Thompson Nicola Shuswap Chapter of the FCA

November 2023 Newsletter


Expressive Marks  
The TNSC is excited to bring you a workshop with Lalita Hamill. Continuing on the theme of foundational skills, this workshop will focus on "Expressive Mark Making".  Members and non-members are welcome to attend!
  • Date: Sat/Sun Nov 4-5th, 2023
  • Time:  10am - 4pm each day
  • Location: The Old Courthouse in Kamloops, BC
  • Cost:  $225 members; $275 non-members
  • Supplies List is provided when you register

For More Information and to Register LALITAHAMILLWORKSHOP

The way you move and use a tool such as a palette knife or brush contributes substantially to your artistic ‘style’ or ‘voice’. If your marks are heavy-handed, tentative, sloppy, unintentional, uninteresting, and/or overworked, you are not living up to your full artistic potential.

Those of you ready to take your brushwork and mark-making to the next level of expressiveness, join Lalita as she guides participants through a series of step by step demos and exercises, to be applied to several small or medium studies.

Main topics will include the following:

  • Planning vs experimentation
  • Applying paint with a palette knife
  • Grips, stances, gestures and pressure
  • Mixing colour on the palette vs on the canvas
  • Edges & eye flow
  • Hesitant vs confident marks
  • Preventing overworking
  • Creating variety within unity
  • Fundamentals of abstraction
  • Use of other tools for mark-making
  • What to do when things go ‘sideways’
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Lalita Hamill is a professional fine artist living in Langley, BC, Canada.  She discovered her artistic abilities as a young adult during the final year of her Philosophy degree at the University of Victoria. Subsequent years of drawing led to four years of study at the Vancouver Academy of Art, where she received instruction by classically trained painters.


Lalita specializes in oil and is also skilled at acrylics, watercolours, and drawing media. She is most well known for her award-winning figures, portraits, and still lifes. By exploring the human condition through emotive figures and narratives, Lalita's artwork inspires viewers to reflect on who they are, how they relate to their environment and others, and what really matters.  With over thirty years teaching experience, Lalita is a well respected teacher, mentor, and art assessor. On account of the success of her contemporary atelier program at her studio in Walnut Grove, Lalita was asked to design the Foundations Program for the Federation of Canadian Artists. 

For More Information and to Register LALITAHAMILLWORKSHOP

We need your support and attendance at our workshops in order for us to continue to bring meaningful learning opportunities to our Chapter.  Sign up today!



Our next demonstration day and information sharing will be held on Wednesday, November 15th at 6:30pm by ZOOM.  This will be our first time presenting by Zoom and we are excited to reach out to more of our members this way.  Join the meeting from the comfort of your own home  Everyone is welcome to attend!  Non-members can register here for $5.00:  TNSCDEMODAY

We are excited to bring watercolour artist James Koll to our meeting.  James will demonstrate an approach he often uses in plein-air painting that takes advantage of both the transparent properties of watercolour and the opaqueness of gouache.

James Koll 

James is a Burnaby-born artist focused largely on watercolours since acquiring a passion for this medium while attending the Commercial Art Program at Capilano College. He is now focused full-time on fine art, exhibiting his work in galleries and group shows and often teaching workshops and classes. He has been awarded senior signature status in the Federation of Canadian Artists.

James is best known for his highly detailed and meticulously executed watercolours created in the studio. He is also a frequent practitioner of plein air painting and the more spontaneous and impressionistic approach it demands. 

James Koll - bow Lake Early October James Koll - Otter Bay Late Afternoon
Bow Lake Early October Otter Bay Late Afernoon

You can view James work on his website:  JAMESKOLLFINEART

Following James' presentation we will have our critique session.  This is a great opportunity for you to have your artwork critiqued by our Signature Member artist.  Please submit one or two images of your paintings by November 8th to

A link will be sent to you by email prior to the meeting for you to join in.  Click on the link to join the meeting.  But first, you will need to download ZOOM on your computer, tablet or phone.  It's as easy as 1-2-3.

  1. Go to your AppStore or GooglePlay and search for Zoom.
  2. Download Zoom!  You are ready to go.
  3. You can also download it here:  ZOOM 


It's membership renewal time! Joining the FCA and the TNSC Chapter has loads of benefits to assist you with moving your artistic endeavours to the next level.

Did you know if you pay your renewal fees now, or join as a new member to the FCA and our Chapter, your fees are valid until the end of 2024? The cost to join is less than $10 per month and the TNSC has maintained its fee at only $20 for the year! It is easy to renew!  FCA Renewal Here:  FCARENEW  TNSC Renwal Here:  TNSCRENEW  For new members, after you begin the paynment process with the TNSC, you will be prompted to complete your contact information.

