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Report from the August Meeting
At the August meeting we had again a strong showing of responses to this month's challenge. Joanne was so kind to do the critique of the various wonderful vistas of Auckland landmarks.
Afterwards I had the chance to discuss the topic of drapery, a classic element in the visual arts. There are many subjects where we encounter cloth, sails, tarps or dresses with a variety of folds. We looked at a selection of watercolours by the artist John Singer Sargent (1856-1925). Considered an accomplished portraitist for his work in Oil, he also left over 2000 watercolours. He has a distinct style that combines acute observation with a fluency of the brushstroke, and he certainly had an eye for drapery. In the examples we looked at, many times a fold was expressed with a single confident stroke of the brush, evoking depth and richness with minimal means.
After a break Roy treated us to two videos deepening the subject. First a tutorial explaining how to draw important types of folds in drapery, and how they appear depending on the support of the cloth. A second video was on a painting of an American flag draped in a square frame for maximum effect of shadow and reflected colours. The afternoon ended with tea and coffee and a lively exchange of ideas.
The next meeting of the Auckland Watercolour Society will be on 12th September 2016, 1pm at the Glenfield Memorial Hall, Hall Road, Glenfield. Our speaker for this meeting is Graham Creamer who will be talking about and illustrating the topic "perspective". The next challenge topics are: