Painting Raging Seas in St Francis Bay – November 2015

Painting with Fabulous artist friends in St Francis Bay.  It was great having two days together to splash and pour and out of the chaos came some wonderful paintings.  Read more here: 

http://www.joytruscott.com/workshops/raging-seas-in-st-francis-bay-november-2015

Ann Art St Francis Nov 2015 (80)

Ann seems to always create magical and mystical paintings

Art St Francis Nov 2015 (14)

Christine, Cookie, Heather and Gesina

Art St Francis Nov 2015 (1)

Ann, Helga, Joy, Cookie, Christine, Berto and Lynn – (Heather not in the image)


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Having a glorious time allowing the water colour magic to happen

Having a glorious time allowing the water colour magic to happen

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Painting for Janis and Dorea

A special visit from Dorea and Janis brought about this painting.

Dorea  and Janis Day 3 (15) Complete

 

This sweet little boy and his Mommy helped transplant some little bulbs and a few months later they are blooming.  Such a great kindness.

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Blooming in my garden

 

See how the painting unfolds …

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Dorea and Janes May 2014 (4)

Dorea – beautiful Mommy to Janis

Dorea and Janes May 2014 (40)

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Complete and ready to give to Dorea and Janis

 

 

 

 

One Day in JBay Workshop – August 2014

It was a wonderful day with much splashing and banging to achieve glorious luminous first washes.

Irene Brand adding more lovely details to her beautiful beginning piece

Irene Brand adding more lovely details to her beautiful beginning piece

Our idea was to paint beautiful houses and huts in glowing colour and build the painting from this base.

Sadly we only had one day and we were not able to complete the paintings but the beginning was just thrilling.  I hope to reconnect with these wonderful artist and bring this painting to its completion.

Two beginning paintings with luminous washes

Two beginning paintings with luminous washes

Thank you Fay Keevy for getting the Methodist Church Hall in JBay so that we could have this open and well-lit area for our creating.

Thank you to Christine Chapman for linking in all the St Francis Bay Artists and a Big thank you to all of you for bringing such a delicious spread of numsies for our lunch and tea.

 

Fay Keevy and Jenny Dawson

Fay Keevy and Jenny Dawson

Thank you to Irene Brand for fetching, carrying and helping me to set up and give me a place to sleep in between the art explorations.  I am SO Blessed with Delightful Friends.

 

 

Painting of Douglas Magnus and Joy

My Friend, Douglas Magnus and I were sharing a moment on my mother’s bench facing the glorious beach of Jeffrey’s Bay.  We were chatting about the Journey of Life and Honouring my Mom’s passing.  It was a moment to be remembered and we took this photo of us smiling up into the camera held arm’s length away, hoping to capture the sense of Friendship and Quietness that settles when one stops the rush of life and reflects of the Magnificence of our Life Journey.

Douglas has been such an inspiration to so many people.  He has a “terminal” diagnosis, but he is too busy being alive and sharing this with others to just let go and GO.

He GETS IT.

He sees the sunsets, the dawn the clouds and Light.  He surfs in his favorite place in Jeffrey’s Bay, like he has done for decades.  He has said farewell to friends who thought he would be leaving first.  He blesses the lives of all those he encounters with his poems and writing.

Douglas is one of the MAGNIFICENT and God Loves him.

I am proud to call you my Friend dear Douglas and I hold you in my Heart always x

This painting was created from the Heart.

This painting was created from the Heart.

Let the Sun Shine In – by Douglas Magnus

Memorable Quotes and Sayings

let the sun shine in

 

Douglas you  bring smiles to the Heart

 

Step by Step a painting is created – Moment by Moment we are Created

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Suggested Water Colour Art Materials

Materials Required

1 x 1 inch flat brush                   1 x 2 inch or 3 inch pastry brush

1 x  size 10  round brush           Container for water

1 x  size 6 round brush              Spray bottle

1 x size 3 round brush               Paper towel or tissues

1 x 1 inch rigger/liner brush      1 natural sponge

Pencils – 2B, 4B, 6B                   1 eraser (kneaded rubber eraser)      

Flat and round brushes on a paint lid

Large flat brushes and mop brush for big wash areas.

