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My last all day workshop held in the beautiful Government House gardens in Regina, Saskatchewan was held this past Sat. We were 2 for 2 on gorgeous painting days. The first workshop was held July 27th from 10 am – 4 pm with a picnic lunch catered by Indulgence Fine Foods and the second was on Aug. 24th, 2013.

"In Full Bloom" artists enjoying their catered picnic from Indigence Fine Foods, Regina.  Left to right: Jacalyn Hopkin, Dianne Thompson,Kristin Marchant, Gayle Meyer, Bonnie McBride,Kristin Marchant, Debbie Hooper and instructor Nikki Jacquin of Nikki's Portraits of Childhood. Missing: Kate Fisher and Marlene Borchardt who were a part of the first workshop.

“In Full Bloom” artists enjoying their catered picnic from Indigence Fine Foods, Regina. Left to right: Jacalyn Hopkin, Dianne Thompson,Kristin Marchant, Gayle Meyer, Bonnie McBride,Kristin Marchant, Debbie Hooper and instructor Nikki Jacquin of Nikki’s Portraits of Childhood. Missing: Kate Fisher and Marlene Borchardt who were a part of the first workshop.

The artists are now armed with new techniques. They will be applying these to works they are creating for a group show to be held at Government House from Oct. – Dec. 2013. All of the works are inspired by these new methods and the gardens. It was my desire as their instructor to open their minds to new possibilities available to them with acrylic through the use of new mediums and expressive methods. In this second workshop I demonstrated the following methods:

  • Faux Encaustic
  • Petroleum Jelly Peels
  • And Acrylic Skins

I interviewed one of the student / artists who will be exhibiting to give you a chance to get to know her better. Here is the interview.

Bonnie McBride

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Why do you paint?
B: To relax and free my Life from stress,
    to lose myself in creativity.
What are your favorite materials and subjects?
B: Watercolor is my favorite, but really enjoy dry media and drawing , as well as oil on any surface. I like painting realism in still lifes, animals, flowers, but I am starting to enjoy some landscapes in a looser style  as well.
What are your aspirations for the future and your art?
B: I would like to find more venues to display my art, and to keep learning and growing as an artist.
Favourite artist or art movement?
B: “Current: Nicolas Simmons watercolorist and acrylic painter. Masters: J.W. Turner and the impressionist movement.”
Favourite art quote?
B:  ‘Life is about using the whole box of crayons.’  ~RuPaul
Comment about the “In Full Bloom” workshop with instructor Nikki Jacquin and upcoming student exhibition at Gov. House this Oct. – Dec., 2013:

B: Although primarily a watercolorist, I enjoyed the change to acrylic with Nikki,  learning new techniques and mediums. I am always open to a fresh idea or new technique, I want to continue to grown and learn, and Nikki made the learning fun. The gardens are a wonderful place to find creative inspiration.
Links where we can find your art:

B: My web site and by blog spots Venezia blog & 120 postcards

Thanks for the interview Bonnie and good luck with painting for the show. I am looking forward to seeing how you interpret the gardens!
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