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AWS News, July 2015, Page 1

Next meeting

The next meeting is August 10th, 1pm at the Glenfield Memorial Hall, Hall Road, Glenfield.
Speaker is Ken Garrett.
The next challenge topics are:

Farm scene with animals - close up

Report from the Auckland Watercolour Society meeting 13 July 2015

What a particularly interesting meeting. Who would have thought that colour has so many aspects? For us new artists we choose a colour because "Ooh, that looks good!!" Dennis Clark and Gerald Weber showed us that there is a whole science in it.

Dennis' talk about his colour wheel with six colours rather than three because some colours are warm and some are cold and by mixing them different effects are made. Gerald expanded on Dennis' talk by giving some scientific explanations about how the eye tells the brain what it sees and the subjective view of colour as well as why we perceive warmth and cold in colours. Gerald also gave us all some paints that illustrate the transparency of watercolours so that was a bonus. Transparency is the feature of watercolour painting that endears so many people towards it.

Because so many people turned up there were many bird paintings. That was a good effort and Gerald did a magnificent job of praising the positive aspects in each one. One of chickens was lovely. They were wet on wet and looked fluffy. In contrast there were fighting cocks and besides those of the parrot family there were geese, ducks, hens and roosters in all kinds of settings. Wonderful!!

The theme for next meeting is Farm scene with animals - close up. It will be a great opportunity to have your painting smiled at!!


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 (