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AWS News, September 2015, Page 1

Next meeting

The next meeting of the Auckland Watercolour Society is on Monday 12th October 2015 commencing at 1pm at the Glenfield Memorial Hall, Hall Road, Glenfield. The speaker for day is Chris Ashton.
The next challenge topics are:

Still life (fruit/veges/objet's d'art/)

Report from the Auckland Watercolour Society meeting 14th September 2015

At the start of the meeting Roy Boston who was chairman for the afternoon asked everyone to take a few moments of silence to remember Gavin Fletcher our chairman since the Auckland Watercolour Society began. Gavin died on Sunday 30th August 2015. He will be remembered for many things but for the members of our Society he will be remembered mostly for starting up the Auckland Watercolour Society; for being the Society's first chairman; for his ideas; his enthusiasm; his contributions to the running of the Society and much much more. He was a good friend and will be sadly missed by us all. Our condolences to his family and loved ones.

The meeting brought a good response of paintings to our challenge for the month which was "Goldfish". Roy Boston gave the critique and was very positive with his comments. Roy was also the tutor for the afternoon and our task was to paint "Waves". Roy was on the Gold Coast of Australia watching waves rolling in on to the beach - he took photos, made sketches and decided that this would be the subject for his mini workshop at our September meeting.

First up Roy showed us principles of how waves are made ... taking a long piece of rope stretched between him and a chair he waved it vigorously up and down and that, said Roy is how waves begin ... from there the sea can get rougher the waves higher with perhaps the end result being the waves crashing on to shore just waiting for us to photograph and paint ... and from there Roy drew in the sketch he wanted us to draw...

Twenty-two of us drew in and painted the scene starting with the sky. Roy guided us along using Lemon Yellow, Raw Sienna, Pthalo Blue, Cobalt Blue, White Gouache and Ultramarine.
The afternoon went all too quickly - didn't even have time to have a cup of tea. - JM.

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 (


Workshops with Claudia Slaney

Claudia Slaney is offering further one-day workhops on 17th October and 28th November, please refer to the flyer and Claudia's website.


Artist's Retreat with Jacky Pearson

Jacky Pearson is offering a weekend retreat at the historic Wallingford homestead in Hawkes Bay. Please refer to the flyer and Jacky's website.