Has your contact information or status with the FCA changed?  This is a good time to let us know.  Please send us an email:

Benefits of joining the FCA & Thompson Nicola Shuswap Chapter

Here are a few of the benefits we enjoy as members of the FCA and the TNSC! We promote inclusivity and we are continuously striving for a connected and supported collective of artists.

  • Educationeducational opportunities (workshops, demos, meetings, critiques) through our chapter and/or online events through the FCA gallery
  • Support: member support at events which include meetings, online connection, paint outs and plein air events
  • Connectioncreating relationships with other artists at various levels of expertise - what better way to improve than to talk art with other like minded souls!
  • Artistic GrowthGrowing and thriving through our community of artists who support one another in art.  Advance your artistic endevours through the FCA to the level of Signature Artist.
  • Membership reduced pricesas a member, you are entitled to reduced costs on workshop offerings and events such as "Passion for Painting"
  • In the Know: Attending events, connecting with chapter artists promotes growth, learning the tools of the trade and joining in on bulk buying of art supplies to reduce costs


We had an excellent turn out for our Demo Day in Blind Bay. Our guest was Krystyna Laycraft and it was a super fun morning watching her make a collage.  We took that inspiration and tried our own hand at collage.  The artwork produced was incredible - everyone had such a different piece of art by the end of the morning.  A big thank you to Krystyna for sharing her expertise and good humour!  Over lunch, we talked about upcoming events in our Chapter and artists shared information about their work and exhibitions.  We held our critique session - there is certainly some incredible artwork being done by artists in our Chapter!


Krystyna Laycraft 6  

Here are some of the collages that were created:

Collage 1
Collage 3 Collage 2


NEXT SESSION - SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 10am - 1pm "Time to Paint" continues on Sunday, November 12th!  There are 3 spots still available so if you would like to join in on some painting time, you can register here or just show up at the door.  Not sure if you want to commit?  Come and join the group for a session and see for yourself.  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.  The group meets once a month from 10am – 1pm.  Spend time with friends you know or make new friends, share art tips and give yourself the “Time to Paint”!  Limit:  10 Artists

Register here **$25 for all sessions:   TIMETOPAINT 

Dates:  One Sunday each month, 10 - 1.
Location: Riverside Park, lower lounge in Heritage House. Free parking.
2023: Nov 12, Dec 3      2024: Jan 7, Feb 4, March 3, May 5
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Wow!  What a busy fall we have had!  Our Fall Regional Fine Art Show was a fabulous success with over 300 people attending to view the artwork submitted by our incredible artists.  In October, we travelled to Blind Bay for our TNSC Demo Day and we are looking forward to our next Demo Day on November 15th with James Koll.  What an incredible watercolour artist he is!  This will be our first meeing held by Zoom and we are truly excited to see more of our members attending through this format. Your executive team has been working hard to bring you meaningful learning opportunities.  If you haven't renewed your membership yet, now's the time! We look forward to another year filled with art and creativity!  Happy Painting!  Elaine 


Our Christmas get-together is planned for Saturday, December 16th at 12:00noon.  This is a nice event to meet and greet over the holidays.  Mark the date in your calendar!  More information to come in our next newsletter.


Painting tip from Debbie Lively ~ When starting a painting, we tend to focus on details that we see rather than the larger shapes of value. We then tend to think detail and grab a smaller brush...Instead, squint and look for large shapes of value and grab a bigger brush and paint in larger shapes first.  Thanks Debbie!


This month's topic:


We are often approached with the question of appropriate use of photographs to create art that we are submitting to juried shows.  Can I use my own reference photo? Can I use an amateur photographers photo?  Can I use a professional photographers photo?  

While using photos as reference for painting is a long-held accepted practice, making substantive use of stock imagery or photos taken by professional photographers is not permissible, even with their permission. Reference photos must be taken by the artist themselves or provided to them by an amateur photographer with their express consent. Stock images may only be referred to for anatomical study and must be incidental to the completed artwork to be permissible. The FCA seeks to display artworks that are original examples of an artist's technical skill, ability to compose images, as well as to work creatively. Because of this, artwork created in courses and workshops are not eligible for submission to juried exhibitions. All submissions that appear to be in violation of copyright law will also be rejected. For more information, please go to: FCAMemberResources


Canadian Federation of Artists
  • 2024 Active Member Exhibition; Submit by: November 30; Exhibition: Jan 9-28

Kamloops Arts Council - Small Works

Kamloops Arts Council is pleased to announce Call for Artists - Small//works 2023. Submissions are now open until November 15th at midnight. SMALL//works is a fundraiser for Kamloops Arts Council and is a fabulous opportunity to show your work and support KAC! This year, KAC will donate the proceeds to a charitable cause. For more information and to submit your artwork, click here:  SMALLWORKS 


"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!   

