Art Toolkit Favourite ~ Molly Clark

What I listen to while I work is as important as any of my painting tools; it sets the tone for the work at hand. I remember how easily a set of landscape paintings came together while listening to Ian Tyson songs about the northern plains. Hearing author Stephen Jenkinson’s musings on heritage makes me think about a scene I’m painting and what it might have looked like generations ago. Creating art alongside an audiobook or podcast, learning while painting, killing two birds with one stone as they say, makes for productive days.

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My Favorite Thing ~ Patricia Katz

The Winsor Newton Watercolour Field Kit

I love to travel, and I love to sketch. So I always take my watercolour paints and a sketchbook with me when I am on the move.

Although I have several different travel palettes, one of my favorites is the Field Kit sold by Winsor Newton.

I love how compact it is; and for something so small, it sure packs in a lot of features. When unfolded, you end up with three mixing surfaces, and a water reservoir attached to one end of the kit. The finger loop on the back allows you to securely rest the entire paint box in the palm of your hand. 

The Field Kit also contains a small flask for carrying water, and a small paint brush nestled in the box. I personally find that paint brush too small for my purposes, and I often carry extra water in another bottle. However, for small sketches and quick adventures, the flask and brush will get you going.

The kit comes pre-loaded with pans of Winsor Newton pigments. However, I usually pop those out, and refill the pans with colour from my own tube paints. That way, I can be assured that I am carrying the colours I most like to use. Once set, the tube colours travel well, and are readily reactivated with a spritz of water.

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Art Toolkit Favourites  ~ Val Miles

One of my favourite art making tools that I wouldn’t be able to make my art without is the copper, silver and gold foil that I use to gild my paintings.  Since I started using foil it has taken over as one of my favourite mediums.  I love the different effects that it creates and it inspires me to experiment.  I use birds in most of my paintings and the foil seems to capture the lightness and fun that I see in birds.

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Fall shows with members of Artists’ Workshop

As we get underway for our 2018-2019 season, several of our members are involved in shows around the province and in Saskatoon. These are the three shows on now ~

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And Val Miles has a solo show at the University Club on the University of Saskatchewan campus. The show runs from now until December 20 and is called ‘Elements of Klimt’.

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So we are off to a great start this year. Watch for news of our own one day group show in November.

Summer Happenings

Here we are, the first day of summer. As a group, we will be continuing this summer to visit each others’ gardens to do some plein air painting. We will post photos as we go along.

Also, some group members will be involved in art shows in Saskatoon and other cities.

Here are two shows to mark on your calendars for now, and any future ones will be noted as we get the information. Watch our Facebook Page and our Instragram Page too for more photos over the summer.

Paige Mortensen will be part of a two person show at the lovely Humboldt and District Gallery.

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Kathleen Slavin will be part of a multi-artist show and sale at the bi-annual Art in the Garden.



Spotlight on ~ Val Miles

What inspires me are images that tell a story.  I like to look at a painting and think about what is going on behind the scenes.  Birds help me to tell a story in my paintings and I like to put them in unexpected places.  I also love to use line to simplify images, and color, texture and shine to help to draw people in and to create warmth in my work.

 Please come and experience this work and that of my very gifted colleagues at the 28th annual Spring Art Show and Sale April 13 – 15th at Grace Westminster United Church.

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