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Getting to Know You

Our GTKY subject this month is Carole Milne. Carole does a sterling job of keeping our website up to date, organizing and taking care of weekend workshops, the Thursday night free classes and also working on the Society handbook
“I started out with the Coquitlam Fine Arts in 1988, then moved to Burnaby and was a member of the Richard Major Group of Artists and the Burnaby Artist Guild for approximately ten years (I was an executive member for two years). I was a member of the Eileen Fong Gallery in Tinsel Town for five years. This was a working co-op of artists and was a fun time for all the artist involved. A big thank you to Eileen Fong for developing and organising this. Eileen is also a member of SSWRAS.
We moved to South Surrey from Burnaby (Deer Lake area) in 2010 and I joined the White Rock Arts Council (now Semiahmoo Arts) first and then the South Surrey and White Rock Art Group. I was also a member of The Delta Artist Guild in Tsawwassen for one year. I am currently a member of the SSWR Art Society, Semiahmoo Arts and an active member of The Canadian Federation of Artists.
I started with Coquitlam Fine Arts in 1988 shortly after my husband died suddenly. I was 40 and starting a new life and I decided I was going to do something for myself that I had always wanted to do and never had the chance to. I thought awhile about what I should do and it was art, so I joined Coquitlam Fine Arts working in watercolour.
I have had two episodes of health concerns in my life that prohibited me from painting for long periods of time. In 2005 it was discovered that I was going blind. Thank God they had an operation to fix that, as it was both eyes. Unfortunately I lost my fine vision and had to change my method of painting and could no longer do very detailed work. In 2010 I was diagnosed with a serious, fast-spreading cancer. I was out of commission both times with numerous operations for about five years, but as soon as I could I went back to painting.
I love to learn about art, and learn more by doing than reading, so the Thursday night classes being set up are right up my alley. I enjoy all the members and hope that they are enjoying and learning from this experience. I really feel that SSWRAS is the best art group around and we offer the most to our members of any art organisation in the lower mainland. This is thanks to all the work put in over the years by some of our members who raised so much money to allow us to be in this position. The group of executives we have right now are real thinkers and doers, and not afraid to step outside the box to accomplish things, to the good of all of our members.
I originally started with watercolours painting mostly flowers, then landscapes and a lot of people in detailed costumes with very small one or two haired brushes. I continued to paint in watercolour for about 25 years. I started using acrylics and did not like them at all, but I continued trying them again every once in awhile. I didn’t like the fast drying time and found it hard to achieve the colours I wanted so I put them away for a few years. Then I tried oils and really loved the blending you could do with them. Then I went back to acrylics and now I really like them and have been painting more in acrylics than watercolour or oils. Depending on the scene I try to determine which medium would be best for the subject matter.
I originally painted flowers, but now landscapes primarily. I also enjoy doing funky things and abstract. I love variety, so nothing is the same. Variety is the spice of life. I love to do palette knife work, but I’m still working on the best methods for this and on my strokes.
My favourite colours are blues, red, oranges and purple. In addition to painting I like designing and making clothes. I am also a quilter.
Some of my favourite artists are: Emily Carr, Norman Rockwell, Robert Genn, Tony Onley, Steven Quiller, Kihai Kececi, James Koll, Lalita Hamill, Robert McMurray, Georgina Johnstone, Sheryl Walker and Anne Morrison.
On my travels I have visited: Stephen Quiller’s Gallery, in Crede, Colorado (I also took a weekend workshop with him in Sydney, B.C.); The Norman Rockwell Museum and Studio in Stonebridge, Massachusetts; and Georgia O’Keefe’s Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
One tip I’d like to share is—keep practicing, eventually you will get it. It’s all a matter of learning. Don’t give up. I’ve just discovered spatulas and I love them.
I’m working on a variety of things at the moment. The big one is studio cleaning and reorganizing, so I will be able to work better. I’m also working on the courses for SSWRAS, the website, the Society handbook and I’m also trying to find time to paint—which is happening. So I’m a happy camper.”

