Leading Edge Art:  Painting tips, sharing reader's artwork

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We have only one space left in the Brian Smith Figurative Abstraction workshop September 10-13 and a few spaces in the Mark Hobson acrylic workhop Everything you want to know about Painting Water on September 25-27, both in Calgary.   See all workshop listings at
In this issue please find an invitation to an evening of dining and art with Mike Svob and Alex Fong, along with more exciting images of reader's artwork for you to enjoy, and some painting tips from Gerald Brommer, master of watercolor and collage.

Figurative Abstraction workshop with Brian Smith, BFA

Calgary, September 10-13
 in acrylics and mixed media, is an exciting experienced beginner to intermediate workshop that will develop our ability to abstract from the human form, see shapes in the figure more clearly, develop more satisfying compositions and develop a looser, freer approach.   The focus will be on abstracting the figure - how well we can draw is somewhat immaterial.

Brian Smith is passionate about drawing and painting the figure, and has been both a professional, award-winning graphic designer and practicing fine artist for the past 40 years.  See his website at and see the full info on the Leading Edge website here.

As we have one space in this workshop, please call the office at 403 233 7389 if you are interested in attending.

Painting Water acrylic workshop with Mark Hobson, SFCA

Calgary September 25-27

is for experienced beginner to intermediate students and will give landscape painters a firm background in how water works and how to paint water.  The subjects of calm water, wind-swept water, waves and fast-moving water will be covered with a focus on reflections and understanding the transitions from background reflections to the foreground, where the water appears totally transparent.

Whether he is painting landscapes or wildlife, Mark Hobson, is always a painter of light and atmospheric conditions. 

Mark is a senior signature member of the Federation of Canadian Artists, and a member of the Society of Animal Artists.  A biologist and form high school teacher, he now teaches art workshops internationally and has been a professional artist for over 25 years.  A passionate environmentalist, Mark has won many awards for his work
Mark Hobson has been a professional artist and international instructor for the past 25 years.  He has taught in Calgary before and is a very encouraging and thorough instructor, making sure that each student grasps his concepts before moving on to the next.    See his website at and see the full info on the Leading Edge website here.

Painting tips...

 from a Design workshop with Gerald Brommer:

Jerry talked about the four skills or levels in the process of learning to create art - technique, drawing, design and feeling.  When we first start to learn to paint we concentrate on our hand - technique - learning to move the brush in the way that we desire.  We then realize that our eye or our way of seeing needs improving so we concentrate on and improve our drawing skills.  Then we realize that our mind needs improving, how we think and our sense of design.  Design, or composition, is the fundamental plan for a painting.  Design is like the foundation of a building and the building itself is the creative part of art.  We then realize that its our spirit that's important in art, which is the content, our feelings about what we paint and why we paint.  With practice of technique, drawing and design we can do all of this automatically, and then we are free to put our feelings and our spirit into our art.
He also talked about style and encouraged us all to paint what we want to paint.  He says that if we are trying to develop a style then we don't  have one, and when we just go for it and paint what we want to paint, then we will have a style.  He says that every great painting should look like it is done with great joy, and perhaps most importantly, that the "right way" to paint is the way that each of us wants to do it.


Sharing reader's artwork........

Pickin a Fight!   by Shannon Luyendyk     Cochrane, AB

24" x 30"    Oil

Lake Louise, Alberta     by Kristen Federchuk      Calgary AB

24" x 30" (Sold)     Acrylic on canvas

Expanding Light     by Susan Scott     Edmonton, AB

30" x 40"    Acrylic on deep canvas

Valley of the Ten Peaks, Morraine Lake by Mike Svob

48" x 48"     Acrylic on canvas      
“Confetti and the Painter’s Kaleidoscope”
ArtTalks Series:  “A Kaleidoscope of Colour” & “Confetti…”
October 15th, 6:00-9:30 pm – Bow Valley Club, #370, 250-6 Ave. SW (3rd Floor), Calgary, AB (Validated underground parking; enter from 4th Ave. SW, between 1st and 2nd Street)

Join Mike Svob and Alex Fong for an intimate and entertaining 3-course dinner and talk that provides insight into the artist’s creative process. After dinner, all of our guests will be treated to an exclusive preview of their stunning new exhibition, “Confetti and the Painter’s Kaleidoscope” at the Stephen Lowe Art Gallery.  All ticket holders will have a chance to win a painting created collaboratively by Mike and Alex at the preview – a $1600 value!!  Hosted by the Stephen Lowe Art Gallery, tickets to the event are $75 + GST.  Seating is limited so call early to purchase your tickets for this fabulous evening. RSVP before Oct. 8th, 2015; by phone (403) 261-1602 or in person to purchase tickets.  Tickets are non-refundable.

Share your artwork

We are inviting all artists who read this newsletter (as well as those who don't) to send us an image of your favorite artwork for publication in this newsletter.  We would love to see what you all are doing.  Please forward your .jpg image (minimum size 600 x 800 pixels) to and be sure to include the name of the work, your name and location, the size, the medium and your website or blog address or email address.  Landscape format works shows the best in the newsletter.  We will endeavor to publish your works in the order that they are received.
To register online see the Leading Edge Art Workshops website at  And you can now sign up for our monthly e-newsletter online to keep informed of upcoming workshops, painting tips and general art information.  And payment is easy through our PayPal feature on every webpage - or give us a call with your Visa or MasterCard.

Louise Hall
Leading Edge Art Workshops
403 233 7389
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