Aloes, colour in the winter.

This painting was inspired by the wonderful sea of red, of aloes flowering in July on our quick trip to PE. It sold on the day it was posted on Facebook:   Facebook.- Africanpainting.com

Aloe Ferox

Beautiful Aloes flowering alongside the road near Cookhouse.

Our July 2015 Trans-Karoo trip. -Paintings, part one.

It is about eight years since our last trip through our beloved karoo. So we took a short two day trip from, Colesburg to Hopetown, Prieska, Vanwyk’s Vlei, Canarvon and Loxton, where we spent the night. The next day we meandered home via Three Sisters, Murraysburg, Richmond, Middleburg and Steynsburg. The main purpose of the trip, was to find painting inspiration & to take a new batch of photos. It was a lovely trip, and these few are the first batch of paintings. More will follow in due course.

Karoo Dawn

Dawn on the road between Colesburg & Philipstown.

Deserted Farmhouse

Derelict Farm House

Gravel road

The Road Ahead, near Hopetown.

Karoo Windmill.

Lonely Windmill, near Prieska.

House Ruin

Love this old ruin, near Van Wyksvlei. It could make a perfect stage set.

Just for something quite different, – A seascape.

With our sadly oppressive drought, it is soothing to contemplate a peaceful seascape. This was from a beautiful photograph taken by my friend, Riana, who lives on this beautiful coast near Mossel Bay. It inspired me to paint this sea scene in oils.

Springer Bay Seascape

Seascape

Windmills of the Karoo

Silvermere Windmill

Windmill sketch

When windmills propel gently through the breezes in lazy rotations, or spin frenetically facing into the strong winds that sweep across the karoo plains, I am often mesmerized by them. They knit together the vast expanses of earth and sky, in perfect stately harmony. Like elegant sentinels, windmills tower over the vast expanses of veld that surround them. They have held a deep fascination for me ever since I first settled here many years ago, and have featured quite prominently in most of the karoo landscape paintings I’ve done over the years. Here are 3 small veld scenes and one rough sketch, to add to the catalogue of windmill studies done time and again.

Windmill with Teebus & Koffiebus.

Teebus & Koffiebus with windmill.

Windmill view over Dreunberg

Dreunberg Windmill

Karoo farm view with windmill

Farm road & windmill.

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.