Georgina’s Tips on Acrylic Paint


A by-product of the then new plastics industry, acrylics were invented in the 1950s. They are as versatile as oil paints and have some unique qualities of their own.

One of these—vital from the beginners’ point of view—is that they dry very quickly, so that you can overpaint as much as you like. You can, of course, overpaint with oils but, because they are slow-drying, there is always a risk of churning up the colours and creating a muddy mess. Acrylics, once dry, are immovable, so that each new layer completely covers the one below without picking up any colour from it. Another advantage is that you can paint on more or less anything, from paper and board to canvas, and the surface needs no preparation or “priming”. 

The disadvantages of acrylics are that changes to the picture can only be made by overpainting, and the paint dries so fast that it cannot be moved around on the surface to the degree that oil paints can. Also, brushes must always be left in a container of water or washed regularly, otherwise they will be ruined. However, the virtues of acrylics far outweigh these minor vices, and those new to painting could find them the perfect medium with which to begin. Continue reading Georgina’s Tips on Acrylic Paint

February Art Challenge Winners


The title ‘Fire’ was our February art challenge and it produced a wonderfully varied group of entries ranging from collage to pastel. After the voting the winners from left to right were Sheila Leeder (1st), Donalda Gauthier (2nd) and Audrey Bakewell (3rd). Congratulations ladies!  Opus Art Supplies donated the Gift Cards.   Thank you to everyone who participated..


Did You KNow

Did you know..?

These fun facts have nothing to do with art but are interesting anyway:-

Gold is the only metal that doesn’t deteriorate, even if its buried in the ground for thousands of years.

Your tongue is the only muscle in your body that is attached only at one end.

The roar that we hear when we place a seashell next to our ear is not the ocean, but rather the sound of blood surging through the veins in our ear.

The tooth is the only part of the human body that cannot heal itself.

Drinking water after eating reduces the acid in your mouth by 61 percent.

Zero is the only number that cannot be represented by Roman numerals.

Peanut oil is used for cooking in submarines because it doesn’t smoke unless it’s heated above 450 F.

Nine out of ten living things live in the ocean.

The commercially grown banana cannot reproduce itself. It can be propagated only by the hand of man.

Strawberries are the only fruits that grow their seeds on the outside.

Avocados have the highest calories of any fruit at 167 calories per hundred grams.

Due to Earth’s gravity it is impossible for mountains to be higher than 15,000 meters.

Everything weighs one percent less at the equator.

The moon moves about two inches away from the Earth each year.

The Earth gets 100 tons heavier every day due to falling space dust.

If you could get into the bottom of a well or a tall chimney and look up, you would see stars, even in the middle of the day.

Soldiers do not march in step when going across bridges because they could set up a vibration which could be sufficient to knock the bridge down.

A comet’s tail always points away from the sun.

In ancient times strangers shook hands to show that they were unarmed.

The military salute is a motion that evolved from medieval times when knights in armour raised their visors to reveal their identity.

Coast Capital Theatre

South Surrey and White Rock Art Society


 The Coast Capital Playhouse Exhibition and Sale of Paintings

October 3, 2015 to mid January 2016

This is an ongoing rotating art exhibition of paintings,

in the lobby of the Playhouse,
and all paintings, on display, are for sale.

The new members for the changeover are:

Carole Milne, Eileen Fong, Diane Shea, Mary Ellen Johnston

Shelly Stewart, Linda Morris, Brenda Mickleburgh

Mary Sanchez, Alyson Thorpe, Gary Fox, Mary Lake

Chiao Chiao Yang, Ashley Jackson, Pat Vickers

 Coast Capital Playhouse Address:

1532 Johnston Road, White Rock, BC

Phone: 604-536-7535

Tuesday – Saturday 1:00 – 5:00 pm