Showcasing the artwork of talented student artists who are members of the Watercolour New Zealand, 'Splash' represents a tremendous opportunity for the public exhibition and recognition of the creative efforts of these young artists.

Congratulations Max Wootton Gordon for winning Harris Award for Best Painting by a Junior Artist

Calendulas by Max Wootton

Max: My painting of calendulas is painted in watercolour on stretched paper. I used mainly Winsor and Newton paints and a variety of brushes. I began with thin washes and gradually built them
up with darker colours. I was advised to use a limited colour range so I used mainly blue, orange
and green. I darkened the tones as the painting progressed.

I attend a Rudolf Steiner school in Kapiti which has given me an understanding and appreciation of art. I am lucky to be able to paint for an hour and a half every week with two professionals who advise me about technique. I have been encouraged to keep a sketch book and try to do an observational drawing every day which has given me a greater knowledge of form and depth.

Judge’s comments: The flower arrangement provides a good composition. Max has made tasteful use of colour, working the orange and green together.

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