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AWS News, June 2016, Page 1

Next meeting

The next meeting will be on June 14th 1pm at the Glenfield Memorial Hall, Hall Road, Glenfield. The challenge topic will be "People in the park".
The next challenge topics are:

People in the park
At the lake (no lake in particular)

Report from the May Meeting

An impressive showing of pen-and-wash paintings was presented. This was a record turnout - we never had so many challenge contributions before! It was again a "technique" challenge topic; great to see that the subjects chosen cover such a wide field.

Speaker this time was Chris Ashton. Chris explored the topic of a visual diary and presented her experiences: Visual diaries are a great base for future paintings - and yes, nowadays they can be backed up with a photo as well. A visual diary can be quite small, a booklet suitable to fit into a small bag wherever the artist is going. Chris discussed the materials that are needed and her experiences with the many choices. For brushes for example there are travel brushes of different style available. There are more expensive Folding Brushes from Escoda, but also some innovations worked great for mimimalist packs: the Zig brush comes with its own water supply, enough to do an A5 sized sketch. For the paint, either the classic half-pan travel boxes will work, or even smaller pill-box sized containers with paint squeezed in. This promises to be a lot of fun!

Chairman's Column

Using just a triad of colours is rewarding and insightful. A single transparent yellow, a cyan/blue and a magenta/red paint together can mix all colours including neutrals. Such a limited palette can free the mind to explore the whole hue circle and help us think in hues instead of paint names. Paintings done with a triad are often praised for having a great tonal cohesion.

My favourite yellow is Nickel Azo Yellow with its unmatched transparency. It is the only yellow that can mix a deep black. For blue, Ultramarine is a classic choice: although much more reddish than a cyan, it mixes satisfying landscape greens. But Phtalo Blue (GS) is a great primary cyan worth exploring. My favourite Magentas are Quinacridone Magenta, Rose or Red. The earth reds that can be mixed with this choice are particularly interesting, since they are not of a single hue, but a crimson lake that dilutes into yellow undertones.

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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