Monthly Archives: May 2015

Canadian Society Of Painters In Watercolour Annual Symposium

This year the CSPWC’s Symposium will be held in Cornwallis Nova Scotia.  I was extremely pleased to ask to be one of the instructors there.  It’s in a fabulous location and promises to be an exciting week devoted to watercolour painting.  My wife has already signed up to take part in the symposium.  I highly recommend that you consider taking advantage of this opportunity if it is at all possible.  The comments from all participants at past symposia has be excellent.

Rex Beanland, CSPWC Symposium 2015









Here is a great deal of information about the symposium.  For further details check out the CSPWC website.


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Canadian Society Of Painters in Watercolour AGM in Toronto

I was in Toronto for the AGM of CSPWC on May 2.  I still find Toronto a fascinating city and look forward to going each year at this time.  It’s so full of energy, creativity and wonderful architecture and some fascinating neighbourhoods.

This is a short video clip of some of the sights and sounds from Toronto.  It’s unfortunate that the audio is so poor for this mediation event because the music was absolutely wonderful.  I was moved by it and so pleased to have experienced it.



The AGM is held each year in the historic Arts & Letters Club, a favourite meeting place for the Group Of Seven.

Rex Beanland, CSPWC AGM

AGM showing new members’ paintings

Rex Beanland, CSPWC AGM

The historic Arts & Letters Club



















I was thrilled to receive the President’s award for outstanding service to the society.  I’m still now sure what I did to receive that but I was very honoured and very surprised.

Rex Beanland, President's Award

The President’s Award












These are selected images by the 7 new members juried in this year.

Rex Beanland

Doris Darbasie

Rex Beanland

John Reid

Rex Beanland

Lisa O’Regan

Rex Beanland

Britteny Lintick

Rex Beanland

Valerie Harper

Rex Beanland

Grace Xian Qian

Rex Beanland

Richard Belanger


2 Demos From The Paint Spot

I taught 2 workshops this past weekend at the Paint Spot in Edmonton. Saturday was an Urban Landscape workshop.  Sunday was a Landscape workshop.  I didn’t get either painting finished during the workshops so I’m posting the various stages in the life of each painting.  Neither is completely finished and at some point I’ll take them further. In each case Day 1 is the way the painting was at the end of the workshop.

The first one is a very interesting view of the entrance way of the Hotel MacDonald.

Rex Beanland, Hotel Mac Entrance 1

Day 1

Rex Beanland, Hotel Mac Entrance 2

Day 2

Rex Beanland, Hotel Mac Entrance 3, watercolour 15 x 20

Final Version (for now)





























This subject is one of my favourite views of the foothills near the Leighton Centre.

Rex Beanland, Foothills & Cows 1

Day 1

Rex Beanland, Foothills & Cows 2

Day 2

Rex Beanland, Foothills & Cows, watercolour, 15 x 20































I’ll be back at the Paint Spot for an Experimental Watercolour workshop on Saturday May 30 and a Plein Air Workshop on Sunday May 31.

I’m very excited about both these workshops.  Plein Air has, for me, become one of the most important practices that I have.  The Experimental Workshop is one I’ve just developed and it is the most fun that you can have with water that I’ve seen.  Plus there is so much excellent learning that happens in this process so it will be helpful no matter what style of painting you do.

If you’re in the area I hope to see you there.