GREETINGS FROM North Vancouver!  


Dear BC/IWS CANADA Members, 

Hello everybody and so happy to feel the sun warming up in all areas of British Columbia… some of you may also be getting ready for some Plein Air painting and I hope all your new adventures are successful. 

Did you know that the last Sunday of every month the IWS Canada has a “Show & Tell” open to any member that would like to show their latest piece of art or get critique, or simply admire and participate to support others. This is a great way to connect with other artists that may be having the same challenges that you are or share or your successes too! The invitation usually comes by email to participate via Zoom. I encourage you to try it and participate. 

I have a few workshops and events to share, but if you have an Art event or you are giving any workshops coming up that you want me to pass on to others, digital or live, please let me know, our community will grow by supporting each other and we will all benefit from it! 

Last but not least a warm Welcome to Heather Mersey from West Vancouver, our newest member in BC, so happy to have you as part of our growing group!

As always I am available for any suggestions you may have and let’s paint and have fun!!!

Growing together in Art! 

Celinda Stevens


Watercolour News from the BC region

GREETINGS FROM North Vancouver! 

Dear BC/IWS CANADA Members, 

Hope you have been very busy preparing for a great year ahead in your Art Practice, but not without first taking temporary refuge in some warm place in the world during our Canadian winter… I certainly did just that! February saw me taking advantage of many warm tropical strolls by the beach in my beautiful hometown of Acapulco, Mexico, after a marathon painting session preparing for a solo exhibition here in Canada.

Did you go anywhere this winter that you may like to share some pictures for inspiration to all of us?

Have you been working hard in a series of paintings or preparing for a show, or simply did you make a painting that turned out amazing and you would love to share? 

Here is some important information I would like to share with you today as well as some of my pictures that may inspire you to paint.

Please remember I am always open for suggestions and also always available to you should you need anything within my reach, or anything you want to share with us regarding your Art Practice… workshops, exhibitions, etc. please share! 

Growing together in Art! 

Celinda Stevens


Watercolour ContestDeadline EXTENDED until March 20 This event promises to be the event of the year. Organized by Coral Ye Chen from IWS International Director and Sponsored by the City of Port COQUITLAM.Let BC be represented with YOUR painting! 
In person WORKSHOP with Alice Bottrill and Atanur Dogan was a great success. Make sure you don’t miss it next time!
This is my Solo Exhibition showing until March 29 in Vancouver, hope you have time to drop in and enjoy… You missed the reception but the show is still on! CHARLES CLARK ART GALLERY @Strange Fellows Brewing1345 Clark Drive, Vancouver5pm-9pm Monday to Friday12noon – 9pm Saturday & Sunday

Visit Celinda’s Art Show!

Are you a member of IWS Canada, or IWS Holland who would like to expand your horizons and pair up with a painter from another country?

Brush Pals is a great opportunity to strengthen bonds with another watercolour painter, starting with members in Canada and Holland.

The aim of this program is to build friendships and move towards an exchange trip to each other’s respective countries.

If you are interested please send an email to by April 1st 2020. The directors of IWS Holland and IWS Canada will pair up members who are interested and let you know by May 1.

Brush Pals Canada

Brush Pals Holland

Jan Min, IWS Holland

Osmosis Contest 2020


We are excited to announce a special contest for our Osmosis youth participants who have been taking part in our Osmosis program of events this year.
This will provide an opportunity to showcase the work of our talented Osmosis youth that have been working with us
and give them an opportunity to experience the process of entering a contest
or an exhibition.

IWSCA will be accepting entries for the 2020 Online Osmosis Show beginning

December 1st through January 15th, 2019.

All entries must be received by midnight EST January 15 th, 2020 to be
considered for jurying. This deadline is firm.

The finalists and awards will be posted on the IWSCA website ( by
March 1 st. 2020.


  • Each Osmosis youth may submit one (1) or two (2) digital images for inclusion in the

show.  There is no entry fee.

  • The digital entries must be in jpeg (jpg) format no smaller than 1 mb.  Smaller

images do not allow the Awards Juror to zoom in to see painting details.

  • Label your digital images as follows: Painting Title_ ArtistFirstName_ArtistLastName-Age.jpg

(Example: Mist On The Mountain- George-Brown-16.jpg)

  • Eligible artwork is restricted to watercolour only and must be created by the

Osmosis youth without guidance from their mentor.

  • Please email your entry to with Osmosis Youth contest as the subject.
  • Please only enter if you have been buddied by one of our IWS CAnada members this year. We will not be accepting entries from any youth who is not part of our program.

Introducing International Representative Ingrid Lefevre

My name is Ingrid Lefevre and i live in Ghent, the flemish and northern part of Belgium. I was very happy and honoured when IWS Canada asked me to be the representative for the artists members who do not live in Canada.

