Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Kirstenbosch Visitors

Whilst on duty at Kirstenbosch during the Merit Exhibition, a group of pre-schoolers came for an outing through the gardens.  

This is a regular occurrence during the week with all sorts of school groups coming through to learn about the gardens, how they are run, and more importantly, to respect the natural order of nature and not to just pick and destroy.

This little group was part of a very much larger group who gathered together on the stone steps waiting for instructions and direction from their teachers.  They were also the cause of much photographing by the adults, including me, as they presented such a cute picture.  I am hoping to do a few more of the kids as they sat on the steps, but this is the first.

and a close up of the three


I have also been given another award - Martine Alison who does the most amazing paintings, writes in French, a language I have had no connection with, and consequently have to rely on Google translate to understand fully what she says.  She is a lovely lady who never fails to leave a comment on my blog.  Martine, bless you, and thank you.

40 comments:

rachelsstudio.com said...

Awww, these boys are amazing! Nice work!

Prabal said...

This is such a lovely painting.. Those kids are just soooooo awesome.. Cant get over them..

BTW I am really rooting for DC.. They are winning matches out of the most difficult situations..

nouvelles couleurs - vienna atelier said...

it's really nice, transmit the joy of life and tenderness and I do not know why, but made me thinking about life...

Avocaken said...

Hi - great painting! I'm looking forward to seeing more of the "kids". :-) Isn't if fun?

Ken B.

Marie Theron said...

This is so special Liz! The background is lovely and the steps so well painted. I hope you can enter this for some competition! It should be painting of the year!

Crystal Cook said...

That is a beautiful painting!! I love how the three of them are sitting close together. Great work Liz!
:)

martinealison said...

Hi Liz!
Magnifique peinture, fraîche de par son naturel et son sujet... Cette scène de vie est extraordinairement bien interprétée. J'aime beaucoup cette toile qui est harmonisée de couleurs aussi douces et tendres qu'ont l'air d'avoir ces trois enfants...
Thank you for your kind comments let on my blog.
Next time i'll try to write you in english!

Watercolorist said...

I love the way you captured their quizzical expressions. I agree with Marie Theron, you should enter this in a competition. It's wonderful.
Jean

jyothisethu said...

liz,

this is amazing painting...
you have beautifully captured the expressions...

congrats...
the painting and the award..

Saundra Lane Galloway said...

Liz...a sweet group of kiddos...Love the skin color you captured beautifully!! Thanks for the positive kudos on my last post!! :) MUCH APPRECIATED!!

Sheila said...

This is a wonderful painting. I cannot help but smile and have such a warm feeling well up inside me when I look at it. Congrats on the award too Liz!!

r garriott said...

Such great body language, marvelous expressions! Wonderful misty background, and beautifully rendered steps. So nice!!

Shelley Ross said...

Hi Liz

Great painting...the way you handled the steps is wonderful.
And those kids are so cute.

I'm coming to SA in July, to Jo'burg, Durban and Whitrivier.
(sorry, not to Capetown on this trip)

I'm hoping that you or one of your SA readers can recommend an art supply store in Jo'burg. I cannot my paints on the flight, so will have to buy some as soon as I get there.

Thanks for any suggestions.

Shelley
Vancouver, BC, Canada

Silver said...

wow. This really is a great looking picture. And Congrats on the award!

;)
~Silver

Becky said...

Beautiful children! Congrats on your award!

CARMELINA LOUNSBURY said...

Oh what a lovely painting...your subject, first of all is adorable, and secondly your execution, the colours...perfectly done!

and I do like Martine's style of art as well!

ciao bella...
looking forward to the 'other' ones you do in this series!

carmelina

Megha Chhatbar said...

I am always speechless by your art! Lovely boys and the background is well painted with detailed steps!

Ramesh Jhawar said...

Aaah...you caught them in a very interesting pose Liz :)... Lovely!!

AutumnLeaves said...

I so love this piece, Liz. The boys look so sweet and so interested in what they are listening to or looking at. You've handled those stone steps so beautifully!!

Arti said...

The kids are so cute..
with a mischievious glint in their eyes..
Nicely painted elizabeth!

Art with Liz said...

Ah Rachel, that's so special coming from you. Many thanks!


Hi there Prabal in your sunny Orange Hat! Thank you. I've just watched RCB lose horribly to MI, so will have to support another team now! Let's see what DC do tomorrow!!

Art with Liz said...

Thank you Laura - what a nice thing to say!


I enjoyed this one Ken and will be doing more in between the birds!! Thank you.

Art with Liz said...

Dear Marie, thank you and yes, I am going to be putting it on exhibition at the beg. of May at Kirstenbosch. Let's hope somebody there likes it too.


Thank you Crystal - they were just so cute and I loved the fella on the right - a future politician!!

Art with Liz said...

Dear Martine, Merci, but I use Google translate so I really don't expect you to send your lovely comments in English! French is not a language used here - we have Afrikaans (akin to Dutch and Flemish) and 9 indigenous languages. Some Portuguese and German, but very little French!


Hi Jean, and thank you. Hopefully I can get it on to the show!

Art with Liz said...

Thank you so much Sethu!


And thank you too, Saundra. Hope you're feeling a whole lot better now!

Art with Liz said...

Dear Sheila, thank you so much. I miss you when you don't post and haven't yet learned to use that fb thing you're into. Don't stay away too long!


Wow R, thank you so much! From you, I treasure the compliment!

Art with Liz said...

Oh Shelley, how can you not come to Cape Town?!!? Whiteriver I can understand and maybe at a push, Durban, but no Cape Town? Cathy Gatland sounds like the kind of person who would know everything in Jo'burg about art supplies. Email her on cathy.asketchintime@gmail.com - her blog is on my side bar under A Sketch in Time. By the way, it's also darned cold in July!!


Thank you so much Silver! Keep smiling!

Art with Liz said...

Hello Becky, thank you so much!


Thank you Carmelina - what a nice thing to say. I'm becoming more aware of composition and was quite happy with this. Martine's work is very special isn't it!

Art with Liz said...

Wow Megha! Thank you so much! I'm still trying.


Thank you Ramesh. They were all so cute sitting on the top of the steps, but these 3 were extra special!

Art with Liz said...

Dear Sherry, thank you so much. They were so good, sitting there waiting for instructions from their teachers and posing for all the happy snappers!


Thank you Arti! You also do kids so well - they're special to paint, aren't they!

Marian Fortunati said...

Having been associated with schoolchildren most of my life, I can just see those personalities in your painting....!!!
I love the way they are waiting for the teacher and adopting the "listening attentively" posture.

Beautiful work, Liz!!

Arti said...

Aah,the trio looks so cute!You have captured their personalities so well in this painting! Would wait for more to come on this subject,Liz.Great work.

sam said...

Thats a wonderful scene Liz, those expressions are priceless)

James Parker said...

Aw, Liz, these little fellows are precious! What a sweet painting.

明宏明宏 said...

I love readding, and thanks for your artical.........................................

rob ijbema said...

super sweet liz
i like the contrast between back and forground wich creates a lot of depth

pc said...

wow !
loved the expresions of these kids !.. you have captured it really well..

Fábio Cembranelli said...

Hi Liz! Lovely composition, I like the composition here! Your texts are also wonderful.

Greener Bangalore said...

very nice sketch

kathleen.artkat.hebert said...

This is so sweet!!!!!!