Sunday, 8 December 2013

December's video of the month

Holiday time is fast approaching. I thought this would be a fun demo for you to try for your holiday cards. Enjoy

If unable to view on your equipment, please follow this link:

Friday, 8 November 2013

November's video of the month

Hope you enjoy this months video by Mark Mehaffy. He demonstrates how to work with acrylics to create a moody landscape painting step by step, using a "mother color" and a narrow range of values with a dominant hue and temperature. Use Mark's lessons to create paintings full of subtle drama—perfect for early morning or evening settings, rain, mist or snowy skies.

If the video does not appear, please follow this link:

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Artists Helping Artists blog radio

Here is the link to a great blog radio show co hosted by a great friend of mine all about entering your art in competitions. Its worth listening too... lots of great hints and tips

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Octobers Video of the month

Here is a great demo by John Salminen on how to use a magic eraser to lift watercolour paint.

Try it for yourself! You can buy Magic erasers in most food and grocery stores.

If the video does not appear, please use this link:

Saturday, 28 September 2013

Don't forget to visit!

Its Culture days weekend! Don't forget to stop into our Culture days exhibition at Boynton House. Details of opening times are on the flyer below

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Thank you Margaret

A Big thanks to Margaret Roseman for a wonderfully instructive and fun filled demo yesterday evening. I know our members really enjoyed it

Margaret painted a local street scene in watercolour.

Friday, 6 September 2013

Impressions 2013 E Flyers

There are only a few weeks to go to our Impressions 2013 Culture days exhibition at Boynton House in Richmond Hill. Here is the e flyer. Please circulate them to family and friends

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Video of the month ...September

Hi everyone and welcome to our new feature here on the waterfront. Each month I will be posting a fun instructional video by a well known artist.

This months video was made by a friend of ours Birgit O'Connor who was our Luminosity 2012 juror. Hope you will enjoy it and maybe even follow the steps and paint your own version.

Mountain Ridge Tree

If the video does not appear, please follow this link:

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

New Features on the Waterfront!

There's lots more to look at when you pop into our Waterfront with your morning coffee, or of an evening, or even a sleepless night.

Look at the top tab bar, just under our Waterfront title, to see the new features!

The first tab Latest News and Events is the page you are on now. This is where all the latest news about BWS can be found.

Click on the second tab About us: Including Informational Video and it will take you to a page where you can find out more about BWS and watch our brand new Promotional/ information video. Be sure to share this page with all your family and friends, especially those that love art. Remember you dont actually have to paint to be a member of BWS, just someone who loves art, especially watermedia.

Click on the third tab 2013-2014 Schedule to see a list of our meetings, exhibitions and sales for the next few months. The full 2013-2014 schedule will be available soon.

Click on the fourth tab Call To Artists Impressions 2013 to easily access all the information you need to enter our open exhibition this fall.

Remember those wonderfully inspiring visiting Featured Artists we had last year? Click on Visiting Featured Artist Archive and spend a couple of minutes reading about your favourite artist again. All the artists who were featured on this blog aare listed in alphabetical order.

Click on the sixth tab Helpful video's by well known artists! to read about a new feature which will be beginning on The Waterfront this fall.

The Last tab takes you directly to our main BWS website.

Have a great summer

Monday, 8 July 2013

Call to Artists




A Culture Days Watermedia Event

Friday, September 27th - Sunday, September, 29th

Boynton House, Richmond Hill

(Boynton House is located on the grounds of Richmond Green Park (1300 Elgin Mills Road East)
and sits just beside the Sports Complex).

Thursday, September 26th -11am Painting drop off, & sign in.
1pm-5pm Hanging show
Friday, September 27th -12:00 pm-8 pm show
Saturday, September 28th- 10am-8pm show
Sunday, September 29th -10am-6pm show
Sunday, September 29th - Painting pick up-6pm

Eligibility of artists: open to all members of The Bayview Watercolour Society.
All work must be original, water based media on paper, solid board or canvas and must be ready to hang using only archival materials.{ As this is not a juried show works done in a classroom or workshop setting are eligible}They must be properly wired { no saw tooth hangers allowed}.They must meet all the display standards set by the society{see separate attachment of Basic Show Rules}.

It is preferred that works exhibited at Luminosity 2013 and Luminosity Gems are not be exhibited in this show.{To avoid over exposure in this geographic area}. All paintings must be for sale.

Once committed to the show, works cannot be withdrawn or alternative paintings substituted.
All paintings will be required to hang for the duration of the show.

