Thursday, 18 September 2014

The Golden Girl

Bianka Guna at BWS
If one is seeking information about any number of artistic pursuits, they would do no better than attend a workshop with Bianka Guna. At BWS, we were fortunate to have Bianka come to provide an overview of Golden Acrylic paints. In little over an hour, she reviewed the characteristics of numerous pigments, mediums and gels, while pouring copious quantities of paint onto demonstration supports. Many in the group were heard to gasp at the amount of pigment that was being used. (I thought she went through as much pigment as I use up on a large painting!)
A typical demo board
Lots of juicy pigment

Pay attention! Lots of information here.
Bianka was one of the early members of BWS and so was already well known to most in the audience. She is a non-objective painter, an honors graduate illustrator from the Minneapollis , MN, US program , and beloved art teacher for a multitude of art groups and community centres. An elected member of various prestigious art societies in Canada like Ontario Society of Artists (OSA) ,Canadian Society Of Painters in Watercolour (CSPWC),Society of Canadian Artists ( SCA), Toronto Watercolour Society (TWS), Israeli Group of Artists in Toronto (IGA) , she has won several juried exhibitions in Canada and abroad and participated in numerous group and solo shows . 

Her distinctive contemporary work was purchased by private and corporate collectors in Canada, USA, Sweden, France, China, Australia, Romania, Israel, Russia, South Africa and UK. In the summer of 2013 Bianka became a Certified Golden Artist Educator. In 2014 she was certified as a Golden Working Artist.
Lots to study

Goodie bag time

Each attendee at the presentation received a small goodie bag of Golden products and encouragement to attend a special workshop on the new QoR Watercolours led by Bianka and hosted by BWS. She teaches water media (watercolour, acrylic, mixed media, critique) abstract painting classes for adults at Visual Arts Mississauga,Koffler Centre for Arts, Neilson Park Creative and at her Toronto studio in The Distillery District or on location.. More information is available from her website at

Two parts of a triptych

Bianka's sketch system (left) and a work in progress developed from one of the sketches.
The sketches are about 5 x 7 inches on watercolour paper

Coming meetings:
Oct. 14        Jake Mol              Watercolour /waterscape
Nov. 11       Susan Chater       Watercolour/ Architecture