Nguni Herd Returning Home

Exactly 5 years ago to the day, we took a trip across the karoo from Beaufort West to Fraserberg, Calvinia, Loeriesfontein, Springbok, Pofadder, Koupan, Prieska and Philippolis .

While we were visiting Poffadder, we took a couple of trips down towards the Orange River to Pella and Ontseepkans. On one of these trips we passed this scene of a herdsman bringing his cattle home. It was evening, and the soft glow as the sun went down, shone through the dust and that striking scene has been imprinted on my mind ever since.

So I have been on a quest to replicate it as I remember.

It may have taken me 5 years to get around to it, but I am glad that the urge has been satisfied at last.


Nguni Herd & Herdsman.

Nguni Herd Returning Home. Oil on Canvas. 1500 x 740 mm.



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  1. Posted 1 May 2012 at 10:41 am | Permalink

    Beautiful Mom!

    • Posted 2 May 2012 at 11:57 am | Permalink

      Thanks John. Check out the framed picture on the latest post. Didn’t get the photo light enough though.

  2. Posted 2 May 2012 at 9:19 am | Permalink

    I’m glad you finally painted it, it’s lovely. I like how you have captured the dust and the latent heat.

    • Posted 2 May 2012 at 11:56 am | Permalink

      Thanks Sue, yes the dryness & dustiness was important for the atmosphere of the painting. Something you are very familiar with where you live I should think 🙂 ?

  3. Melodie
    Posted 10 May 2012 at 7:27 pm | Permalink

    Barbara….it is a WONDERFUL picture…..I could feel the movement and the dust….AWESOME….!!

  4. Posted 22 May 2012 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

    What a beautiful atmospheric scene, beautifully painted – and on such a large scale, it must be so impressive in real life!

    • Posted 23 May 2012 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Cathy ! I was a bit sad to see it go! When a picture takes a long time to paint, one certainly does get attached to it !

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