Message from the President
WE ARE HAVING A MEETING!!! Mind you, it is going to be a Zoom meeting. We hope many of you have had an online Zoom experience already but for those of you who have not - it's really fun and easy to make happen. All you need is a computer, iPad or smartphone. The SWCA executives have been meeting this way since March and it's worked very well. For this first Zoom meeting, we'll have a quick catch-up of news and then dive right into the program portion - a critique by member, Rick Rogers. We hope next month we can introduce the featured artist part of our meetings, and reports from the Committee Chairs. We figured that we need to keep this first Zoom meeting as simple as possible. John will be sending out instructions via email.
Are many of you on Facebook? I just went to look at SWCA's facebook page and it shows that we have over 500 followers but not many of those are actual SWCA members. Interesting! I do not know who set up this page but it would be a valuable tool to help communicate to our whole group if everyone becomes a follower. The Facebook address can be found here. Then hit "follow". Current followers are posting their artwork which is always fun to see, but if it's another tool to bring news to our actual members, then I am all for it. Please take a moment to follow SWCA!
We are about to hit the cold season even though the weather is still beautiful right now. I am so glad that we have had such a beautiful fall season. Hopefully so much sunshine has recharged our body batteries so we can handle the next few months coming up. Did everyone get a few photos of interesting back alley scenes? Anita is quite excited about the project.
Myrna Wilkinson stopped into my shop the other day and she had exciting news about our wonderful book. I asked her to write it down to include in this newsletter so please see Myrna's wonderful experience under Member's News.
Stay safe and healthy and keep painting!Eveline Garneau, SWCA President
November Zoom Meeting
Online Critique with Rick Rogers
Artists wishing to be critiqued will be asked to submit their images in advance by email. Please send your images to John Labots.
The deadline for image submission is November 6.
Rick will focus his critique on two broad concepts found on our Jury for Status scoresheet, Contrast and Impact. He will show how these work together and how it applies to all media and styles of artwork.
Contrast: Rick will cover a variety of different aspects of colour, composition and mark making. The types of contrast discussed and their impact on overall composition will depend on the individual works, since each artist makes use of different types of contrasts, either intentionally, or due to their personal aesthetic preferences:
- Contrasts of colour: value, hue (incl. temperature), and saturation.
- Contrasts of composition elements: shapes, groupings, repetition, scale, and visual pathways.
- Contrasts of mark making: pattern (visual texture), physical texture, brushstrokes and line.
Impact: Rick will provide feedback regarding the elements that the artist chose to create impact in their work, and whether any of these elements could be altered to increase effectiveness.
Standards Committee News
Jury for Status
The online applications for Jury for Status are now available. Exhibiting level applications will be juried online. Arrangements for a location will need to be made for “live” jurying of Associate and Signature applications and is dependent on the number of applicants. The deadline for applications is November 16. Log into the website and go to the Members Only > Application for Status Change to find the application form.