Education – past event – First Ever CSPWC Live Online Critique with Brian Atyeo and Sheryl Fletcher Coon

Have you ever wondered how to take your work to the next level?

Do you want to hear what accomplished painters see when they look at your work?

Now you can find out!

The Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour has a long history of supporting excellence in watercolour. We are very pleased to bring you our first ever online LIVE watercolour critique.

Check out this sample of what the critique will be like, recorded during our recent screen test:

The panel will critique watercolour paintings by 10 artists. (Critique participant seats are SOLD OUT)

Watch the critique and learn from the review of their paintings. Brian and Sheryl will offer helpful critique, giving you ideas for making stronger paintings, with advice on composition, colour, tone, gradient and more. 

This will be a great opportunity to learn how top artists analyze paintings — insights you can use when working on your own paintings.

How to submit your images:
After receipt of payment to participate in the critique, you will be sent instructions on where to email your images. The work must be original, be conceived and created by the artist making the submission. Paintings should be done in watercolour, with minimal use of body colour or other accents.

Image Requirements: Digital files only, must be in JPEG format.
Image must be a maximum of 2,000 pixels on the long side. Maximum file size 4 MB.
Images must be labelled in this format:
Last name, First name, Image number, Title, Size, WC, year painted.
For example:
Smith, John, #1, Windmills, 22×15″, WC, 2020

Questions about these requirements or the submission process may be emailed to

Who are our expert reviewers?

Brian Ateyo, CSPWC

Brian is a signature member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour and the Ontario Society of Artists. He began his career as a commercial illustrator/designer and in 1980 he turned his full attention to painting and teaching. Brian’s artworks are bold, contemporary impressions of a wide range of subjects, from landscapes to florals, interiors and musicians, imbued with his distinctive sense of color, strong composition and abstraction. His teaching is known for helping artists achieve a better understanding of intent, and a design process, which brings a greater clarity to their paintings. He is represented by Harbour Gallery in Ontario, and Mountain Galleries in Jasper, Banff and Whistler.

Brian says about painting in watercolour: “Watercolour was my introduction to painting, and I am forever grateful for that. The medium taught me that a measure of preparation in pencil was a good idea, to know where the darks are going, and where the lights will be left. This knowledge led to a very direct application of paint – mostly with a two-inch brush.

Today, even in my acrylic painting of some subjects – I prepare a sketch, to make my thoughts more presentable to the medium /content.”

Brian Ateyo, CSPWC
Sheryl Fletcher Coon

Sheryl Fletcher Coon

Sheryl joined the board of the Transparent Watercolor Society of America as secretary in 2008. Moving to the position of Exhibition Chair in 2010, she has worked for years alongside jurors, instructors, artist entrants and museum administration. She serves as President of TWSA for 2019 and 2020/21 and holds Life membership.

Sheryl began painting in 2005 while living in Pennsylvania, taking classes in acrylic painting. She began to work with watercolor in 2007, under the tutelage of talented members of the Transparent Watercolor Society of America. She has attended numerous workshops, benefitting from the generous sharing of insights and techniques by accomplished artists across the United States and

Sheryl has achieved three Signature status designations: Illinois Watercolor Society, Florida Watercolor Society and Transparent Watercolor Society of America. Sheryl’s next step in TWSA leadership will be to return to the TWSA Exhibition Chair in 2021, continuing to encourage artists in their artistic endeavors.

Sheryl is a Southern girl, having been raised in the Sunshine State. She is mother of two happily married sons, Nana to two grandchildren and married to the love of her life, Russell for 42 years.

Equipment needed for the workshop:

To take part in the Zoom demo, you’ll need a microphone and camera-enabled computer OR an iPad/smart tablet OR a smart phone (Android or iOS) PLUS a robust internet connection.

You’ll also need to be able to access Zoom on your device, either through your browser or the app (free version of Zoom is fine). If using the Zoom app, please update your Zoom to the latest version.

More works by Brian and Sheryl:

Brian Atyeo
Brian Atyeo
Watching the Mile by Sheryl Fletcher Coon
Watching the Mile by Sheryl Fletcher Coon