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AWS News, April 2015, Page 1

Next meeting

The next meeting is Monday 11th May 1pm at the Glenfield Memorial Hall, Hall Road, Glenfield.
If you bring a painting to the challenge, but don't want it photograped, just tell us before the meeting. The next challenge topics are:

Flight (a bird or aeroplane or something suggesting flight)
A butcher's shop window

Report from the April Meeting

Pat Rainsford organized the critique this time in a completely novel way. Pat picked for each painting one other member and together they gave two different comments to the painting on the easel. All participants were again happy about the number, variety and quality of the contributions.

Chris Ashton and Gavin Fletcher reported from the David Taylor one-week workshop at Tim Felton's painting holidays. It was quite obviously a great experience. As Gavin pointed out, David Taylor is one of the best known watercolourists from Australia with international acclaim. David has a very own approach to work, and Chris had brought some pictures from the live action of that. David likes to subdivide the paper into the field for the actual painting, a field for a colour study/sketch and an area for colour swatches. Notable was David's use of a mirror in order to "reflect" upon the work in progress.
Chris outlined David's approach to motives. First you have to decide what do you want to say with the painting; core elements are identified. A colour study is done in the area set aside on the paper. Then in painting, first large areas and structures are blocked out quickly, but reserving whites to work with. Then the work gets finer and finer until David has added the 'jewels' to the painting. David uses Daniel Smith watercolours, Chris and Gavin noted particularly Perylene Green (PBk 31), an increasingly popular, very dark, strongly tinting pigment that is excellent as a landscape green. Another paint is Moonglow, a mixture of Viridian, Ultramarine and a permanent crimson (Anthraquinoid Red, PR177), a dark shadow mixture with interesting granulation effects. It was apparently also a very good workshop atmosphere, Gavin mentioned that David gave lots of help, sometimes directly with the big brush.

After this report, Gerald Weber gave a comment to the new QoR watercolour brand introduced by the company Golden. more on that can be read on Page 3.    -gw

Exhibitions and Worshops


Art Show at Takapuna Library

Joanne has kindly arranged again a mid-year Art Show in the Takapuna Library from 8th June to 21st June 2015.

Members are invited to put in 4 works - the show will be a "cash and carry" and as one painting is sold another will take its place. All paintings will eventually be on display. For the opening night (8th June 2015) we will hang as many as we can on our new display screens and keep the others in reserve. There is no charge to enter this show.

For this particular show we are including oils/acrylics/watercolours/giclees. Work done in a classroom environment or under supervision will also be acceptable providing the original artist or photograph is acknowledged. We want to sell as many paintings as we can with 20% of the sale price going to Vanuatu to help with restoration.

Receiving days are Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th. Please drop off your work between 10.30am and 1pm on either day. On the last day (21st June 2015) all unsold work should be collected by 12 noon.

The opening night will be Monday 8th June 2015 from 5.30pm. If you are coming to the opening night please bring a bottle of wine and a plate of goodies to share with our guests.

any questions please email Joanne at


New painting workshop with Claudia Slaney

Claudia is holding a watercolour workshop on Sat 20th June, this time in Mt Eden at the Fellowship of Artists. Claudia has provided information at the following link