Women’s way with the watercolours
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.’’
Painting buddies: Artists Bev Herridge and Claudia Slaney have mounted a watercolour exhibition together at Cornwall Park Information Centre.