June 2019

Feature Artist

Diana Templeton

Contemporary Reimagining / Watercolour

Message from the President

I think it is safe to say (cross your fingers) that summer is finally here.  What a perfect end to a busy month!  We tapped Karen Bishop's artistic skills by having her critique members' artwork.  We had 12 different artists and 19 different pieces of artwork.  It is always amazing to me what I can learn from other's artworks, both in the less-than-desired results (that we have all ended up with at one time or other or will in the future) as well as how others have solved a vexing issue I have struggled with.  Interestingly, only one artist brought a painting of Edmonton.  However, the rest of us have the summer to create our Edmonton masterpieces and submit them to the book committee. 

We also were extremely fortunate to again tap into Karen's artistic skills when she hosted the watercolour on Yupo workshop in May. In addition to learning new "tricks of the trade", we also had a wonderful four hours chatting with other artists.  As a friend used to say, this is the only place where you can mention "yellow ochre" and no one's eyes roll...  The workshops are a great way to gain new ideas without losing your entire day/weekend! We will have another workshop on June 22:  Acrylic Palette Knife with Dianna Hanna. Check out the workshop page for more information and register with Nancy Sorensen. Even if the workshop doesn't involve "your" medium or style, it is still fun to try something completely different, even if you never try that again!  As Gordon Mackenzie (the Ontario watercolourist who wrote the Watercolorist's Essential Notebook series) said, "You'll see your subject in a new light, with new eyes, with new possibilities.  You'll become inspired to try different approaches with old subjects and find renewed excitement and enjoyment in your creative journey, and all without your teeth falling out."  (In all truthfulness, he wasn't talking about workshops when he wrote that but I have been to one of his workshops and think he would agree that it fits.)

Our June speaker from Pagemaster Publishing sounds quite intriguing.  He will be discussing how we can make the most out of those paintings that really worked.  

We are still working on our online survey regarding changes to the bylaw.  These changes will allow us more flexibility as a club.  As soon as it is ready, you will all be notified.  Until then, we decided our summer ideas were too good to give up so we will have a July and August activity that just happens to involve friends who are members of SWCA...

Monday, July 8, 2019:  plein air painting at Churchill Square from 7:00 - 9:00 pm

We will meet at Churchill Square.  Bring your art supplies to sketch or paint Edmonton.  You will get a chance to paint plein air with a group of artist friends so if you have never done plein air because you thought you would feel self-conscious, this is your big chance.  Who knows, you might paint something you will later want to submit to the book committee!

THURSDAY, August 8, 2019:  Art Gallery Walk along 124 Street from 6:00 to 8:00 pm

More details will be on the website once we have them finalized. 

See you on June 10th


Patti Sorensen - SWCA President

June Program

Program: Dale Young - Pagemasters Publishing 

Join us as we welcome Dale Youngman from Pagemasters Publishing.  He is going to show us ways to upsell our artwork which can be very helpful to those going in shows, the Whyte Avenue Artwalk, summer festivals, trade shows, etc.  It might even be of interest to those wanting to create nice gifts from their artwork.  There will be lots of time for Q & A!  

People's Choice

If you are an Exhibiting, Associate or Signature member who has not won People's Choice in the past two years, you are invited to bring in one completed painting for presentation to the membership, to be voted on by all members.  Winners will have their artwork displayed on the homepage of our website for one month, and shown in our website's Featured Artists section. 

Don’t forgot to participate. We only had one painting last month and so need to repeat the event this month.  This is a great opportunity to show your work – we all like to see what other members are doing … and you never know, you might win. There is a winner for every 3 paintings entered in People’s Choice, up to a maximum of 5 winners per event.


Dianna Hanna - Acrylic Palette Knife Workshop

Saturday, June 22, 2019 / 10:00 am – 2:30 pm

Signworks Plus  / 15607-100A Ave NW, Edmonton


SWCA Members: $53.00  /  Non-members: $68.00

Minimum participants: 10 / Maximum participants: 15

Acrylic painting is fascinating.  The colours are intense & bright but can be subdued with mixing techniques. Drying time is quick so we will complete a couple of paintings in the workshop. Whether you’re a realist or abstract artist, you will have fun, meet new friends and pick up a new technique. In the workshop we will explore intensity and textures using the palette knife. There will also be an open format for discussion.

SUPPLIES – please bring what you have. Will also need:

  • 6  assorted acrylic canvases, boards or paper – e.g., 8x10, 11x14
  • Good quality acrylic paint – tube, jar or bottle
  • Favourite brushes, assorted palette knives – see below*
  • Water bucket for cleaning tools
  • Soft cloths, paper towel or Kleenex for wiping, cleaning, spills, etc
  •  A photo you would like to paint from.

*Palette Knife Painting – 95% of the painting will be with the palette knife.

  • Packages of plastic palette knives are available at Dollar Stores or Edmonton Art stores (get an assortment of sm-med flat putty knives)
  • Metal palette knives are welcome
  • Bring a lunch for the 1/2 hour break. Cameras are welcome.

Parking is available in the lot on the east side of the building (156 Street).

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

Attention: Workshops Committee

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. 

Edmonton Art Book Project

Book Committee

Due to quite a few requests, the committee has agreed to extend the deadlines for entries to September 9th, 2019 meeting date.  You can enter up to 5 paintings with maximum of 3 to be chosen.  We have had a good variety so far, but we need more of iconic buildings. So please take part in July's Plein air evening:  Monday, July 8, 2019:  plein air painting at Churchill Square from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.  Even if you don't want to paint - come and bring a sketch pad and your camera for future studio time. 


Thank you to a Hard-Working Couple!

The past years' very successful exhibitions could not have happened without Sue & Gord Scott and we just wanted to pass on a huge thank you!  And thank you to Teresa Graham for sending in the nice photo!


Artist Studio for Rent

Carmelia has a studio to rent at Big Lake Studios in St. Albert that is available on July 1st.
It is a well lit studio, 100+ sq.ft. with a north facing window. It is situated on the second floor of an artist building. It is shared with 11 artists, each with their own space. There is a kitchen and meeting space with gallery walls. The building is secure.

Please email Carmella for more information: carmehay@yahoo.ca  

Upcoming Meetings

 MondaySeptember 9, 2019

Doors open at 6:30 pm.  Meetings begin at 7:00 pm

But we have planned 2 outings over the summer.

MONDAYJuly 8th, 2019 at Sir Winston Churchill Square from 7 - 9 pm.  Bring your paints, sketch book and camera and let's capture Edmonton!

THURSDAY, August 8, 2019:  Art Gallery Walk along 124 Street from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.  More info will be sent out closer to the dates.

Have a wonderful summer! 

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