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Tanya J. de Wet

   Pure imagination and creatively inspired Art & Surface pattern designs bursting from the Artist and Creative Educator

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About me

Creative and Artistic paintings, illustrations and designs are my passion. I bring life to imaginations and brighten peoples days with Art and fabric designs. 

2021 Works - Updates coming soon

2020 Works

January 2020 - the Pear a month for 2019 collection has ended. I may from time to time add some of the works in this collection from later studies, as for now the collection of "Pear Studies" are complete.

10 February 2020 - Private showing in Victoria, Australia for a small group of Art friends 

"An Indigenous floral " 30 cm x 45 cm 

and four works on paper:

"New floral growth #1 of 4", 

"New floral growth #2 of 4", 

"New floral growth #3 of 4", 

"New floral growth #4 of 4" are a set of 4 collectable pieces painted in a limited palette

April 2020

A Floral themed selection of watercolour studies have developed from my studio time. I've not spent this much time in studio since my years as a student. The additional hours brought a new perspective on my creative endeavours as I embark on Video Classes due to the current conditions. Overcoming new learning strategies through the digital era is as exciting as the prospects of a watercolour floral collection on the horizon.

May 2020 Sketchbook Blossoms online Workshop https://www.andsodesigns.com/product-page/sketchbook-blossoms

June - August 2020

Online/Distance learning continues as a YouTube channel takes shape 

September 2020 - Abstract Flowers Workshop online Video Course https://www.andsodesigns.com/product-page/abstract-flowers-workshop

October - December 2020

Joining up with Skillshare to become an online Educator in my own right with the first 3 classes ready before we concluded a hectic year of learning

Teachers link for a two week Premium Membership Trial

https://www.skillshare.com/r/profile/Tanya-J-De-Wet/538766043

Links to my Classes

-Watercolour & Reiki Flow https://skl.sh/32t2xdh

-Plan like an Artist https://skl.sh/2WrJo8b

-Brush Strokes https://skl.sh/3h6yYUY

-Flower Paintings with unloved Art Supplies https://skl.sh/2NZD46B

 

2019 Works

January 2019 - December 2019: the Pear a month collection 2019 is complete. Only available Through a private viewing to be arranged by the Artist.

3-5 October 2019 WJAS Art exhibition and sale: Sorento Surf Lifesaving Club, Perth, WA: 

Paintings I had on display were: "Patio plants", "Strelitzia" and "Bird of paradise"(SOLD) 

3-5 May 2019 WJAS Art exhibition and sale: Sorento Surf Lifesaving Club, Perth, WA:

 Paintings I had on display were: "Yellow flowers", "Drifting" and "First Pear"

5 January 2019 - Current paintings on display in South Africa are:

"Sunset Bay", "Reflection", "Red Sky", "Listen to the music", "Ocean Wave", "Beach Walk"(SOLD) "Blue Rhino"(SOLD)

January 2019: the Pear a month collection starts.

2015-2019 Works

West Coast Art Guild, Paternoster, South Africa: 

Paintings currently on display are awaiting new Location organised by Langebaan Womens' League

Inspiration

Artist that created fabulous learning materials to grow my talents and elevate inner-understanding of the Artwork I create are James Gurney, Robert Burridge, Aaron Blase (Disney fame), Stanley Hundley and Jannie Jordaan. These wonderful Artists broadened my mind and forged a way to develop my style and be great in my own way. 

Education

As a self-taught and privately trained Artist during 2012-2015, I had the best of both worlds. My art teacher and mentor is a South African “Master of the arts”. 

He gave me a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn, much like the Old Masters with their Apprentices, I learned everything directly and practically.

He had a deep relationship with his studio and the mediums, they seemed to be part of him, a sort of extension. During our times together, I learned to make up batches of fresh paint from powders, resins, gum mediums and various oils. As each painting called for its’ own palette and medium, creating unique paints, colours and blends was a delicate task (all these recipes are secrets of course and I vowed never to reveal them to anyone). When I wasn’t busy making up canvas frames and priming boards, I swept the studio floors, taking in all the wonderful daily practices. Every now and then I was allowed to shape statuettes from clay and do wood carving in leftover pieces. Something that was calming and entertaining was pouring the hot melted beeswax on pigments and stirring them for hours to reveal the subtle colour of each creation. He didn't use the En-caustic waxes in his own studio, but supplied another Artist friend with his unique blends. 

How glorious it all was and how I wished that every Artist today could have their hands on as many resources and experience as I was exposed to. Yet, somehow I always wanted to learn more and try more things. It was as if I was addicted to colour and textures and the addiction to it grew into a full time Art career. 

These days I do as many courses as I possibly can and continue to learn. I achieved a Therapeutic Art Life Coaching Diploma in 2019 during my stay in Perth, Australia. Continuing my studies to become a professional surface & pattern designer while studying under very talented international surface & pattern designers like Bonnie Christine, Elizabeth Olwen and online mentors. 

Throughout my Art journey I've looked up to teacher like James Gurney, Robert Burridge, Solly Smook and Jannie Jordaan, they are willing to reveal their secrets to anyone able to try. Painting every day is still a wonderful practice that I've embraced wholeheartedly. 

This deep love and appreciation for all the amazing paint media, mediums and endless designs boosted my creativity into an explosion of ideas. Family and friends can attest to the hours and pages I've filled with concepts and ideas and I wonder why I didn't become an Artist earlier in my life. 

But I digress… Being a Hairstylist for 20+ years and a business owner for as many, all contributed to laying a good foundation for my Art career when the time came along to do so in 2015. I enjoyed every experience and contact that crossed my way as all of life’s elevations guide us to the next stage of our lives.

Art for me, is like creation, it continues to expands into infinity, always striving to become its' own best version.

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