What's New?

Hello Friends!

I hope this letter finds you well and that you have been enjoying the summer. Perhaps you’ve been gardening, golfing, cottage-ing, visiting family and maybe sneaking in a little travel?

I've had some down time, but I have also been spending far more time in front of the computer than any artist should, busy working away on a variety of projects and contracts! I have some exciting things to share with you. Let's catch up shall we?

Art School Fair


(Hellenic Reception Centre 1315 Prince of Wales Dr Ottawa, ON, K2C 1N2, Canada
Yes, yes I know - the last thing I need to do is give myself another massive project, but it's too good to resist. I've partnered up with my good friend David Lidbetter and we've created an art trade show, the first of it’s kind in Canada. ART SCHOOL FAIR  will be a 2 day convention and an opportunity to learn, explore, try and best of all SHOP art supplies!  Read out more about it by clicking here and sign up for our newsletter here to hear about our special offers and early bird pricing for our workshops & programming. You can also follow us on FACEBOOK

Featuring... "Crystal Grey"

As some of you know, the fine folks at Da Vinci Paint Co. have been working on my custom colour. The long awaited CRYSTAL GREY line should be out by mid fall. It will be a trio set that will include a warm, a cool and a neutral – great for making shadows and creating dramatic tones without the heaviness or opacity typically seen in other tube greys. I’m super jazzed ! It’s been a longtime coming (10 years in the making) and almost 2 years of anticipation since my first meeting with Marcello (owner of DVP) when he proposed the idea! I can’t wait!!! You won’t have to make your greys from scratch any more! Think of the time you’ll save!

International Artist Magazine

Last year, I was asked by International Artist Magazine to submit a step by step demo. I am deeply honoured to have this opportunity to reach such a wide audience. Touted as the worlds “best art magazine” it is distributed to over 65 countries around the world! I’ve thought long and hard about the painting I wanted to submit. Because it was so popular,  and not all of you were able to participate in the workshop, I’ve chosen the peonies in the mason jar as my lesson. “Peonies for Dad” will be featured in an upcoming issue- as soon as I know exactly which one, I will make the announcement. Stay tuned!

Fall Programming

  • Each Class is 2.5 hours.
  • Price now includes cost of reference images
  • FREE Parking

Fall Classes are UP!
You’ll see that while many are GREEK inspired themes, there is a large variety of subject matter and techniques to be covered. I tend to choose themes as a concrete way to illustrate techniques, but these lessons carry over universally and can be applied to most subjects. I think you’ll derive as much inspiration from the following classes as I did from my trip there. 


I think that’s about it. Remember that classes are first come first serve and they are filling up FAST! There is a materials list available for download on the webpage, an EXACT address will be given to you a week before the start date of our session. Classes are located in the Meadowlands/Woodroffe area. Space is very limited- only 8 spots each, so there are no  "holds" . REGISTER HERE
As always,
Happy Painting!

Crystal Beshara

Winter Classes. Registration now open!

Introducing Pastel Master Classes!

4 TUESDAY days only for WINTER (Feb 11- March 4th) 
4 TUESDAY days only for SPRING THAW (March 25- April 15th)

Large scale (20 x 24") vivid rural winter scenes. I LOVE working lights on top of rich velveteen, coloured paper… and I think you will too. These classes run 10am - 3:30 pm with a 30 min lunch break. $175 plus tax for each (4 class) session.

Please read MORE or REGISTER by clicking

Also on the Menu:
Wednesday and Thursday morning and afternoon watercolour classes yours for the taking! READ MORE HERE

Here are some images we'll be working from...

I'll  be off to Mexico to teach in a week.

Stay tuned with updates on my travel BLOG!
We'll be raising glass to you all from sunny San Miguel de Allende :)

All the best to you and I hope your year is off to a great start!

~ Crystal

Introducing Paint the Town

Introducing Paint the Town

Corporate Team building  & Paint the Town Parties.

Are you an organization looking for fun team building activities / wanting to boost productivity?

Are you an amazing hostess or a restaurant or gallery and want to add another dimension to your business?  Fun, easy, step-by-step art classes.  All materials included!

Contact me for details! Join or host your own Paint The Town Party !

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Tis the Season....

Photo credit Shirley Bittner 

Photo credit Shirley Bittner 


'Tis the Season for many things.

With the onset of cooler weather... and the sniffles, we are reminded of the brutal reality of that imminent season we call winter. It's a good time to put on your woolies, grab some hot chocolate and snuggle yourselves in by a cozy fire and shut out the world.

Better yet, why not  come cozy up with me during my annual   Christmas Card workshop?!


STEP by STEP watercolour workshop;  choice of two days and two subjects:
  • Saturday NOV 16th "Red Ribbon Welcome" $65
  • Sunday NOV 17th "Chickdee Song" $65 
  • SAVE - register  for BOTH DAYS $120
  • TIME: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Both workshops are designed for people with moderate experience - a good understanding of tools and techniques. Paintings will be 8x10. I will scan your paintings at the end of class to send you high res files for you to print as cards (optional)