Honouring a Special Friend – Wendy Brown

Wendy Brown – one of the most inspirational women I have had the pleasure of knowing.

At the hospital with Wendy  Cheryl and Anni, dreaming up the wild river trip.

At the hospital with Wendy Cheryl and Anni, dreaming up the wild river trip.

Wendy’s book – Light on a Dark Canvas - http://www.lightonadarkcanvas.blogspot.com/ is pure inspiration and reading this incredible account of survival will bring to you the realization that Wendy is a truly remarkable Soul.

 

Light on a Dark Canvas – Wendy brought Light to all our Paintings, her Life Journey was a beautiful piece of art x

Today, 30th November, 2012 our art group met for our annual breakfast celebration and Wendy joined us in her words of inspiration as she lay in bed forcing each breath so that she could see her darling children one more time.  She sent this letter to us.

ART GROUP – WHAT I WOULD LOVE TO SHARE WITH YOU – by Wendy Brown

EPHESIANS 2v6: Now Glory be God who through his mighty power at work within us is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of – infinitely beyond our highest prayers, dreams, thoughts or hopes.

Please all know that this is true for every one of you!  Please never think you can’t do something just because you don’t know how!

Angus Buchan:  If your dream isn’t so big that it can’t come true without God, it’s not big enough.

Everyone of us is unique with a unique contribution to make.  Much more important to God than our abilities is our availability.

Beethoven’s prayer – remember he went deaf – “Divine One, Thou lookest into my inmost soul, Thou knowest that love of man and desire to do good live therein.  O God, give me strength to conquer myself, nothing must chain my life”.

Wendy quoted this from memory on the work of Maurice Escher:  

“It was written in a book on Maurice Escher as a quotation at the top of that page in the same way I wrote quotations at the top of my chapters…”

“Tell us master, what is art?”

“Do you want to know what the bleating herd thinks of as art or what I think?”

“No master.  Tell us what you think.”

“When I see the path that a soul has wrought, that to me is art”.

Now why I love this so much is that technical abilities we can learn, but the path that a soul has wrought is ART – that’s what it is about.  That is what we can express uniqely that no one else in this world has the ability to express.  Accept the UNIQUE US!

It means that a three year old’s painting of wind in the trees is as valid as an art work as anything done by a professional – she has told HER TRUTH.

“This is the end of what I’ve needed to tell the art group” – Wendy Brown

 

A week ago Wendy invited her lady friends to participate in a wish from her “bucket list”.  We laughed about this while Wendy was in hospital in Knysna and never would be have believed we would all do the crazy wish!

In hospital and planning the wonderful naked swim - four of us laughing and plotting - Anni, Joy, Cheryl and Wendy

In hospital and planning the wonderful naked swim – four of us laughing and plotting – Anni, Joy, Cheryl and Wendy

It was Wendy’s wish to swim naked in the sea.  From her sick bed, Wendy arranged for the hire of a ferry to take us up the Keurbooms to a little natural beach and there we shared in the happy madness of the naked-to-the-world swim.

Beautiful women who have shared some part of Wendy’s life both here in Plett and some from early Rhodesia days arrived at the ferry with cool boxes of delicious food and champagne.  All aboard and Wendy arrived with her daughter, Cheryl, her sisters and niece – plus a substantially large tank of oxygen.

"For she's a jolly good fellow ......." Wendy arrives and we all sobbed.

“For she’s a jolly good fellow …….” Wendy arrives and we all sobbed.

“For she’s a jolly good fellow…” sung by all of us, teary eyed, seeing this beautiful lady bravely climb on board with us all.  Russel, our guide took us up river, about 7 kilometres into the pristine waters of this ancient place.

Keurbooms Lagoon a ride into deep peacefulness and beauty.

Keurbooms Lagoon a ride into deep peacefulness and beauty.

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All aboard for a trip that none of us will ever forget.

 

 

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w Wendy Anni Cheryl 20 Nov 2012 (9) - Copy w Wendy Anni Cheryl 20 Nov 2012 (15) - CopyHats, bags, towels, food and trepidation – what had our friend spoken us into doing ..

 

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Wendy’s sisters came from their overseas homes to spend some crazy time with us and quality time with Wendy.

And then, the ferry pulled in at one of the beaches and we climbed off the ferry while Russel, our gallant guide, headed for the hills and stayed away to give the girls total privacy.  Wendy was the first one naked and then the panties and skirts flew and we all gathered on the beach in preparation for the cold water dip.Naked in our Truth

 

And the water was COLD and warm and refreshing.  The high tannin in the water made us all look tanned and young – not a dimple in sight

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you think we look adorable with our clothes on - just wait ....

If you think we look adorable with our clothes on – just wait ….

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Dee - co-ordination Queen

Dee – co-ordination Queen

Wendy with her sisters

Wendy with her sisters

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Naked in our Truth

Naked in our Truth

Oh it was so cold but if Wendy could do it, so could we.

Oh it was so cold but if Wendy could do it, so could we.

and when a chug-chug boat came by with fishermen, we welcomed them to the "secluded' spot with a show of excellence x

and when a chug-chug boat came by with fishermen, we welcomed them to the “secluded’ spot with a show of excellence x

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Our Private and "secluded" beach spot

Our Private and “secluded” beach spot

A rest for Wendy and on the lovely little beach.

