About Us 

The Watercolour Society of Queensland (WSQ) is an incorporated Association that is more than 30 years old. WSQ commenced at an inaugural meeting organised by two Sunshine Coast women, Janet O’Kines and Lois Beumer, held on 5 June 1986 at the Royal Queensland Art Society (RQAS) headquarters in Brisbane. 

Today, WSQ operates from shared premises known as the Hub, that are part of the Brisbane Visual Arts Community (BVAC) located at 140 Weller Rd Tarragindi QLD 4121. Office Hours are 10am to 2pm on the first, third and when applicable the fifth Thursday of each month.

WSQ is managed by volunteers and exists to encourage participation in watercolour painting at all levels, including provision of tuition and training, exhibitions and social events. We conduct activities on weekends and weekdays to cater for the various interests and time-availability of our members, whether in full-time work, retired or still studying. 

WSQ News

WORKSHOPS:   Registration for workshops for 2019 are now open.  

Firstly Register by sending an email to wsqworkshops@gmail.com so your name is on the list. 

Secondly:  Forward payment as per WSQ guidelines in  Workshops and Classes on the left hand side of this page.

 Workshops are very popular and book out quickly


We hope this will steer you into joining   


ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP from 1 JAN to 31 DECEMBER 2019 costs $55.00 for current registered members.

        NEW MEMBERS: A joining fee of $15 applies.


                  to re-join or become a new member to reap the benefits.                   


Haycraft, Walking, sketching drawing around South Bank, Brisbane on Sunday morning 11th November 2018. A beautiful, relaxing morning for the urban sketcher to hone in their skills. Led by John Haycraft, architectural illustrator, artist, teacher, author, tutor in watercolour.  

Earlier this the year John Haycraft spend a week-end with the watercolour society for a workshop. 

A world traveller, John uses extensive sketching and painting to capture a sense of place with atmosphere.

Jennifer Wicks and Inge Scott enjoying the moment on Sunday morning walking and sketching with other Watercolour Society members.    


Alvaro Workshop Brisbane 7th and 8th and 10th and 11th including two demonstrations.   The Roof top "The Terrace" of the Emporium Hotels, painting the skyline, and Saturday night at the QCA.   

Our thanks to go Alvaro and Ana Maria Castagnet for coming to Brisbane to share his passion in Watercolour and to our WSQ team and volunteers, participants of the workshops and demonstrations and the sponsorship from Emporium Hotels who hosted Alvaro and Ana Maria, QCA, Queensland College of Art, and The RNA for allowing us to hold our workshop at their facility.   All this contributes to a very successful event. 





         'The Brisbane City Skyline'

Alvaro says     “Painting is an illusion. Art is inside”

Internationally acclaimed master watercolour artist, Alvaro Castagnet will perform a live painting demonstration at the spectacular new rooftop bar, The Terrace, on Friday 9th November 2018 from 4.00pm to 6.00pm. Located on the top floor of Emporium Hotel South Bank, 267 Grey Street, South Bank -

For any enquiries contact Jenny on 0419 760 993 or email wsqworkshops@gmail.com Please share this with your colleagues, clients and customers.  ITS FREE 

The Terrace offers incredible, sweeping views, providing Alvaro the perfect platform to capture Brisbane’s magnificent city skyline. Alvaro is one of the world's master watercolour artists with a passion and flair for his medium. He is an expressive painter strong and impacting 
Born and based in Uruguay, Alvaro is being flown in by the Watercolour Society of Queensland for a series of workshops at Griffith University’s Queensland College of Art and RNA (The Royal National Agricultural and Industrial Association of Queensland). He has won top international honours and acclaim, with his artwork featured in multiple magazines, art exhibitions, videos, and books around the world. Flamboyant and passionate, Alvaro is admired for his powerful, impressive interpretation of light effects and his ability to evoke mood to convey the very soul of the subjects he paints. 

Alvaro burst onto the Australian scene with his breathtaking paintings of the country’s epic rural and urban landscapes, using rich and exotic watercolours that had rarely seen before. 

The demonstration will provide guests and patrons of Emporium Hotel South Bank the unique opportunity to observe Alvaro as he uses his “4 Pillars of Watercolour” strategy to capture the distinctive Brisbane skyline, and watch as he provides insights into his techniques, inspiration and passions. 

Ahead of his arrival in Brisbane Alvaro said,

“I am very honoured to be invited to conduct workshops for the Watercolour Society of Queensland. Years ago, when I was living in Melbourne, going to Brisbane was always a great pleasure – it is such a vibrant, amazing city to visit and it became my second Australian home. The city has a beautiful light, beautiful shapes of buildings and architecture – it holds everything for a street scene painter like me. Warm light and abundant city shapes across the skyline provide me with such a buzz and give me huge inspiration to paint with passion - I look forward sharing this during the demonstration. The Terrace at Emporium Hotel South Bank will provide wonderful views which are perfect subjects for urban scenes for me to paint.”


