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.

 

 

Fay Keevy Painting Poppies

This magnificent painting created by my Artist Friend, Fay Keevy, was a delight of controlled water, color and flow coming together in uncontrolled creativity.

The painting in progress – can you work out the order of the paintings !
Fay Step by Step Poppies  (1)

Wet in Wet Beginning with Gwynny watching every move in AWE
Wet in Wet Beginning with Gwynny watching every move in AWE

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Using tissue paper to add texture
Using tissue paper to add texture

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More and more gorgeous colour
More and more gorgeous colour
Slowly building the painting
Slowly building the painting

Fay Step by Step Poppies  (3) Fay Step by Step Poppies  (2)

 

 

Two Day Water Colour Workshop – St Francis Bay – June 2012

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.

Heather made us divine Quiches for lunch - thank you x
Heather made us divine Quiches for lunch – thank you x
Eva getting some encouragement from Ann - and that's what friends are for
Eva getting some encouragement from Ann – and that’s what friends are for

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.

Valda's Painting
Valda’s Painting

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.

Valda began tentatively and graciously, allowing each wash to move and flow. The layers clung onto one another and created the luminous work that just seemed to appear from the soul of Creativity.
Valda began tentatively and graciously, allowing each wash to move and flow. The layers clung onto one another and created the luminous work that just seemed to appear from the soul of Creativity.

We create magnificence when we let go of the small, prescribed and manufactured painting and open ourselves to live in the realm of possibility.

 Magic Happens

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.

Fay Keevy - the fast artist. Fay just "gets it" x
Fay Keevy – the fast artist. Fay just “gets it” x

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.

 

Lynne's beginning painting - glowing with life
Lynne’s beginning painting – glowing with life

 

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.

Maureen captured magic
Maureen captured magic

 

 

Maureen's incredible painting
Maureen’s incredible painting

 

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.

Luminous beginnings for a landscape using the granulation technique. Colours used were yellow ochre, sap green, purple lake and dioxazine purple
Luminous beginnings for a landscape using the granulation technique. Colours used were yellow ochre, sap green, purple lake and dioxazine purple

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 Ann Andrews opened up to the idea of the creative flow work and the translucency that developed in her work was delightful to see. What is so exciting to see is the way the washes change moment by moment.

Ann Andrews opened up to the idea of the creative flow work and the translucency that developed in her work was delightful to see. What is so exciting to see is the way the washes change moment by moment.

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”.

Glenda just allowing
Glenda just allowing
Glenda being brave and holding off “making a picture” and allowing the unique effects to emerge.

 

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This is the magic of Flow – when we are being our True Self we too Flow with the Creativity of Life

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        Beautiful, unique work.

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Sample of granulation technique by Joy
Sample of granulation technique by Joy
Houses by Joy Truscott
Houses by Joy Truscott

Anne's Painting Colour Selection single rose Golden Ratio and huts (3)

The Joy of Art Sings in my Soul

Painting Out and About – Fijnbos, Eastern Cape – 2011

A few artists enjoying the surrounding of Fijnbos once again.

The Joy of Art Sings in my Soul

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