FROM NEWSLETTER 160:

Gordon Harris Online Watercolour Competition Winners


1st Place:
"Ah-Chai" by P Devadatta


2nd Place:
"Flanders Field" by J Pearson


3rd Place:
"Coastal Cottages" by S Sutton


1st Place: "Ah-Chai" by Pavithra Devadatta

"This is one of the paintings I did for a joint exhibition called ‘India through Lens and Brush’ with my photographer friend Julie Hall held at Alfred Memelink’s Artspace gallery in Petone. This painting drew its inspiration from one of Julie’s photographs taken at the holy city of Varanasi, India. For centuries devout Hindus have made their final pilgrimage to Varanasi to either live out their last days there or are taken there by friends and relatives for their sacred final rites and cremation. The pensive acceptance of fate on the face of this friend or relative summed up for me the essence and atmosphere of this city that Paul and I have visited. At the time, we too, amongst the living, felt like a nice cuppa tea so we sat down and exhaled to the chai wallah (tea vendor) “ah-chai”!" - Pavithra Devadatta

2nd Place: "Flanders Field" by Jacky Pearson

"I have been intending painting “Flanders Field” for the last three years. The Splash WW1 Commemoration exhibition in Wellington Cathedral recently gave me the perfect opportunity. Three years ago I had been teaching a watercolour workshop in Bruges, Northern Belgium (Flanders) and painting friend Guy Gruwier and I were up early sketching and there was the most fabulous fleeting sunrise and mist. From a combination of materials and a little “artistic licence” I came up with this painting. Mainly, only 2 colours were used, Transparent Orange (QOR range) and Ultramarine blue, other colours include cerulean blue in the high part of the sky and lower down in the sky, transparent yellow. We were encouraged to add a splash of red, symbolic of poppies and a flicked cadmium red in the foreground. The painting was mainly a wet on wet technique to give the misty effect." - Jacky Pearson

3rd Place: Coastal Cottages by Shirley Sutton

"I used pen and wash to convey the atmospheric light and darks of the little coastal village at the end of this perfect day. Alight with golden rays stretching over the sparkling waters and around the bay where the
fishing boats nestled in their safe haven. The cottages tucked in under the hill fitted perfectly into the landscape. I didn’t try and paint each one exactly, I only sought to suggest the feeling of belonging in this little coastal community. I sketched this scene on location and took photos to help guide me with the colours." - Shirley Sutton



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