Free to attend - food and drinks available for purchase 
Friday November 9, 2018 | 4:00pm to 6:00pm
The Terrace, Level 21, Emporium Hotel South Bank

Contact Jenny 0419 760 993 or wsqworkshopsgmail.com for further information



It is with great pleasure that the Watercolour Society of Queensland has an opportunity to offer a second workshop with Alvaro Castagnet! Seats for this workshop are strictly limited and have in part been filled by those already placed on a waiting list. (NOW FULL)

At this stage the workshop will take place at either QCA art studios on Grey Street, Southbank OR at a venue in Paddington. WSQ will confirm closer to the workshop date.

For more details please ring Lina Rimland (workshop co-ordinator) on 0400 051 492.

Please go to Workshops/Classes page to see dates and times for both workshops and the highly anticipated Public Demonstration.  

We are very lucky to have Alvaro Castagnet for two workshops in Brisbane. It has been a very long time since Alvaro's last visit to Brisbane, so we are encouraging all watercolour lovers to come along. 

JOHN ORLANDO  BIRT.  Many Watercolour members did not miss the exciting opportunity to share the magic of watercolour with one of Australias finest internationally recognized Artists and Tutors.

The course covered composition, balance and tone, and  taught students how to use light to create a painting with visual impact.

What an impressive finish to the workshops.  Two locations Lavalla Centre, Paddington and The Hub, 140 Wellers Road, Tarragindi. 

A dedicated artist traveller and preferring to paint en plein air John reflects in his work a pursuit of artistic integrity from his drawing skills, due to his early academic training in industrial design, to his meticulous compositional ability and his unique approach in capturing light, air and space.

" It is the challenge of capturing the changing moods that light creates across the day and it's subsequent effects on the surroundings such as buildings the countryside and water” John says “Painting on location ensures that the essence of the subject remains the first priority, especially the subtleties, nuances and tempo of that particular region.

John travels to Europe each year during the spring/summer to paint the historically rich landscapes that he feels so passionate about.

John has held 27 solo exhibitions, 3 in Venice Italy at a prestigious Gallery in San Marco, and when in Venice he has been invited to lecture at the University of Architecture on drawing and perspective. 

John's paintings are featured in many collections in Europe, the USA and Japan.


This year's Annual Exhibition has definitely left us all with great memories, a great sense of achievement and an expectation for greater things next time! The "bar" was lifted right across the board with many superb entries which made judging all the more difficult. Helen Beaver and Ken Lord adjudicated this year and narrowed down the prize winners from a broad range of exciting and well crafted works.


Hangers Prize

Each Watercolour exhibition the volunteers hanging the art work gives there opinion of their best pick. Their choice was by artist JENNIFER WHITE - "Pot of Petunias".

People's Choice Award

This Award is determined by members of the public that attend and view the works throughout the three days of the Exhibition. The public chose YASAMAN DEHGHAN - "Sarah's Search of a New Home".


1st Prize - Svetlana Trefilova - "The Roots: 

2nd Prize - Maria Field "Margarite"

3rd Prize - Natasha Hodgson "Coming down the stairs"

Highly Commended - Tony Walker "Curlew"

Special Mention - Jean Blake "Outer space"


1st Prize - Szczepan Urbanowicz -" Peaceful Morning"

2nd Prize - Kevin Smith - "Stock Route"

3rd Prize - Vanessa Goodland "Pomegranates" 

Highly Commended - John Spittle Halloween - New England -USA"

Special Mention - Jenny Loveday "Moonlight Sonata"



Each piece of watercolour art work is done with layering and is not done with one single layer of paint. Three of our WATERCOLOUR SOCIETY OF QLD inc ARTISTS will be DEMONSTRATING WATERCOLOUR at this year’s well know ART EXHIBITION. 

Auditorium @Mt Coot-tha Botanical Gardens Toowong
Friday 31st August – Sunday 2nd September.  
Time: 10 – 11am and 1 -2 pm

Friday 31st August  

Saturday 1st Sept.  

Sunday 2nd Sept.  

"TRY ME" TABLE.......

A "TRY ME" table will be set up with water based products sponsored by Winsor and Newton. There will be brushes and paper to “try me” under the guidance of one of our WSQ artists.



Class 4. Traditional Watercolour.

Many members from The WATERCOLOUR SOCIETY OF QLD have exhibited their works AT THE RNA - EKKA - FINE ARTS –Creative Arts and Crafts. Please don’t miss it. It is extraordinary. Artist from across Queensland are showcasing their extraordinary talents in Painting and Drawing Competition.

