David Dunlap Observatory – last chance!

We hope you will join us for this special evening during our Five Days of Celebration, finding out about and painting the stars at night!

We are very sorry but we had to cancel this excursion!

This is truly your last chance to say you are interested in doing this activity.  It will cost about $20 per person, maybe slightly less if we have more people in our group.  At this point, we do not have enough people interested for the evening to go ahead as planned.  We have to let the observatory know in the next two days, so if you would like to do this, it’s absolutely essential that you email iwscanada@gmail.com by Tuesday afternoon to let us know!

That means you, Canadians!!

Rockwell/Eureka Awards!

We have three more very exciting awards to announce for our Symphony in Watercolour Exhibition. Thank you to RockWell and Eureka Global Art for donating these generous awards!

The RockWell/Eureka Award 1- will win the Award to participate in an event in China, with other International Masters. The trip will be totally free (some conditions apply), and a free Rockwell Master solid water color set of 24 colors.

The RockWell/ Eureka Award 2- will win the full accommodation Award to participate in an event in China, with other International Masters, (some conditions apply), and a free Rockwell Master solid water color set of 12 colors.

The RockWell/Eureka Award 3- The 3rd top Artist, will win a free Rockwell Master solid water color set of 12 colors.

For more information on our ‘A Symphony in Watercolour’ Exhibition visit our home page.

QoR Modern Watercolour Award!

Some very lucky artist is going to win the QoR Modern Watercolour Award at our ‘A Symphony in Watercolour’ Exhibition which opens on September 28th at Boynton House, on Richmond Green, Richmond Hill, Ontario.

Thank you QoR Modern Watercolors by Golden from all of us at IWS Canada and CSPWC/SCPA.

Golden Artist Colors will also have a booth on our opening day with representative Bianka Guna demonstrating products.

For more details of our 5 day event please visit our Home page, the Exhibition page, or view the 5 day event PDF .

DeSerres Award!

Some very lucky artist is going to win the DeSerres Award at our Symphony in Watercolour Exhibition which opens September 28th at Boynton House, on Richmond Green, Richmond Hill, Ontario.  It includes a wealth of Fabriano and Arches paper and several other goodies too.

Thank you DeSerres from all of us at IWS Canada and CSPWC/SCPA!

DeSerres will also have a booth on our opening day and have supplied some paper for our visiting master artists to use for their plein air painting that day. They are also helping to run the ‘Let’s try Watercolour ‘ Activity at the Richmond Hill Central Library on September 29th.

For more details of our Five Days of Celebration event please visit iwscanada.ca or view our 5 day event pdf.

Escoda Brushes Awards!

Escoda brushes have very kindly donated 3 of these awesome travel brush sets as awards for our ‘A Symphony in Watercolour’ Exhibition. The awards will be announced at our opening event on September 28th at Boynton House on Richmond Green, Richmond Hill Ontario, Canada.  (MAP of all event locations here)

Thank you Escoda for your generous sponsorship from all of us at IWS Canada and CSPWC.

For more information about our five day event visit our home page at  iwscanada.ca or view our 5 day event pdf .

Escoda Brushes Awards

Culture Days – Richmond Hill Public Library – David McEown

Culture Days at Richmond Hill Public Library

Join us at the Richmond Hill Public Library in Richmond Hill Ontario Canada on Saturday September 29th. Watch this space for the exact time of David’s presentation but IWS Canada will be there from 10 am until 3pm with opportunities for you to experiment with watercolour.

David McEown, our Canada 150 national winner (see ‘150 Ways to Celebrate’), will be presenting, “Water and Light, an Artist’s Journey from Antarctica to the North Pole”.

David narrates an entertaining digital show that merges painting, video and photography inspired from travels in the Great Bear Rainforest, Africa, Antarctica and the North Pole.  Stories of chance encounters with many creatures including polar bears and emperor penguins are woven together with reflections on the environment, and the inner creative process of painting with watercolour.
“Experiment with Watercolour” activities will also be set up outside (or inside if inclement weather) to encourage the public to give it a try. We welcome your participation in this. Let us pass our enthusiasm for watercolour on to the local community hosting us for this event.