A rest for Wendy and on the lovely little beach.

A circle of Love that we will hold in our Hearts forever. Bless you Wendy for being such an inspiration to us all. Our lives have been forever changed for Knowing YOU x

A circle of Love that we will hold in our Hearts forever. Bless you Wendy for being such an inspiration to us all. Our lives have been forever changed for Knowing YOU x

 

 

Plett – Take Your Breath Away Workshop – August 2012

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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 … Continue reading

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

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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 … Continue reading

PE Workshop – A day of Landscape Magic – 6 June 2012

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What a wonderful day with the Port Elizabeth artists.  An extremely talented group of women and also a beginner – Jenny who produced a spectacular beginning.  I remember my first little painting and it was filled with dry, terrified brush … Continue reading

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

Watercolour Workshop Port Elizabeth 6 June, 2012

Lovely Landscapes

East Cape Watercolour Association will be hosting a workshop in Port Elizabeth ARTEC – EPSAC on the 6th June 2012.

Visit their site at EpsacCommuntyArtCentre@southafricanartists.com

This is going to be a full day of wonderful watercolour adventures designed to allow for the unique flow of creativity from novices to the more experienced artists.

The cost per person is R130 and participants to please bring their own lunch and snacks to keep their energy levels up.  Chocolate is always a good idea.  Hmmmm! and drinking water.

The workshop will begin at 9:30′ish and will be a mix of demonstration time – learning some fun techniques – and work time.  Please bring your art supplies and view the recommendations for colours to please bring along as this will help us with the first exercise.

What are we doing together?

Lovely Landscapes

If you have a scene that is calling you to paint, please bring a picture and we will work on it in the later part of the day.

Here are some photos from our farm beyond Rustenberg which our family owned some years back.  This beautiful place is my Nature Home.

The Joy of Art Sings in my Soul

What to bring?

  • Watercolour art materials – Look at the suggested basic materials here http://joytruscott.co.za/category/supplies/
  • Several sheets of watercolour paper from A4 to A3 size
  • An old towel
  • Sprayer for water
  • Paper Towel
  • An apron or old shirt – we are going to be messy
  • Plastic wrap

Exploring some colour combinations

If you would like to play with these colours and learn an effect that can be created with them then please bring the basics which are:

Aureolin yellow

Raw Sienna or Gamboge

Purple Lake

Ultramarine Violet

Sap Green 

This is the effect one can achieve with these colours

Single Rose – still to be completed

Emotional Intelligence Workshop for Teenagers

Emotional Intelligence Workshop for Teenagers

                                                              Jeffrey’s Bay

16 June 2012

When Thomas Edison – inventor of the Light Bulb – was a boy, his teachers told him he was too stupid to learn anything.

Thomas Edison – best known for inventing the incandescent lightbulb in 1879.

The most significant form of Intelligence we can attain is Emotional Intelligence as this equips us to perform and succeed in all walks of life.

Our young people are losing out on this incredible learning as more and more time is given to “book learning” as schools and our society tend to attribute a person’s worthiness to their level of scholarly achievement.

Yet, time and time again, we hear of entrepreneurs and inventors who have achieved great wealth and success regardless of the formal learning.

Beethoven’s music teacher once said of him, “…as a composer, he is hopeless”.

Beethoven - famous composer

 

Teenager deserve to be fully equipped to manage life in all situations and this is possible when Emotional Intelligence is understood and practiced.

 This one day workshop will teach the valuable concepts and skills to open this awareness.

*Self Discipline    *Stress Management   *Communication    *Life Skills   *Leadership   *Self-Awareness & Self-Control  

Saturday 16 June, 2012  *  9:00 am to 4:00 pm

 R200 per person

Participants to bring their own lunch, refreshments and snacks.  Also a big cushion to sit on and clipboard or notebook and pen.

Please call   Joy 079 180 7639   for more information and booking.

This is such a valuable workshop and I am hoping that parents and teenagers will learn how these techniques can bring about positive changes that will inspire all relationships in the home, school and later in the business setting.

Many Excellent organizations, like VW, offer their employees this training.  It makes such a huge difference that it is seen as one of the essential courses business globally like to offer.

When we are able to move in the world from a core authenticity and responsibility, we are able to succeed in all endeavors.

I have researched this topic in depth as part of my studies with the University of Denver and presented workshops in Colorado, USA and South Africa to parents, educators and young people.

My motivation is to equip people to be the best that they can be, as this is the gift that impacts us all on a day to day basis.  

What will we be learning?

Self – Awareness

Self – Discipline

The Golden Moment – how to recognize it and use it to improve the outcome in all situations

How to control your own impulses

Regulate emotions

How to use the information in many settings

How to help others to be the best they can be, simply by being aware and better control oneself

How will you know you have begun the practice of emotional intelligence ?

  • You will be more tolerant.
  • You will take a Golden Moment.
  • You will stop blaming others.
  • You will appreciate people’s differences.
  • You will be a resource and a role model for others.
  • You will smile more to yourself and others.
  • You will start celebrating how far you have come.

Life is too precious to waste it.

Joy

 

 

Lynda’s Cane Chair Step-by-Step

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I was inspired to paint this lovely chair of my sister – Lynda.  The light of the afternoon falling across the criss-cross patterns and illuminating the one side of the chair. This is how it unfolded. Watching a painting grow … Continue reading