Tag Archives: Watercolour

Lamb on black

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Lambert’s Bay holiday. 2017

Lambert's Bay boat repairs.

This was our West coast experience of beautiful Lambert’s Bay and the inspiration for a few sketches.

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Another farm scenery order.

Aloe Ferox, E. Cape. SA

Another pair of Farm scenery landscapes were ordered recently.

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Shearing Shed

Sheep-shearing

The big shearing shed order took some time, as many different photos were used to compose the scene.

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Every Day in May challenge, 2017.

Meercat, wildlife portrait.

The half of May 2017 was dedicated to the annual EDM challenge, so only 15 paintings this year.

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Karoo

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Birds

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The Buffalo Visit.

Shetching Buffalo

How fortunate to find two Buffalo wandering on our farm, a perfect opportunity to capture them in photographs and in paint !

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Karoo farm gate

Farm Gate, karoo landscape.

A little karoo farm landscape with an old gate.

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The Road Ahead

Karoo road

“The Road Ahead” is always worth recording as a memory of the adventure of wonderful road trips of discovery through our beautiful country.

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Van Wyk’s Vlei Donkey Cart.

Donkey Cart and salt bush.

Passing through Van Wyk’s Vlei in 2015, we saw this delightful donkey cart, that I just had to paint !

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EDM 2016, The Everyday in May Challenge.

Tranquil misty farm view.

This is my second EDM ( Everyday in May challenge ) that is 31 paintings in 31 days ! I enjoyed the journey last year, and managed to finish them all this year too. It is a great way to get going with watercolour sketching or journalling. Lots of disciplined practice.

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Sunset

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Benjamin

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Mopane Woodland

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Grootevallei

Karoo landscape, Grootevallei

This view of the wide Grootevallei that neighbours onto our farm, Silvermere, was my first order for 2016.

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Aloes, colour in the winter.

Aloe Ferox

I have always loved the brilliant reds and oranges of the flowering Aloe Ferox in winter.

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

Gravel road

The first collection of a series of watercolours, inspired by our July 2015 trans-karoo trip.

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Windmills of the Karoo

Windmill view over Dreunberg

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…

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The Every-Day-In-May Challenge, 2015

The discipline of sketching a new picture every day re-ignited my love of painting. This EDM was much more enjoyable than I ever thought it would be.

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Silvermere Meercats.

Meercats on the Ash-heap.

Our little family of meercats that live nearby, were seen recently on an old ash-heap. These two paintings were inspired by them.

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An Old Illustrated Map

An old illustrated map of South Africa has been resurrected. Prints are now available !

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Blue Cranes

Blue Cranes & Karoo Landscape

A pair of Blue Cranes have settled on Silvermere, and inspired this trio of studies. There are 2 sketches and one full watercolour landscape with a flock of cranes.

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Hogsback Holiday

Hogsback Forest, watercolour painting.

In April we visited the delightful forested jewel that is Hogsback in the Eastern Cape. It was a real feast for the senses, and these two forest scenes were particularly inspiring.

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The Amazing Bar-Tailed Godwit

Bar-tailed Godwit

The epic journey of the extraordinary Bar-tailed Godwit is celebrated in this little series of 3 paintings.

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The Spotted Dikkop

A pair of wide-eyed Spotted Dikkops live near by, and their plaintive call can be heard at night quite often.

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Our favourite Swallows

A little study of our Red Cap swallows that come and nest under the verandah roof every summer.

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An Assortment of Requests

Zambezi Valley Buffalo

Four recent commissions, – a real assortment !

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Ngunis among Acacia Karroo

3 Nguni cattle and thorn trees

The striking white thorns on the Acacia Karroo are a striking contrast to the patterns on the Nguni Cattle. This series explores that relationship.

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Farewell to the Fields of Fieldmoor

Fieldmoor farm Composite

We are sad to see our good friends, Kenny & Margie leave Knapdaar, so I took the opportunity to paint this farm composite as a farewell gift.

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A few plein-air sketches with John

Farm Road.

John came to visit us on the farm, so we did a few plein-air studies, without the pressure of the Challenge at Christmas 2011.

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Kalahari Leopard

Kalahari Leopard

I came across the photo of this leopard on red Kalahari sand, and felt inspired to paint her.

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Eland Antelope Study.

Kruger's Kop with 3 Eland

It was an enjoyable exercise, getting familiar with eland antelope again, before the watercolour study for a recent order.

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ATC’s. – Artist Trading Cards.

