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A collection of sketches to start 2020.

Sheep

This little collection is just a few sketches to start off 2020. I needed to take a break from the Italy challenge till after chemo. Hopefully they will resume later in the year.

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Our trip to Italy, 2019. Part 3.

Firenze view from Piazzale Michelangelo

The third group of 10 paintings in my Italy Inspiration journey. Tuscany.

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A little Plein-Air sketching with John, August 2019. Silvermere.

Farm road with puddles.

John and Carole came to visit in August and we had a few lovely plein-air sketching sessions on Silvermere.

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Our trip to Italy, 2019. Part 2. Verona, Como & Imola.

Varenna, Lago di Como.

Our wonderful Italy trip continues with the 2nd 10 watercolours inspired by the amazing scenery we saw.

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Our trip to Italy, 2019. Part 1. Venice, Grado & Udine.

Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore. Venezia. Italia. View from San Marco.

This is the first group of paintings, completed. I hope to illustrate scenes from each part of our wonderful trip to Italy,

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A few more random sketches.

Little field mouse

These few were hard to fit into a category, but I wanted to share them anyway.

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Plein-Air painting with John, 2018 Christmas Holiday.

Across the dam, view of the farmyard, Silvermere

Our wonderful new Gazebo made plein-air sketching with John in the 2018 Christmas holiday, such a pleasure !

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More Journal pages, August to December 2018

Spring flowers and bird.

More pages from my Art Journals from the latter part of 2018 and one from 2019.

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A selection of sketches from Sept – Dec 2018

Eucalyptus trees in the grass

A random selection of sketches from the last quarter of 2018

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Candle and Lamps

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Fossil Basin

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White cactus flower

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The 2 Gates

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Field Mouse

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Silvermere, the dam.

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The Gazebo

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Stars on Christmas eve

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Hoopoe

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Guineafowl kop

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Garden Bench

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Piglets

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Garden Fountain

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(Untitled)

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Pens & Inks

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Donkey

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Eucalyptus trees

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Favourite Rose, Jude.

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Sue and Chloe sketch

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Leopard in the grass

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Karoo Landscape, sunrise.

View from the road from Hofmeyr to Cradock, Eastern Cape.

A beautiful early morning roadside landscape was the inspiration for this karoo oil painting.

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Ewe and Twins

Sheep with twins.

Ewe & Twins in oils.

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An Elephant order.

Elephant bull.

This Elephant watercolour was a recent order.

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A few more Journal pages

Guinea fowl & Peacock

A few more art journal pages.

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New Art Journal

Sketch Book 4

My new, homemade, Travelers Notebook, has an art journal section at the back. These are the first 4 pages of it.

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EDM. Every Day in May challenge, 2018

Windmill in Kalahari veld

For the Last 3 years I have taken up the EDM challenge, to paint a new picture on each of the 31 days in May. So this makes it the fourth EDM challenge.

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EDM wildlife 2018

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EDM Portraits 2018

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EDM Miscellaneous 2018

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EDM flowers & trees 2018

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EDM cats 2018

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EDM Buildings 2018

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EDM, Calligraphy 2018

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EDM birds 2018

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EDM rural life 2018

               

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My 2018 Sheep Painting Challenge, no 2

Sheep oil painting

This is the second sheep, oil on canvas, composition, of my new series.

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My 2018 sheep painting challenge. No. 1

Sheep painting no. 1 . the first in the series planned for 2018

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Three Holiday Sketches.

Three little holiday sketches at the end of 2017.

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Christmas 2017, final paintings, – maybe !

Christmas lamb card

My final post for 2017, with one order and my Christmas card !

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Mini Journal

Paperblank journal

Mini Journal page selection for October 2017, something different !

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Lamb on black

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Lambert’s Bay

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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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Cottage

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Family

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Christian

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Wildlife

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Botanicals

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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 October 2016 Exhibition in Burgersdorp.

Burgersdorp Exhibition of Barbara Philip

My first month-long Painting Exhibition took place in Burgersdorp’s new House of Art Gallery in October 2016.

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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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Four Guineas

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Guinea Fowl

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Springbok Karoo

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Prayer

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Tidi

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The Road Ahead 2

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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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At the Foot of the Cross

 

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Rain over Kramberg

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Whitebrowed Sparrow-Weaver

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Frosty Sheep

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Windmill & Gate

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Veld Fire

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Three lambs

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Two Roses

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Silvermere Farmyard

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Sable Antelope

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Fencer – 2, Jack

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Fencer – 1, Piet.

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Sonskyn Road

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Sable Antelope Nursery

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Favourite Coffee

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Autumn over the Stormberg Spruit

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Pentecost

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John & Chloë

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Aliwal North Township

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Breakfast

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Acacia Karoo

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Sheep portrait

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Shearer – 1

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Misty Morning, Silvermere

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Cockerel & Hen

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Shearer – 2

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Farm Cat

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Karoo landscape & windmill

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Common Waxbills

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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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Just for something quite different, – A seascape.

Contemplating the sea is soothing , as this drought drags on.

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Karoo

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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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Hogsback Forests

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Samango Monkey

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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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Salted Lambs

A little experiment with salt to achieve a different texture, on this sketch of 3 lambs.  

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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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Karoo farm Landscape, between Hopetown and Strydenburg.

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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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Gallery: Gardens & Buildings

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Gallery pictures from the 2012 challenge

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The Christmas 2012 Painting Challenge.

John and I decided to try the Christmas Painting Challenge again when he came home for the holidays. It was something we initiated last Christmas (2011). We spent 15 enjoyable days of sketching-sessions, that were mostly chosen from scenes around the farmyard.

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Karoo landscape with Ngunis.