EVA HEKEL, a member or the WSQ won 3rd Prize. Well done Eva and congratulations. (Sorry about the reflection on the pictures attached. Not all WSQ members painting were able to be posted due to the reflection.  This is the best I could do on the night - all the more reason you must get to the EKKA to visit the Fine Arts.  

1st Prize - Subhendu Kumar 
Judges’ comments –“A gritty industrial mood overlays the river scape by appropriate choices of colour and tonal pattern.” 

2nd Prize - Abramo Papp 
Judges’ comments – “Water and reflections alone as subject matter have been cleverly captured in an almost abstract composition.

3rd Prize - Eva Hekel
Judges’ comments – “The pale light of dawn or dusk has been rendered in a freely-washed luminous delight.”

Julie Brims and Jenny Loveday were guests at the opening of the Fine Arts Reception at the RNA on Friday evening 3rd August. Congratulations to the RNA for an amazing Reception and bests wishes from the Watercolour Society of Qld for a very successful Exhibition.

John Orlando Birt

WORKSHOP  2 x 2 days
13/14th September & 15/16th September

13-14 September 2018 (Thur & Fri)
Lavalla Centre - 58 Fernberg Street, Paddington  Q4064


15-16 September 2018 (Sat & Sun)
The HUB - 140 Weller Road, Tarragindi Q4121

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to share the magic of watercolour with one of Australia’s finest internationally recognised Artists and Tutors. The course will cover composition, balance and tone. Bookings are essential as we have limited class sizes. Go to "workshops and classes" for further details!!

Tell your friends so they don’t miss out!!!

EKKA Field and Fashion Show success!!!!

Great news for WSQ and one of our members Iryna Bendasova. It is a great pleasure to share Iryna's completed watercolour painting with you all. Iryna won a commission from the RNA to complete a watercolour portrait painting for the EKKA Field and Fashion Show in August 2018. Her painting will be donated for a Charity Raffle to be held during EKKA week.


As part of the WSQ "young artist" initiative, opportunities are being discussed with Lindsay MacMahon from Jasco (Winsor and Newton) to support such initiatives with the nomination of one young artist every year to receive support via product.

Iryna Bendasova, being the first recipient of such support, is pictured here with  Winsor and Newton representative Lindsay MacMahon (of Jasco) looking over the donated Winsor and Newton art products. 

WSQ is proud to be part of RNA EKKA & Fine Arts and acknowledges their support along with the support of Lindsay MacMahon of Jasco with this initiative. These opportunities just cannot happen without the support of our sponsors and industry friends. Many thanks!

Keep an eye out for Iryna's work. Its amazing. Wait till you see it!

Get ready for a show of your watercolour art!!

Can you believe it there are only 8 weeks for Members of the Watercolour Society of Qld to get ready for the 2018 Annual Watercolour Exhibition. It starts on Friday 31st August, and runs through to Sunday 2nd September 2018.  

Preparing for an art exhibition is no easy task.  There are so many things to think about and you want to make sure your work is ready to be taken home by their buyer.  Here are a couple of simple tips.   Once you have finished your work, take a good look at it.  Select you most impressive work.  Does it need to be framed?  If so, what type of frame should you use?  Are your paintings  signed? Are they ready for hanging?  Wrap your work ready for transportation so it doesn't get damaged,  create labels for your artwork, conform to the Conditions of Entry.     

Conditions of Entry will be available shortly and will be sent to all members and will soon also be accessible on the WSQ website. 

History of the Watercolour Society of Queensland

The Watercolour Society of Queensland is 32 years old this year and in celebration of our History, the Society had a special treat for all of our Visitors at The Auditorium, Mt Coot-tha Brisbane Botanical Gardens on the 7th and 8th April 2018 at the Autumn Watercolour Exhibition.     

The static display of Watercolour Paintings covered the first 20 years of our inauguration. The paintings have been kindly donated by previous Tutors. We think they are fabulous and we're very proud to show them.   Our exhibition patrons who looked at the display enjoyed and appreciated the art and in some cases a few of our members could remember going to the particular demonstration of the art on display.

Chris Osborn who is cataloguing and collecting our history put this display together. Great work Chris! 
Keep an eye out for future instalments from Chris of the Society's history as additional pieces are collected, collated and brought to life once again for all to enjoy!
Further images and discussions around how the Autumn Exhibition was received can be found on the Watercolour Society of Queensland Facebook page.

