SWCA e-newsletter

Keeping Members Informed

June 2018

Featured Artist

Al Oleschuk

Orchids - Oil


Message From the President

Sometimes the very best of all summer books is a blank notebook. Get one big enough, and you can practice sketching the lemon slice in your drink or the hot lifeguard on the beach or the vista down the hill from your cabin.  -  Michael Dirda

How many of you have a sketch book? And if so, how many of you actually use it? I took a course from the extremely talented Nick Prins years ago and he told us that the foundation of all great paintings begin with being able to sketch down your ideas, getting the proportions correct, the perspective proper and the tonal values decided. Without drawing skills, the painting starts off shaky, instead of sure. One of my Thursday night ladies, Joanne, brings her sketch book most evenings and I am in awe of her doodles and sketches. What I was also in awe of was what a wonderful memory holder her sketch book has become – very much like a photo album that one can go through and remember where a particular scene came from, who they were with, what the weather was like, etc.   

I have small book series of Robert Bateman and, throughout it, he has put in his pencil sketch studies of elements of each painting. I think it adds so much to the book series. We should do the same for our book. Let's throw in a few thumbnail sketches for fun. It will start your actual painting off perfectly and I know you will have fun drawing them, too! 

So dust off that sketch book, pour yourself some lemonade, find yourself some shade and enjoy a lazy summer afternooon of doodling. It might become the best piece in our book!!!

This summer break is going to be wonderful but to get you excited about getting back together in September we're starting with Art-a-Fair 3!!  Again, art stores will host tables, we'll have additional activities lined up and a fun "Make your own Sundae" treat!  Please bring a friend to introduce them to SWCA as September is our Membership Drive month. Everyone who brings a non-member friend gets both their names entered for some fantastic door prizes.

More of upcoming SWCA activities are listed below. See you at the June gathering!

Eveline Garneau

SWCA Garage Sale

Monday, June 11

Our first-ever SWCA Garage Sale starts at 4:30 and goes until 7:00 pm. located outside in front of the Laurier Heights Baptist Church. Here's your chance to buy great books or art supplies. The money raised goes to updating our library.  If you wanting to donate items or want to have a table a to sell your own art supplies, please call Eveline at 780.489.1028.

June Program

Feature Artist: Nancy Sorensen

Program: Abstract Painter Meghan MacMillan

Meghan studied fine arts at the University of Alberta, finding a love for large scale colour-field painting. Meghan earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2007.

Moving from the university studios into a small two-bedroom apartment proved to be an interesting challenge. Meghan was forced to scale her work back dramatically, finding a new appreciation for smaller scale works and experimenting with watercolours.

Having bought a house with a large studio has given Meghan the opportunity to take what she learned through her smaller scale works and apply it to the larger scale she loves. Meghan lives in Fort Saskatchewan and stays at home full-time to raise her two children and continue her studio practice. Any spare time Meghan finds is devoted to promoting the arts within her community.

For any of us who have tried abstract painting … it’s harder than it looks! Join Megan for an inspirational talk and demo, delving into abstract, colour and how it helps her express her emotions.

SWCA Workshops


Instructor: Jani Galarneau

Sunday, September 30, 2018 / 1:00 – 5:00 pm

Signworks Plus 15607-100A Ave NW, Edmonton


$65.00 per person (SWCA members) / $75.00 per person (non-members)

We will be exploring the amazing world of mixed media. With completion of this class you will have either a mixed media flower study or a landscape.

Students need to bring:

Apron, paint brushes of various sizes, at least 1 fine bush for detail work (for acrylic paint), Acrylic paint , 1 thin black or white pen ( Faber Castell artist pen), blow dryer, 1 - 16x20 canvas or wood panel, liguitex medium matte gel. Also bring an easel!

Students are encouraged to bring any papers, cardboard or other items they would like to use. The instructor will have lots of papers and other items for the students to use also.

Please bring a drink and a snack as this is a 4 hr class.

To REGISTER for this workshop:

Email Nancy Sorensen (click here) with your contact information. Please include the name of this workshop in your email.

Upon confirmation of your acceptance:

Mail your cheque to Society of Western Canadian Artists, c/o 15607 - 100A Ave. NW, Edmonton, AB  T5P 0L5 

OR cheques/cash can be brought to a SWCA monthly meetings prior to the workshop. 

Please make cheques payable to Society of Western Canadian Artists. 

If the workshop is full, you can ask to be added to a waiting list in case there is a cancellation.


10 people were registered. Oksana broke the session up into short demo sessions followed by artists working on their paintings with her help. Portrait results were excellent but all different as everyone has their own unique style. A long day but successful. Will make a point of keeping workshops to no more than 5 hours.

SWCA Library

Opens at 6:30 pm at every meeting. Explore!

Be sure to also view the books available for sale at the garage sale.

Upcoming Meetings

June 11, 2018

September 10, 2018

October 15, 2018  (third Monday)

Meetings begin at 7:00 pm

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