Elaine Burns and Patricia House

Elaine and Patricia are pleased to showcase some of their artwork at the Grand Hotel in Sun Peaks.  The opportunity is provided by Art Zone Sun Peaks.  If you are up at the ski hill this winter, be sure to take a stroll through the hotel and look at all the amazing art on display including these two pieces.

Elaine Burns - Raven Lullabye   Patricia House - Lining Up
Elaine Burns - Raven Lullabye       Patricia House - Lining Up



The TNSC is excited to offer a workshop with Lalita Hamill. Continuing on the theme of foundational skills, this workshop will focus on "Expressive Mark-Making".  For those of you ready to take your brushwork and mark-making to the next level of expressiveness, join Lalita as she guides participants through a series of step by step demos and exercises, to be applied to several small or medium studies.

  • Date:  Sat/Sun November 4-5, 2023
  • Time:  10am - 4pm each day
  • Location:  The Old Courthouse, Kamloops, BC
  • Cost:  $225 members; $275 non-members

For More information and to register:  LALITAHAMILLWORKSHOP

Debbie Lively - Studio Mentorship Classes (Kamloops)

Deb Lively's studio classes

Studio classes are every three weeksClass is 3 hours, Cost $60, at Debbie's Studio 517 Lynwood Ave. Kamloops, Class is limited to 5 ppl, Morning and Afternoon Classes available 

Bring paintings you need help with or start a new one! Debbie offers instruction on how to compose a strong composition and all techniques to finish a painting. This is a positive and creative space for artists to paint together and receive professional instruction. 
Dates:  Oct 17,18,19 - Nov 7,8,9 - Nov 28,29,30 - Dec 12,13,14
Debbie Lively - Watercolour Classes (Kamloops)
In this class I'll be teaching lots of watercolour techniques. We'll finish a few pieces each class. The whole goal is to expand your borders and help you to paint much more confidently with this beautiful medium! I'd like to introduce you to some gouache techniques also. I would offer one day workshops in my home studio with a limit of 5-6 students. The times would be 9:30-3:30 and the cost would be $110. (gst included).
For more information contact Debbie @
Debbie Lively Watercolour1 Debbie Lively Watercolour2
 Jan Crawford - Glazing for Acrylics (Level 1) Kelowna
Jan Crawford Jan Crawford - Preserves

This workshop focuses on all aspects of mixing acrylics while introduing the glazing technique. For painters who want more information about acrylic mediums used in the glazing technique this workshop is a balance of demos and studio work. In order to apply the glazing technique to your current painting a solid understanding of colour is critical. Applying glazes of colour temperature, colour intensity, compliment colour to your painting will enhance your subject. More information and to registerJANCRAWFORDWORKSHOP To find out more about Jan’s work visit:  JANCRAWFORD

Date:  November 25/26  Time:  9:30 – 4  Cost:  $300 Location:  Ellis Studio, Kelowna


Drawing 101 - Accurate Oberservation with Mark Anthony

Workshop Overview (6 Sessions): October 31 – December 5, ONLINE ZOOM

The act of manual drawing is our most immediate response to our visual world as it equally challenges our intellectual and intuitive interpretation, our visual comprehension and our ability to efficiently express what we see. The lingering challenge for every representational artist is to work live using a complex abstract form as a subject. The figure and the head in various frontal and foreshortened attitudes remain among the most difficult. This rich program offers an in depth exploration into practical and fundamental visual skills for every artist as well as a controlled progressive approach to drawing. More Information and to Register:  DRAWING101 Members: $290.00 Non-Members: $340.00

 Online Critique with Leanne Christie SFCA 

Wednesday, November 22nd, 4-6pm, Online Zoom To get to that “next level” you’ll sometimes need the constructive feedback of an experienced critic/fellow artist to drive your work forward. Critiques will help you grow as an artist and help you develop your work. Hear what is working in your art and ask for input on your current challenges. You’ll receive an overall evaluation of your artwork's strengths and weaknesses and a clear idea of how to move forward with your art by FCA Senior Member Leanne Christie.  Members: $35.00Non-Members: $40.00 More information and Register:  ONLINECRITIQUE


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.

Thought for the Day

“The emotions are sometimes so strong that I work without knowing it. The strokes come like speech.” Vincent Van Gogh

Vincent Van Gogh 
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