Friday, 28 September 2012

Culture days!

Our exhibition at Boynton House in Richmond Hill, 1300 Elgin Mills East, is open all week and from today is part of the Canada wide Culture Day's event!


This evening Mayor Barrow will be attending our reception and presenting our new signature award winners with their congratulatory certificates.

Tomorrow (Saturday) 11am-3pm is  a free children’s “Let’s Create” art program with art activities and face painting. Hope to see you there!

BWS made front page news in the Liberal this week! The photographer visited at the start of our exhibition and really enjoyed looking around the exhibition and our facepainting workshop run by Lucia.

Opening hours for the next few days are:
Friday 11am-9pm
Saturday 11am-8pm
Sunday 11am-6pm

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Impressions Exhibition is OPEN!

“Impressions 2012” Art Exhibition and Sale at the Boynton House in Richmond Hill, 1300 Elgin Mills East, is now OPEN and will run from from Tuesday, September 25 to Sunday, September 30.

Boynton House is on the north side of Elgin Mills East, between Bayview and Leslie, directly across from the Redstone Rd.

Inside the building you can view 70 paintings in watercolour, acrylic, and mixed media. The photos below just give you a flavour of the exhibition as a whole

There is also a gift store where you can purchase small items  for as little as $2.

There are also workshops running all week. Ona's class on Thursday is full but there is room in many other workshops. Please see the list below and e mail if you are interested in attending a workshop or demo.

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 27, 11am to 3 pm (Workshop Full)
Take an enlightened look at colour with this internationally award winning artist. In this interactive workshop you will investigate how careful selection and use of colour can create mood and atmosphere in a painting. Explore analogous and complimentary colours and cool and warm colours and learn some useful ways to use them in a painting. This will be an innovative, fun, and interactive experience.

Be transported to the world of Steven's garden. Watch this enthusiastic and talented artist bring to life all the beauty and colour of summer's bounty.

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 28, 11am to 2pm
This award winning artist will demonstrate a colourful, exciting floral composition and then lead you to explore the various artistic techniques with your own reference photo.

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 28, 2:30pm to 4:30pm
INSTRUCTOR: Shirley Scoble, BWS
WORKSHOP: ARTY EARRINGS (adult workshop)
Create exceptional earrings using some unusual and interesting materials. Go home with the earrings for yourself or your friends.

Experiment with a variety of media to create a unique abstract painting. Investigate ways of using old familiar mediums to get stunning new results. Go home with a refreshed view for combining art mediums.

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 29, 5:30pm to 8pm
How do we successfully paint on canvas with watercolour? Follow Ben's lead to interesting new ways of expressing yourself that are easy to do. Save framing costs and try this exciting modern approach to watercolour.

Participants will learn how to expand and loosen their interpretation of any subject matter, create an impressionistic style with freedom to work quickly without hesitation.

Bring in a piece of your artwork you think is not working. We will work together and apply methods that will transform the work before your eyes interactively improving skill through this exercise or bring in your subject reference to work on.

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 30, llam to 2pm
INSTRUCTOR: Shirley Scoble BWS
Learn various artistic techniques to create “leaf like textures” while enjoying the artistic process of making an autumn themed design. While the theme of this workshop focuses on leaves, the techniques and materials covered can be applied to a large variety of subjects. A bonus information sheet on creating great greens and autumn colours is included.

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 30, 2:30pm to 4:30pm
Discover the vivid world of Acrylic realism with award winning Artist Fiona Evans. Learn the secrets of her bright colours and stunning techniques to capture the attention of various audiences.

Prices for Workshops
BWS members $10 for each workshop or 3 of your choice for $25
Non Members $20 for each workshop or 3 of your choice for $45

Saturday, 22 September 2012

Exhibition details!

Bayview Watercolour Society “Impressions 2012” Art Exhibition and Sale is now only days away!

The Bayview Watercolour Society will be holding their “Impressions 2012” Art Exhibition and Sale at the Boynton House in Richmond Hill, 1300 Elgin Mills East, from Tuesday, September 25 to Sunday, September 30. Boynton House is on the north side of Elgin Mills East, between Bayview and Leslie, directly across from the Redstone Rd.

 70 paintings in watercolour, acrylic, and mixed media will be displayed. Sponsored in part by the Richmond Hill Mayor’s Endowment Fund for the Arts, the exhibit is also a Culture Days event. (

Entrance to the exhibition is free, and a free children’s “Let’s Create” art program with art activities and face painting will take place Saturday September 29 from 11 am to 3 pm. The exhibition will be open Tuesday to Thursday 11am-8pm, Friday 11am-9pm, Saturday 11am-8pm, and Sunday 11 am-6pm. Award winning artists will be available throughout the week to discuss their work and share their passion for water-based media.

A Reception and Signature Members Award Presentation will take place on Friday, September 28 from 7 to 9 pm. Mayor Barrow will attend this event.

Original artwork, giclee prints, greeting cards, jewellery, and other art-related gifts will be available for purchase, and workshops from signature and award-winning members will be offered during the week.

Workshops are still open for registration and all are welcome! Details regarding workshop topics, dates, times, and costs Are listed HERE

Hope to see you all sometime during the week

Thursday, 20 September 2012


We have had success locally from two of our members this week!