Sitting:All participants must sit or help out with the show. If, for any reason, you are unable to sit a suitable replacement will be appointed.

Please advise Shirley Scoble as far ahead as possible if you have a problem with your sitting time.

Jobs will be assigned shortly after entries are received.

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

Delivery and collection of paintings: Please deliver Paintings to
Boynton House between 11 am -12 noon on Thursday, September 26th.
You will also be required to pay the appropriate entry fee at this time. Entry fees: $10.00 for first painting, $5.00 per additional painting. Up to three paintings will be accepted per artist to a maximum of 70 works in total.

Entries must be received by August 25th. NO EXCEPTIONS! This call to artists is on a first come first served basis, so please apply early!!!!
Paintings need to be collected at 6pm on Sunday, September 29th. Any paintings not collected will be subject to a $25 per day storage fee made payable to BWS. {Please advise Shirley Scoble if someone other than you, will be picking up your painting}. All paintings must be signed in and out of the exhibition.

Entry Option 1: (Regular Membership): You can submit up to 3 paintings
with framing dimensions no larger than 36 by 44 inches.

Entry Option 2: Student Members: You can submit 1 painting no larger
than 36 by 44 inches.


Title of each painting
Image: size(s) (in inches)
Medium(s): watercolour , acrylic or mixed media {if mixed media please specify
which variety of media used}.
Any signature memberships that you are entitled to use e.g CSPWC, TWS, BWS, OSA
Price of painting 

and indicate your preferred sitting time

On receipt of the above information Jean Patterson will supply you with label(s)
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. Please do not wait until the day of hanging to have information changed.

Any member 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. A list of all items that will be
submitted will need to be sent to Shirley Scoble{} no later than SEPTEMBER 3rd , 2013.

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Bayview Watercolour Society Informational Video

We have just created a short informational video about BWS. Hope you enjoy it.
If the video does not appear, please use this link

 If you are not a member and would like to join or if you would like to become a sponsor and help support our society please send an e mail to

Thursday, 6 June 2013

June Meeting

Don't forget our meeting next week!
 TUES. JUNE 11, 2013 at 7:00 pm Fiona Evans will be doing a demo using heavy body acrylics.  As part of her demo she will be incorporating various textures into her painting.

This is our last meeting until September, and we hope to see a good turnout of members.  Don't forget that you can bring friends to visit.  First time visits are free, and after that visits are $10.   
For any of you unable to attend this meeting, BWS wishes you a fun-filled enjoyable summer.  Keep your brushes and paints close by and capture some of the beautiful colours and mood of the season.
Pop into the Richmond Heritage Festival taking place this saturday June 8th at the McConaghy Centre, where some of BWS members' work will be showcased.

Also, get ready to enter paintings into our upcoming "open" show taking place at Boynton House around the 3rd week of September.  You will be receiving more info and the "CALL TO ARTISTS" in the near future.

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Luminosity Gems Opens!

The Luminosity Gems Exhibition is now open at The Richmond Hill Centre for the performing Arts and will run until May 30th.  The exhibition can be seen on the lower and upper East Side galleries.

Hope you will enjioy the exhibition which includes all the award winning paintings from the main Luminosity exhibition last week and a selection of the other artwork.

Sunday, 5 May 2013

Look who visited us!

Californian artist Birgit O Connor visited the exhibition with Tamar from Studio Six

Thank you both for taking the time to come and see us. It was great to see you both.

Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Congratulations to our Luminosity 2013 Award Winners!

Congratulations to our Award Winners!

Below are the winning artists, a photo of their paintings and our Juror Bianka Guna's comments. Please respect each individual artist's copyright and do not use or reproduce without permission

The Framing  Depot Gold Award for  Best In Show..... Ona Kingdon for 'Incriminate-Ted'

'Watercolour at its best- very transparent layering of light, following an original idea and impeccable technique –what else could a juror ask for? Congratulations!' Bianka Guna'

The Framing Depot Silver Award for Reserve Best in Show..... Irene Hung for 'Fire of Love'

'A bold statement on two canvases with brilliance and good command of acrylic technique, all wrapped up in a singing, harmonious colour palette!' Bianka Guna

 The Ken Macfarlane Landscape Award  ..... Pauline Guindon for ''Gated Portal'

  'Great depiction of reflections of light in the building’s windows, as well as good command of perspective principles make this piece, a winner!' Bianka Guna

The Framing Depot Portrait Award..... Ona Kingdon for ' 'Content-Ted'

