Thompson Nicola Shuswap Chapter of the FCA

February 2024 Newsletter

TNSC February 2024 Newsletter edition 

 Embrace the month with open hearts and brushes, as we embark on a journey filled with inspiration, passion, and boundless artistic possibilities. Let your imagination soar, and let's make February a canvas of creativity together!



  • Via Zoom - A link will be sent to you prior to the meeting for you to join.
  • COST:  Members - FREE   (No need to register)
  • Non-Members are Welcome $5.00 fee - REGISTER HERE:  JANPOYNTER

Our next Demo Day is scheduled for Wednesday, February 7, 2024 at 6:30pm by Zoom.  We are excited to introduce you to Jan Poynter, AFCA.  Jan lives in Gibsons, BC, and is a founding member of the Coast Cultural Alliance and the Sunshine Coast Artists Co-op. Jan will be providing us with a demonstration on her artistic process.

Following Jan's presentation, we will have our Critique Session.  If you have a painting that you would like some feedback on, or if you have a WIP that could use some constructive advice, take part in our Critique Session.  Please submit 1 or 2 images to  Deadline: Today! February 3rd!
Here is what Jan will feature in her demo:
GRISAILLE ( like Versaille…) Underpainting for Detail & Texture

Jan will be demonstrating this time honored technique in Watercolor – but the fun doesn’t stop there. Using neutral shades of greyed pigment underpainting, this glazing process can also be really effective in Acrylic and Oils. Live Demo, samples of work in process and finished paintings will be included. Questions and discussion are welcome! See you soon... Jan. 

Jan Poynter - Grisaille BW Jan Poynter - Grisaille Colour
Grisaille - Underpainting Finished Work

More of Jan's lovely artwork:

Jan Poynter - Plaza Wall Jan Poynter - Vertical 3
Plaza Wall  Watercolour Scenes


Jan Poynter, AFCA

With an interest in a broad range of subjects, from architecture to botanical and landscape, Jan is inspired by all the world has to offer. A fascination with light, shadow & color provides endless challenge and experimentation with several media and new materials. New works include Alpine & Autumn Collections inspired by recent plein air journeys, coastal studies of sunlit reflections on the sea, and an ongoing series of custom cut original paintings on Aluminum panel. Jan's passion for painting on location finds her in the garden, on the shore or in the forest near home and travelling afar. These small paintings often inspire larger works in the studio. Jan's professional DESIGN work has included Public art, publishing & educational print and product design. Her designs have been selected for 7 coins by the Royal Canadian Mint.  You can view Jan's website here:  JANPOYNTER

Submissions Close:  March 3, 2024
Spring Show 2024 Poster

Let your art shine at the 17th Annual TNSC Regional Spring Show and Sale! This is a qualifying, juried show and we invite all Active and AFCA members from the Thompson Nicola Shuswap Chapter, the North Okanagan Chapter, the Central Okanagan Chapter and the South Okanagan Chapter to submit.  (SFCA members may submit one painting but it is not eligible for awards.) The show takes place from April 9 - 20, 2024 at the Old Courthouse Gallery, Kamloops, BC.

You may submit up to to 5 entires at $20 each. Submissions close March 3rd, 2024. More information can be found on the TNSC website HERE

Make sure to read ALL of the rules and pay attention to those regrading sales and how to hang/present your work!  Read the rules here:  INFORMATION AND RULES


Mastering Colour Harmony: Creating Vibrant Oil Paintings 
Claude Monet, Water Lilies, 1916