Artist Trading Cards

ATC’s , or Artist Trading Cards are a popular trend of miniature artworks and collages. This batch was my latest Sunday play session, to see if I could make some too,

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Road through the Mopanes

The beautiful woodland trees of Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) bring back wonderful nostalgic memories; and this Mopane forest is so reminiscent of those travels during my youth.

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Karoo Interlude

Karoo hills & windmill.

Despite my love for the tropical Bushveld of my youth, these vast reaches of the Karoo have become an enduring inspiration in my search for new landscape to paint.

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Rock Pigeons over the Sunflower Fields of the Freestate.

2 rock pigeons

Rock Pigeons and fields of sunflowers posed some considerable challenges with this commission.

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Sheep Study Two

Sheep. 'Ewe with twins, cold winter morning'.

The ease and convenience of digital photography has made it possible to capture our sheep, in every quirky and entertaining pose. I doubt that I will ever lack inspiration.

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Beautiful Bokmakierie

Bokmakierie

Beautiful and lemon-bright Bokmakieries in our winter garden are a delight to see and sketch !

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Old World Vulture – visions

Rueppell's Griffon & Whitebacked Vulture

The recent commission to paint Whitebacked vultures in the Maasai Mara in Kenya, inspired me to make some extra sketches.

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Serengeti Cats

Wild Cats of the Serengeti and the grassveld were the challenges of this recent set of commissioned paintings.

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A quiet country road after the rain.

'Country road' painting

This captivating little road scene inspired me after a recent trip to Johannesburg.

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Spring has sprung on Silvermere.

Painting of Violets

New willow leaves, and the spring, have arrived, and the garden blossoms while we wait for the rain!

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The Feathered Fruit-eaters in our Garden

Painting of Cape White-eyes eating Grapes

The Fruit-eating birds are delightful distraction on the bird table outside my studio window, and all around our garden.

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A Pastoral Study of Winter Colours

Painitng of a farm road

A recent trip around our district inspired this set of winter landscapes.

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A Trio of Orders

Three very varied and challenging paintings made up my latest commissions.

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Sheep May Safely Graze

‘Sheep may safely graze’, is the theme, and though we may rest safely in the care of our precious Lord Jesus, the sheep depicted here, on the farms in our district are never safe from the threat of predators.

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Mother Patrick, St Patrick’s Blue, & a trio of Blue Studies.

Freestate landscape painting

Considering Blues and Greens in 3 watercolour landscapes & reflections on Mother Patrick & St Patrick, on St Patrick’s Day.

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An Architectural Study.

In commemoration of the Burgersdorp Gereformeerde Kerk’s 150th Anniversary, I have undertaken a study of this beautiful church.

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The First Study of our Silvermere Meerkat Family

Meercat painting

On Silvermere we have our own entertaining Meerkat Family, like my favourite Soapie, ‘Meerkat Manor’. I have secretly photographed them through a broken window in the shed, and started painting them in this first group of studies.

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G.K.Chesterton and the Donkey

My Love of Donkeys and the gifted writings of G.K.Chesterton inspired this post. In recent years Donkey Carts have become popular in paintings, and I am constantly challenged by a need to keep them authentic.

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The Lion, the Lamb, and the Exhibition.

Lion painting

Our First Exhibition in almost two years, was a great success! It was preceded by a flurry of activity and two quick paintings that inspired the inclusion of this meaningful verse; “The lion and the Lamb”

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Feeding The Birds

Guinea Fowl and Weavers. painting

The daily ritual of feeding our guinea fowl and all the other birds that arrive for the feast, inspired not only these sketches and paintings, but a reflection on how the birds can teach us to have faith in our Heavenly Father.

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A Study of Nguni Cattle

Nguni cattle have been painted skilfully by many artists, but I never considered that it might become my own challenge too. In 2007 I received a commission to paint them, and so began a long journey that culminated, just recently, in the completion of this BIG oil painting of Ngunis.

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Zerendipity Zebras (Serendipity Zebras)

It is not often that a coincidence like this happens in painting; when I receive two separate commissions containing zebras, both destined for America. “Serendipity” seemed like an appropriate word to describe this chance occurrence.

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Hello all, and Welcome to my Blog!

As an avid journal-keeper and illustrator, I have decided to share with you all, the peace and the passions that inspire me everyday.
In this first post, a brief introduction is followed by a glimpse of how I sketch from the computer monitor, with my sketchpad propped up by the keyboard.

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