Autumn Exhibition 2018 - Coming Soon!!!!!!!
posted: 13 February 2018

The INVITATION is here for members to enter artwork at the Watercolour Society of Queensland AUTUMN EXHIBITION,  Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th APRIL, 2018 to be held at the Auditorium, Brisbane Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens, Toowong.  
A great opportunity to have some of your recent works on show to the public and WSQ members alike. There will be four categories this year. Traditional, Innovative water-media, Unframed / matted works and Miniatures. 
So get involved. These events together with the paintings our members exhibit are a reflection of the Society's energy and vibrancy. The level of public support at our events is growing steadily and is becoming a true barometer of the Society's value to its members, the broader arts community and the public at large.
Exhibiting your artwork might be the best thing you do this year. Make 2018 a year of action!! Represent yourself and sell your works. Tap into a new and evolving customer base and network with like minded people.
So get yourself registered to the WSQ - Autumn Exhibition of 2018!!!

Fabriano in Acquarello
posted: 13 February 2018

We would like to again take the opportunity to congratulate the following members on being selected as finalists for the Fabriano in Acquarello watercolour exhibition in Fabriano, Italy in May this year.
Congratulations to: Wynetha Vogel, Graham W Smith, Szczepan Urbanowicz, Cynthia Stewart, Tony Walker, Maria Field and Yasaman Dehghan
The images of their fabulous submissions are now available to view on online here:  https://www.fishlanestudios.com/artists/the-australian-finalists-fabrianoinacquarello-2018-italy-have-been-announced/

Annual Exhibition - 01-03 September 2017
posted: 04 September 2017

Lots of "as it happened" coverage on the WSQ Facebook Page however we will progressively update this website with all the important details from the event.

First Prize - Traditional Category

Congratulations to Hettie Rowley who won First Prize - Traditional Category for her wonderful portrait painting titled 'Sheila'. 

Second Prize - Traditional Category

Congratulations to Szczepan Urbanowicz who won Second Prize - Traditional Category for his wonderful painting titled 'Japanese Garden - Mt Coot-tha'.

Third Prize - Traditional Category

Congratulations to Natasha Hodgson who won Third Prize - Traditional Category for her wonderful painting titled 'Colourful Rooster'.

People's Choice Award

Congratulations to Natasha Hodgson who won the People's Choice Award at the Annual Exhibition for her wonderful painting titled 'Another Bad Hair Day'. 

Annual Exhibition of Watercolours  1-3 September 2017
(Entry Form Closing date - Wed. 16 August 2017)
posted: 26 July 2017

This is a call to all members that the Annual Exhibition of Watercolours entry details have been updated on the website (here). The exhibition will be held again at the auditorium of the Brisbane Botanical Gardens at Mt Coot-tha. 

Annual Exhibition 2017 | download flyer

There were over 300 works for sale in 2016 with strong sales in both the framed and unframed works. 

The entry conditions have been modernised with a newly created Innovative Category in addition to the Traditional, Miniature and Matted works. Artists can now submit works with gouache, gesso and other mediums in this Innovative Category so please download all four documents early so that you are aware of the scope of this new category (Entry Form, Conditions of Entry, Guidelines for Framing, Guidelines for Unframed Works, Sizing Guidelines for the Miniature Works). These forms can be downloaded from the Exhibitions page (here).  

The key dates are:  
Closing date: Wednesday 16th August
Drop date: Thursday 31st August from 8.30am to noon.
Exhibition date: Fri. 1st - Sun. 3rd September | 9.00 am to 4.00 pm
Collection date: Sun. 3rd September | 4.00 pm to 5.00 pm

We would also be interested in generous artists able to donate works for the door raffle prize. 

Please do not hesitate to contact Di Taylor on 0411 767 030 for further details and assistance in participating in the Annual Exhibition. 


Next Meeting 

General Meeting

3rd February 2019  

@ 1.00 pm
THE HUB, 140 Weller Road, Tarragindi
QLD 4121

Prize: $50

Theme:  Faces - any type person, animal.  For the theme and location please go to the Calendar page (here)

Painting Groups


Western Suburbs Painting Group

The Group meets every second Tuesday of the month in the Brookfield Showgrounds Art Pavilion.

On alternate Tuesdays the group meets for en plein air painting.

For further details, please contact Nev Logan on (07) 3378 2541 or nevbarblogan@bigpond.com

Southside Casual Painting Group

The Group meets every first, third and 5th Thursday at The Hub (140 Weller Rd, Tarragindi)

Time: 9:00 am to 12:00 noon

Fee: $10 

Tea and coffee provided.

For further details, please contact WSQ Secretary on 0428 320 066.

En Plein Air Group

Meets on the second Wednesday of every month. For further details of the next meeting, please contact Margaret Elaurant on (07) 3359 1648.

Weekly Casual Painting Group at Chermside

Currently full.

For further details, please contact WSQ Secretary on 0428 320 066.