'A peaceful, intimate and skillful portrait of a child sleeping- an instant classic. Masterful description of serenity, a dreamy piece!' Bianka Guna

The Framing Depot Still Life Award..... Shirely Scoble for ' Kitchen Kaleidoscope'

Transforming the kitchen in an art subject is no easy task, but the close up design and the beautiful analogous palette , plus the transparency of the glass reflection/refraction , all do the trick, congratulations! Bianka Guna

The Phyllis Forrest Memorial Floral Award...... Steven Wolk for 'Rich in Beauty'

Rich and beautiful indeed, the subtle transitions of hot and cool hues, as well as the lush receding flower beds , give us the impression that we can smell the summer perfume ! Bianka Guna

The Studio Six Abstract Award....... Diana Bick for 'Ice Flow'

An aerie composition with high key, subtle choices of colour ,and a strong design, making for a beautiful painting! Bianka Guna

The Framing Depot Small Painting Award....... Diana Bick for 'Beautiful Bark'

A classic case of “small in size but big in scale”, beautiful textures sustained by a well selected colour palette! Bianka Guna

Honorable Mention...... Betty Wong for 'Dancing Orchids'

Clean and crisp transitions of transparent washes that describe well the fragility of the orchid beauty, the wood frame add to the natural look, well done!! Bianka Guna

The Discount Art Supplies Encouragement Award.... Stella Dai for 'Fall Afternoon Reflection'

Highly textural application of paint, in alignment with the rich and organic shadows of a beautiful landscape ,that invites us to step in for a walk! Bianka Guna

Monday, 29 April 2013

Jury Day!

It was jury day today for our BWS 'Luminosity 2013' Exhibition at the McKay Gallery.

 All the paintings were placed around the walls of the gallery

and our esteemed Juror Bianka Guna CSPWC, SCA, TWS, OSA, CARFAC spent and hour and a half looking carefully at all the painting entries and selected 48 paintings for the exhibition.

Congratulations to the following accepted artists.

Diana Bick, Petra Burgmann, Joy Cohen, Mary Lynn Coulter, Stella Dai, Patricia Duke, Pauline Guindon, Irene Hung, Julie Junger, Ona Kingdon, Sharon Leavy, Ben Lee, Diana Li, Shoshana Lock, Marion MacDonald, Jeannine MacLaren, Nicol Mentis, Zahra Nasrin, Shirely Robertson, Shirely Scoble, Zahra Taghavi, Steven Wolk, Betty Wong,  and KyoungReal Youn

Bianka has also juried for the Luminosity 2013 awards. The award winning artists will be notified later this evening and a list of the award winning paintings will be posted here later this week.

The exhibition opens tomorrow afternoon (Tuesday April 30, at 2.30pm) Hope to see you all this week.  Its a exhibition well worth visiting!

Sunday, 7 April 2013

April demo reminder!

On Tuesday April 9th Karin Isenberg will be demoing how to glaze in watercolour.

 Karin has been painting for over thirty years.  Experimentation led to the development of layering transparent and semi-transparent colour creating luminosity and a rich depth of colour in her work.  Glazing many layers brings form and shape to her work. Light shining through, reflecting colours and developing distinct shadows are also main elements in the work. Realism is her desired result but always leaving room for heightened colour expression and light.

Karin enjoys bringing the viewer up close and personal to see the everyday larger than life. She sees how everyday items have personal meanings to all of us. She sets her objects and materials in a way that makes a bold composition, a statement.
Karin Is an elected member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour (CSPWC) and
the Ontario Society of Artists (OSA).

see you all at the Langstaff community Centre at 7pm on Tuesday

Friday, 29 March 2013

Luminosity and Luminosity Gems e flyers

Its exactly a month till our juried show 'Luminosity 2013' opens at the Mckay gallery on Main St Unionville. Here is the e flyer. Click on the pictures to view larger images.

