Step by Step Reflections Flow Technique

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Step-by-Step Loose Trees - final - Joy TruscottThis is the painting that inspired two fun workshops and a dem for the Plett Art Society.  See how it began….

It starts out looking reckless and dangerous.

Just pour on the first colour. Then add the second and third colour.

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When this was dry I had to sit with the painting for a long time to see what it wanted to be.

Step by Step Loose Trees 5 - Joy Truscott

The first washes or pours were in opaque colours so it was easy to lift out the shapes that were to be trees.

Step by Step Loose Trees 6 - Joy Truscott

Lots of techniques and play and slowly, step-by-step the painting becomes what it always wanted to be.

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More colour in the foreground was needed so the yellows and reds were brought back to play.

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Creating the foreground – still lots of colour – mainly the primary colours and allowing them to find one another on the paper.

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Lots more fun techniques, lifting, sliding, washing, stippling, stencilling … too much fun.

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I think this is enough … but you never know!

 

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

 

Re-Vive Getaway Ideas

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Baviaans is the ideal retreat location for function, seminars and trainings.  This is also a beautiful venue for art retreats.  All training and workshops are specifically designed to meet the requirements of the client.  Tell us what your learning needs are and we will endeavour to make  this a function / getaway / retreat that will be remembered and worthwhile.