The Every-Day-In-May Challenge, 2015

The Every-Day-in-May Challenge seems to be quite popular with many artists, but I only discovered the trend this year.  I decided to give it a go, but chose not to use the popular subject prompts. I did a picture every day in May inspired by the day’s events or particular beauty found on that day. So, here are the daily sketches in order from 1 to 31 for the number of days in May. Please note that they are all a uniform size, ( 7.50 x 5.75 inches, or 190 x 145 mm ) They are in a small sketch book that has only 30 pages. The 31st May sketch is on a separate piece of paper measuring , 9.50 x 6.30 inches or 240 x 160 mm. None of these sketches appear in the galleries on the right, so email me if you are keen on purchasing any of them, and quote me the day and number of the drawing.

Pears Soap

Pears Soap

Lynx or Caracal

Lynx or Caracal

Warthogs

Warthogs

Autumn leaves

Autumn leaves

Lamb Races

Lamb Races

Travel Sketch

Travel Sketch

Patricia

Patricia

Nasturtiums

Nasturtiums

Windmill & water tank.

Windmill & water tank.

Egyptian Geese on the dam.

Egyptian Geese on the dam.

Ground Squirrel

Ground Squirrel

Chloë

Chloë

Hill & house.

Hill & house.

Spotted Eagle Owl

Spotted Eagle Owl

My dear husband, John.

My dear husband, John.

Crows on Agaves

Crows on Agaves

Two little Lambs

Two little Lambs

Rose. 'Sheila's Perfume'.

Rose. ‘Sheila’s Perfume’.

Out walking with John.

Out walking with John.

Pair of Steenbuck.

Pair of Steenbuck.

Moonrise reflection, with windmill.

Moonrise reflection, with windmill.

Three White Horses

Three White Horses

Windmill & Pepper Tree

Windmill & Pepper Tree

Sheep arriving for the evening feed.

Sheep arriving for the evening feed.

Laughing Doves

Laughing Doves

Sunset Windmill.

Sunset Windmill.

Persimmons.

Persimmons.

Border Collie, 'Scot'

Border Collie, ‘Scot’

NG Kerk, Burgersdorp. detail.

NG Kerk, Burgersdorp. detail.

pair of Yellow Mongoose.

pair of Yellow Mongoose.

Silvermere, farm road.

Silvermere, farm road.

 

 

Silvermere Meercats.

We have a family of meercats that live in several sets of holes around our farmstead. In this main picture they are gathered together around holes on an old ash heap. It is a perfect place to look out for danger on all sides. They have moved on since, but were there long enough for me to take some lovely photos from which I did this big rice paper painting, with watercolour and gouache. The smaller painting is not from one of my photos.

Meercats on the Ash-heap.

The Ash-heap Meercats

Meercats. Mom & Babe

Mom & Babe, Meercats

An Old Illustrated Map

Next year it will be 30 years since I painted this illustrated map of South Africa. It is no longer very topical with regards to South Africa at this time in history, but many of the interesting places for sightseers of South Africa, are still there. There are also a few additions that are not to be seen; like the presence of ‘Jock of The Bushveld’, a story well loved by most South Africans ; and the Bartholomew Diaz’s caravel, which reached Kwaaihoek in 1488. Diaz erected a cross there, not far from Boknes, on the East Cape coast, where we used to go for holidays.

This map is not for sale, however, I have been asked to make prints of it. So we took the painting out of it’s frame to photograph, and a few A3 & A2 prints have now been made.

Map of South Africa. Illustrated. 1986

1986 Illustrated Map of South Africa

Blue Cranes

Blue Cranes & Karoo Landscape

Karoo Landscape with Blue Cranes

Since May, a pair of Blue Cranes has settled on Silvermere. It is really quite unusual that they have made themselves at home here. Yesterday, while hanging out the washing, I heard their wistful calls and saw them circling high overhead. Usually we only see the occasional visiting cranes just passing through. We used to say that they were a rain omen, one of the many that farmers in our part of the karoo use to predict the rains.  I have taken a few photos of ‘our’ pair, and felt inspired to paint them again, for the first time since way back in 1995 & 1997.

Pair of Blue Cranes

Two Blue Cranes

In those days, we saw big flocks of them in the Caledon district, and several paintings followed. But, more recently I photographed a flock that we saw on a trip home from the Nieu Bethesda district. This big watercolour depicts the cranes in the landscape where I saw them.  The other 2 sketches were drawn from photos of our new resident pair of beautiful and graceful Blue Cranes.

 Blue Crane sketches

Sketching Blue Cranes

Hogsback Holiday

In April we took a short holiday to Hogsback to commemorate our 40th wedding anniversary. What a change it was compared to our dry and barren karoo. It is a wonderful jewel of forests and waterfalls and “fairies” ! It inspired these 2 forest scenes, and even a little Samango monkey sketch.  We saw so many of them in the trees around Hogsback, and even in the village itself. We stayed at beautiful Nibelheim.  Hogsback is an extraordinary place!!

Hogsback Forest.

To the Fairy Meander.

Samango monkey.

Hogsback. Swallowtail Falls

Beautiful river and falls and paths to explore through the forests of Hogsback

Swallowtail Falls.