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AWS News, July 2016, Page 1

Next meeting

The next meeting will be July 11th 1pm at the Glenfield Memorial Hall, Hall Road, Glenfield. The challenge topic will be "At the lake (no lake in particular)".
The next challenge topics are:

At the lake (no lake in particular)
An Auckland Landmark (manmade)

From the July Meeting

At the July meeting, Lesley Phillips gave the members an impression from a course by David Bellamy and Jenny Keale and kindly provided us with this summary:

Landscape Watercolour Course with David Bellamy

Last October I went on a residential watercolour course in Wales with the British Watercolourist David Bellamy and his wife, pastel artist Jenny Keale. We were fortunate to have good weather and the Autumn colours were glorious. The course was held in a hotel with extensive grounds, outside the small town of Builth Wells. A light and airy studio space ran the length of the hotel with just enough room for the fifteen participants.

The first part of the week was spent sketching and painting outdoors firstly at the medieval bridge over the river Wye at Builth Wells, then further into the rolling hillsides of the National Park of the Brecon Beacons, covering open farmland, woodland and rugged mountainous moorland. We spent more time in the studio in the second part of the week, working on paintings from the sketches, under the guidance of David and Jenny.

Through the week David painted several demonstration landscapes emphasizing effects of light with contrast, shadow, negative painting and counterchange and showing surprising combinations of colour and techniques, quite at variance to those usually advocated for students. It all showed that 'rules were made to be broken'!

The course was very well organised and all of us who attended felt that we had learned new skills and were enthusiastically inspired to spend more time painting and sketching outdoors.

19th June, 2016, Lesley Phillips

Chairman's Column

It is great to see the strong demand in our society activities: the workshop with Bernadette Parsons is already fully booked; Joanne is keeping a waitlist. If anyone has interest in a specific technique or aspect of watercolour painting and would like to see a monthly meeting or a workshop on that topic, feel free to send us a mail.

The steady contributions to our monthly challenge reflect very well on our society. When Bernadette Parsons visited us in Nov 2012, still at the Bridge club, she was impressed with how much effort everyone put in - the challenge topic was "Speed" at that meeting. But of course we can see a bit from the fluctuating numbers of challenge entries, which topics are more demanding. So it certainly is still very relevant what Bernadette told us at that meeting: what really brings you forward in our artform are the hours you spend painting!

Gerald Weber


Contact Information

Contact Information for the Society

The main contact method is by email:
Joanne Mortimore

Officers 2016

Ken Garret
Gerald Weber
Joanne Mortimore
Chris Ashton

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