I'm not a still life painter, but these are little ones done in a few hours. And I really enjoyed doing them! Lucky for me, they sold as well at the last exhibition.
Wednesday, May 25, 2022
Monday, May 9, 2022
Monday, April 11, 2022
Called this "In the Light". I painted it from a pic I took from the internet but as I couldn't get permission for the use of it, this was just for me. I loved the way the light came over her shoulder and emphasised the colour of her eye.
Sometimes you see a pic on the internet or tv or wherever and you would love to paint it but cannot find out how to get permission. Ideally one should take own photos, but this is not always possible. And there are such amazing reference pics on the web.
Saturday, January 8, 2022
Wednesday, December 22, 2021
Thursday, April 6, 2017
Thursday, June 9, 2016
Monday, March 28, 2016
Thursday, December 10, 2015
Not usually on a tourist list, Pere Lachaise was worth the trip. It overlooks Paris and is incredibly peaceful and relaxing.
These two were just sitting in the garden half way up the hill, softly drumming. It was wonderful!
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
But to keep the link in cyberspace (or the clouds or wherever it is!), I thought I better put some work up.
Friday, December 19, 2014
These 2 portraits were done mainly from life - with touch ups in the studio from photos. Can't seem to help myself doing little bits afterwards. I'm trying to be more painterly and was quite pleased with these.
Thursday, December 4, 2014
Just thought I'd break the ice and post this painting of two Genadendal locals chatting on a (broken) bench. I also did a separate little painting of the older fellow.
And then let's see how I go keeping this up again.
Saturday, March 22, 2014
I have been avoiding the computer when I can and painting as much as I can. This summer has been a hive of activity with exhibitions running into each other. And of course, with exhibitions one needs paintings!
I have had a month's break but come Monday it's back into the swing of exhibitions again.
I do need to get back into reading all the blogs and catching up with what's going on in blogland, but until then, am posting a few paintings that I did on a long weekend painting trip to Langebaan.
Friday, December 27, 2013
That means the garden needs to be tended regularly otherwise one gets lost in mile high grass! And summer is when we have most of our exhibitions. So I've been painting very regularly - early in the morning when it's still nice and cool. I also have my little TV with me so I can watch that wonderful summer sport - cricket! India is here at the moment and we are into the second day of the second five-day test. Cricket is definitely a game you have to understand to love.
I have work on an exhibition at the moment and then on the 1st January there is another one, followed immediately on the 13th and then again on the 23rd. Different work for all of them!
This is one I'm putting on on the 23rd. It's of a farm hand who works out in the Elgin area, relaxing in the evening, entertaining friends.
I hope everyone had a peaceful Festive Season and may 2014 be the most wonderful year ever!
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
I on the other hand, have been attending to my blog inbetween doing a bit of gardening. Spring is nearly here and the lovely green buds on the trees are out as are some of my spring flowers. Beautiful. So, no painting today, but I did paint yesterday. And this painting is of one of the waitresses at a coffee shop called Melissa's here in Cape Town. This scored highly at the judging, so I'm quite proud of that! And thanks so much for always visiting my very under utilised blog!
Friday, September 6, 2013
On Monday there are 2 exhibitions that I need to put work on and I really don't have much work available, having sold 4 last week. I also have to keep back 3 which were selected for our Annual Exhibition in October and thereafter need to produce another 5 for January!
Isn't life great!
This is one that was selected.
Of a weathered man sitting outside having coffee. Sitting outside in the cold winter weather because he needed to have his ciggie with his coffee.
I will do the rounds sometime next week and catch up with everyone. A special thank you for all your great comments.
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
And this winter has been absolutely gorgeous here in Cape Town - a couple of weeks of rain (which is necessary to fill those depleted dams) and some lovely, lovely warm sunshine. So, apart from the society work that keeps me out of mischief, I have been happily painting in my studio in the back garden (no heating you see!)
Inspired by le Tour de France, I have posted this painting I did a couple of months ago of a cycle tour we have here - The Cape Argus. If you want to see some amazing paintings of le Tour, have a look at Rob Ijbema's blog - he paints the Tour every year!