Large flat brushes and mop brush for big wash areas.

One large sketch book.  Daler-Rowney make an A3 220g/m2 acid free pad in heavy cartridge paper 297 x 420 mm, that is marvelous).  Another good pad is made by Croxley and has a spiral binding and a sketched girl’s face on a yellow background.

Good drawing paper – heavy enough for good sketches with water colour

 

Watercolour palette, bigger is better.  (The lid of a plastic paint drum works well).   If you cannot find what you need, just bring a couple of plastic plates for now.

 

Board for stretching paper.  I have some boards that I have found to be marvelous and they are not heavy and I have some for you to purchase if you care to try this method.  

 Watercolour paper.  There are so many varieties and prices.  Try to purchase the heaviest paper that you can afford, nothing less than a 300 gram, and no tinted papers.   I no longer like the Bockingford make as we have had some real disappointments with this paper. You may also find a pad with sample papers.  This is a good way to experiment and find out what you like best.  Pads that are 15 x 20 inches or 14 x 10 or 16 x 12 are good sizes to begin, but try not to get smaller than that initially.  Some makers of paper also make blocks, where the paper is glued down and supposedly already stretched.  I don’t like to use these and always take the paper off anyway.  If these are cheaper, go ahead and buy them, in this way and you can experiment to see what works for you.  I have had more consistent success with, Montval and Daler Rowney Aquafine paper which is in the cheaper range.

My favourite palete

 In South Africa you can contact Harold Pullen to obtain one of these excellent palettes that have a lid to keep the paint clean and dust-free.

Email: hpullen@saol.com

Middle of the range art paper and more readily available in South Africa

 

Paints: 

I prefer tubes of paint.  Winsor and Newton are good buys.   It is a good idea to purchase the best quality paints you can afford.  The colours can be a disappointment for you if you go with the cheap boxed colours as they are not true and cause more frustration than anything.  It is better to just buy a few colours at a time and gradually build up your supply.  The following colours are the basics, get the ones with the * first if you intend building up your collection gradually.  After this you might like to experiment with other colours. Some paints are marked as “hue” these are usually fine for the beginning.

 I change my palette from time to time and for that reason I have quite a number of the lovely palettes featured above.  At the moment the list below is what I am enjoying:

     Winsor Red

 

Winsor Yellow

 

    

       Cobalt Blue

  

         Cadmium Scarlet

 

     Aureolin Yellow

 

Antwerp Blue

 

      Payne’s Grey

 

   Brown Madder Alizarin

 

      French Ultramarine Blue

 

   Cerulean Blue

 

     Prussian Blue

  I LOVE Prussian Blue but it is powerful so use with care or with flamboyance.

To begin purchasing a suitable and very basic range of colours – this is what I would suggest:       

 

Yellow:  lemon yellow , yellow ochre or raw sienna

Orange: cadmium orange or chrome orange

Red: alizarin crimson or winsor red

Blue: cerulean blue, ultramarine blue, cobalt blue

Brown: burnt sienna


 

 

The Joy of Art at McGregor

Experience the Joy of Art in the Heavenly

Gardens of Temenos, McGregor this spring

 

3 nights

2 days

1 amazing experience

Come and enjoy a weekend with Joy Truscott as
we delight in the serendipity of watercolours in the sanctuary gardens of
Temenos this spring

http://www.temenos.org.za/retreats.html

Experience The Joy of Art

October 28th to 30th, 2011

Within – Inspired by a photograph by Ken van Wyk

 

 

Photograph by Ken van Wyk

 

Bring your water colour art supplies for a wild and wonderful weekend of creative bliss.

The package is priced at R2 571.83 per person and this will give you access to inspired tuition and guidance in the sanctuary gardens and meditation spaces of Temenos. It includes a welcome dinner meal, breakfast buffet each morning, teas and scones during the course of the day and the option of a “workshop dinner menu” at the very affordable rate of R80 per person.  Accommodation includes Friday and Saturday with Sunday evening included free of charge, courtesy of Temenos.  Shared or single accommodation is available.

