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 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

Two Day Workshop McGregor 21 – 22 March 2012

Soul Awakening SA – Founders

Amy Vermeulen: Co-Founder
Irene Brand: Co-Founder
Joy Truscott: Co-Founder








Hello Dear Friends,

Saturday, October the First 2011, was the inspiration day for the creation for Soul Awakening SA.  It is our desire to bring a Light of Healing to this country and planet.

Amy Vermeulen, Irene Brand and Joy Truscott dreamed up the idea of collectively broadcasting a message of Hope, Love and Light.

We would love for you to be part of this.  This is our answer to networking and sharing in a Loving, Unselfish and Encouraging way.  We all have Unique gifts, knowledge and abilities.  If we commit ourselves to sharing these gifts, we are able to make each of us more whole, more complete.

Whatever your gift might be, please consider sharing this with as many as you can – and from this platform we can begin to reach out to one another in the spirit of Love and Truth.  Hold someone’s hand, guide, mentor, teach, encourage, applaud, and most of all help someone else to know the fullness of their potential – just because you cared.

Our beautiful planet is at a critical point in time.  We can all crumble under the weight of the misery that abounds; the negative talk, the hate and fear, OR we can find small ways to connect, nourish, nurture and re-frame the events of our lives.

For the turn-around to happen, each and every one of us needs to know that we will have to make a contribution.  We all need to become part of the solution in whatever way we can, no gesture is too small or insignificant.  If you feel your contribution might be so small as to not be needed, think again.  Just a smile can lighten up a life.  We all have at least that.  From small gestures of openness and authentic outreach, we can make an enormous difference.  I know that we might not be here to see the outcome, but our children and grandchildren, nieces and nephews will be.

Let this message ignite a desire within you to “show up” in this world.  Please join this Connection and log in to our network: and let us see what can happen when enough like-minded and heart-connected people get together to make a difference.

We can do this.  Join us, and join this world in the best way possible.

In deep gratitude and love x

Amy, Irene and Joy x