you so much for having me. When Ona asked me about sharing what I do, I felt honored, as well as  inadequate. I have been painting watercolors for a little over 3 years total, with just finding a passion for it within the last 2 years.

   I had left painting all together several years ago, only giving watercolor a second try in 2010. Something just "clicked" for me this time, and I haven't stopped since. My first painting back was "Lost and Found", which  is the painting above and is also the painting that has launched my career. 

    In 2010 I entered my very first watercolor competition, the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society's International Juried Exhibition. Not thinking much about having a chance in entering, my painting won first place.  This gave me the confidence I needed to keep going, and over the last 2 years I've won awards at other societies, have had work published in a few magazines. 

 Here are a couple more of my paintings.

 I look forward to sharing what I do know, and hearing from you as well. 

Thanks again, and I look forward to hearing from you!

- Dan Vangeli