Newsletter - December 2020

We decided to put out another Newsletter for December so that you can see the photographs from the Margaret River Camp and the fun and games we had at the Christmas Lunch which followed the November meeting.

Many thanks to Michael Boercamp from Jacksons Drawing Supplies who supplied Stephanie Boyle with yupo paper and  watercolour inks which were the basis of  her fascinating demonstration on how she goes about abstract painting—fascinating stuff!

More thanks again to Jacksons and also Oxlades for donating some art  supplies for the party bags that everyone at the  Christmas lunch received. It really was a fun lunch with delicious food supplied by Food by Ros, a quiz, Creative Challenge and a communal  painting as well as loads of raffle prizes. Full report and photos on page 4.

Details about our second art event in May  will be emailed out to everyone rather than explaining in the Newsletter.

So once again, on behalf of the Committee,  please have a wonderful, happy Christmas

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Featured Image – Morning Tea at Arthur’s Farm during the WatercoloursWA 2020 Camp.

“What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. “

Agnes M. Pahro

Newsletter - November 2020

You’ll see a lot of difference in the look of this Newsletter—and that is all thanks to one of our new members, Jayne Sarsfield, who has offered to take on the job as Newsletter Editor. Jayne has made some welcome visual changes which I hope will encourage the reading of this essential piece of communication! A huge thank you to Jayne—this is so very much appreciated.

I hope Margaret River will have recovered in time for Christmas from the onslaught of 22 of our members this last week! We have experienced glorious beaches, majestic trees, welcoming wineries, diverse birdlife, amazing food, a farmyard full of paintings and a marvellous model—so many things to experience as artists that we will be back next year. It was so good to catch up with so many of our regional members—Debbie, Julie, Anki, Jo, Jenny and Kama. Society friend, Tanya Izzard, also joined us for a weekend, filming the members as they painted in the middle of Boranup Forest. There will be a special December edition of the Newsletter with a report and photographs of this exceptional annual camp……

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Featured Image – Jane Zandi, painting at the Annual Camp at Margaret River.  Jane is our Instragram & YouTube Co-ordinator

“The artist’s world is limitless.  It can be found anywhere, far from where he lives or a few feet away.
It is always on his doorstep.”
Paul Strand

Newsletter - October 2020

Wow—what a wonderful event the Annual Awards Exhibition was! Against all predictions we had record attendances and record sales! 59 paintings were
sold and the compliments were flowing in for what was undoubtedly the best quality exhibition yet. Professor Ted Snell had such a difficult task judging the
exhibition but I think there is a consensus that he definitely did a good job!

Professor Snell also stayed for the opening and gave a very complimentary speech which was very well received.

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Featured Image – Jude Scott with Riverside Solace.  Winner of the Julie Michael Overall Award and Sponsor’s Choice Award for Innovation.

“The one perfectly legitimate excuse for murder is ……”
Which famous artist said this?”

See page 6 of the newsletter

Newsletter - September 2020

Hello everyone
Only a few more weeks left before the Annual Awards Exhibition so please check out the last minute reminders on pages 3 and 4. This is especially important if you are a new member as there are a few things such as covering your signature and your d-rings on your frames—and the reasons that we ask you to do this. If anyone has any questions about anything concerning the exhibition or your entries etc, please do not hesitate to contact me or Cass or Penny—contact details are on page 9. We look forward to seeing your lovely paintings when you deliver them to the Italian Club from 1pm on on Wednesday, 7th October but in the meantime, don’t forget to send me your entry form by Wednesday, 23rd September!

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Featured Image:  Each month we will be introducing one of our new committee members This month is Kale Miller……….


Watercolour is probably the most satisfying of all mediums. Although difficult in the beginning, after practice its mysteries will unfold, providing the utmost pleasure for the dedicated.
Robert Lovett

Newsletter - August 2020

Hello everyone
A big thank you to everyone who came to the meeting in July, our first since the lock-down, which was also our AGM—great turnout and it was so good to see everyone again. I have to sincerely thank you all for accepting me as President for another year—I am really looking
forward to working with our new committee!

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Featured Image –Tamayo Leahy’s “Sweet Memory”
“These traditional hair decorations made of turtle shell belonged to my mother and now I have kept them after she passed away. What a high quality of craftsmanship to make them!! This is a great creation of real art!!”


