Splash® 2019 - Watercolour New Zealand's Annual Exhibition

Merit Award and People’s Choice Award

The annual watercolour exhibition has firmly established itself as a highlight of the Wellington visual arts calendar and it took place in conjunction with Ceramicus 2019, the annual exhibition of the Wellington Potters’ Association on Sat 2 November - Sun 17 November 2019, 10am - 5pm daily.
I will do portrait painting demonstration on Sunday November 17, 1-3pm.

"A Man and his Cat" won Merit award and People’s Choice Award at the Annual Exhibition of Watercolour New Zealand Splash® 2019 at the NZ Academy of Fine Arts, 1 Queens Wharf, Wellington.

Watercolour on 640gsm Indian cotton rag. 75x35cm (half sheet). George, the subject, is an amazing boat builder who restores vintage boats which all seem to have had interesting lives before becoming wrecks.

He has his yard on a beautiful piece of land north of Matakana. Unfortunately, his yard is in danger from the local council who want the spit he is located on for housing. The old shed is wonderful and important work is going on. I felt passionate about George's story. I stood in the wet sand at low tide early one morning with my jeans rolled up painting with bare feet in the middle of winter. He was a very shy sitter but caught this picture of him relaxed with his cat.

Often it is a fleeting moment, which captures a feeling. I always like seeing strong light on a subject so I can push all the contrasts I can: the light against dark shadow, cool against warm, dull against bright and soft against hard edges. The main thing in the technique is many, many layered washes, lifting paint with a flat brush and reapplying over and over again until the layers build up and each layer reflects through the last.

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