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AWS News, November 2014, Page 1

Next meeting

The next meeting will be held on December 8th at 1pm at the Glenfield Hall, Hall Road, Glenfield. The challenge for the day will be "Christmas Cards" and we will be having a shared lunch together (bring some goodies to share) and do some en plein air painting as well.

Report from the November meeting

After the AGM the November meeting got going with Chris Ashton talking about and showing examples of botanical painting. And what a different ball game it is - it must be the only painting style in the world to encourage "green" paintings and a vivid green at that. Some elements of technique are hot-pressed paper, a build up of many washes (20 is not uncommon), two jars of water, a sheet under your hand so as to not touch the watercolour paper, and more. Dennis Clark had brought along a few of his botanical paintings which were exquisite and must have taken time and patience to do.

Chris's own botanical painting were just as wonderful. Chris explained that from the finished work it is necessary that the plant can be identified accurately just from the painting. I couldn't tell you the Latin names of the plant portraits Chris showed us but I could probably tell you the common name? All the plant portraits were of New Zealand natives which Chris specialises in. The afternoon was over too quickly - we would have all liked to have heard more from Chris and we must ask her to come back next year for another meeting.

Exhibitions and Workshops

AWS Merit Award Show 2014 has closed

The Auckland Watercolour Society Merit Awards exhibition at the Takapuna public Library was a great success. At the opening night this year's winner The first prize of $400 sponsored by the Auckland Watercolour Society was awarded to Claudia Slaney for her painting "Sailing on the Manukau". Second prize of $200 sponsored by Dennis Clark of the Paintbasket School of Art went to Amanda Brett for her work "Harvest Series / Cheese and Onions". Third prize of $100 sponsored by Ron Sadler of Barfoot and Thompson went to Jim White-Parsons for his painting "Fog Lifting". The Merit Award winners were Kathie Shaw, Ginette Wang, Roy Boston, Pauline Smith, Gailene Marsden and Joanne Mortimore. Congratulations to all winners once more! See more on Page 3.

Ten paintings have been sold. The neat stands also helped to show the paintings more appropriately. Next year we plan again at least two exhibitions.