“Life’s not about expecting, hoping and wishing, it’s about doing, being and becoming.”
Mike Dooley

Newsletter - July 2020

Hello everyone
I hope you are looking forward to our first meeting back on Tuesday, 21st July which also happens to be our AGM. Please don’t forget that annual subs are now due—details of the refund for last year and payable amounts are on page 2
Please stay at home if you feel unwell, especially if you have a cold, cough or fever. Practise good hygiene and maintain social distancing. Hand sanitiser will be provided and chairs will be suitably arranged.


“In the middle of every difficulty, lies opportunity.
Albert Einstein


Newsletter - June 2020

We are back!!

Thanks to Covid 19 restrictions being eased, I am so very happy to say that we will be returning for our first meeting at the John McGrath Pavilion in South Perth on Tuesday, 21st July—which is also be our AGM. It’s been quite a while and if you have been suffering brain fog like I have, it’s a good idea to remind yourself of the meeting times and information about the AGM on page 2.

At the AGM we will be re-electing the Committee—there will be a couple of retirements from the committee (more information about that in the July Newsletter) so please give careful consideration to joining our friendly, innovative committee if you would like to get more involved with the Society. We meet on the first Tuesday of each month with each committee member being assigned a specific job—depending.


“Individually we make one colour, together we make a rainbow.”

Newsletter - April 2020

Well, who would have thought at the end of the February meeting that would be the last one we have for……….who knows?   Even more disappointing was that we had to close the International Watercolour Exhibition Fremantle down after 5 days!

However,we had a wonderful opening night and loads of people through the exhibition during the following days so I think in that respect, it was a great success —it looked amazing and the comments we received from visitors were so very encouraging. The fact that we had so many wonderful paintings from so many different countries and societies was very well received. It must have been so disappointing for those of you who had planned to come and see the exhibition but missed it—but as we said at the time, we had to be a part of the solution

I find hope in the darkest of days and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe.
Dalai Lama

Newsletter - February 2020

Welcome back—wishing you a happy and exciting 2020!
What a fabulous Christmas Lunch we had back in November—record numbers of people attending and everyone enjoyed Robbie T the magician extraordinaire. It was a leap of faith to hold it at the same place as the meeting but it turned out to be an excellent decision—the main complaint was that we had too many quizzes—best type of complaint to have! Such a good precedent for this year and having it in November worked well.

“The world is only a watercolour wash away.”
Penny Maddison

Header Image: Some of our members attending the International Watercolour Festival in Delhi.

Newsletter - November 2019

Well, there we go—another Annual Awards Exhibition over and what an amazing exhibition it was! We had record numbers of people through, record number of paintings displayed (273), record sales and the “Song Title” category had a record number of entries (53) for a minor category. Congratulations everyone—what a fantastic effort from demonstrators to sales people to everyone who took part on the roster to the committee and everyone who entered paintings—not forgetting partners and friends who helped out too. A huge well done and thank you!

“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.”
Henry Ford

Newsletter - October 2019

This is a shorter than normal Newsletter because it’s exhibition week and the committee are all working hard to make sure we have a well-organised event that runs as smoothly as possible. I look forward to seeing your paintings coming in on Wednesday afternoon—I am particularly looking forward to the “Song Title” paintings which has obviously caught your imagination because we have over 50 entries in that category! There are some fascinating titles and Cass Gartner’s husband, John, is putting together a sound track of the titles which will be played throughout the exhibition. Certainly looking forward to that…..
The Mayor of Fremantle, Brad Pettitt, will open the exhibition and although Ken Michael is unable to make the opening, he will be visiting the exhibition over the weekend.

“I think of art as the highest level of creativity. To me, it is one of the greatest sources of enjoyment.”

David Rockefeller

Header Image – Annettee Wallman’s entry for the Song Title Section of the Annual Awards. Title is “Get a Haircut.”

Newsletter - September 2019

Where did the last couple of months go?! Only 4 weeks to go to the Annual Awards Exhibition already—better keep painting because the deadline for your entry forms is 25th September.

The printed flyers will be available at the September meeting (Tuesday 17th September) as well as the platters for your wonderful culinary delights for the opening night. We have quite a reputation for our opening night food which I know will remain intact!

“Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck”
Dalai Lama

Newsletter - August 2019

Thank you to everyone who came to the AGM last month—I am so pleased that we have pretty much the same committee—although we did say goodbye to Derek Newton, who has been our Treasurer for the past 3 years. Derek is remaining as a member and has become involved with the Duyfken Foundation—he is also going to be producing some of his stunning drawings of historic buildings around the State for the National Trust—what an accolade and we wish him the best of luck!

“The only way to do great work is to love what you do.”

Steve Jobs

Header Image – Our outgoing Treasurer, Derek Newton with our Patron, Dr Ken Michael – AC

Newsletter - July 2019

July means our AGM will start the next meeting on Tuesday, 16th July which we will get through as soon as we can before carrying on with the General Meeting.

Sandy Schroder from Art Scene will be our Guest Hour (see page 3) which will then be followed by a light lunch until 2.30 for everyone to celebrate the end of another successful year.

I know I keep going on about this but it is because it is so very important to keep the Society running efficiently and smoothly. We need a new Committee member! Preferably someone willing to take on some of the Secretarial duties

“Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.”

Pablo Picasso

Header Image – Cindy Lane during her fabulous demonstration on how to record video for uploading to Instagram.

Newsletter - June 2019

Busy time coming up! You’ll find your entry form for our Annual Awards Exhibition in October in another post (link at the bottom) along with the usual guidelines and roster form.

Everyone who enters is expected to do at least one roster— two would be better!  Also, we’d love to see plenty of demonstrations during the 3 days so please let us know when you’d like to do a demonstration.

These demonstrations are informal and a great way to interact with visitors to the exhibition—a great opportunity to show the versatility of the watercolour medium.

“I love it when a plan comes together.” Colonel John “Hannibal” Smith from The A-Team

 Header Image courtesy of Lucy Papalia – Show and Tell – Sky

Newsletter - May 2019

Hello everyone from a chilly and damp UK!!
Apparently the weather was really good a couple of weeks ago—isn’t that always the way?
Thank you to Penny Maddison for putting this issue together and to Debbie Ey for the new layout!
Last month we were very fortunate to have Julie Goldspink as our Guest Hour demonstrator. Julie has held workshops for the Society in the past and as she was visiting Perth, we approached her and were very rewarded with an informative and interesting demonstration. Full details on page 3.

Thanks to Penny Maddison for her image of New Holland Honeyeater on Roopaws, one of the paintings for Show and Tell which was the theme of Wildflowers.

“There is no must in art because art is free.” Wassily Kandinsky

Newsletter - April 2019

We had so many compliments and wonderful feedback about the WatercoloursWA Biennale that we have to declare it a resounding success. The Italian Club was buzzing all day with happy watercolour enthusiasts who enjoyed our demonstrations, Carla Hananiah from Winsor & Newton’s workshops, the generous bargains from our ever-supportive local art suppliers, trying out products from Winsor & Newton at the Have a Go area—no wonder they enjoyed it so much!!

“You can’t use up creativity. The more the you use, the more you have.”
Maya Angelou

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Newsletter - March 2019

Our major biennial fund-raiser is approaching fast—bookings are doing well but we still need you to spread the word amongst the other art groups you may belong to, friends, colleagues and relatives. I have attached the flyer for the Biennale with this Newsletter for you to forward to all your contacts or let them know that all the details they need are on our website. We have a varied and exciting program again so let’s spread the word!!

“The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” Steve Jobs

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Image: Penny Maddison. A demo from her work-shop entitled “A Wine Spiced Sky.”



Newsletter - February 2019

Happy New Year and I hope you have survived the festive season and are all revved up for an exciting year to come! Our first event fpr the year was Penny Maddison’s workshop “Accessing the Artist Within” which was held at Coast Port Beach on Monday and Tuesday, 11th and 12th February.

All I can say is it was brilliant and thought-provoking and you can read all about it on page 3. We have 4 more exciting workshops lined up for you for the rest of the year so make sure you read this Newsletter every month for information!!

“Art is an adventure into an unknown world, which can be explored only by those willing to take risks.”  Mark Rothko

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Newsletter - November 2018

Another year—another highly successful exhibition! Once again, many, many thanks to all the members and their partners who helped before, during and after the exhibition which enabled everything to run so smoothly! Congratulations to all our award winners and a huge thank you to our loyal and supportive sponsors.

May this holiday season sparkle and shine, may all of your wishes and dreams come true, and may you feel this happiness all year round.   Anon.

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