Art Morning with Plettenberg Bay Artists at the Methodist Church – April 2013

We had a great morning, pouring, and tilting our boards to create the gorgeous granulated washes.

St Francis Bay Two Day Workshop February 2013 – Painting Poppies in Honor of my Mom

Poppies in Memory

Poppies in Memory

My Mom, Gwynneth Horn, was masterful in capturing Light and Beauty in her work.

This two day workshop in St Francis was in honor of my Mom, painting with special friends who remember the time we shared  painting in our studio in Jeffrey’s Bay.

My Mom in our studio in Jeffrey's Bay, South Africa

My Mom in our studio in Jeffrey’s Bay, South Africa

I loved the way my Mom painted poppies.  She seemed to show their vibrancy and delicacy in every stroke of her brush.

My Mother's beautiful paintings.

My Mother’s beautiful paintings.

w FALLEN PETALSStep-by-Step demonstration to show how to create some fun effects.

The Joy of ART sings in my Soul

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And the best is when the participating artists start to create their own magic -

Some pictures of the progress – such a happy two days with Friends.

Thank you to Lynne for organizing the venue – beautiful St Francis Bay Club Room over looking the harbour.

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Thank you to Christine and Heather for inspiring the event and for the wonderful teas and lunches.

Thank you to all my Friends for sharing the days with me and for the happiness of time together x

Honouring a Special Friend – Wendy Brown

Wendy Brown – one of the most inspirational women I have had the pleasure of knowing.

At the hospital with Wendy  Cheryl and Anni, dreaming up the wild river trip.

At the hospital with Wendy Cheryl and Anni, dreaming up the wild river trip.

Wendy’s book – Light on a Dark Canvas - http://www.lightonadarkcanvas.blogspot.com/ is pure inspiration and reading this incredible account of survival will bring to you the realization that Wendy is a truly remarkable Soul.

 

Light on a Dark Canvas – Wendy brought Light to all our Paintings, her Life Journey was a beautiful piece of art x

Today, 30th November, 2012 our art group met for our annual breakfast celebration and Wendy joined us in her words of inspiration as she lay in bed forcing each breath so that she could see her darling children one more time.  She sent this letter to us.

ART GROUP – WHAT I WOULD LOVE TO SHARE WITH YOU – by Wendy Brown

EPHESIANS 2v6: Now Glory be God who through his mighty power at work within us is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of – infinitely beyond our highest prayers, dreams, thoughts or hopes.

Please all know that this is true for every one of you!  Please never think you can’t do something just because you don’t know how!

Angus Buchan:  If your dream isn’t so big that it can’t come true without God, it’s not big enough.

Everyone of us is unique with a unique contribution to make.  Much more important to God than our abilities is our availability.

Beethoven’s prayer – remember he went deaf – “Divine One, Thou lookest into my inmost soul, Thou knowest that love of man and desire to do good live therein.  O God, give me strength to conquer myself, nothing must chain my life”.

Wendy quoted this from memory on the work of Maurice Escher:  

“It was written in a book on Maurice Escher as a quotation at the top of that page in the same way I wrote quotations at the top of my chapters…”

“Tell us master, what is art?”

“Do you want to know what the bleating herd thinks of as art or what I think?”

“No master.  Tell us what you think.”

“When I see the path that a soul has wrought, that to me is art”.

Now why I love this so much is that technical abilities we can learn, but the path that a soul has wrought is ART – that’s what it is about.  That is what we can express uniqely that no one else in this world has the ability to express.  Accept the UNIQUE US!

It means that a three year old’s painting of wind in the trees is as valid as an art work as anything done by a professional – she has told HER TRUTH.

“This is the end of what I’ve needed to tell the art group” – Wendy Brown

 

A week ago Wendy invited her lady friends to participate in a wish from her “bucket list”.  We laughed about this while Wendy was in hospital in Knysna and never would be have believed we would all do the crazy wish!

In hospital and planning the wonderful naked swim - four of us laughing and plotting - Anni, Joy, Cheryl and Wendy

In hospital and planning the wonderful naked swim – four of us laughing and plotting – Anni, Joy, Cheryl and Wendy

It was Wendy’s wish to swim naked in the sea.  From her sick bed, Wendy arranged for the hire of a ferry to take us up the Keurbooms to a little natural beach and there we shared in the happy madness of the naked-to-the-world swim.

Beautiful women who have shared some part of Wendy’s life both here in Plett and some from early Rhodesia days arrived at the ferry with cool boxes of delicious food and champagne.  All aboard and Wendy arrived with her daughter, Cheryl, her sisters and niece – plus a substantially large tank of oxygen.

"For she's a jolly good fellow ......." Wendy arrives and we all sobbed.

“For she’s a jolly good fellow …….” Wendy arrives and we all sobbed.

“For she’s a jolly good fellow…” sung by all of us, teary eyed, seeing this beautiful lady bravely climb on board with us all.  Russel, our guide took us up river, about 7 kilometres into the pristine waters of this ancient place.

Keurbooms Lagoon a ride into deep peacefulness and beauty.

Keurbooms Lagoon a ride into deep peacefulness and beauty.