Lovely color harmony by

Claude Monet, Water Lillies, 1916

Beautiful color harmony by

Pierre Auguste Renoir, Umbrellas, 1886

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Umbrellas, 1886
Colour theory is the heartbeat of any visual art, and in the realm of oil painting, it serves as the palette's symphony. Mastering colour harmony elevates your work from a mere canvas to a captivating masterpiece. In this guide, we'll explore practical tips to help you craft harmonious and impactful colour palettes in your oil paintings.
1. Understand the Colour Wheel: Begin your journey by familiarizing yourself with the colour wheel. Comprised of primary, secondary, and tertiary colors, the wheel is your roadmap to creating balanced compositions. Experiment with warm and cool tones to evoke different emotions in your paintings.
2. Embrace Complementary Colours: Pairing colours opposite each other on the colour wheel creates dynamic contrast. Utilize complementary colours to make specific elements pop and add energy to your compositions. For instance, pair deep blues with vibrant oranges or rich greens with warm reds.
3. Dive into Analogous Schemes: Analogous colour schemes involve selecting hues that sit side by side on the colour wheel. This creates serene and cohesive palettes. Experiment with analogous combinations like blues and purples or yellows and oranges to evoke a sense of unity in your oil paintings.
4. Explore Split-Complementary Palettes: For a twist on complementary colours, try split-complementary schemes. Choose a base colour and complement it with the two colours adjacent to its complementary hue. This provides contrast while maintaining a more nuanced and balanced feel.
5. Incorporate Monochromatic Harmony: Limit your palette to variations of a single colour. This monochromatic approach can be surprisingly rich and sophisticated. Experiment with different tones, shades, and tints within your chosen colour for subtle yet powerful effects.
6. Pay Attention to Value: Understanding the value of colours—how light or dark they are—adds depth and dimension to your oil paintings. Create focal points by contrasting light and dark values, guiding the viewer's eye through your artwork.
7. Experiment with Limited Palettes: Challenge yourself by working with a limited colour palette. This forces you to be resourceful and enhances colour cohesion. Explore the possibilities within a restricted range, pushing your creativity to new heights.
In the world of oil painting, colour is your ally in expressing emotions, creating atmosphere, and capturing the viewer's attention. By mastering colour theory and experimenting with various palettes, you open the door to a realm of artistic possibilities. Embrace the journey of discovering the magic that happens when colours harmonize on your canvas.
We are thrilled to bring you a workshop with Susie Cipolla!  This is a rare opportunity for you to learn and create with one of our Senior Signature Members! Mark your calendars now - coming May 4/5, 2024.
Here is what we will learn:  Your painting skills are built by practicing and training and by challenging yourself with new techniques and ideas. This intermediate level acrylic workshop will help you do just that. We will spend 2 days on fun and challenging drills and exercises involving speed, limited palette, limited and expressive brush strokes, tool use, different grounds and more. This workshop is for acrylics (as it dries quickly) but the techniques will apply to other media, like oils. For more information and to register click HERE
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Susie Cipolla
Susie first broke into the art world at the age of seven, winning a bicycle in a Dairyland colouring contest. After that, art languished on life’s back burner while she finished school and pursued a career in physiotherapy. In 2009, at the urging of a friend, she took a painting workshop with Brian Atyeo. Discovering a new passion in painting was life changing for her. Over the last ten years she has committed herself to improving her skills as an artist by attending classes and workshops with Master Artists. She now spends her days with her family on a rural property north of Pemberton, B.C. Her large studio hosts guest instructors and provides learning opportunities for other artists. Susie’s preferred painting medium is acrylic and her subject matter is primarily scenery and wildlife of the Pacific Northwest Region. Susie is a Senior Signature member and past board member of the Federation of Canadian Artists. You can view Susie's website here:  SUSIECIPOLLA

If you have renewed your membership, thank you, and we look forward to an exciting year ahead!  If you haven't renewed, that means your membership has now expired!  Renewing your membership with the FCA and the TNSC has loads of benefits to assist you with moving your artistic endeavours to the next level. You can renew both your FCA and TNSC dues online here:  FCA-TNSC RENEW  There are options to pay online, by cheque or credit card. Having trouble renewing?  Contact Cathy, our Membership Chair, she is here to help:


NEXT SESSION - SUNDAY, February 4, 10am - 1pm "Time to Paint" continues on Sunday, January 7th!  This monthly event is a great way to share knowledge and skills in a small and welcoming group setting. Each artist gets their own table.  Bring your own easel and supplies.  Spend time with friends you know or make new friends, share art tips and give yourself the “Time to Paint”!  Limit:  10 Artists

Register (reduced rate) $10 for remaining (3) sessions:  TIMETOPAINT 

Drop in fee: $5  (fees collected help offset the room rental)
Dates:  One Sunday each month, 10 - 1.
Location: Riverside Park, lower lounge in Heritage House. Free parking.
2024: Feb 4, March 3, May 5
Paint Clock


As an artist, you have probably heard and have possibly felt the term "being stuck".  It's not a great place to be but one thing we can do is change how we handle "being stuck". I got stuck this month!  I was nearing the end of a painting and I came to the conclusion that it was just plain BORING!  So, I went through several stages of wiping out bits here and there, wiping out half, throwing more paint at it.  I joked to myself that instead of "being stuck", I was in my "experimental stage"!  Our paintings are not going to work out everytime but it's a good opportunity to learn, challenge yourself and reach out to that art friend of yours for support.  As it turns out, perserverance paid off - I think my reworked painting looks pretty good!  Stick with it - you'll get through it!  Comments or Questions?  Drop me a note Happy Painting !  Elaine

"When you're not sure, you lose your confidence, and that's when you should stop and go have dinner."  - Clyde Aspevig

