Monday, 8 June 2015

Drawing YK on Thursdays IS BAAAAACK! :)

Here we are and summer has arrived back in Yellowknife!  Yahoo.  So starting Thursday June 11th we will be coming together each week to take some time to draw around Yellowknife.  Below is the weekly plan for the next three months.  I hope you will join us.

Drawing YK on Thursdays, 7 pm at the following locations (weather permitting)

June     11 – Giant Mine Boat Launch
            18 – City Hall
            25 - Legislative Assembly

July       2 – Joyce Gilchrist – bonsai trees
              9 – Arctic Farmers
            16 – Pilots Monument
            23 – Long Lake
            30 – Back Bay Yacht Club

Aug       6 – Old Town
            13 – Ragged Ass Road
            20 – Frame Lake Trail (Meet at Tennis Court)
            27 – Museum

If you would like to make contact with someone before joining us, email Lynn @

Friday, 15 May 2015

2015-2016 Meeting, Painting Saturday & Art Show Dates

This coming year the Yellowknife Watercolour Society is changing their meeting days to third Thursday of each month.  

Each meeting, after a very short update on what we are doing, we have a painting lesson to continue to develop the range of painting skills for our members.  

We also do a monthly show and tell!  The photo below is from the April 2015 meeting.  

Join us at our meetings:

We continue to do our Painting Saturdays!  

This is where you can work on your own pieces and hang out with a great group of painters.  Every level is encouraged to come.

Drawing YK on Thursdays continues this summer!  

We generally begin about the second week of June when the weather is more consistently warm...or at least we hope it is! 

We go to various places around Yellowknife and draw.  If you would like to join us watch for more info here on the blog or email     

And last but not least!

YWS Annual Art Show and Sale date has been set! 

  Come and check out the years worth of work on October 24 from 10am to 4pm in the Northern United Place auditorium!

October 24 from 10am to 4pm in the Northern United Place auditorium

Monday, 29 September 2014

7th annual ART SHOW and SALE in October

It is amazing to realize today that our annual Watercolour show this fall is #7!  

Where did the years go?





You are invited to come to see the amazing work our local watercolour artists create.  

Thursday, 21 August 2014

2014/2015 Meeting Dates

Monthly meetings

Monday nights, 7:00pm at Northern United Place in room 206

September 15, 2014
October 20, 2014
November 17, 2014
December 15, 2014
January 19, 2015
February 16, 2015
March 16, 2015
April 20, 2015
May 11, 2015
June 15, 2015

Painting Saturdays

Saturday, 11am to 4:30pm at Northern United Place Room 215
September 20, 2014
October 04, 2014
November 01, 2014
November 15, 2014
December 06, 2014
December 20, 2014
January 03, 2015
January 17, 2015
February 07, 2015
February 21, 2015
March 07, 2015
March 21, 2015
April 04, 2015
April 18, 2015
May 02, 2015
May 16, 2015
June 06, 2015
June 20, 2015

Art Show

October 18, 2014
10 am to 4 pm



We have had a great summer drawing around Yellowknife.  We have endured record smoke levels and even had to end one drawing evening early because of black bear was in the neighbourhood. The RCMP encouraged us to do so!

Tonight was our last night.  It is getting cooler, which you can see!  The sun is going down earlier and earlier...fall is in the air.

Marcella and Lynn

Lynn avoiding looking at me! :)

 It was a fun evening!

Concentrating!  Penny, we will miss you.

I left my drawing kit at a friend's home.  So I discovered that I have these cool copic markers that are various values of grey.  Fun to work with tonight!

The final night of Drawing YK on Thursdays.  We will do it again starting about June 10th next year! 

We meet again on September 15th!  

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Drawing YK on Thursdays

Here we are at the start.  The breeze was lovely up there until it completely died down. I guess it does that every evening. I don't live near the water so I had never noticed that.  Interesting.
Distractions were plenty up at Pilots Monument! From these very noisy young ravens.  They were a hoot to watch. The carrying on and the squawking and commotion were fun.

This young one, you can still see the soft browns in her feathers, sat on this sign just feet away from everyone showing off how beautiful she is!  Also the raven was directly in the way of one of the people drawing.  

We had planes taking off and boats zooming past.  It was hard to stay focused on drawing when there were so many photo opportunities. :) 

 But we did manage to draw.  Here is Joyce and Penny.  Joyce's shirt is extremely red looking because of the forest fire smoke in the air (which you can see in the background).
 Lynn working away.

 Kevin joined in on all the fun!

And drawing is a load of fun.

The last of us.  The smoke was very thick and getting thicker.  

The results!