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All aboard for a trip that none of us will ever forget.

 

 

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Wendy’s sisters came from their overseas homes to spend some crazy time with us and quality time with Wendy.

And then, the ferry pulled in at one of the beaches and we climbed off the ferry while Russel, our gallant guide, headed for the hills and stayed away to give the girls total privacy.  Wendy was the first one naked and then the panties and skirts flew and we all gathered on the beach in preparation for the cold water dip.Naked in our Truth

 

And the water was COLD and warm and refreshing.  The high tannin in the water made us all look tanned and young – not a dimple in sight

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you think we look adorable with our clothes on - just wait ....

If you think we look adorable with our clothes on – just wait ….

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Dee - co-ordination Queen

Dee – co-ordination Queen

Wendy with her sisters

Wendy with her sisters

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Naked in our Truth

Naked in our Truth

Oh it was so cold but if Wendy could do it, so could we.

Oh it was so cold but if Wendy could do it, so could we.

and when a chug-chug boat came by with fishermen, we welcomed them to the "secluded' spot with a show of excellence x

and when a chug-chug boat came by with fishermen, we welcomed them to the “secluded’ spot with a show of excellence x

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Our Private and "secluded" beach spot

Our Private and “secluded” beach spot

A rest for Wendy and on the lovely little beach.

A rest for Wendy and on the lovely little beach.

A circle of Love that we will hold in our Hearts forever. Bless you Wendy for being such an inspiration to us all. Our lives have been forever changed for Knowing YOU x

A circle of Love that we will hold in our Hearts forever. Bless you Wendy for being such an inspiration to us all. Our lives have been forever changed for Knowing YOU x

 

 

Plett – Take Your Breath Away Workshop – August 2012

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It was wonderful creating with a talented group of artists.  The four sessions gave us all a stretch and that just makes for better art. Well done to Wendy Pretorius, Gill Dodington, Maureen De Beer, Dawn Pearce, Bob Forbes for … Continue reading

The Joy of Art – Somerset West – September 20 – 21, 2012

Joy of Art

Two days of great fun as we play, move and push watercolour into delightful artistic experiences.

Somerset West

September 20 -21st, 2012

Single Rose by Joy Truscott

Joy Truscott

Water colour painting is my passion.  I taught myself to paint, or more accurately, life taught me to paint.  The way we learn to approach our creativity in art, can become a new way of finding how we can best approach our life journey – with greater confidence, originality and delight.

If you are ready to re-experience the joy of water colour, stretch the boundaries of your creativity, and embrace the serendipity of flow, then this workshop is for you, (regardless of the level of your accomplishment).

Experience the Joy of ART

More detailed information about the workshop and materials list at joytruscott.co.za or you may contact Joy at joytruscott@gmail.com or 079 180 7639.  As there will be limited space participants will need to reserve their place with payment made in full at the time of booking and this will not be refundable.  Price to be determined by the number of participants.  Groups of less than 6 = R700  Groups 6 – 10 = R650  Groups 11 – 15 = R600

The creative journey parallels our walk on earth and as we connect with this rhythm and flow, so we transform in wondrous ways.

 

Basic Requirements

  • Tubes of water colour paint as we need to make wells of colour for pouring.  Small paper / plastic cups for many colours
  • Colours: Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Yellow, Raw Sienna, Rose Madder / Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Red, Burnt Sienna, Prussian Blue, Cerulean Blue, Cobalt Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Sap Green, Hookers Green, Cadmium Orange.
  • Tube of white acrylic paint, or the white they give in cheaper tube tray sets
  • Water colour inks or acrylic inks in bright colours
  • Gum Arabic
  • White tissue paper, cling wrap, scissors, paper towel
  • Water containers
  • Flat and round brushes in various sizes
  • Spray bottle
  • Water colour paper 300g weight at least, in various sizes

I will bring the black boards for those who would like to try this way of NOT stretching and working with their creation.  These cost about R15 to R30, depending on the size.

I no longer stretch paper with tape and all the other fussy stuff.

click on this link for more details of water colour supplies http://joytruscott.co.za/category/supplies/

We will begin our day at 9:00 am and break for tea at 11:00, lunch (self-provided) from 1:00 to 2:00 and paint until about 4:00 each day, with another tea break in the afternoon.

 I look forward to painting with you.

Thank you to Karin for being the liaison person for setting this event in place.

Fay Keevy Painting Poppies

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This magnificent painting created by my Artist Friend, Fay Keevy, was a delight of controlled water, color and flow coming together in uncontrolled creativity. The painting in progress – can you work out the order of the paintings !   … Continue reading

Two Day Water Colour Workshop – St Francis Bay – June 2012

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Happy Days!  Thank you to all the participants and also to Lynne and Chris Hattingh for arranging for the use of the Ski-Boat Club.  This was a superb venue with inspiring views.  Also thank you to Heather Funston for getting … Continue reading

PE Workshop – A day of Landscape Magic – 6 June 2012

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What a wonderful day with the Port Elizabeth artists.  An extremely talented group of women and also a beginner – Jenny who produced a spectacular beginning.  I remember my first little painting and it was filled with dry, terrified brush … Continue reading