Canadian Federation of Artists
The FCA 2024 Exhibition Submission Calendar is now available!  Access it here:  2024 FCA Calendar
  • Bloom Exhibition - Submit by February 15 - Exhibition: April 2-18
  • Online Federation Showcase - Submit by March 12 - Exhibiton: April 1-21
  • Annual International Mail-In - Submit by March 15 - Exhibition: May 6-26
  • Landscapes - Submit by March 30 - Exhibition: May 27 - June 16

Kamloops Arts Council

Art Exposed: Kamloops Arts Council is pleased to Call for Artists - Submissions for the 2024 Art Exposed Regional Exhibition are now open! It's time to show off what you've been working on in the KAC's most anticipated annual event. Everyone is welcome to submit (KAC members and non-members). Submissions Due: February 15th, 2024 at 11:59pm. For more information, click here: ARTEXPOSED 

Art in Public Spaces - Royal Inland Hospital:  The Kamloops Arts Council is accepting artwork to be showcased at the hospital between April 2024 - April 2025.  Artists can submit up to 2 pieces.  Submissions Due: March 15th, 2024 at 11:59pm. For more information, click here:  AIPS-RIH

FCA North Okanagan Chapter

The North Okanagan Chapter is having a regional FCA show June 1 - 30 2024 at the Armstrong Museum and Gallery. Submission details coming soon.


"Member News" is your place to shine!  Send us your news items, showcase your work, share workshop information, interesting weblinks or post your items for sale!   

2024 Animal Exhibition - FCA

Several of our members have artwork that was accepted or recognized into the FCA 2024 Animal Exhibition.  The artwork will show at the Federation Gallery on Granville Island or online from January 30 - February 18th.  View the entrie show here: @ FederationGallery.  Congratulations to our TNSC artists!  Fabulous artwork!

Dianne Carson - Chickadee's Song Debbie Lund - Buddies
Dianne Carson, Chickadee's Song, 11x14 Debbie Lund, Buddies, 5x7


 Elaine Burns - My Favourite Place Elaine Burns - Red Light Walking

Elaine Burns, My Favourite Place, 16x12

Elaine Burns, Red Light Walking, 12x12

Congratulations - Shannon Dana!

It's time to celebrate!  One of our newest members, Shannon Dana, has been awarded  her Active Status with the FCA.  Shannon works in acrylics and her paintings lean toward impressionism.  She loves to play with colour and strong value contrasts.  She enjoys her home studio but her true passion is plein air painting.  She lives within close proximity to Wells Gray Provincial Park which opens a whole world of inspiration.  She hopes her viewers experience what she experiences, through her paintings.  Congratulations Shannon!  We look forward to seeing more of your beautiful artwork!

Here are two of Shannon's Top 10!  You can view her website here: SHANNONDANA

Shannon Dana - Gold-Morning!  Shannon Dana - Familiarity
Gold-Morning!, Acrylic,12x12  Familiarity, Acrylic, 12x12

Cynthia Langford

I am in La Penita Mexico for the winter and gathering inspiration for studio work when i get home . I am just doing some quick little studies on canvas - Cynthia

Cynthia Langford Cynthia Langford pic 2
Cynthia Langford pic 3  



The TNSC Spring Show will be a juried, qualifying show and is open to members of the Thompson Nicola Shuswap Chapter, the North Okanagan Chapter, the Central Okanagan Chapter and the South Okanagan Chapter.  It will take place from April 9 - 20, 2024.  Submissions close March 3, 2024, so it's time to start thinking about your next piece of artwork for our Spring Show!  More information can be found on the TNSC Website here:  TNSC2024SPRINGSHOW

Mairi Budreau - Studio Mentorship Classes - Painter's Progress

Budreau - Painters Progress 2 

Painter’s Progress is a rich source for on-going development, an inspiring experience for those who really want to come into their own art form. For those who want to move up in FCA through solid, powerful skill building. It’s tailored to develop a strong personal foundation of artistic expression, passion, beauty, and light in the artwork you make. For more information and to register:

  • WHEN: Every Thursday 1pm–3pm followed by one hour coffee/tea social
  • WHERE: The Art, Naturally Studio, 1231 Belair Drive Barnhartvale (Kamloops) 
  • HOST: Mairi Budreau, AFCA - Award winning and internationally exhibited artist, teaching since 1995. FCA member since 2009.
Watercolour Workshop with Juve Furtado - Blind Bay

The Blind Bay Hall is presenting a workshop with Juve Furtado. Painting Light and Letting Loose with Watercolour. Discover watercolor techniques that you can use to create beautiful, glowing watercolor landscapes. All members of the Blind Bay Hall and the public are welcome to attend.