Congratulations first to Steven Wolk

"I had a blessing in the art world .I had two paintings juried into the Toronto Watercolour Society  up coming show in November and one of the paintings which is in watercolour called Tears of Beauty won the Dorothy Blefgen award  WOW............The show is called Aquavision2012 and runs from Nov. 7to 19th. It will be held at the J.D Carrier Gallery Columbus Centre Upper Gallery 901 Lawrence Ave West Toronto. I am so HAPPY"

 Our second award winner is our student representative Rebecca Kingdon who was awarded Reserve Best in show (student catagory) for her photograph 'A Deadly Stare' in the Vaughan In Focus photography exhibition. The exhibition started this week and will run until November 14th. It can be seen at the Vaughan City Hall. (her photo of the green snake can be seen here on the publicity poster)

 It was  one of our members Nicol, that encouraged Rebecca to enter. So she would like to say a big thank you.

In her words:

"BWS is a great opportunity for students to make contacts in the real art world and  discover and have the confidence to enter other contests and exhibitions"

Congratulations to both Steven and Rebecca!

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Studio Six contest to win a set of Dan Smith paints!

Tamar from Studio Six asked me to let all Bayview members know about a contest they are running

Enter for your chance to win 6 Daniel Smith 15ml Quinacridone Watercolours. Just "LIKE" Studio Six on Facebook and sign up for the contest at the following link:
Contest ends September 30th, 2012

what a great chance to win some Dan smith quin watercolours! They are AMAZING!


Thursday, 6 September 2012

Inspired Magazine Fall 2012

I thought you might like to know about this new on line art magazine Inspired.

There is a great article on painting skies and many other useful tips and tricks. Click on the link above to download the first edition of the magazine


Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Meeting Reminder!

Hope everyone has been enjoying the great summer!
Art Cunanan will be demonstrating !! Don't miss it!
Our Schedule of events for 2012-2013 is below... be sure to put all these dates in your agenda's

Saturday, 1 September 2012

September Artist of the Month Mary Jansen

Hello everyone. It's the beginning of September and time for me to introduce our new Feature artist this month. Mary Jansen. She is an amazing award winning artist in the world of watercolour miniatures. For those of you that are unfamilair with miniatures. These are painting less than 4 by 6.5 inches!!! Many of Mary's paintings are much smaller than this (some even as small as 2.5 by 3 inches) but are painted with such detail and precision!
 So please give a warm welcome to Mary and her miniature paintings.
"Saucey Sunbathers"

Thank you so much for the honor of letting me share my artistic journey with you! Indeed I am humbled for there are so many accomplished artists out there with far more accolades tucked under their artist’s beret than I could ever hope for. But for many of us perhaps it’s not so much the attention but the process that makes art real for us. It’s akin to savoring an amble through a breathtaking fairy woods and discovering treasures on the way more than the satisfaction of completing the journey.

"Rook on the Rocks"

Isn’t there always a sense of loss when one finishes a painting? I think for many of us that is true.
Painting is a partnership between the revelations of the soul along with the disciplines of application. One cannot function properly without the other. Over the years one tends to develop that symbiotic relationship and create a style. For me I have devoted much of my creative energy to the world of miniatures. Here I feel safe and secure in the world of the small.
"Quiet Repose"
I’m not sure why I love to paint small. I suspect it has something to do with my childhood. When I was young my mother taught me to take notice of the world close up. She would give me a loop of string and instruct me to cast it over a random piece of earth and then sit quietly and observe the contents of that periphery. Never was this exercise a disappointment for there is a fascinating world “in small” that is often overlooked. Elegant little flowers, fascinating insects and interesting grasses and fungi reveal themselves to those who have the patience to observe. In the same sense I find that painting miniatures provides for me similar stimulation as I strive to add detail that might otherwise be overlooked.
"Maggie's Nirvana"
Miniatures are a growing art genre in the United States. Miniature portraits were popular among the European aristocrats back as early as the 17th century and were often the only visual reference one had in the initial process of selecting a politically powerful spouse from a distant country, (ah politics!). Those portraits were often painted on ivory or vellum with oils or casein. Since then miniature art has expanded to include all topics of interest as well as a broadening variety of mediums. The basic regulation that most contests abide by is the requirement that the subject matter be no larger than 1/6 its original size. This gets tricky if one enjoys painting insects!
 "Red Eyed Flights"

 I find that painting with watercolors on a hot pressed Crescent Watercolor Board provides the best mediums from which to work. The board is smooth but not so slick as to offer staying power for the several washes of paint applied. I am continually on the lookout for different types of substrate for detail is crucial in miniature competitions. The brushes are ridiculously small! I have several that I use but my old friend is a 20/0 round that I find most reliable. With this kind of work I of course need the assistance of a magnifying glass, (and unfortunately, reading glasses as well!) I don’t want to skimp on the detail work.

But detail, though important, is not everything in the miniature world. Judges look for exquisite lighting, character of subject matter and composition to name a few. It takes just as long if not longer to compose a miniature painting as it does a larger one for the same considerations apply in the tiny format.

 "Awkward Adolescence"

It’s a thrill to attend any of the miniature shows throughout the country. There are so many that it is not possible to compete in all of them. Two of the larger international shows occur in the winter and most miniaturists attempt to participate in those. One is the MASF show in Dunedin, FL. The other is the MPSG exhibit in Washington D.C. I have won top awards in both as well as in several other shows throughout the country. Please stop by my blog some time and take a look:

"Afternoon at the Fair"

I’ll put a virtual pot of tea on and we can chat about art!