Saturday, September 29, 2018,   10am-3pm
Venue: Richmond Hill Central Library as part of the Canada wide Culture Days event.
(free activity)

For more information on our event please look at our detailed PDF.

Photo credit Daisy Gilardini
Watercolour by David McEown

Da Vinci Paint Company Awards!

Da Vinci Paint Company have very kindly donated FIVE of these awesome travel palettes as awards for our ‘A Symphony in Watercolour’ Exhibition.  The awards will be announced at our opening event on September 28th at Boynton House on Richmond Green.  Da Vinci will also have a representative at our opening event to demonstrate their products to visiting artists.

Thank you Da Vinci Paint company for your generous sponsorship from all of us at IWS Canada and CSPWC/SCPA.

Da Vinci travel palette

For more information about our five day event view our 5 day event pdf , or for a summary of the events see the image below:

The painting in this graphic, Colour of Music, is by one of our jurors, Anne McCartney CSPWC, AWS, TWSA

Daniel Smith Awards!

DANIEL SMITH: Artists’ Materials have very kindly donated 3 awards for our Symphony in Watercolour Exhibition. The awards will be announced at our opening event on September 28th at Boynton House on Richmond Green. Katherine Taylor will also be there to demo Daniel Smith products to our visitors.

Awards for specially selected ‘A Symphony in Watercolour’ finalists

Thank you Daniel Smith from all of us at IWS Canada and CSPWC/SCPA.

For more information about our 5 day event please navigate to the link by clicking on the picture below.

The painting in this graphic, Colour of Music, is by one of our jurors, Anne McCartney CSPWC, AWS, TWSA

Featured Member – Renee Lippa

Renee is a Canadian mixed media landscape artist painting out of her studio in Sherwood Park, Alberta. At a very early age, Renee began to take a strong interest in sketching and drawing often sitting with her mother while she painted in oils. She initially started with drawing but after proving to have a natural talent and a sharp eye for detail, quickly advanced to paintings in watercolor and acrylic. In a short time, Renee started entering in competitions receiving various top awards.

At the age of 17, Picture This Framing and Gallery sponsored her to take a class with renowned artist Sue-Ellen Ross. Almost immediately, Renee fell in love with Sue-Ellen’s mixed media style and decided to implement some of the same technique into her own work.

Since then, Renee has been recognized in various art competitions across North America receiving multiple awards for her work. In 2009, she was chosen by a unanimous panel of judges to commission a painting for the University of Alberta’s Graduate Engineering Department. The piece called “Unity” can be viewed in the ETLC building at the University of Alberta. After this point, Renee took a short break to pursue dancing competitively as a ballroom dancer winning a Canadian Championship and placing in the top 25 at the world championships in Belgium. She retired in 2015.

Currently, Renee is a full time artist creating original paintings and commissions. Being a self taught artist, she brings a unique style and technique to her work. Her love of vibrancy, texture and detail influences her paintings to have a living and breathing feel. Renee’s goal as an artist is to not only stimulate the mind with lucid imagery but to encourage the viewer to use their other senses. They say a picture can tell a thousand words but a painting can transport you to another place. Whether it is a memory of trees swaying in the wind on a warm summer day or a precious moment gazing over a field of flowers with a loved one, she aspires to draw the viewer in to create their own story.

Below is an example of Renee’s watercolour work.  For more about Renee, please visit her website.

Nothing But Blue Skies – Renee Lippa

Featured Member – Sun Jiangang

Sun Jiangang, (孙建刚) male, was born in 1972 in Taiyuan, Shanxi Province, China. He graduated from Shanxi Normal University, with skills in painting, watercolor, and pen. He is now a member of the Chinese Artists Association, a member of the Hong Kong Federation of Literary and Art Circles Artists Association, a chairman of the Hong Kong International Artists Association pen painting committee and vice chairman of the oil painting art committee.  He is a Taiwan World Watercolor Alliance member, an IWS Canada Member, and a director of Chinese pen Painting Association.

Below is an example of his work in transparent watercolour.

 

“Home” by Sun Jiangang. Watercolour. 41×56 cm. 2017

 

Our apologies for the gap in post publishing due to health problems and travel.  Please look forward to regular posts in the future!