Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour
80 Birmingham St, Unit B3
Toronto Ontario M8V 3W6, Canada
Phone: (416) 533-5100
Board of Directors 2021-22
President – Sam L. Boehner
1st Vice President – Marlene Madole
2nd Vice President – Poppy Balser
Treasurer – Vacant
Past President – Jean Pederson
Director – Deanna Beaujot
Director – Wendy Hoffmann
Director – Anthony Saldutto
Director – Brittney Tough
Director – Jennifer Annesley
Director – Missy Acker
Director – Helen Shideler
BC and the North – Alice Bottrill
Alberta and the Prairies – Brent Laycock
Northern Ontario – Ellen Catherwood
Central Ontario – Vacant
Western Ontario – Anita Wood
Atlantic Region – Vacant
Quebec Region – Shari Blaukopf
East Ontario Regional Director – Vacant
Open Water Chair, Awards Chair Open Water – Rayne Tunley
Awards Review Chair – Vacant
Members Exhibitions Chair – Vacant
2025 100th Anniversary Royal Collection Projects Chair – Linda Kemp
Events Chair – Vacant
Publicity Chair – Vacant
Social Media – Deanna Beaujot
Website – Norman Choo
Newsletter Chair – Vacant
Education Chair – Poppy Balser
Fundraising, Chair Corporate – Vacant
Fundraising, Chair Sponsorship – Vacant
Fundraising, Chair Foundations & Grants – Vacant
Membership Chair – Missy Acker
Membership Committee Applicants Jury Chair – Elizabeth Gilbert
Associates Liaison – Vacant
Archives Chair – Marlene Madole
CSPWC Diploma Collection Chair – Marlene Madole
John B. Aird Gallery Representative – Vacant
Social Secretary – Vacant
Nominating Committee – Marlene Madole, One Vacancy to be filled
THE CANADIAN SOCIETY OF PAINTERS IN WATER COLOUR / LA SOCIETE CANADIENNE DE PEINTURES EN AQUARELLE
CSPWC’s Annual General Meeting is now a month away
Our annual general meeting is now a month away. May 6th we return to The Arts & Letters Club of Toronto for a live AGM. This event is for our Elected Members to hear about the directions their Society has been taking, to vote on our new executives, new board members and to connect with one another.
We’ll be ushering in 15 newly elected members and displaying their artwork that has been accepted into our Diploma Collection. Associates are also welcome to attend the full day’s events, and guests can attend the afternoon session.
Ron Hazell’s presentation, Following the Light: Morphing from an Engineer to a Visual Artist, will offer much insight into our Society as Ron has been a member of CSPWC for over 25 years.
To RSVP and register for this event please use this link: CSPWC AGM- May 6, Arts & Letters Club, Toronto
(If you are in town for the weekend, the Art Gallery of Ontario is a 15 min. walk from our venue and there are many other galleries in the area as well. Not to mention Hockey Hall of Fame and the Ripley’s Aquarium)
Big Skies Open Spaces Symposium – July 16 – 21, 2023 in Regina Saskatchewan
We’re 65% sold! Are you joining us? Register now as classes are filling up.
Remember to register for the dinner on Wednesday Evening for $35 as there is a lot going on that evening! Also remember with your ticket for the dinner and ticket for the Symposium workshops you have free access to other evening events in the week.
Your Wednesday dinner ticket includes these evening events:
Monday evening – a presentation on urban sketchers by Shari Blaukopf.
Tuesday’s evening – a presentation by Sam Boehner and Marlene Madole on history and services of CSPWC.
Thursday evening – a presentation by Blackdog paints on their watercolour paints produced in Regina. Don’t miss these events.
The event details are on our website and to purchase tickets, look for the ‘Sign Up’ tab on our website’s Symposium page. HERE
News on our 98th Annual Open Water Exhibition
Our 98th Annual Open Water Exhibition is fast approaching. This is a juried exhibition of water-based media and transparent artwork. Submissions open May 1stand close July 7that 12 Noon EST.
This year we are running a live event to be held at the Neilson Park Creative Center. Selections will be made in early August and the juried-in work will need to be delivered at the end of August. Our show will run from September 5th to 24th. Watch our website for the Call for Entry information, available May 1st.
What’s next from our Education Committee
Abstracted Architecture in Watercolour – A live ONLINE demonstration with Sterling Edwards, CSPWC
Sterling Edwards, CSPWC, TWSA, WPA, NWS performs his demo with us on Thursday, May 4th at 7pm EST.