The following week a selection of the paintings will move to the Richmond Hill Theatre for the performing Arts and will be on display for the rest of May

 Make a note in your schedules to come and visit this show at one or both locations

Sunday, 10 March 2013

March Meeting

Dear members
A quick reminder of our March meeting this coming Tuesday - 12th March
William Ho, ( an internationally well known artist and speaker,  will be demonstrating Chinese brush paintings with ink and watercolour. He will be doing flowers and small animals and if time allows, landscape as well.
Don't miss this!
Also, bring your membership renewal cheque and filled form. See you all,
Betty Wong

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Critique night reminder

Please be reminded of our February meeting next Tuesday, Feb 12 at Langstaff Community Centre. It will be critique night with Susan Chater.
Each member can submit a maximum of  2 paintings for critique. 
DO NOT bring any paintings you wish to submit for jury at the upcoming Luminosity Show at McKay Gallery as a critique from a professional artist would cause your painting to be disqualified.  Suggestions given for the critique would be considered the same category as attending a workshop or class and being assisted by professional artist/teacher.
Looking forward to seeing you there

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Call to Artists

Here is our call to artists for our Luminosity 2013 Exhibition. You have to be a member to enter so please contact us if you would like to join our group
 Bayview Watercolour Society

Call to Artists

Luminosity 2013 Exhibition

April 30-May 5 2013

McKay Art Centre, Main Street Unionville, Markham

(A selection of paintings will also be exhibited at The Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts immediately following the McKay Exhibition from May 6- May 31)

Closing date for entries: Midnight on Friday March 15

(No late entries will be accepted)

Juror: Bianka Guna CSPWC, SCA, TWS, OSA, IGA, CARFAC

 Bianka Guna is a non-objective painter, an honors graduate illustrator from Minneapolis MN, US program, and beloved art teacher for a multitude of art groups and community centres in Ontario, Canada. She teaches watermedia (watercolour, acrylic, mixed media and collage) non-objective painting classes for adults, at the Toronto Koffler Art Centre, in her studio in the Distillery District Toronto or on situ for corporate companies. Bianka trained as an illustrator and has also painted landscapes, figures, portraits and still life in a variety of media.

An elected member of various prestigious art societies in Canada like CSPWC, SCA, TWS, OSA, IGA, CARFAC she has won several juried exhibitions in Canada and abroad and has participated in numerous group and solo shows. She has served as juror for several art competitions in Canada and abroad. Her distinctive contemporary work was purchased by private and corporate collectors in Canada, USA, Sweden, France, China, Australia, Romania, Israel, Russia, South Africa and the UK.

 Reception and Award presentation Saturday, May 4, 4-6pm at the Mckay Art Centre
There will be awards for Best in show and Reserve Best in show. There will also be a portrait and figurative award, a landscape award, a still life award, a floral award, an abstract/ experimental award, an award for small paintings and an encouragement award. More details on the awards will follow once sponsorship has been finalised.

Conditions and Rules of Entry:

· The exhibition of original, water based media is open to all members of the Bayview Watercolour Society.

· Entries must be original works of art, entirely the work of the entrant. Digital images, prints, art work produced in a class or workshop, likenesses of other artists’ work including photos, or other published source or reference material not attributable to the artist will not be permitted.

· Entries must have been executed within the last three years and not exhibited in any previous BWS juried show.

· Entries must be framed, matted and have a professional appearance using archival materials in accordance with the BWS show guidelines. The painting must be ready for hanging with wire. No saw tooth hangers are permitted.     Mats, when used, must be white, off white, or neutral in colour and of archival quality. Narrow frames are preferred. 

· All entries must be executed in water-soluble media - transparent or opaque watercolour or acrylic done in either transparent or opaque manner, tempera, casein, inks and dyes, aqueous oils, water soluble pastels, watercolour pencils and gouache.

· Artists may not substitute another work after time of entry, nor withdraw that work once it has been entered. All paintings that are juried in will hang for the duration of the exhibit. Failure to meet any of these conditions will result in disqualification of the entry.

· Entries must be for sale and priced with the intent to sell and at a price that reflects the time taken to produce original artwork (Minimum price $100).  Once entered, the price of your painting cannot be changed. A commission of 20% will be deducted from sales by BWS. Please bear this in mind and the cost of framing when stating your sale price. All paintings will hang for the duration of the exhibit.

· Utmost care will be taken in handling artwork however BWS and/or its representatives will not be responsible for damage or loss from any cause.

· A maximum of 45 paintings will be chosen by the juror to hang in the Luminosity exhibition. Artists who have work that is not accepted must collect their painting(s) between 3:30 and 4pm on Monday April 29 or incur a $25 storage fee. The juror’s decision is final.

· Awards will be judged from the original paintings on the afternoon of Monday April 29. The juror’s decision is final.

·Any painting sold within 30 days after the closing of the exhibit as a result of having been exhibited in the 2013 Luminosity Exhibition at the Mckay gallery or at the Richmond Hill Centre for the performing Arts must pay the exhibition commission of 20% to BWS.

