Thursday, May 6, 2010

Watercolour Society of South Africa

National Postal Address: P O Box 2092, Fourways, 2055, R.S.A.

Tel: (011) 465 7934 Fax: (011) 465 8951


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KwaZulu/Natal Branch Chair: Lilian Passet tel 032 9463367 0836540900

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Newsletter # 2 - May 2010

Dear Watercolour Friends,

Next Members Meeting: Date: 5th June 2010-05-02 9.00am for 9.30

Venue: Westville Methodist Church Hall

Demo: Natasha Barnes, Internationally renowned artist

Challenge Topic: “Remember, Remember….”

Tea Duties: Coral Spencer-Domijan, Anita Klingworth , Linize Coughlan & Hester O’ Brien (2 plates each )

Visitors: Visitors are welcome - R30 pp


Don’t miss Natasha Barnes’ Demo at our next meeting on June 5th! Natasha has been painting since the age of 7 with no formal training. She is an internationally renowned artist and her work can be found in corporate and private collections throughout the world and has been exhibited extensively in the UK, America and the Middle East. Her work is currently published worldwide in open and limited editions by the International print publishers. Her work is sold in Ikea worldwide.

Report on last Meeting:

Our last meeting on March 27th was attended by about 60 people (members and visitors). Bev Letard entertained us all with a wonderful demo in watercolour, painting Grapes with the pouring and blending method which she studied with her mentor, a Chinese Master Artist Lian Quan Zen, who lives in America. She paints with the three primary colours of red, yellow and blue only. She also demo’ed inks on canvass – we were fascinated! As a result of this, Bev was requested to do workshops on the pouring and blending technique – they have proved very popular and the first two were fully booked. She has two more workshops scheduled for 15th May and 17th May. These are on orchids. Call her on 031-5617000.


Linda Lemon has volunteered to send out the SnailMail to those of you who are not on email. A big thank you to Linda! You should already have received our last newsletter and from now on you will all be receiving our newsletters in the post (or by email). Our thanks go to Chris Reabow who is helping with the emailing but we are still needing a Secretary.

Challenge Results:

The March Challenge was won by Brian Duckitt 1st, with Irma Isbister 2nd, and Chris Reabow 3rd. Don’t forget to bring your paintings for the June meeting. The Challenge is “Remember, Remember….” There’s a great prize to be awarded to the overall winner at the end of our year in February 2011.

“Art in the Library “ Exhibition:

We are holding our first Exhibition ever in All Media in the Hillcrest Library on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th June 2010. Friends of the Library will benefit from part of the proceeds of this exhibition. It is only open to members of the Watercolour Society/KZN Branch and you will be able to exhibit a maximum 3 paintings, one of which must be a watercolour. The submission fee is R25 per artwork. There will be no selection and paintings must be delivered to the Hillcrest Library in Delamore Road, Hillcrest, for hanging on Thursday 24th June between 8.00am and 9.00 am. There will be an opening Cocktail Party on Thursday 24th June at

6.30pm. So get busy painting your masterpieces! The entry form is attached, as well as the flyer. Queries: phone Irma Isbister on 031 2662468.


Our membership is growing and growing with Bev Letard, who heads up the Membership portfolio, signing up new members every week. Well done Bev! She is still working on her challenge to sign up 100 new members this year. We welcome suggestions and ideas for demos, topics, workshops and for the newsletter. Keep in touch with your Branch!

Dulcie Robinson Passed On – A tribute from Angela Eidelman, President of WSSA:

It is with great sadness that I learned today of the passing of Dulcie Robinson. What a very special person she was. Dulcie was an inspirational artist who rendered great service and leadership to the W.S.S.A. She shared her vast expertise with many of the pupils who she taught, giving them encouragement and inspiration in the medium of water colour. Somehow she always had something new to share at her workshops which were always a joy to attend. We will be the poorer without her but the memory of Dulcie will always be with us. “Go well and decorate heaven, Dulcie”.

JHB Exhibition News:

9th May 2010 New Signatures. Well done to those of you who have had paintings accepted for this exhibition which opens at the WSSA Gallery Norscot Manor, on May 9th.

10th June A Piece of Africa. WSSA in Joburg are holding an Exhibition called “A Piece of Africa“

which will run for two months to coincide with World Cup excitement. Paid up National members, and invited Black Like Us artists may submit work in any medium. An informal selection will take place as the paintings are received, which has to be before or on 8th June. WSSA National are spending R50 000 on advertising so sales promise to be good. The fee is R15 for country members (i.e. KZN) per painting.

8th October 84th National WSSA Exhibition. Digital submission by 14th Sept. Fee R20 p painting. For more details phone Lilian 032 946 3367.

11th November Sale Exhibition - any media. Informal selection on delivery. Submission by 9th Nov.

KZN Branch - forthcoming Events Diary dates:

7th August Ashika Moodley, owner of C & A Art Supplies, demos on all new products, what is available and how to use it.

2nd October Karen Denyschene – fantastic watercolour artist from Umhlanga Rocks. Highly

Acknowledged and acclaimed teacher in the North Coast region.

4th December Melissa Botha – highly experimental and creative artist from the South Coast. Lots

of wonderful ideas in creating artwork.

5th February 2011 AGM and demo by acclaimed watercolourist, Marion Townsend.

WSSA NATIONAL Breaking News:

All the Branches are going to have their own Blogs on the WSSA website. The National Executive has decided that in order to make it easier for branches to keep in touch with their members about events, diaries, exhibitions and reminders about exhibitions etc. a Blog will be the best way to go. We will also be able to send our emails to our membership and other interested parties through the Blogsite. We will keep you posted.

Snippets of News:

* We’re so glad to be able to report that Thelma Buzzard has made a wonderful recovery and is starting her art classes again this month. Well done, Thelma! She thanks you all for the good wishes and beautiful orchid sent to her in hospital.

* Paulette Dubayle-Barker is offering Art Workshops on Learning to Paint and Draw – for beginners and advanced students. Contact Paulette on 031.2094929.

*Every One Counts charity is putting donated 30 x 30 cm paintings onto its website in order to raise funds for all the anticipated abandoned babies after World Cup. Its very good international exposure for your work. Website gives full details and photos of pictures -

* The Lucky Draw (New Members) - R200 gift voucher from C & A Art was won by Sylvie Tensfeldt-Grossholz.

If you have anything you would like included in the next newsletter or if you wish to discontinue receiving this newsletter, please let me know.

Winston Churchill said: “Happy are the painters , for they shall not be lonely. Light, colour, peace and hope will keep them company to the end, or almost to the end of the day”.

All the best,

Lilian Passet


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