Pictures from the weekend

Outside Caritas – Temenos Library and our art studio for the weekend

Lynda Allen and Rose Kent

Graeme Comrie

Marianne Saddingtom

Rose Kent

 

Sheer Brilliance by Graeme Comrie

Suggested Materials List

 

 

 

1 x 1 inch flat brush                   1 x 2 inch or 3 inch pastry brush

1 x  size 10  round brush           Container
for water

1 x  size 6 round brush              Spray bottle

1 x size 3 round brush               Paper
towel or tissues

1 x 1 inch rigger/liner brush      1
natural sponge

Pencils – 2B, 4B, 6B                   1
eraser (kneaded rubber eraser)      

One large sketch book. 
Daler-Rowney make an A3 220g/m2 acid free pad in heavy cartridge paper
297 x 420 mm, that is marvelous). 
Another good pad is made by Croxley and has a spiral binding and a
sketched girl’s face on a yellow background.

Watercolour palette, bigger is better.  (The lid of a plastic paint drum works well).   If you cannot find what you need, just bring  a couple of plastic plates for now.

Board for stretching paper.  I have some boards that I have found to be marvelous and they are not heavy and I have some for you to purchase if you care to try this method.  (Approx. R40.00).

 

Watercolour paper.  There are so many varieties and prices.  Try to purchase
the heaviest paper that you can afford, nothing less than a 300 gram, and no
tinted papers.   I no longer like the Bockingford make as we have had some real disappointments with this paper. You may also find a pad with sample papers. 
This is a good way to experiment and find out what you like best.  Pads that are 15 x 20 inches or 14 x 10 or 16 x 12 are good sizes to begin, but try not to get smaller than that
initially.  Some makers of paper also make blocks, where the paper is glued down and supposedly already stretched.  I don’t like to use these and always take the paper off anyway.  If these are cheaper, go ahead and buy them, in this way and you can experiment to see what works for you.  I have had more consistent success with, Montval and Daler Rowney Aquafine paper which is in the cheaper range.

 Paints: 

I prefer tubes of paint. Winsor and Newton are good buys.   It is a good idea to purchase the best quality paints you can afford.  The colours can be a disappointment for you if you go with the cheap boxed colours as they are not true and cause
more frustration than anything.  It is better to just buy a few colours at a time and gradually build up your supply.  The following colours are the basics, get the ones with the * first if you intend building up your collection gradually.  After this you might like to experiment with other colours.  Some paints are marked as “hue” these are usually fine for the beginning.

 

*      Alizarin Crimson Rose Madder
               Cadmium Yellow *   Lemon Yellow
*      Yellow Ochre Burnt Umber
*      Ultramarine Blue *   Prussian Blue
*      Cobalt Blue *   Cerulean Blue
        Aureolin Yellow *   Sap Green
       Indian Red Raw Sienna
     Chrome  Orange /
Cadmium   Orange
Cadmium Red

Contact
Joy 079 180 7639 or joytruscott@gmail.com to reserve your space.

joytruscott.co.za

I look forward to painting with you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chandeliers of Light

Like the beads of shiny dew drops delicately held on a spider web in morning light, so we each show the prism of our potential self.

As one drop we shine and as many we create a chandelier of dancing light.

The fine spun web -almost invisible – becomes seen as the drops sparkle their pathways.  Yet seen or not, still it is there, the web, holding even the smallest capsule of contained dew.

Let the rain fall, let the day shift, as it is in the change of events that we notice we are Held.

When we See we Shine.

Joy Truscott 2011

My Walk

The Beach of Kabeljous - Jeffreys Bay, South Africa

Walking on the beach I see the footsteps forming behind my path.  I look back and see that the line of steps is not in a straight line, even though I thought I was walking a direct route.  The pathway curves gently around the slight impressions of the sand mounds.  I was not even aware that I had been following the contours of the earth.

I walk now with a sense of purpose, placing each foot gently on the earth.  Where the sand is hard and unyielding the steps are barely visible and where the sand is soft, I see my mark pressed into the ground.  I understand that the world can be like the sand.  Soft and yielding at times, allowing me to leave an impression that is well formed and noticeable.  At other times, the earth is hard and unrelenting.  I have still travelled that way yet the mark I leave is known only to me, so slight is it.

