At the August monthly meeting of the Western Cape Watercolour Group I rashly offered to do a demo, if they needed someone. Cherry, our erstwhile chair, suggested this month would be good. And it was. This afternoon I rushed through the coming storm to the library hall to set up. I had prepared nothing. My idea was to encourage everyone there to go out and paint in the field. Earlier in the week I had taken some photos at the Pipe. I had got there just as the sun was going down so I actually missed the bright son on the mountains but I got enough for a demo. So I pretended we were at The Pipe and I set up my box and pretended the photo on my laptop was my ‘view’. And off we went.
Well not quite. First I told the people about my love for being out there and that painting out there was more important than what we created out there. Then I showed them my little kit and told them how much fun I have had with that. AND I gave them each a card. When I paint on the beach people come and chat and I ask if they would like to see how the painting finishes up. They usually say ‘yes’ and then I ask them to pick a card. Hagen, the uber-designer, made me some cards with my web address on one side and some interesting parts of my paintings on the other. All in all about nine or so different designs. So people take a card and then we meet here. Lekker hey?
So then I began:
Well there were people there but they were all behind me – standing and sitting on the stage.
You thought I was making this up? (o: Thanks for the photos Una Newland and the other lady who let me download off her memory card.
Anyway I finished that painting and we had some tea. Where would we be without tea? Well for me rooibos anyway. And the most amazing melktert and ginger-bread. I just wanted to keep stuffing my face. But then someone asked me to paint rocks. I had suggested we do another painting. A BIG one – full size! Heh heh. But then I thought rocks would be good. So I left the milktart and went to find a suitable photo to paint from.
And then I had about 20 minutes to do this:
Should I do more? mmmmm. think think think.
Altogether a well spent afternoon.