Women’s way with the wa­ter­colours

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By KA­RINA ABA­DIA

Corn­wall Park, One Tree Hill and Manukau Har­bour take cen­tre stage in Clau­dia Slaney and Bev Herridge’s first com­bined art ex­hi­bi­tion.

The friends, who met at the Man­gere Bridge Arts Group, share a pas­sion for wa­ter­colour paint­ing.

Herridge says she’s tried pas­tels but al­ways comes back to wa­ter­colours.

‘‘It’s full of sur­prises but there’s some­thing fresh and clean about it.

‘‘Those who change from oil paint­ing to wa­ter­colours strug­gle a bit be­cause with oils you can just paint over the top.

‘‘It’s a to­tally dif­fer­ent story with wa­ter­colours.’’

De­pict­ing scenes in Corn­wall Park is an en­dur­ing in­ter­est for both of them.

Herridge lives in Royal Oak and Slaney grew up in Green­woods Cor­ner but she’s also lived in Green­lane and One Tree Hill.

Works of an­i­mals in Corn­wall Park are al­ways popular, Herridge says.

‘‘Ev­ery time I do a paint­ing of the sheep grazing or the cows or the chooks they al­ways sell. Peo­ple just seem to love the park.’’

Slaney lived in London be­tween 2006 and 2010 where she at­tended art classes at Can­did Arts Trust and the Royal Academy. Herridge has also trav­elled ex­ten­sively in New Zealand, Aus­tralia and Europe and of­ten paints scenes from her trips.

For Herridge art is an en­joy­able hobby but for Slaney it’s be­come a pro­fes­sion. Paint­ing is an un­pre­dictable but re­ward­ing oc­cu­pa­tion, Slaney says.

‘‘You don’t know if you’re go­ing to get a sale and then somebody will phone and ask you to teach a work­shop or to do a com­mis­sion. I’ve got four shows on over the week­end. It’s go­ing from strength-tostrength.’’

Photo: KA­RINA ABA­DIA

Paint­ing bud­dies: Artists Bev Herridge and Clau­dia Slaney have mounted a wa­ter­colour ex­hi­bi­tion to­gether at Corn­wall Park In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre.

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