We had a great morning, pouring, and tilting our boards to create the gorgeous granulated washes.
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.
I loved the way my Mom painted poppies. She seemed to show their vibrancy and delicacy in every stroke of her brush.
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.
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
Wendy Brown – one of the most inspirational women I have had the pleasure of knowing.
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.
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!
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…” 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.
All aboard for a trip that none of us will ever forget.
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
This is a painting I did a long time ago for a dear friend and looking at it now there is so much that is still lovely and yet my own art journey has taken me much further along the creative and exploratory pathways.
The painting above – For Summers – was created on the deck of my friend’s home in Durango, Colorado and it is the view across from their home. The intriguing aspect was the sense of light that flittered onto the vegetation and seemed to illuminate the distant homes.
The Joy of Art Sings in my Soul
If you are ready to use your watercolours in a fun, new and dramatic way, then this workshop is for you.
Come and explore flow, texture, granulation and techniques that bring luminosity to your art. Set yourself apart from the safe paintings and feel the thrill of creating unique art.
The workshop will consist of four sessions – one session a week.
Small group for more attentive tuition – so you can expect to fly.
Each session will last three hours and we will break for tea and sustenance.
For those who are ready to take this workshop please confirm with payment in full R720 for workshop consisting of four sessions. As the participants will be limited payment will guarantee your spot. For sessions missed please note that these will not be “made up”, so plan to commit to the full workshop for full benefit.
Contact Joy at 079 180 7639 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday August 21st, 2012 – Times: 10:00 to 1:00
Tuesday August 28th, 2012 – Times: 10:00 to 1:00
Tuesday September 4th, 2012 – Times: 10:00 to 1:00
Tuesday September 11th, 2012 – Times: 10:00 to 1:00
Suggested Art Materials List: http://joytruscott.co.za/category/supplies/
Life is so beautiful and as artists we share the privilege of showing what we see.
I look forward to painting with you.
Joy of Art
Two days of great fun as we play, move and push watercolour into delightful artistic experiences.
September 20 -21st, 2012
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).
More detailed information about the workshop and materials list at joytruscott.co.za or you may contact Joy at email@example.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.
- 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.
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 the artists together and for the delicious eats we all shared and enjoyed.
The two days took us on a journey of highs and lows – the aspects of struggle than come with any new learning. It would be easy to simply watch participants work within their realm of known comfort, however, this workshop asked that the artists suspend self-judgement and allow for the unexpected. The delightful 80 year young Eva Taylor displayed enormous courage in working in this new style and her paintings bloomed into artistic expressions. I heard her saying “I am going home now”, and then a surprising happening occurred and she played some more. It was a thrilling and daunting process and I am so proud of all the artists for trusting the work and their creativity.
Valda Barratt managed to create a masterpiece painting in the true flow of ease. I think that most of the artists were surprised to see how a painting can grow into beauty and depth of interest.
I am hoping that this group continue to push all aspects of their creativity in the creation of their art work. The difference in an artistic creation and a painting is that element of creativity; the unexpected that can never be repeated, not by anyone. It is the moment of feeling and being; allowing the flow and serendipity; the adjusting to the work in moment by moment awareness.
We create magnificence when we let go of the small, prescribed and manufactured painting and open ourselves to live in the realm of possibility.
The method of granulation is so thrilling as each effect is the result of the properties of the paint – the opacity and translucency.
As each layer flows over the other the most incredible effects become evident.
No one in the world could ever produce this painting. Each painting that is loved into being is a spark of the Truth. We are the Lovers of the Creation and so we paint.
Fay Keevy or should I say, Fay-mous, my treasure Friend, got the concept immediately and in style true to her own, produced the marvelous effect in moments. I love the way Fay just does. No hesitating, no fear, just boldness.
Thank you Fay for being my chauffeur too.
Let It Flow – Life is full of surprises when we Allow – Let Go and Let God
Lynne Hattingh understands this work and it is her ability to allow for this flow that has been instrumental in her creation of wonderful art.
Maureen was new to water colour painting so this was a big step in bravery. It was thrilling to watch her bravery. The lack of constricted previous learning was helpful in allowing Maureen to just enjoy the adventure with no preconceived ideas. Maureen just loved watching the color and movement unfold.
The process of creating the density and luminosity with the granulation technique depends on the colors one chooses and the way in which the paints are applied. This technique is a fabulous way to create texture and interest in landscapes.
Glenda worked with the idea of flow and the process was just a tad challenging as the holding on and waiting for the effect to “happen” makes the artist stay with the process and not run ahead trying to find a defining form or “picture”.
This is the magic of Flow – when we are being our True Self we too Flow with the Creativity of Life