Honourable Mentions Given to…

Our IWS Canada ‘150 Ways to Celebrate’ online watercolour contest had 8 winners (1st, 2nd and 3rd National, 1st, 2nd and 3rd International, National Youth, and International Youth) which have all been featured in our previous blog posts.  The jurors felt that several other entries, however, deserved honourable mention.

Here they are, for your appreciation:

Galuh Tajimalela (Indonesia), My Everlasting Book:

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Honourable Mention: Galuh Tajimalela Indonesia My Everlasting Book 175×175 cm

David L. Stickel (USA), Room with a View – Duomo of Milan:

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Honourable Mention: David L. Stickel USA Room with a View – Duomo of Milan 54×38 cm

Anna Ivanova (Russia), Flowers:

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Honourable Mention: Anna Ivanova Russia Flowers 40×56 cm

Nanasaheb B. Yeole (India), Rainy Evening of Mumbai:

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Honourable Mention: Nanasaheb B Yeole India Rainy Evening of Mumbai 76×56 cm

Phyllis Tseng (USA), The Little Dreamer:

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Honourable Mention: Phyllis Tseng USA The Little Dreamer 12×16″

Sutee Kaenyuk (Thailand), Happy Baby:

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Honourable Mention: Sutee Kaenyuk Thailand Happy Baby 56×76 cm

Suresh Dhondiba Bhosale (India), Golden Mumbai:

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Honourable Mention: Suresh Dhondiba Bhosale India Golden Mumbai 30×43″

Fan Junrang (China), In the Mood for Love:

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Honourable Mention: Fan Junrang China In the Mood for Love 55×75 cm

Eudes Correia (Brazil), Life:

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Honourable Mention: Eudes Correia Brazil Life 29×38 cm

Marney Ward (Canada), Butchart’s Begonias:

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Honourable Mention: Marney Ward Canada Butchart’s Begonias 21×29″

Rene Thibault (Canada), Above the Rockies #27:

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Honourable Mention: Rene Thibault Canada Above the Rockies #27 18×12″

Margaret Roseman (Canada), Sisters:

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Honourable Mention: Margaret Roseman Canada Sisters 22×15″

Angelina Bloshchitsyna (youth) (Belarus) Still Life:

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Angelina Bloshchitsyna Belarus (Youth) Still Life 70×50 cm

Rose Butler (youth) (Canada) Brown and Storey Square:

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Honourable Mention: Rose Butler Canada Brown and Storey Square 55×55 cm

Featured: National Youth Winner

Blossoming Dreams

The National Youth Winner of our online watercolour contest ‘150 Ways to Celebrate’ is Canadian Iris Lee.  Born in 1999,  Iris possesses an ardent passion for fine art and has aspired to become a professional artist since she was in kindergarten.  With support from her family, she began to learn pencil sketching, watercolor, and calligraphy at the age of eight.  Later on, she also practiced other fine art mediums such as oil, acrylic, soft pastel, and traditional Chinese painting.  In addition, she started to learn digital painting when she was fourteen, granting her another perspective of art.

Gifted with mesmerizing scenery, British Columbia’s environment played a pivotal role in Iris’ paintings.  Interestingly, she often sought inspiration at a local town in Richmond- Steveston.  She prefers to delineate the beauty of nature; however, the subject of her paintings varies.  To elucidate, she has the propensity to challenge herself with different themes and experiment with different executions of the overall atmosphere.  Through the variations of colors and compositions, Iris hopes to lead the viewers to see the world through her eyes.

Although she had applied and been accepted to three universities in Canada – Emily Carr University of Art + Design,  Alberta College of Art and Design, and OCAD University, Iris decided to study abroad in Taiwan.  Pursuing her dream of becoming a professional artist and enriching her skills, she is now a first year fine art student at one of the best universities in Taiwan-National Taiwan Normal University, majoring in western painting.

Joint Meeting of IWS Canada leadership and CSPWC leadership

Yesterday, the leaders of the Canadian Branch of the International Watercolor Society, and the leaders of the Canadian Society Of Painters in Water Colour, gathered together in person and via Skype and telephone, to discuss a BIG joint project we have coming up next year – namely, an international  watercolour festival and exhibition, or Biennale.  Lots of great ideas were discussed, and the progress that has already been made on many of them was reviewed.  There is lots of work to be done but we have a very diligent and enthusiastic team.

Soon, we will reveal all of our plans and the excitement can begin for everyone!  In the meantime, we are looking for sponsors and filling out grant applications, to make this the best event possible.

We are so pleased to have received over 40,000 views of our contest results video on Facebook, and over 30,000 views of our website since October 1st.  Thank you to everyone who has supported us in this way!

Below are just a few photos of the people who attended the meeting in person. A few of the directors  Elizabeth Irvine, Helen Shideler, Tiina Price and Rose Butler also attended via skype and telephone.

Anita Cotter, Ona Kingdon, Rayne Tunley, Lianne Todd and Atanur Dogan