Two Day Workshop McGregor 21 – 22 March 2012

The Two Day Water Colour Workshop was wonderful

A long and beautiful drive from Plettenberg Bay to McGregor
Great company
View-stop on the George pass
Irene - a great driver and Jack our trusty steed took us safely there and back
Irene at the lovely French cafe of the Oudtshoorn HotelOne of my favourite things - rooibos latte and scones at the Oudtshoorn Hotel. Getting there is part of the fun and of course - stopping for tea and scones

Jo’s Studio was our venue – an artist’s delight!

Jo’s Studio – McGregor

Thank you Jo for making your studio space available to us.  We were inspired in this space.  Thank you to Mike for his behind the scenes care.  We felt very welcome.

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

 If you are ready 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).


I treasure the beautiful people who inspire one another to see more.

Gill Ratcliffe gave me this little treasure and it is love in a nutshell x we are beauty encased in safety and Love.  Thank you Gill for being a special Friend x

Treasure Gift from Gill Ratcliffe



Lynda's Cane Chair by Joy Truscott

Bring your watercolour paints, gum Arabic, mixed sizes of water colour paper, spray bottles, paper towel, watercolour inks, cling wrap and white tissue paper. 

The cost for tuition, tea and scones plus the venue is R630 per person.  Participants to please bring lunch and refreshments.

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.

A basic list requirement:

  • 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.

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.

The workshop will be taking place at Jo’s studio in McGregor.

For those who are not residents and would like to find some accommodation for the few days, please contact the tourist office of McGregor at 023 625 1954 or Temenos 023 625 1871

 So what are we going to be doing?  

A very quick tonal wet-in-wet creation by Gwynny Horn



Some quick, flowing tonal value paintings that “happen”.




Fabulous Poppies by Gwynny Horn


Technique and flow, colour and serendipity poppies







Playing with shape and colour, techniques and painting behind



Creating shapes with techniques that allow for more random and lively patterns to form.  Discovering how to pull out details by painting behind.



Bougainvillea and my cane chair

For a list of other possible art materials click on JOY ART and ART MATERIALS OR you may contact Joy at or 079 180 7639.  

I look forward to painting with you.

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

Looking for accommodation in McGregor?


Discover the elegance and comfort of Le Bonheur and meet the owners - Jenny and Martyn Johnson your hosts

Jenny works at the donkey sanctuary - such a gift of service
It is like walking in a painting
Ah - and the peace descends like a gentle breeze of Light and LoveAnd REST in comfort




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