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Okanagan Landscapes in Acrylics

A two day workshop - All mediums welcome - All levels welcome!

Instructor: Dale Byhre

Date: September 16 and 17, 2023


Time: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm (doors open at 9:30 am)


Location: Ellis Art Studios, 1021 Ellis Street, Kelowna, B.C.


Cost: FCA-COC Members - $285, Non-members - $310 


Cancellation Policy: If you cancel your registration more than 30 days prior to the starting date of the workshop, a full refund of your workshop fee will be made.  If you cancel your registration within 30 days of the starting date of the workshop, no refund will be made unless we are able to fill your seat from the waitlist.    



The aim of this workshop will be to raise the confidence in those artists working in acrylics, as well as assisting those new to the medium.  It will be my attempt to help create better compositions and to inform and use techniques that are the strengths of acrylics. 


An emphasis will be on lifting the artist to a higher level through being more spontaneous and adventurous with their paint and style and to dispel the fears and perceived problems of working with this exciting medium.  The ultimate goal will be to have fun and to build on the qualities of painting with acrylics. 


There will be two segments to the workshop, with one day dedicated to creating an Okanagan Lakeshore scene, and the next day an Okanagan Landscape.  On each day I will conduct a demo based on the two subjects.  Artists will be encouraged to bring their own subject matter where they can use it in the class in creating their own personal works based on the two principle compositions of the workshop. In the alternative, participants can copy the scene in my demo.


Suggested Supply List.


(Painting Surfaces)  Those attending should be equipped with two larger sized canvases or boards on which to work on during the two different subjects.  One day for landscape and the other for seascapes.  These should range in size between 11"x 14" and 16"x 20"


Students should also come equipped with a small panel or canvas board for each day as there will be a couple of painting exercises.  It should be advised that any canvases or surfaces should be primed or undercoated and ready for painting.


(Brushes)  The brush list will be very basic and simple.  Artists should not bring a host of 'tiny' brushes.  They should arrive with 1 - 1" , 1 - 1/2", 1 - 1/4" brushes, as well as a single 'rigger' or fine brush for small details.  The goal will be to cover the canvas with paint with big brushes.


(Paints and mediums)  Attendees should bring a good quantity of paint to work with. 


My palette is based on Golden Open Acrylics.  This is not necessary for students to equip themselves with as any acrylic brand will serve the purpose.  My suggestions for the colours students should bring are as follows:


Titanium while

Ultramarine blue

Cobalt blue

Manganese blue

Cadmium red medium

Cadmium yellow medium

Burnt sienna


Alternates are acceptable as are orange and green if desirable.  Mediums should include a suitable acrylic retarder, any acrylic medium as well as acrylic gel of some kind.  Again, this is up to the student.


The Instructor:

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Long interested in marine art, Dale Byhre has specialized in depicting both historical and modern ships.  Ranging from rocky shorelines and the working boats of the west coast to the fighting ships of World War II, Dale has encompassed a strong appreciation for both ships and the sea, depicting them both with accuracy and reverence.  Dale Byhre's paintings are masterful recreations of a time and place based on long hours of research and study.  Whether a battleship in action during a critical moment in history or fishing docks on a peaceful morning.  

In September of 2021, Dale was made a Signature Member of the Canadian Society of Marine Artists. He is also a Senior member of the Federation of Canadian Artists, and a Signature member of the American Society of Marine Artists. Dale’s work is in many private and public collections, including those of the Royal Canadian Navy, the US Naval Academy Museum, the US Naval History and Heritage Command, the Mosquito Fleet Exhibit, the USS Turner Joy Museum and others. Recently, Dale’s originals and reproductions depicting US Naval involvement during the Vietnam War, have become highly praised and sought after, especially by veterans who served there aboard those very ships. Dale takes great pride in the friendships made through his artwork and has been honoured by being an invited guest at various USN reunion events.
Dale is a full-time artist and lives with his wife Susan in Cloverdale, B.C. You can view his original paintings at:
- The G&S Company in White Rock B.C
- The Federation Gallery in Vancouver, which houses the Federation of Canadian Artists, Canada's largest national arts service organization for visual artists.
- The CSMA gallery at The Victory, Naval Marine Archive (ultramarine.ca)
- The Aquamaris Gallery in Duncan BC (aquamarisartgallery.ca)

Cost & Status

  • CAN$285.00
  • CAN$310.00 with Workshop - Non-Member + $25
Spots Available:
3 spots available
Registration Open Since:
2023-07-01 00:00:00
Registration Closed Since:
2023-09-15 23:59:00
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