Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Donavan

It was back to Greyton this past week for me. Gosh, I really love the place - to wake up to the birds, no traffic noise and pollution free air is absolute bliss. Maybe one day I'll get to live in the country.

Some time ago, before I started my art lessons, when I was struggling with the beginnings of oils, I painted a picture of a Rasta who lives in the Imizamo Yethu settlement in Hout Bay. His name is Donavan and he feeds a colony of about 8 stray cats in the area. To feed them, he makes a fishing line and goes down to the harbour in Hout Bay to catch fish. I did a pencil drawing of him and then I tried my hand at an oil.
The last time I was in Greyton, I met two Rastafarians who live and work in the area. Of course I had to paint them. I will be posting them in the next week or two, as a comparison to Donovan!

11 comments:

Dianne McNaughton said...

Hi Liz, I am amazed that you say you were just beginning to paint in oils when you painted this portrait, it shows quite a bit of proficiency already. I love the story of how he feeds the cats, he must love them very much.

Carol said...

Great painting Liz! You should actually do a series of portraits and try to get them exhibited at The African Portrait Gallery in Long Street.

Carolann said...

Love this portrait, its is so free and you have caught this fella's happy personality. I'm really struggling at working with peoples faces at the moment, so congratulations and well done.

Art with Liz said...

Thank you Di, Carol and Carolann for your great comments. I really appreciate input from my fellow artists!

Dianne McNaughton said...

Hi Liz, hope you are not getting flooded out in Greyton!
You have been tagged! Go to my blog to see what this is about. It is purely voluntary, but a great way to introduce bloggers to you blog!

kathleen.artkat.hebert said...

Hi Liz:
I have just tagged you!!!
The rules are:
1. Put a link to the person who tagged you.
2. List 7 unusual things about yourself.
3. Send this to 7 bloggers and comment to let them know.

You don't have to do this but it is a great way to get to know people. - Kathy

John Wright Art said...

I'm really impressed with this portrait Liz. There's a naturalness to his expression that you have captured very successfully. The expression on the cat's face is priceless! It's that "how dare you" and "did you ask my permission to do this to me" expression that all cat owners know.

n. rhodes harper said...

Hi Liz, thanks for visiting my blog! I think your paintings are amazing. I am glad you are back in to it because I can see you really are passionate. I admire your energy for life. I am going to follow you too! I will add you to my artist links. Regards, Nancy Rhodes Harper

Thea said...

Lovely paintings, enjoyed stubbling on your blog - thea.

Cathy said...

Stunning! I quite agree with one of the comment on this piece: you should definitely do a series of portrait!!!

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