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Another year gone by for the Western Cape Watercolour Group

November 25, 2011

As my first year as Chair of the Western Cape Watercolour Group draws to a close, I’m looking back with some satisfaction over what has been an interesting and profitable year for the group.

We’ve had some success in getting our art noticed – and even some paintings sold – following our own Across the Palette Exhibition in April here in Somerset West, and for a number of our artists, success at the South African Society of Artists’ exhibitions in Kirstenbosch Gardens in Cape Town. And now we’re looking forward to our final exhibition of the year in December…more on that next time!

We were lucky to have some very good artists demonstrate at our monthly meetings, notably Bill McGill, the famous wildlife watercolourist, who produced a stunning painting while talking us through his technique in a most entertaining way.

Later in the year, we were privileged to have well-known Cape Town artist, Wyn Rossouw, demonstrate her oil painting of a simple still life subject. It was fascinating to watch her use of paint with outsize brushes to bring the final painting together quite exquisitely.

Closer to home, one of our own members, Stephen Quirke gave us a hugely entertaining demonstration while explaining how he uses his art in a business coaching context. It was quite a thought provoking session, as well as being great fun.

Fellow members Cherry Nichols and Jenny Merit gave us the benefit of their experience and expertise by running a constructive criticism workshop, concentrating particularly on the sometime knotty problem of composition.  It was a highly instructive and memorable session, both for the quality of their feedback, and the devastating fire which was raging up on Helderberg mountain in the background.

A smaller group of members had a real treat in May when British artist Hazel Soan ran a one-day workshop for us. Hazel spends time over here in South Africa every year and her paintings of local people and indigenous wildlife are quite breathtaking.

We round off our year tomorrow with a second critique session from Jenny and Cherry, with festive fare on offer during the break.  It should set us up to paint up a storm over the holidays, ready for next year when we already have an exciting programme of workshops and demonstrations arranged.

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