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AWS News, August 2017, Page 1

Notes from the July Meeting

In the last meeting Ginette Wang gave us a demonstration of an impressionist watercolour with only one brush. Ginette chose a dynamic marine scene at the coast. While laying the groundwork Ginette introduced us to the details of her choice of brush for this exercise, and in general, and the difficulties of provisioning such brushes over the internet. The brushes might use a selection of different natural hairs, which allows them to be used in a variety of positions and to jump back to the original shape. Ginette's demonstration showed how much depends on the right strokes: straight where it should be, rough in other places. It surely showed how useful it is to know the potentials of your brush.

Along the way Ginette's demo also showed how a free interpretation can enhance the composition; around the yacht in the center of the composition Ginette put an abstract sky with only a few rough brushstrokes, with an interesting use of darks that brought the main subject forward.

Before the Demo, Ginette did for us the critique and had a lot of praise, but also useful suggestions for the many entries.

Next meeting

The next meeting of the Auckland Watercolour Society will be on 14th August 2017, 1.30 pm at the Glenfield Memorial Hall, Hall Road, Glenfield. Our speaker will be John Campbell. The next challenge topics are:

a painting that expresses a mood
a watercolour painted without using a brush


Auckland Watercolour Society Merit Awards 2017

The 2017 AWS Merit Awards will run from Monday 16th October 2017 until Saturday 28th October 2017, Set up and receiving day at the Library, 1st floor, is Saturday 14th October from 10am until 1pm. The opening night and prize giving will be on Monday 16th October from 6pm. Closing day is Saturday 28th October 2017. Please review and sign the entry form (or as PDF), which details a number of important points.

For any questions regarding this exhibition please contact Joanne (