Let this demonstration help you get into the flow of expressive watercolour painting and put some pizzazz in your work. Sterling will share his unique and expressive style of painting. Learn how he designs his paintings with expressive colours and strong shifts of value to create a sense of movement. Watch him overlap positive and negative shapes to suggest depth, dimension and drama.
Register now or learn more here: https://cspwc.ca/education-abstracted-architecture-in-watercolour/
Coming up on June 1, 2023, 7 pm ET: Painting Horses in Watercolour with William Rogers, CSPWC. Stay tuned for registration announcement.
ARTICLE: Experiments in Watercolour – by Brian M. Atyeo
Enhancing Tonal Value with Pigment Selection
I started painting in transparent watercolour in my teens, along with pencil and coloured inks I found a fascination with the possibilities, (mostly accidental). Early books on watercolour by artists Herb Olsen, Ted Kautzky and others helped me to focus on the medium of transparent watercolour, leaving out the other experimental mediums.
This was my introduction to preparing a pencil value sketch that isolated the highest contrast and helped with establishing a focal point. This sketch prep made watercolour much easier, taking out the guess work of lights and darks with a pencil instead of a brush.
During this time I found a special interest in establishing subtle tonal contrasts using close toned colours, and yet achieving a usable contrast. How choosing two different blues’ close in tone can create contrast – accepting that watercolour paper was the reflective component, I started experimenting with colours that would allow varying degrees of light – through themselves to the white paper, and back to my eye.
I found in the Winsor & Newton palette I was using, that there were three recurring conditions: Transparent – Sedimentary – Opaque.
By placing cerulean blue, beside Winsor blue, I could achieve a similar colour, but a very different light, or tone interaction between the two. I was creating a subtle tonal condition through pigment choice. Another I remember was placing a circle of yellow ochre, or cadmium orange, letting the edge dry, then filling in the space with Rose Madder Genuine, the effect was amazing.
There were other conclusions to draw from this knowledge. The different pigment groups, Transparent, Sedimentary, and Opaque, travelled at different speeds, in equal amounts of water on the same paper. The heavier weighted pigments, Opaque – moved slower, because of its density of sediment. The transparent pigments moved the fastest because of their lack of density of sediment. Finally, the sedimentary group could be manipulated in its movement by either increasing water (faster acting, like transparent) or decreasing water (slower, more like opaque).
This knowledge was especially useful in creating a greater degree of control in wet into wet techniques.
My Watercolour Pallet in 1985 – Winsor & Newton:
|Winsor Green Deep
|Rose Madder Genuine
|Cadmium Red Light
This experimentation, and ensuing knowledge moved my watercolour painting to places, where I could barely recognize the medium, extremely vibrant watercolours. Which lead a California art dealer, who wanted to do lithographs of my watercolours, to refer to my work as “Winslow Homer on acid!”
The four images of Watercolour paintings, included here, use this “Density of Sediment” knowledge to achieve a specific Watercolour effect.
The most dramatic effect would be found in “ Night Mangoes”. (See image below.) In this painting, I included two other pigments that were not usually found in my Watercolour palette – Lukas, Geranium Lake Bluish and Grumbacher Thalo Yellow Green.
Mixed together, these two pigments can achieve strong warm or cool neutrals, as well by themselves, searing chromatic.
I now include many non- traditional mediums ( gesso, acrylic, ink, photos etc.) to the point where it ceases to be transparent watercolour but work from those early years greatly influences my current mixed media work.
In my studio I am using Watercolour as collage material in the Series“ Italian Glass”.
These paintings can be seen with the Harbour Gallery link HERE.
Len Hughes is pleased to announce that his painting “Chance Encounter” was accepted into the Central Ontario Art Association’s Juried show – “Perceptions” at the Dundas Museum and Archives in Hamilton. He also received a Juror’s Award for this work.
Etobicoke Civic Centre Art Gallery – Call for Applications.
Apply Now! Art organizations, groups or collectives with 4+ artists are welcome to submit art exhibition applications to show and sell works in 2024. Artists with diverse backgrounds who have not exhibited previously at the gallery are encouraged to apply.
The Etobicoke Civic Centre Art Gallery (ECCAG) is now accepting applications for 2024. The ECCAG is looking for dynamic diverse artists to show next year and we hope you can help by connecting with your artists or anyone who may be interested.
To Note: there is no submissions fee and no commissions are taken.
More information: toronto.ca/ECCArtGallery or call Hyesoo Kim at 416-394-8628
Thank you to all our contributors for this issue. If you have a submission for the next issue of our newsletter, please send it to: Janet Tovey – CSPWC Administrator – firstname.lastname@example.org