Monday, December 13, 2010

Pensioners Tea, Kistenbosch

My blogging has seriously been off lately.  Have just noticed it's two weeks since I posted.  In fact, I've been avoiding the computer just lately - spending more time in the garden which needs tending to more often now with all this new growth!  Plus it's kind of nice outside in the Summer Sunshine.

I spotted these two lovely older ladies at Kirstenbosch one Tuesday (pensioners get free entrance on Tuesdays) having a cup of tea from their picnic basket.  Note the elegance of the china cup!

I so enjoyed painting this one, and for once put in a background of trees!  Hope you enjoy it too.

45 comments:

Dana Cooper said...

This is a very fun piece Liz, great job! Love the tree too!!

Watercolorist said...

This is exquisite. You have managed to portray the characters so wonderfully. The tree in the background also adds nice depth to the piece.
Jean

Carol Blackburn said...

It is wonderful, Liz. I love the feeling of an actual snipped of life, I almost feel like I'm there looking at these people. Love the background, too.

art2cee2 said...

What a beautiful painting! Summer, hmmmm winter in Va. and they are calling for snow. Enjoy your nice weather ;-)

hmuxo said...

Amazing painting Liz! these two ladies look like they will be getting up at any moment. The bench is painted beautifully as well as the background!

Tweedles -- that's me said...

This painting is fantastic!
What a splendorious job!
The ladies are so pretty, and your art work makes this look like a photograph, or looking at them through a window.
The trees in the back ground, the bench , their tea cups.... just makes this a beautiful painting
love
tweedles

martinealison said...

Plein de tendresse et de poésie... Très belle atmosphère... Elles sont belles ces deux dames... En cette période de noël, il est bon de les mettre à l'honneur et de ne pas oublier que beaucoup d'entre elles seront très seules ce jour-là.
Je vous félicite pour cette peinture qui me remplie d'émotion.
Bisous

Anthony Duce said...

They look so comfortable together. A wonderful painting… Time away from the computer can be good, especially for time to paint like this.

Marian Fortunati said...

OMG, Liz.... This is absolutely wonderful...

One of your best I'd say... Really really fabulous... The color, the light the feeling...the story!

Prabal said...

I enjoyed it a lot. This is so full of life. And this painting speaks to you as if saying 'Life is wonderful'.

p.s. I think I have not posted 'Soldier's prayer' in my blog. Must have missed it out myself.

padmaja said...

One of your best Liz, you brought out their zest for life through this portrayal.Glad to see them enjoying the sunshine as much their leisure time!

Sharon Wright said...

A stunning piece, Liz. It exudes peace and comfort, two people stopping to smell the roses, so to speak. So well done, a little gem.

Susan Roux said...

Such a precious painting! I love what you captured here. Isn't it nice to know that even when we grow old, there will always be someone to picnic and share tea with. It warms the heart just thinking about it.

Enjoy gardening for the rest of us...

marty said...

cette peinture est superbe Liz et
très émouvante aussi ! j'aime
beaucoup !
bisous

Priti said...

Beautiful painting- love the expressions on their faces.

**CREATIVE CARMELINA** said...

Oh this is gorgeous! and what a moment to capture...I love that! the shadows are brilliant and the colours so rich and warm!

thanks for sharing! tomorrow is Watercolour Wednesday and I've not a clue what I'm going to do.....but thanks for the inspirations!

ciao bella
Creative Carmelina

Mary said...

Liz, you have perfectly captured a moment in the lives of these lovely ladies and have told a captivating story through your painting. This is truly stunning. It's fun to read about your work in the garden in summer there. Here in the U.S., many of us are colder than normal, even at our home in North Florida. Paint on--we love your amazing work.

sam said...

Aww Liz I love your paintings of people. This is a real treasure, youve not only captured their characters and conversation, youve also painted it wonderfully.

travelingsuep said...

You have captured a great moment in this painting.

r garriott said...

What a lovely little slice of life. china cups-- such class!

Arti said...

Lovely painting, Liz...good thing you are busy with your other hobbies, but keep posting your lovely art in between!

Marie Theron said...

The painting is so good, Liz! When I saw the thumbnail I thought it would be a photo. This is full of character, you really observe people well!

kathleen.artkat.hebert said...

This is so sweet!!! You have really captured a mood. Lovely.

marty said...

hello Liz, I wish you a happy Christmas and the best for the
next year !
bisous

Becky said...

I love it! But of course I love little old people! I can only imagine what they are chatting about!Merry Christmas!!

Willy. CREALINELIJNEN said...

Sugar and spice!
Let's talking about...
Great job.
Merry Xmas, Willy

Humberto Dib said...

Great work, congtats! I'm going to follow you.
Cheers from Argentina.
Humberto.

www.humbertodib.blogspot.com

Vern Schwarz said...

Beautiful painting Liz. You captured their facial expressions perfectly.

Art with Liz said...

Wow, I'm so out of date!

Thank you Dana for your lovely comment.


Dear Jean thank you - hope it brings back memories of Cape Town for you.

Art with Liz said...

Hi Carol, thank you - I enjoyed these two!


Hi there Crystal - thank you and yes, it's actually been a bit too warm - nice today though!

Art with Liz said...

Thank you so much Hilda!


Dear special Tweedles - thank you ever so much !

Art with Liz said...

Wow Martine, you are so right about the elderly being forgotten over this period. Thank you for the lovely comment.


Gosh Tony thank you, but my time away from the computer is getting longer and longer - like our lovely Summer days!

Art with Liz said...

Gosh Marian, thank you thank you thank you !!


Hi Prabal - thank you dear friend and I'm glad I got to see Soldiers Prayer - it's awesome.

PS Sorry about the cricket! (Not really!)

Art with Liz said...

Thank you so much for a lovely comment Padmaja!


From one who does people so perfectly! Thank you Sharon!

Art with Liz said...

Thank you Susan for a lovely comment. And my garden is calling constantly this summer!


Merci Marty! I didn't have to translate your comment this time !!

Art with Liz said...

Thank you Priti, for the comment and the visit. By the way, I just can't figure out where you live!! USA?


Hi Creative Carmelina! Thank you and I see you found something really special for Watercolour Wednesday!

Art with Liz said...

Thank you Mary. And the weather has been (sometimes too) hot!


Hi there Sam and thank you so much!

Art with Liz said...

Hi Sue - thank you!


Thank you R! I also thought the china cups were just such a nice touch. Really appreciate your commenting on my work.

Art with Liz said...

Hi Arti, thank you and yes - so much to do in Summer - like watching SA play India!


Dear Marie, thank you. I must try and get up your way this Summer.

Art with Liz said...

Gosh Kath, thank you, I really appreciate your comment.


Hi there Becky. Old people have such character don't they!

Art with Liz said...

Hi Willy thank you. Sugar and spice? That was many years ago for these two! Now they're just all things nice!


Hi Humberto, thank you for the comment and the visit. Your writing is amazing even in translation!

Art with Liz said...

Hi Vern, thank you so very much!

Dean H. said...

The sun warms the painting...the subjects warm the heart! Beautiful, Liz.
Also live that background!

Nancy Goldman said...

This is beautiful and captures such a tranquil moment.

sherryscarvings said...

liz, I love this painting. Actually all. but this one moves me. I just love elders.
I would like to envite you to follow my blog to love to have you.
Have a wonderful weekend!!
Sherry