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AWS News, April 2014, Page 1

Next meeting

The next meeting will be on 12 May 1pm at the Glenfield Memorial Hall, Hall Road, Glenfield.

Reflection of a girl/model in a mirror
Fantasy bird using exotic colours

Chairman's Column

With autumn colours everywhere, life is an artist's dream this month. I was trying to paint some coloured leaves which I picked up in One Tree Hill domain last week. When one actually looks hard (with and artist's eye) it is amazing how many hues and colours they contain. Quite a challenge.

This month's challenge of a girl in a mirror is also a challenge. My granddaughter was very excited to be asked to pose for me . She has hazel coloured hair which shone brightly on the light side and her cheeky cheeks looked very girlish. But now I have to paint these features and reflect them accurately otherwise the family will roast me. Not easy.

I hope that you are enjoying these challenges and I look forward to the May meeting at Glenfield to see how you interpreted this subject.

Congratulations to all those who have sold paintings at the Takapuna exhibition. I thought that Murray Stuart's masterpiece of Devonport set a very high tone. Thanks to all who participated. The standard is certainly rising.

I am really looking forward to Murray's workshop .should be a lot of fun.

Gavin Fletcher (


Report from the Easter Show 2014

The Coca Cola Easter show is over for another year and four members of the Auckland Watercolour Society have won prizes.

Murray Stuart won first prize in the Open Watercolour with his painting “Evening Glow” And Murray also won the Raye Hanham Prize for the best watercolour in the show. His painting sold on the opening night.

Claudia Slaney won Third Prize in the same Open Watercolour Category
Bernadette Parsons won Second Prize in the Open Watercolour Category
Joanne Mortimore won Second prize in the Abstract Art Category
Other major winners were Russell Hollings with his painting “Persil White” in category 9 class– Anything Goes. Fan Yang won the Abstract class with his painting “E Kaliedescope “ -a circle of geometrical shapes and colours.
The over- all winner was a young artist Gavin Chai (17 years old) with his self portrait. His entry was in the Youth Art category and the young artist also won the KG Fraser Award.
The Mouth and Foot First Prize went to Shannan Grant with his painting “Take a Break”. The New Artist Open Award went to Kim Artus with his Acrylic painting “Noodles”. The Small Painting winner was David McArthur with his painting “Praying Hands”.

Congratulations to all our members who won prizes – a great achievement. Over 1000 paintings were on display – the judges had difficult choices to make from such a wide variety of works.

Joanne Mortimore (


Ponsonby Crusing Club Art Exhibition

From 7th - 11th May, Opening hours - from 11am - 7pm, Details to be found here


AWS Merit Awards 2014

The Auckland Watercolour Society Merit Awards exhibition will be at the Takapuna public Library, dates and conditions of entry will be announced in time. For questions please contact Joanne