We meet at Fred Henne Park (beach parking) on Thursday.  Come and Join us.  All levels welcomed. If it actually rains on Thursday we will meet at the CO-OP instead!  

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Drawing YK week 3

Today we went out to the Giant Mine boat launch.  There was so many things to draw that I am sure we will be back again this summer.

It was cool by the water tonight.  We just sat down and started to draw!

Joyce drawing some boats.  

Yichao drawing some of the cool old machinery just by the boat launch.

All the various results!  

I learned that we need to do the selfie group photo before we speed out to draw!  
Come and join us next week Thursday at Pilots Monument.  

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Drawing YK!

So we started meeting last week Thursday to draw different places in Yellowknife.  

We started at City Hall.

Joyce, Lynn and Shawna braving the mosquitoes and forest fire ash!
The results!  The time flew so quickly tonight...even with the mosquitoes. 

Next Thursday join us at the Giant Mine Boat Launch at 7:30 pm!!!!

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Meeting Dates for the rest of the Year!

Meeting Dates till July/August 2014

All our meetings take place at Northern United Place:

Monday Meetings
Room 205; 19:00 -21:30 

Monday, March 17, 2014 
Monday, April 21, 2014 
Monday, May 12, 2014 
Monday, June 16, 2014

Painting Saturdays 

Room 215; 11:00 - 16:00 

Saturday, March 15, 2014 
Saturday, April 05, 2014 
Saturday, April 19, 2014 
Saturday, May 03, 2014 
Saturday, May 17, 2014 
Saturday, June 07, 2014 
Saturday, June 21, 2014 

Summer Painting Saturdays 

Saturday, July 05, 2014 
Saturday, August 09, 2014 
Saturday, September 06, 2014

Drawing YK
Every Thursday from June 11 to September

Annual Art Show and Sale 
NUP Auditorium 
Oct. 18, 2014 10:00 - 16:00 

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Public Lecture with artist Frans Aeyelts

Frans Aeyelts from Lunenburg Nova Scotia is teaching a workshop over the weekend.  As part of his time here he will be doing a public lecture on his artistic journey on Thursday evening, 7pm, Northern United Place, Room 205.  This lecture open to everyone. 

Check out Frans' website here.


Thursday, 17 October 2013

Ticket is booked

Frans arrives late on November 6th.  His lecture is scheduled on Thursday November 7th at 7pm.  He will be teaching on Friday at a school in Behchoko on the Friday. Then we have him for three days!  He is going to teach us how to paint a landscape but with a Yellowknife setting.

We have a limit of 12 students.  The cost of the course is 220.00 with membership included!  There are 2 spaces left.

If you are already a member you will receive the info for registration.  If you are not a member but are interested in the course make sure you sign up for our newsletter.  The sign up form is on the right hand side of this blog.

Supply list is as follows:

some hairdryers, a sink with running water, rolls of tissue paper, water containers, firm boards (arborite board is great) to which one can tape the Arches watercolour paper, 1" 3M masking tape and utility knife, and any other miscellanious things you want to supply.

Drawing materials.
Pencils: 2-B, 4-B and 6-B.   A 2 mm. "mechanical" pencil is great for achieving, consistant sharp lines.
A medium size stomp for shading, about the thickness of a pencil.
Staedtler eraser.
Pens: Staedtler 0.5 mm. I also use a "Double Sharpie", a wonderful tool. It has a fine and thick tip.
Sketchbook: about 8" x 11". 110 Lbs. paper. This is fairly heavy paper, which can take some watercolour washes. Do not use thin gage paper.

Brushes: Round: a # 2 "rigger" brush, a #2, #6, #8, and #12. and a squirrel "mop", which is used to lay in broad washes.
                Flat: 1/4", 1/2", and 1". Add to this list any other brushes you prefer to work with, rolled up in a bamboo brush holder for protection.

"Arches" 140 Lbs. 100 percent cotton rag watercolour paper, or equivalent. You can buy this in a "block form", 8" x 11" is convenient for this trip.
Paper tissues, a sponge, a towell, a collapsible watercontainer, atomizer, or spraybottle. Masking tape, and rigid board onto which you can tape your work, if you work with individual sheets of paper. Do not buy wood pulp based, so called "watercolour paper"! Look for: 100 percent cotton rag paper.
Tracing paper block.

Yellow Ochre, Permanent Yellow deep, Lemon Yellow, Aureolin Yellow.
Scarlet Lake Red, Brown Madder, Permanent Rose, Opra or Magenta.
French Ultramarine Blue, Prussian Blue, Cobalt Blue, Cerulean, or Manganese Blue, Royal Blue and Indigo.
Viridian Green.