The wind blows towards me and lifts my hair and my spirits, bringing in the smell of the ocean.  The breath of life.  I breathe it in through my nostrils, recharging my energy and my soul.  The wind dances on the sand and lifts the edges from the footprints, smoothing the indentations and sometimes covering them up entirely.  Still, I know that I walked that way.

I stop to see, to breathe, to rest a while.  My prints are behind me and not yet made ahead of me.  I see the expanse of clear sand washed beach and feel the tingle of anticipation realizing that the steps I am to take from this moment on are the ones I wish to make.  From this point of pause I can decide which direction I choose to walk; how firmly I intend to place my feet; how far I intend to take myself along the route.

All the while around me the air is changing; the wind the light, and the  scenery.  It might be the same place it was moments before, but now it looks different.  I am aware of the ever-changing, moving and shifting of the atmosphere.  As I walk, I adjust my jacket to shield me from the cooling air.  I adjust me.  The scene will always change.  How can I possibly think that it will stay the same?  I am not the same.  I make the changes in me that allow me to stay in the changing scene.  I move myself across the path, following the curves and avoiding the beach debris.  Before, I never considered how amazing this ability within me actually is.  Now I am aware and grateful.  So much goes on within me that I am unconscious to.

What an amazing, resilient being I am!

At times I look down and find treasures along the path.  Tiny, beautifully formed shells in vivid colours.  Fragile and perfect, until an idle step shatters them.  Some things will not survive on our walk through life.  We are bound to fracture something along the way.  Nature forgives by supplying abundance.  I give thanks for the abundance.  I forgive generously and earnestly.

I look up and see the expanse of sky.  Even the horizons are not the end.  There is more.  So much more.  I could feel small and unseen in the vastness, but I feel held and loved.  I am part of this wondrous creation and loved as much as the tiniest shell.  I see the purpose and the plan for even the smallest of creatures.  Each life interlocking in exquisite precision.  Without one, the cycle cannot sustain itself.  I long to have all of mankind see this picture; this connection.

The wind has blown patterns in the sand.  The bits of drift wood hold similar patterns.  The sand ploughs weave their hieroglyphic messages in the wet sand.  There is a pattern for all beings.  We are part of an intricate tapestry.  The thread that holds us all together is the breath of life.  We are encapsulated in the same pod of earth.  Sustained by the same light and Source.

The reflections of the mountains and the clouds shine in the water washed beach.  The earth reflects the sky.  The sky reflects the earth.  Heaven and Earth.  Ying and Yang, Good and Difficult.  Ease and Challenge.  It is all one.  The separation is in our seeing of it.

I turn to walk back, my footprints still showing along some of the journey.  I try to walk inside my step.  My haltering steps are laboured.  I cannot place my feet in the same mark without walking backwards and looking over my shoulder.  This is ridiculous and makes me laugh.  I stumble and fall.  In life why would I consider trying to retrace my old steps?  They do not fit me anymore.  I cannot walk them with the same sense of trust and ease.  I have to concentrate so much on each step in order to “get it right”, that I cannot enjoy the journey.  The unrealistic expectation could leave me disappointed and unfulfilled, if this was a serious walk-for-life.

Luckily for me, I can choose to even dance some of the way.  I step and leap, swirl and sway, leaving a myriad of different prints to show the movement of flow and ease.  My spirits are lifted and I feel as light as the seagulls that swoop overhead.  I have moved a great distance and haven’t even been aware of labour.  My dancing feet have freed me from the stilted, restricted, concentrated, self-imposed labouring walk.  I choose to dance more.

It is the end of the meander now and I look back over the path and feel a sense of light and satisfaction for giving myself this time of life.  I have moved over rocks, hard and soft sinking sand, and I have adjusted to each change and moved on.  The wind has blown and it has been hot at times.  Still, I danced and laughed and I will keep on dancing and laughing, even when my footprints can no longer be seen by others.  I know that I have participated regardless of the visible impression left behind.  That has made all the difference to me.

Inspired and written after a cleansing, healing walk on the beach outside my Mom and Dad’s home in JBay x Joy x

 

 

Your journey lies before you

Like the sand on clean washed beach

Place every step in awareness

For the possibilities are within your reach.

 

Joy Truscott

 

Joy Truscott

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