Muses from the artistic world of Sonia Mocnik
April 22,2018
Brushes I like and other stuff

Brushes for Watercolour

1 x #0 Round

1 x #8 Round

1 x #18 Round

1 x ¾ “ Flat

1 x rigger brush

1 x self moistening art brush #6 ( long tank)(optional)



Corrugated plastic sheet 20” x 16” for mounting paper on


Palette Tray (plastic with large area for mixing)

Graphite paper for tracing



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April 22,2018
Paints I like to use

Watercolour Paints

Winsor Newton,  Daniel Smith, Opus or QoR

  • Cadmium Yellow Medium, Lemon Yellow
  • Indian Yellow, yellow ochre
  • Cadmium Red Hue or Windsor Red
  • Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Orange
  • Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt  Blue
  • Phthalo Blue/Intense Blue
  • Indigo, Dioxinine Purple
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Burnt Umber, Brown Madder
  • Viridian green, Sap Green
  • Titanium white or Chinese white
  • Payne’s Grey


Painting Surfaces:

Arches Watercolor paper  - preferably full sheet

(which we will cut up in class to a ¼ sheet)

I also enjoy working with the following

Canson – Montaval Watercolor Cold Press Paper 140lb

Fabriano Acquarello watercolor cold pressed 140lb


I use the following to keep sketches and notes:

Opus Essential Paperback Sketchbook 5 ½ x 8” or larger

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April 14,2018
Upcoming demo and Talk

Hi everyone,

This week started off very hectic finding out if all three watercolour classes had filled at the West Vancouver Community Center and the Music Box.  I’m happy to say we have great groups in all classes. 2 started on Thursday and we reviewed my session of Happy Accidents... how to deal with the watercolour when it takes over and how not to be afraid of it!  Great classes, lots of enthusiasm and fun!

Wednesday, I dropped off Budha Flower for the Aquarelle et Pastel show starting Monday April 17th at the Federation Gallery on Granville Island. It will be up for 2 weeks.  

This coming Tuesday, I will be demoing a small piece that I do on my instructing at sea and giving you a slide show highlight of the places, people and teaching area on the ships I have recently instructed on.  I have been having a great time learning how the slideshow  program works in photos on IPad! It even adds music, groups different pictures together and you can set the time to fast, slow or in between.  I attach it with an HDMI cable to an Epson projector and presto - a presentation is created!

may 4,5,6 I will be at the West End Community Center along with other members of the Vancouver Sketch Club from 7 to 9 on the 4th, 12 to 5 on the 5 &6.  We will have Framed original art, matted originals, cards and Coloring Pages.  Come visit...lots to see!


Spring at Vandussen

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April 06,2018
Upcoming shows

Ok, first, where did the last two months go? 

That being said ... next week begins new watercolour classes and there are spaces still available in the Thursday afternoon class.  

On April 17th, my painting Budha flower will be showing at the Federation gallery as part of the Aquarelle et Pastel show down on Granville Island.  I have submitted also for the small submissions, but haven’t heard anything regarding that.  If you want to see some of my latest efforts... check out my Instagram account.  

May 3 to 6th, I will be in the West End Art in the city show with the Vancouver Sketch club.

June 10th is the Midmainartfair

August will be demoing at Harmony Arts Festival - that proposal is just going in.

much more to come....but need to get more painting done and submissions in.

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