December 2021

Feature Artist

Dianna Hanna

Sunlight at Midnight / Acrylic Pour on Canvas

Message from the President

It's December already.... that's surprising. People ask me how my business is doing and this whole year I have answered with "steady". Steady is good. For those of you who might not know my "real" life, I own a small sign shop that specializes in creating special event props. Since most special events instantly got cancelled when the pandemic began, half my business stopped. And making props is the most fun part of my business. I miss it. Don't get me wrong, I am glad that the signage part of my business has increased so that I am able to say "steady", but it's not the same. I used to be excited to come to work I am just happy to go to work each day. Have others had a shift in their "fun" since the pandemic started? How so? One thing that is still fun is organizing SWCA meetings....

The SWCA executive is thrilled to announce that we are having two get-togethers in December! The first will be a short Zoom gathering on our regular Monday and the second will be later that week on Thursday afternoon - IN PERSON!! Details are below, but I just wanted to add that the Executive wanted to organize this as a Thank You to our members for renewing your memberships and continuing with SWCA. When a club's in-person activities are quite important, it's good that we can weather the not-in-person period that we have been having and we thank you. SWCA is "steady". Thank goodness!

Wishing you a safe and lovely Christmas Season and a warmish winter!

Eveline Garneau, SWCA President


DECEMBER ZOOM MEETING: Monday, Dec 13. 7:00 pm

Invitation to this meeting will be sent out to members prior to that Monday. Feature Artist, a fun trivia game and catching up with SWCA news!

ART GALLERY INVITATION: Thursday, December 16th. 11 am - 7 pm

We have arranged admission to the Art Gallery of Alberta for the day at # 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square. Bring your spouse or a friend and enjoy visiting the current exhibitions. Masks are mandatory and proof of vaccination (QR code showing two doses) will be required from anyone 12 years or older. They are only accepting the QR code version of the vaccine record at this time. To obtain your code - please visit:

For those members who have not yet renewed their membership this year and want to pay with cash or cheque, this will be an opportunity to do so at this event.

DOOR PRIZES! When you arrive at the AGA, come to the SWCA table and enter your name for a door prize. $25 gift cards to The Paint Spot will be won by four members!

Holiday card exchange? Since we are going to meet in-person, members wishing to create their own Christmas cards to hand out to fellow members, can do so by bringing them to the SWCA table where they can be distributed. Having a selection of artsy cards this holiday season will add so much to our Christmas décor! No pressure! Just if you want to. Staples has a selection of cards with envelopes that fit in any printer.

Volunteers needed to help work the SWCA table at the AGA. We are asking for several members to each spend an hour at the table to greet members, handle the door prize entries, etc. Please call Eveline at 780-489-1028 if available.


We asked if members would send in their images from the October Demo and Paint-Along with Brian Buckrell. Donna Chamberland sent in the following image:

SWCA Exhibitions

Misericordia Exhibition

Jenna is currently talking to The Misericordia Hospital regarding the current show. There have been four sales in the past week and new paintings are needed to fill up some spaces. Keep an eye open for future call for artists!

Book Committee 

Special Spots in Alberta - Through the Eyes of Its Artists

Approximately 160 submissions have come in for the Alberta Book. We are nearly to our 200 goal! There are LOTS of mountain submissions, so we are encouraging members to tackle more town and city scenes please! And don't be scared to put people into your paintings. Send all items to

Edmonton - Through the Eyes of its Artists

This book is still available to purchase for upcoming gift ideas! And tell your friends that they can give them as gifts as well! Purchases can be done through our website.

Grids and Equipment available for Solo Shows

Our lovely Edmonton book is making a difference to our club. Using a bit of the profits from book sales, we have been able to purchase a total of 16 chrome grids
(2' x 6'), hooks, a large greeting card holder and a print holder that will now be available to members for use at solo shows, etc. A deposit will be necessary to sign out the equipment which will be returned upon return of the equipment in good condition.

Volunteer needed! We are wanting a member to volunteer to oversee the booking process of this equipment. Members interested in this position, please call Eveline at 780-489-1028 for more details.

