The Banbury Watercolour Workshops Weekly Studio

Toronto's weekly DAYTIME Watercolour program

Tired of membership fees? Paid Parking? Evening programming with late night drives?

Come to the Banbury Community Center, 120 Banbury Road, North York, at noon Wednesdays

for the Banbury Watercolour Workshops Studio.

Banbury starts again Wednesday September 11, 2019. See you there!

Round table learning + supportive friendly setting,

Round table learning + supportive friendly setting,

There's always something new to learn from practicing professional artists who give a one hour demonstration of their specialty, be it method, medium or subject. Our presenter stays, to advise us as we paint away the afternoon. Those who stay receive personal guidance and critique.

Sign the attendance sheet, put $10.00 into the cookie tin,

Enjoy a 1 hour demonstration.

Stay for + 2 hours of painting guidance and critique.

Look, our upcoming presenters

No membership fees. Parking is FREE

Contact the Willowdale Group of Artists for the Fall 2019 Schedule

Discovered, a lost set of portraits

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In 1992 and 1993 Don Watt requested a series of head study portraits of his daughter’s horses. Her early junior hunters and later open jumpers. The images hung at the Watt residence in King Township for many years. Earlier this spring the two works turned up at auction in Brampton. There, they were advertised as “prints” [reproductions]. A Buyer loved the images, purchased both works., as “prints”.

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The Buyer then contacted me to ask about these “prints” [reproductions]. Since I do not do “prints” [reproductions] I was surprised. I immediately offered to examine theme. She had purchased two originals. All these years later the portraits are in exceptionally good condition. Fresh, clean with the reserved whites sparkling.

Growing up, we had two of E M Carr works in our dining room. Every night over dinner I studied them. Through this dinnertime observation Ms Carr taught me colour, to be bold, and to experiment with media, no matter what the subject. Years later the Carr works were sold to a very famous collection. Their new owner allowed me to make this copy of my favourite “Forest Landscape 1913”.

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Miss Carr loved watercolour, preferred it to oil. So do I. Inspired by Miss Carr my egg tempera and pencil crayon works often use her method. In the Watt portraits the background and underpainting is oil thinned to watercolour consistency with spirits. The works are on Museum Board, the feel of 400lb Hot Press Watercolour Paper.