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

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Christine, Cookie, Heather and Gesina

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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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Huts & Houses Step by Step

A painting that was just a nothing can turn into a something

A painting that was just a nothing can turn into a something

It is a fun challenge to take a painting that was just a lot of nothing and then add more to it and see what happens ….

Step Two - using corrugated cardboard print some hut walls

Step Two – using corrugated cardboard print some hut walls

Just keep adding some fun stuff

Just keep adding some fun stuff

 

Add colour and be a little bit reckless

Add colour and be a little bit reckless

 

Add some negative shapes here and there

Add some negative shapes here and there

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so then I had to fix it a bit but it got worse ... what's a person to do except carry on making more reckless brush strokes

so then I had to fix it a bit but it got worse … what’s a person to do except carry on making more reckless brush strokes

 

Some lifting to restore what I had destroyed and then a cup of tea

Some lifting to restore what I had destroyed and then a cup of tea

find some people in the shadows and pull out some highlights and negative shapes

find some people in the shadows and pull out some highlights and negative shapes

a bit of cropping to cut out some of the tree disaster and ink pencil work, some lines and loose goose brush work

a bit of cropping to cut out some of the tree disaster and ink pencil work, some lines and loose goose brush work

All in all a fun little painting that could have been discarded at any point but it was fun to push it as far as it could go.  Looking back I see there are some  moments that were good before I over played them – but if we played safe we would never learn.

Go ahead and have a fun time – take an old painting and make some huts and shacks – they don’t need to be perfect works of architecture.

 

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.

 

 

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.

Step by Step Loose Trees 2 - Joy Truscott Step by Step Loose Trees 3 - Joy Truscott Step by Step Loose Trees 4 - Joy Truscott

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.

Step by Step Loose Trees 8 - Joy Truscott Step by Step Loose Trees 10 - Joy Truscott Step by Step Loose Trees 12 - Joy Truscott Step by Step Loose Trees 13 - Joy Truscott Step by Step Loose Trees 16 - Joy Truscott

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

Step by Step Loose Trees 18 - Joy Truscott Step by Step Loose Trees 20 - Joy Truscott

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

Step by Step Loose Trees 21 - Joy Truscott

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

Step by Step Loose Trees 22- Joy Truscott Step by Step Loose Trees 23- Joy Truscott Step by Step Loose Trees 24- Joy Truscott

 

I think this is enough … but you never know!

 

Reflections Workshop St Francis Bay – 4th November 2013

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This gallery contains 54 photos.

Monday 4th November was an early start for me and my husband Bobby as we left Plettenberg Bay in the “wee” hours to get to St Francis by 9:00 for a full, fun day of water colour painting with friends. … Continue reading

Two Day Workshop McGregor 21 – 22 March 2012

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This gallery contains 76 photos.

The Two Day Water Colour Workshop was wonderful A long and beautiful drive from Plettenberg Bay to McGregor Jo’s Studio was our venue – an artist’s delight! Jo’s Studio – McGregor Thank you Jo for making your studio space available to … Continue reading

Intuitive Water Colour Painting Beginnings

In our art classes we like to be a little bit crazy – it helps to have Julio crooning the song “Crazy” in the background.

Heather's amazing work of art created out of her intuitive painting beginning

 

Painting Out and About – Fijnbos, Eastern Cape – 2010

This was a great day shared with our art group and families.  Lovely food, beautiful scenery and hours of happy painting.

Wine Food and Art

Sketching "Pate Fois and Gras" our names for the geese in the gardens of Delheim

 

My sister, Lynda and I had a wonderful day visiting Oude Libertas and Delheim wine estates.  We picniced on the lawn with beautiful people, laughing children and lazy dogs.  What a wonderful vibe!  The food was utterly delicious at Oude Libertas market and I sketched a family sitting on the lawn in front of us.  Clive and Ann were celebrating Clive’s 60th birthday with their family.

We drove to Delheim to sit in the peaceful gardens, and gingerly escaped the “loving” beak attention of the triplet geese -Pate’ or was it Foie or Gras, kindly named by Lynda.  The sketch was made on the lawn keeping our eyes alert to any goose subterfuge.

I want to live in Franschoek or Stellenbosch.