Wow! Watercolour Symposium Calgary

Our fabulous watercolour symposium presented by the Canadian Society Of Painters In Watercolour just happened Aug 19 – 24.  According to the feedback it was a fabulous experience! People were thrilled with how much they learned, how much fun they had and how beneficial it was to be pushed out of their comfort zones. It was an intense 5 day event but as one participant put it “it was the highlight of my summer”.

One comment many people had was how much fun it was to meet and connect with other artists.  This can be seen in these 2 shots from registration night.

Rex Beanland, CSPWC Symposium, Aug 2017

Camaraderie

Rex Beanland, CSPWC Symposium, Aug 2017

Camaraderie 2

 

 

 

 

 

Another feature that was much appreciated was the range of styles and subject matter from still lifes, portraits, landscape, abstract and urban landscape through fabric and plein air.  Here are some shots that give a taste of the event.

Rex Beanland, CSPWC Symposium, Aug 2017

Portrait Painting

Rex Beanland, CSPWC Symposium, Aug 2017

Fabric Painting

Rex Beanland, CSPWC Symposium, Aug 2017

Still Life

Rex Beanland, CSPWC Symposium, Aug 2017

Plein Air Painting

Rex Beanland, CSPWC Symposium, Aug 2017

Mixed Media

Rex Beanland, CSPWC Symposium, Aug 2017

Class Photo

Rex Beanland, CSPWC Symposium, Aug 2017

Plein Air Part 2

Rex Beanland, CSPWC Symposium, Aug 2017

Urban Landscape

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There were also activities each evening including live figure painting.

Rex Beanland, CSPWC Symposium, Aug 2017

Live Figure Painting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I thoroughly enjoyed my time there.  It was extremely exhausting but also extremely rewarding. I did a different demo for each of my 4 classes and got most of it done in class and completed it at night.  I’m really happy with all of them.  I think they were great teaching tools.

Rex Beanland, St. Mary's, watercolour,15 x 20

St Mary’s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rex Beanland, Stampede City, watercolour, 15 x 20

Stampede City

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rex Beanland, Winter Sun, Inglewood, watercolour, 15 x 20

Winter Sun, Inglewood

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rex Beanland, Kensington Market Colour, watercolour, 15 x 20

Kensington Marke

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I also bravely volunteered to do a nocturnal which was quite nerve racking but turned out quite nicely.  This is one of the old buildings that SAIT has wisely preserved and incorporated right in with the new buildings.  This is where the registration was held.

Rex Beanland, Nocturnal Painting Of Heritage Hall, watercolour, 12 x 16

Nocturnal Painting Of Heritage Hall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The CSPWC holds a symposium every year in some part of Canada and it remains an experience not to be missed.  The next one will be in Ontario.  Info is available on the site.

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