· Permission is assumed by BWS to reproduce accepted artwork for   

 promotional use. Digital images of accepted works will be retained for the BWS archives.

· Please make sure that your 2013-14 membership is renewed early by the March 15 entry deadline to be eligible for entry.

How to Enter:

· Entries must be received by Midnight on Friday March 15 2013. ($15 for the first painting and $5 each for any additional paintings.) No late entries will be accepted.

· Entry is limited to a maximum of three paintings per artist two must be no bigger than 24 x 34 inches outside dimensions of frame or canvas or equivalent square inches. A third can be submitted if the canvas or framed painting is no bigger than 8 by 10 inches.

For each painting please provide:

1. Title

2. Image size (in inches)

3. Frame size (outside dimensions)

4. Medium used watercolour, acrylic or mixed media (if mixed media please specify which variety of media used)

5. Price (both framed price and the price of the painting matted but without frame to sell unframed)

6. Choice of sitting time or if you volunteer to help with hanging. Please indicate 1st and 2nd choice from the list below. All artists submitting work/s for jurying must agree to either sit show or help with hanging.  Paintings will not be accepted for show unless one of these duties is fulfilled.

Hanging/decorating the exhibition

Tuesday 10-2:30pm

Show sitting

Tuesday 2pm-5pm

Wednesday 10 am- 2pm

Wednesday 1:30pm-5pm

Thursday 10 am- 2pm

Thursday 1:30pm-5pm

Thursday evening 4:30-8pm

Friday 10 am- 2pm

Friday 1:30pm-5pm

Friday 4:30-8pm

Saturday 10 am- 2pm

Saturday 1:30pm-5pm

Saturday 4 pm-8pm

Sunday 10 am- 2pm

Sunday 1:30pm-5pm

7. A sentence or two about each painting for the exhibition labels.

8. Write either: 

a) I am willing to allow one of my paintings to be exhibited at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts following the McKay exhibition. (Your selected painting will need to be delivered to the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts on Monday May 6 at 11:00 am.  Pickup will be Friday May 31 at 10:00 am)                

or b) I do not wish to have a painting exhibited at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts following the McKay exhibition.

Entries will not be accepted until the information for #1-8 is provided.

Please e mail all the information above to Jean Patterson otherwise your entry will not be processed.

· BWS reserves the right to refuse, upon arrival, any painting with a damaged frame/canvases or inappropriate hanging system before jurying.

 ·Painting labels and instructions on how to use them will be provided two weeks before the exhibition opens

We will let you know your exact volunteer time by email after April 15 once the sitting schedule has been compiled.

Delivery and collection of paintings: Paintings should be hand delivered to the McKay Art Centre between 12:30 -1:15pm on Monday April 29. You will also be required to pay the appropriate entry fee at this time. (No refunds will be given for paintings not accepted into the exhibition)

Paintings not accepted into the show must be collected between 3:30 and 4pm on Monday April 29.

At the end of the exhibition paintings need to be collected between 5:30-6pm on Sunday May 5.  Any painting not collected will be subject to a $25 per day storage fee made payable to BWS.

Any person with paintings in the exhibition is entitled to submit cards, giclee prints, small gifts or matted original paintings FREE OF CHARGE. An e mail will go out to the artists after March 15 requesting information. All items need to be presented in crystal clear bags or equivalent professional  presentation. Prices need to be clearly labelled on each item.  20% of all sales during the exhibition will be taken by BWS. Items to be displayed in the store must have their pricing and display approved by a BWS executive member by April 15.

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

First meeting of the year!

Happy New Year to all!

Don't forget our 1st meeting in the New Year will take place next Tuesday Jan 8 at Langstaff Community Centre. Wilf McOstrich will be demonstrating. Its going to be a great evening so Don't miss it!

 Wilf will begin the evening by doing a 10 x 14 snow scene from the Hockley Valley near Shelburne. In this demo he will role play and pretend that he is actually standing in two feet of snow with a temperature hovering near zero... in other words he will work really fast and loose to capture everything before the paint gels and I stiffen like a board.  He willl demonstrate how to capture snow, how to develop depth and the need for vibrant colours to off set the very essence of all that white. Here’s the visual as a handout sheet.

He will then move along to show us how  watercolour board with its Fine surface texture can be used to capture snow in a much more delicate, subtle and moody manner.

Lastly he will then  demo – painting watercolours on canvas. Showing how to use prepared canvas that can be bought at any Dollarama store for under two bucks.

Hope to see you there!