Juve Furtado Workshop March 2024

  • When:  March 9/10 
  • Location:  Blind Bay Hall
  • Register by calling 250-675-3139
  • Members: $170  Non-Members: $190

Stefan Baumann's Ultimate Field Guide to Plein Air Painting

Budreau - Field Guide

The FIRST of its kind Plein Air Field Guide is loaded with robust explanations and images illustrating 13 painting keys, gear, travel tips and more. At your fingertips is over 70 years of experience from the fusion of Baumann and Budreau. TNSC member, Mairi Budreau, AFCA, partnered with world renown plein air veteran, Stefan Baumann of California.  Eric Rhoads of Plein Air Magazine read our book and says: “Don’t walk to the cash register, run! Then dig in, because this guide is a ground-breaking, must- have, not just for new plein air painters, but for experienced ones as well.” Buy yours at or at Preferred Art and Picture Framing in Kamloops.


Spring 2024 Foundations Program 

Every Wednesday (10 weeks) Starting March 6 - May 8, Online Zoom This online program consists of 10 Wednesday evening classes which will provide a condensed, high-level overview of what every visual artist should know. Each class is dedicated to a different topic and taught by a different instructor, in order to provide exposure to a range of concepts. All sessions recorded! $465 Members; $495 Non-Members More information and Register:  FCAFOUNDATIONS

Note:  The FCA also offers an In-Person Foundations Program for those of you in the Lower Mainland.  More info here:  FCAINPERSON

Online Mentorship Program with Lalita Hamill, AFCA Every Friday (6 weeks) Starting February 2nd - March 8th, 2024 11.00 AM - 1 PM (PST) Via Zoom Embark on a six-week transformative journey through live Zoom sessions, guided by acclaimed artist Lalita Hamill. The program commences with a personalized introduction, where Lalita assesses your work and delves into your individual goals and aspirations. More information:  LALITAHAMILL

Online Drawing with Mark Anthony From Mastercopy to Masterful Interpretations from Life with Mark AnthonyThursdays, Mar 7th - Apr 11th, 2024Time: 10.00 AM - 1.00 PM (PST)Online Via ZoomJoin the Mark Anthony Traditional Drawing Workshop entitled: FROM MASTERCOPY TO MASTERFUL INTERPRETATIONS FROM LIFE. All 6 sessions will include full demonstrations from a blank page. Artists of all levels are welcome to join this hands on workshop. More information:  MARKANTHONY

Online Mentorship Program with Roberta Combs, SFCA Tuesdays, Mar 12th - Apr 16th, 2024 11.00 AM - 1.00 PM (PDT) Online Via Zoom  Embark on a six-week transformative journey through live Zoom sessions, guided by acclaimed pastelist Roberta Combs. In her pastel paintings, she uses vibrant colour, extreme lighting, and dramatic composition to create the impact of her realistic subject matter.  More Information: ROBERTACOMBS

Online Mentorship Program with Tim Bennison, AFCA Thursdays, May 2nd - Jun 8th, 2024 11.00 AM - 1.00 PM (PDT) Online Via Zoom If you are watercolour artist or interested in watercolours, elevate your artistic prowess and push your creative boundaries with Tim Bennison's Online Mentorships. Join us today and unlock a world of artistic growth and fulfillment in your watercolour paintings!  More information: TIMBENNISON


FCA Retreat


DATES:  Sunday - Friday, September 8th - 13th, 2024  The Federation Retreat is the largest educational and social event of the year, hosted by the Federation of Canadian Artists. The 2024 Retreat takes place in beautiful Bamfield, British Columbia. Based at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre, you'll experience some of the most breathtaking plein air painting locations the West Coast has to offer. In the company of our Master Instructors you'll spend your days creating, painting and developing your skills, while painting en plein air.  In the evenings, you'll have the opportunity to join your peers for a variety of fun socially distant social events or take the time to relax and explore your surroundings. Click here: FCARETREAT


Budreau for sale 2 Budreau for sale 1

29 Tubes of Pouring Paint, many tubes never opened and the rest are over 1/2 full. Plus pouring medium, silicone oil, and accessories; combs, blower, precision tip bottles, metal straws, string, and brush pens for making cool effects. A steal for $130.00.

Text Mairi:  250 299 1238 or email


Did you know the TNSC now has a Calendar of Events posted to its website for 2023/2024? There are a number of exciting events taking place that you might like to know about - Plein Air Days, Art Shows and workshops. Keep up on what's happening in your Chapter!  You can find the calender here.

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