Artists reveal their best secrets at free workshop in Tsawwassen

Talented artists from the South Delta Artists’ Guild will lead an interactive workshop on Saturday, March 9 at Gallery 1710 in Tsawwassen.

The free workshop will feature three artists in the morning and another three in the afternoon.

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Here’s a heads up on the program:

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • Dan Lonsdale, who specializes in drawing with pen and ink, will show how to size up a photo, or go en plein aire to capture a favourite landscape. He’ll show the best way to compose a subject, add texture and put in lights and darks in the mix to highlight the image.
  • Pastel expert Catherine Sheppard will be there with her chalks in brilliant colours. Her specialty is colour with photo realism. A member of the Canadian Federation of Artists, Sheppard’s animals, birds and portraits are often seen on the gallery walls.
  • Roxanne Tierrnan, who specializes in collage, uses lots of papers in different textures and colours patiently torn or cut and pasted into a pattern. Another member of the Canadian Federation of Artists, Tierrnan says all it takes is imagination and time to get just the right shape in just the right place.

1 to 4 p.m.

  • Monica Burrow, who shows her work in a gallery called Art and Soul on Galiano Island, loves Delta’s scenery.  Placing a building in what is called the sweet spot of the painting, Burrow uses acrylic paints in vivid colours to create a professional and enjoyable piece.             
  • Kathy Swift has a great love for abstract. How is it composed and how is it painted to great effect? Find out Swift’s secrets. She uses acrylic paints and mediums in her work, which is always fascinating and loaded with colour.                       
  • Ulf Ottho, long-time contributor to the cartoon page in the Optimist, is keen on revealing the secret to making an effective image without losing the sense of the joke. Who can resist a great editorial cartoon?

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