Plett – Take Your Breath Away Workshop – August 2012

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 their enthusiasm to push beyond SAFE.

The first lesson was about losing control and inspiration was taken from the recent storms in Plettenberg Bay.  Huge trees were washed up in the lagoon and misplaced life was evident.

The Joy of Art Sings in my Soul

Nature teaches us that nothing stays the same.

The lagoon in its peaceful, settled state -

Plettenberg Bay Lagoon before the storm changed its face

Plettenberg Bay Lagoon before the storm changed its face

The Calm before the Storm

The Calm before the Storm

Walking through the debris, there was a sense of sadness in the destruction.  And yet, in the midst of it all, such beauty to be admired.  Beautiful patterns and forms, carried on the winds and sea, to be captured by my eye.

After the storm - beach littered with trees and branches

After the storm – beach littered with trees and branches

More than we see initially - herein lies the turmoil and beauty of life

More than we see initially – herein lies the turmoil and beauty of life

So to honor the beauty, our first lesson was to focus on trees.

Washed Up Tree 1

 

Step 2: Search for Details that Matter

Step 2: Search for Details that Matter

 

 

Step 3: There is so much more to what we see

Step 3: There is so much more to what we see

 

 

Step 4: Does this say enough - Have I said enough?

Step 4: Does this say enough – Have I said enough?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Life is so much sweeter as we Experience the Joy of Art.

 

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