Upcoming Meetings

December 13

January 10

February 14

The Bigger Picture is a new section in our newsletter that will provide 3rd party information that would benefit members – Artists helping artists! This section will include: personal news and announcements from members, event announcements within the community, and advertising and art information from art suppliers. Disclaimer: SWCA does not endorse the products and services listed, and does not vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in this section.

Member News

Former member Mohamed Hirji has taken a sad turn for the worse in his health and he is no longer able to enjoy doing his artwork as before. He has put together a list of art books and art supplies that he wishes to sell. Click here for a pdf list. If interested - please contact him directly at We hope and pray that Mohamed's health improves soon.

A Lesson from the Gilded Rabbit: COLOUR

Have you ever wondered why you can't get that specific shade of green you're looking for when you mix together yellow and blue? There is a whole range of yellows and blues to choose from and sometimes it can feel a bit daunting to pick the right ones you need for your painting.

There are two main types of colour: inorganic and organic. You may see organic colours referred to as “modern” or “synthetic”, and inorganic colours as “classic”, “mineral”, or “earth”. Knowing the specific attributes of these two types of colour will help you know which ones to use in your palette.

Inorganic Colours

These are colours that are created from pigments from the earth as well as metals. Colours created from earth pigments are the oldest and made up the bulk of artists’ palettes from the Stone Age to the Classical period.

These colours include: Umbers, Siennas, Ochres, Naples Yellow, Cinnabar/Vermilion, Ultramarine (lapis), and Terre Verte. They are lower in hue and intensity.

The Industrial Revolution ushered in the invention of the blast furnace and opened up the artists’ palette with more colour options. A new range of pigments were created by fusing inorganic materials such as Cobalt, Cadmium, and Chromium together at extremely high temperatures. These colours are more vibrant and opaque than earth colours, and were a major influence of the Impressionist Era.

These colours include: Cadmium Yellow, Cadmium Orange, Cadmium Red, Cobalt Blue, Cobalt Green, Cobalt Violet, Chromium Oxide Green, Alizarin Crimson, Cerulean Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Ultramarine Violet, and Viridian. These colours are higher in hue and intensity, but tend to grey down when mixed.

Organic Colours

At the end of the nineteenth century, the field of organic chemistry was born and with it brought even more advancements and opportunities for colour. Organic pigments are carbon based and created in high-tech labs.

These colours include: Anthraquinone Blue, Phthalocyanine Blue and Green, Benzimidazalone Yellow, Quinacridone Magenta, Red, Violet, and Gold, Indanthrone Blue, and Dioxazine Purple. These colours are high in mass tone, transparency, and offer the most vibrant options. When mixed with other colours they will retain their vibrancy unlike inorganic colours. A good trick for identifying organic colours - if it's a really difficult word to pronounce, it's probably an organic colour!

A really great way to experience the difference between organic and inorganic colours is to mix cadmium red and naphthol red with titanium white. Both reds look almost identical in appearance straight out of the tube, but once you mix them both with equal parts of titanium white their individual characteristics become very apparent. The cadmium red will look more dull, while the naphthol red remains vibrant. Knowing which colours in your paint box are organic or inorganic will help you achieve the tone you're looking for. Using Cadmiums, Cobalts, and Oxides will result in more natural colours that can be helpful with painting natural landscapes or doing portraits. If you're looking for colours with high vibrancy, like those brilliant pinks and reds found in flowers, grabbing the Quinacridones will help with achieving those punchy colours.

Below is a terrific example from the Gamblin website:

As always, if you're stuck and need a hand with a project, stop by The Gilded Rabbit and we'll be happy to give you a hand! Members receive a 20% discount on everything in-store.

The Loft Art Gallery & Gift Shop
of the Art Society of Strathcona County
is open until December 19, 2021,
Saturdays & Sundays from 12 noon to 4 pm
at the Ottewell Centre (the Red Barn),
590 Broadmoor Blvd, Sherwood Park.

Feature Artist is member, Melanie Schoenberger!!
New beautiful artist-made gifts and artwork
from member artists for a great Christmas gift!

Support your local artists with a visit to the Loft!!   or