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AWS News, August 2015, Page 1

Next meeting

The next meeting is September 14th, 1pm at the Glenfield Memorial Hall, Hall Road, Glenfield.
For this meeting Roy Boston is going have a mini painting workshop so bring your painting equipment.
The next challenge topics are:


Report from the Auckland Watercolour Society meeting 10th August 2015

The August meeting was well attended even though it must have been one of the coldest days this winter; there were a good number of paintings on display for the challenge. We had the privilege of having Ken Garrett as our speaker. Ken introduced some welcome innovations to our meeting including a novel way of conducting the appraisals of the challenge entries. He asked all the artists to say why they had painted the particular scene and what they thought they would change to improve the painting were they to paint it again. He also asked people to meet in a circle - more cosy and informal. The subject was "farm yard animals". Several outstanding paintings and a general improvement was evident. The shadings and tones were fantastic.

Gavin presented the finalists in the Australian Archibald portrait competition recently held in Sydney. This is the most prestigious competition and exhibition held in Australia each year. The winner was an almost black-and-white full length portrait of a well-known judge. Google up "Archibald portraits" for more information and pix. Ken then spoke about his early days as an artist and gave us anecdotal experiences from his life as a painter. A very pleasant afternoon that passed by in no time at all.

(Joanne and Gavin)

Exhibitions and Worshops


Auckland Watercolour Society Members' Merit Awards Exhibition

The Takapuna Public Library is again generously hosting our judged exhibition which this year will start on the 19th October 2015 and finish on the 8th November 2015. Delivery and set up day is Saturday 17th October 2015 from 10am until 1pm. The judge will come in on Sunday 18th October 2015 and the opening night and prizegiving will be on Monday 19th October 2015 (from 6pm onwards). The exhibition will end on Sunday 8th November 2015 when all unsold work should be collected from the library.

All work submitted for entry to this exhibition should have been completed within the last 12 months. Work done in a workshop environment or under supervision should not be submitted for entry. Giclees and digitilised work will not be accepted. All work should be ready to hang - neatly sealed on the reverse and with d-rings/ cord and be clearly labelled with the artist's name/address and of course the cost of the work. Commission on sales will be 20%. Because this is a formal judged exhibition purchasers will not be able to take paintings away until the show ends.

If you have any questions regarding this exhibition please contact Joanne (


Workshop with Ginette Wang

On Saturday 26th September Ginette Wang is having an all-day workshop at the Glenfield Hall startng at about 9.30am and finishing about 4.00pm. The cost for this workshop is $75. Ginette is going to show us how to paint using Chinese Watercolours - a centuries old technique practised in China long before Marco Polo's days and still popular in today's China - a real privilege to be able to join in this class.
To register please contact Joanne