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Kathy Wilson

On February 8, 2023, BAG invited one of its members to share their knowledge about painting with watercolours. The group was welcomed by countless watercolours that Kathy had completed with artists online since the pandemic. Some of the artists include Fabio Cembranelli, Cindy Briggs and Kevin Chapman. Many of these artists focus on teaching tint values, such as neutral tints. Each shared their own individual style. Kathy enjoys the watercolour process. She loves architectural realism. She never uses just one colour at a time but rather creates her own colour recipes.


Kathy talked about the three main types of watercolour papers; hot, cold and rough press. For beginners, it is suggested to use rough or cold press. These papers are more absorbent and have a nice ridged/textured look and feel. They come in different weights. The 140lb weighted cold paper is the most popular. Kathy also briefly discussed the paints and brushes that are available. In particular, she focussed on her favourite watercolour brushes, that being the rigger and a mop brush made from synthetic fibres. The rigger allows the artists to create fine lines and to sploosh. The mop brush holds lots of water, offers the right amount of stiffness for drawing fine lines and easily snaps back into its shape. It gives the artist the ability to create many different brush strokes. She also discussed with the group the pros and cons of pre-stretching and taping paper, as to using sheetlets.


Fabio Cembranelli loves working with synthetic brushes and teaches the art of “Glazing,” a wet and dry technique. He applies one layer of paint on top of another while wiping off excessive paint to create depth and shadowing. Brush strokes are short and organic in nature. Often the brush lightly strokes the paper, and water is applied, which creates movement. It is almost like the paint and brush are free dancing.


The group was given the opportunity to practice Fabio’s watercolour “Glazing” technique. Many of the members attending expressed their appreciation to Kathy for rekindling their interest in watercolours.


 “A good watercolour brush should do at least one fundamental thing: hold water well. Ones made of synthetic hair do a fine job, but those with natural hairs have much better liquid-holding capacity.”


Laura Dirk

Laura Dirk is an abstract expressionist artist based in London, Ontario, Canada. Her style incorporates vivid line and colour to portray the energy of life in landscape, figurative and floral works. Working primarily in acrylic using a combination of eclectic illustration, representational and abstracted concepts. Laura creates unique marks with a variety of tools. Laura attended the University of Guelph studying Fine Art in the early 80's. Upon graduation Laura pursued a career in Information Technology. She recently returned to her artistic roots after 30 years. In addition to acrylic medium Laura creates graphic designs for her own line of golf wear GolfGirlzbyLauraDirk. Laura is an active juried member of the Federation of Canadian Artists (FCA), an FCA Toronto Chapter member and artist volunteer for the Bayfield Centre for the Arts. Her work can be viewed at FCA exhibitions in Vancouver BC and a variety of venues in London, Ontario, Follow @lauradirkartist on Instagram or visit

December 14, 2022 - Workshop

Laura Dirk inspired the Bayfield Artist Guild members on Wednesday December 14, 2022. Laura, a former member of BAG, continues to pursue her love for the abstract. Laura considers herself as an "unorthodox painter". She is interested in the "mishmash of things". Her work is influenced by representational components and the simplification of our real world. Her multi-medium work is emotional, thought provoking and current with world issues.


Laura's focus is often big sky, wind and water. Her vertical and horizontal lines express the energy and tension of the relationship between nature and human interaction. Much of her work reflects hope and light through the use of her colours.


Laura briefly described how she works with her mediums. "I want my art to look like paint, but if you really look there is so much more." She encouraged our fellow artists to use more diverse and creative tools to create motion and emotion. She encouraged those with "art block" to be organic with the material and the process.


Though Laura continues to paint on canvas, much of her current work has evolved during the pandemic. Laura offers digitally created wearable clothing that can be purchased on-line. Her colourful wearable art is printed on multi functioning sports wear, casual jackets and dresses. All are made to order and hand sewn in Montreal, Canada.


To learn more about Laura and her work, please go to her website or contact her directly at

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