I had the joy to travel for the first time to Canada after being selected for the international IWS exhibition in Richmond Hill in 2018. Which was an unforgettable experience and the link was made between Canada and Belgium. I am also an active member of IWS Belgium and of the AFB (french speaking painters of Belgium), participating in several exhibitions. I give occasional workshops realistic watercolor portrait. Which is my favourite subject and style. I have been drawing for a long time, watercolor i started about 9 years ago. My greatest joy is to create and to try to improve with each painting. And to transmit emotions and expressions of my subjects to the viewer.  To share a passion with friends artists and enjoy friendship through art. Because art has no frontiers.


Introducing Alice Bottrill



my name is Alice Bottrill and I work and teach in my home studio in North Vancouver, BC. Living in this very active art community gives me the opportunity to work with the local watercolour artists from time to time, and compare with artists working on acrylic and oil. we are still the minority, however, but we are definitely growing!! More watercolours are being accepted by the local galleries and community exhibitions. People are falling in love with watercolour once they try it!! I truly enjoy being a member of IWS Canada and as an area rep. The IWS Youth program is getting on to a very good start, we have 4 kids coming monthly for regular classes. our IWS members in BC increased from 3 to 13 within the last month, so I am looking forward to a future event where we can meet up with members in other area to share the joy of watercolour painting in the future. My facebook page – Alice Bottrill Watercolour Art





Paintings by DaveMcGuigan and Esmie Gayo McLaren.


Introducing Renee Lippa


Renee Lippa My name is Renee Lippa and I paint in my home studio in Sherwood Park, AB. Working in watercolour is without a doubt a passion of mine and I love being able to share my work. Oil and acrylics are the dominant medium in Alberta but year after year I see watercolour making a come back.  A lot of artists that create in other mediums express their fear of watercolour. I hope by being a member and an area rep for IWS to be help change that perception with the help of other talented and enthusiastic watercolorists in my community. For info on my work, visit my facebook page Renee Lippa Fine Art.


Francis Marte

Cam Wilson

Roberta Lushinski



Introducing Nancy Newman



Hello IWS! My name is Nancy Newman, (Nancy Newman Art) and I live in Aurora, Ontario, which is just north of Toronto. Aurora is a fast growing town, but still has the small town feel. We are lucky to have the Aurora Cultural Centre as a hub for art, music and theatre. I have been the watercolour instructor there for the past 10 years. It is great to be part of IWS Canada and as an area rep I look forward to meeting you and participating in some local and online activities that celebrate our facinating medium of watercolour. My facebook for art is Nancy Newman Art.

Otterville, Ontario in Winter by Lianne Todd


lianne Todd Otterville Ontario in winter

Toronto, Ontario by Ona Kingdon

Ona Kingdon Toronto

A Red Tailed Hawk by Sherri Friesman

sherri friesman red tailed hawk

Introducing Gord Jones

Hello IWS and greetings from the Algonquin Highlands.
My name is Gord Jones and I have been in love with the watercolour medium for over 30 years. I moved to the Haliburton Ontario area last year which is located just south of Algonquin Park in Ontario. I currently teach watercolour at the Haliburton School of Art and Design through Fleming College and give workshops for various art groups throughout Ontario and in my studio. In my travels I take every opportunity to promote the IWS and have enjoyed watching this organization grow over the last few years. I look forward to working with the IWS and it’s members as it continues to be a global force in promoting watercolour.


We hope you enjoy two IWS Canada Members Watercolours of Algonquin Park

Selene Yuan(top)  –  Zan Barrage (bottom)




Introducing Janet Clattenburg


Janet Clattenburg

I am in a little village of Port Medway on the south shore. We call this area the banana belt, as we don’t get hit as hard has some of the other areas in the winter. My joy and challenge will be to get more people to get to know the IWS and join.


Symphonic Watercolours

We would like to thank the Richmond Hill Philharmonic Orchestra for partnering with us for our closing performance. It was an evening filled with beautiful music and art. The photo below is of Rayne Tunley, President of CSPWC and Ona Kingdon, President of IWS Canada with Bonnie Steinberg and Andrew Sookrah the two live demoing artists.


The following three video clips will give you just a glimpse of the evening. The first features live Interpretation of the music played by the Richmond Hill Philharmonic Orchestra by Watercolour artists Andrew Sookrah CSPWC and Bonnie Steinberg CSPWC.

The second video shows just a small selection of the 150 paintings which were projected onto a large screen behind the Richmond Hill Philharmonic Orchestra throughout the evening.

and in the third video Artistic Director of the Richmond Hill Philharmonic Jessica Kun thanks IWS Canada President Ona Kingdon for organizing this event and features several of Ona’s music themed paintings during the encore.

The whole evening was a beautiful way to close our month long celebration of watercolour.