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
The Art Society takes up a lot of my time these days and at this time of the year there seems to be more activity than normal. We just put our feet up from the exhibitions before Christmas, when there's another one at the end of January to prepare for. And no sooner has that finished when our first Art in the Park at Groot Constantia vineyards was upon us.
And just before the 'silly season' I was off to Cyprus via Paris! My son and daughter-in-law finally decided to get officially married in church after 13 years and 3 children. The wedding was in Cyprus because Barbara's father lives there and what a wonderful wedding and holiday it was, and being with the family and grandchildren was fantastic - Cyprus in winter is worth visiting and the people are so warm and welcoming. Paris for a day was a pleasure as well - instead of paying for a visa for a direct flight to Cyprus, I used my Schengen visa to visit the City of Lights and spend the day at the Musee D'Orsay. What a treat and totally recommended.
And of course, in between been doing some painting. I had two commissions just before Christmas and this rather good looking gentleman (done in watercolour!) was one of them!
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
But that's just another excuse! I have been exceptionally busy, but luckily the last exhibition for the year is now over (just one more but I'm not involved in the organising). But when you've been away from the old easel for so long, it takes an effort to get back into the swing of things. With summer almost here, it should get easier.
I did this particular painting some time ago. It's of Sossusvlei in Namibia, the oldest desert in the world. A lot of the sand is red/orange and very beautiful and this particular vlei is a popular tourist area.
The picture was taken by my watercolour teacher when she was on holiday in Namibia, so a special thank you to Penny for letting me use her photo.
A big thank you to all of you who continue to visit and give me that support that keeps me going. I do visit every now and then but usually briefly and don't leave messages.
Friday, August 10, 2012
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Will try and visit soon, but thanks to everyone for keeping me going.
Saturday, May 5, 2012
So, I think I will have some time on my hands when I'm there, and I am definitely going to try and visit everyone.
For my trip I've painted four portraits so that was also a bit of a rush. At least I finished in enough time for them to dry. Needless to say, all my other painting has taken a back seat and I'm only taking a sketch book to Sweden with me.
So, just to keep this blog alive, these are two portraits I did as a commission for a very lovely lady who comes to my fabric painting lessons. It's nice when you get paid to do what you love, and I loved painting these.
Sunday, April 1, 2012
I'm finding it's taking me longer and longer to finish a painting. And during school term (because of teaching) I find I'm only seriously painting once a week. Monday is my watercolour class, Tuesday to Thursday taken up with everything else, and Friday morning left for painting with the group.
As a result I found that after the last exhibition, I have very little (actually absolutely nothing that I would consider suitable) for the next exhibition which is just around the corner. So I really have to pull my finger out and get into my little studio and do some work.
This was done in the Friday group and sold on the opening night of the last exhibition. Bicycles will always remind me of Ramesh Jhawar who is an expert bicycle painter. This was taken on a plein air outing at a private home - just around a corner I found this gem - the gardener's bicycle propped against the garden shed.
Thursday, February 9, 2012
In January I seemed to be on the go the whole time, with 3 exhibitions to paint for. And then on top of everything it's been so darned hot! It must be the hottest January we've had in years with temperatures in the mid-30's (C that is). The other day, I'm sure it topped 40! But it's cooling down a little now, so the energy levels start to rise again.
I did rather well at the last exhibition which was the South African Society of Artists Merit Exhibition which I qualified for last year. Sold a total of 5 paintings which was rather nice. Considering on the previous 2, I only sold one.
This is one that sold. It was done from a photo taken whilst plein air painting (or trying to) at the Waterfront in Cape Town centre. It's called Dry Dock.
I had a quick trip around all my blogging friends, but haven't left any messages. Will try and revisit in the next day or two. Thanks for putting up with my tardiness!
Sunday, January 1, 2012
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Sharon Wright, an amazing portrait artist living somewhere in England! sent me a portrait she did some time ago, and which I was lucky enough to 'win' in a lucky draw she had, oh, nearly two years ago!
It's taken that long to get to me, living at the bottom end of Africa. No, the postal service was not to blame. The cost of posting was! We tried to think of various (less expensive) ways of getting this lovely lady to her new sunny home, but in the end, Sharon just decided to send it anyway.
And here she is, ready to be taken to the framers as soon as they get back from lounging around on the beach!
Thank you Sharon.