It always amazes me the quality of artist workshops that our little Shuswap community can bring to us! Carol Warkentin of Sunnybrae manages to bring in a professional and renowned artist, Jonn Einerssen to Sunnybrae Community Hall to put on a workshop for experienced painters that help those painters take it up a notch! Jonn has his paintings in numerous galleries in western Canada and Mexico and teaches a few workshops a year, one of them, luckily for us, is right here in Sunnybrae.
And along with him, is his sidekick, Vance Theoret, an artist of stone works and best known for his famous bear sculptures. To see the amazing completed bear sculptures that come out of a 2 day workshop is astounding! The participants had no prior experience with stone carving and went home with a carving that looked every bit as beautiful as ones Vance creates himself.
We spent the 2 days, watching, listening, painting or sculpting and we enjoyed the comradery shared between these two friends and that of artists working together to create and learn. Here are some pics of the progression of a painting by Jonn Einerssen and beautiful results of the paintings and sculptures created in the 2 day workshop. Thank you Carol for the planning and work you did to allow this to happen and to Jonn and Vance for the wonderful 2 days of learning! If you would like to see more of Jonn or Vance’s work, check out their websites noted below.
The Thompson Nicola Shuswap Chapter (TNSC) of the Canadian Federation of Artists hosted an inspiring day of art called “Passion for Painting”. The demo event is an “extra” that is delivered by the TNSC as part of the 2017 National Show being held on April 21 – April 30, 2017. The presenters/artists doing the demonstrations are also the jurors of the art show. This year there were 3 demonstrations.
Watercolourist Marney-Rose Edge demonstrated how she creates her dramatic watercolour florals. This is the floral she was recreating:
Some pics with her work in progress:
Pastel Guru Roberta Combs demonstrated the precision of pastels at getting the colors just right to be able to recreate detail reflection on a metal apple depicted in this still life.
Roberta happens to have a great sense of humour too, as she joked around as she worked on her painting.
Debbie Milner-Lively has beautiful paintings often with people within her art. She is probably most well known for her beautiful rainy day paintings. The colours and reflections are a treat to the eye.
Here Debbie shows us how to obtain some of those reflective colours depicted on a rainy day! Here’s some of her work in progress.
Overall, a great day of learning, inspiration and networking with fellow art lovers!