Nguni cattle.

A recent visit to the nearby Nguni farm, ‘Gelykfontein’, was the inspiration behind this new karoo landscape with Nguni cattle .

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Sketching the African Hoopoes.

African Hoopoes

A little sketching opportunity inspired by our beautiful African Hoopoes.

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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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Chelsea Flower Show 2012

Karoo Landscape

How exciting it was to be asked to contribute a backdrop painting to one of the floral displays, on this year’s Chelsea Flower Exhibit from South Africa !

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Nguni Herd Returning Home

Nguni Herd & Herdsman.

This painting has been a long process since the scene first inspired me, one evening exactly 5 years ago, not far from Pofadder.

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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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The completion of Amy’s Book

Amy's Book, cover

A twenty year project of writing a page of poetry each Birthday for my God-daughter, Amy, has been completed.All the pages are now bound in a book for her 21st.

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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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The Christmas 2011 Painting-a-Day Challenge.

Day 13. Agaves on the Dam wall.

During the holidays around Christmas 2011 & New Year 2012, John and I made a 13-day Painting-a-Day challenge, to test our ability to cope with plein-air painting conditions on a regular basis. It was great fun !!

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The Big Mondplaas Nguni Oil, – Revisited

Nguni cattle herd

November dawned with a new challenge and a big order with a deadline; even if it was a repeat of the 2009 Nguni oil painting. Some small changes were made and Makatini and his family were completed in time.

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Mondplaas Ngunis re-visited

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Burgersdorp’s Spring Somerfees.

Africanpainting stall, Burgersdorp Somerfees 2011

Our exhibition at the annual Burgersdorp Spring Festival was an enjoyable and worthwhile in the end, despite the disastrous weather on the first day.

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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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Hofmeyr Road Donkey Cart.

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Bees on the Quince flowers.

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A little Study of the Cape Hare

Cape Hare Study 4

The Cape Hare has been a regular garden visitor lately, so it was an enjoyable task studying him through these sketches.

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The Owl House, Nieu Bethesda

   

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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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Random Roses

Random Roses

   

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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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Remembering the 90’s, & Bon Jovi

Portrait of Jon Bon Jovi. 1998

As an avid fan of Bon Jovi during the 1990’s I painted a couple of portraits in oil that have been gathering dust in the corner of the studio until recently when a friend asked to see them.

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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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Sheep study one. Resting against the workshop wall.

'Sheep resting',- oil painting.

Photographing our sheep through all the seasons & years of living on a sheep farm continually inspires me to paint them.

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Portraits. – Being captivated by Faces.

I have always been inspired to draw and paint faces, despite the challenges. But the vision of one face in particular has captivated of my life.

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Nguni Study Revisited

two Nguni cattle. watercolour

A recent Nguni painting inquiry rekindled my enthusiasm in tackling a new big oil. These are some of the preliminary studies.

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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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Old Overgrown Shed

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Peaceful Early Morning

 

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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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Plein-Air Painting versus Studio-Studies

Painting plein-air is extremely enjoyable especially when accompanied by others. Silvermere has many lovely views for such excursions.

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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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Gardens of Delight at the Bedford Festival

Chestnut Grove painting

A tour through 7 beautiful gardens at the Bedford Garden Festival in October, inspired me to paint this Series of 6 pen & wash sketches; and 20 garden quotes complete this post.

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Black & White in Art and Africa

A retrospective review of Black & White in my art, and associated thoughts in the process of paying tribute to our former President, Nelson Mandela.

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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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For the Love of Fragrant Roses

Oil painting of Roses

The Warthogs that visited our garden recently, were frustrated by the electric fence that protects my precious roses. I am passionate about old fashioned fragrant roses, and they have inspired not only this big painting in my kitchen, but a new one that has just been completed for the September Exhibition.

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‘Tails Up’ & The Silvermere Warthogs

Painting. warthogs.

This story is about living with Optimism, the optimistic demeanour of Warthogs, and my patient wait to capture them running with their tails up. I was finally rewarded when John Oliver captured the perfect photos, here on Silvermere, that inspired this set of Warthog paintings.

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Travel Notebook & High Speed Sketching.

As a passenger on long trips across South Africa, it is good to have something absorbing to do. Taking photographs and sketching the passing scenery is both challenging and enjoyable for me. Through this, my love of pen and wash has been revived, after many years of neglect.

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The Genet and the Starling

Living on a farm means that encounters with wildlife are quite a normal occurrence. This incident happened just outside our living room late one evening, while we were watching television.

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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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Kings and Castles

There was a feeling of exhilaration as my latest commissions came to an end. The possibilities of what to paint next, were quite exciting, particularly since the painting of these two portraits and the home of a friend on a farm near Steynsburg.

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Bundu-bashing through The Baviaanskloof, Exploring more Backroads of the Boundless Karoo

Kudu painting. Baviaanskloof. watercolour

We have had a long-standing ambition to see the legendary Baviaanskloof. So, in May, after a brief visit with family in PE, we took the adventure trail through the Baviaanskloof Wilderness Reserve, and on homeward through our Beloved Karoo.

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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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‘Frantic’, ‘Baby’ & Fragrant Roses (red & blue )

Here is a visual introduction to me and my favourite sheep, a bunch of fragrant roses from my garden and a wonderful quote by Robert Louis Stevenson.

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Porcupines & Aloes

A colony of beautiful Aloe Broomii on Silvermere have been almost completely destroyed by Porcupines. But alongside the cruelty in nature, there is a stunning variety of intricate patterns colours and form. It’s a feast for the eyes, especially if you’re a painter.

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All the Way My Saviour Leads Me

This lovely old hymn, written in calligraphy for my God-daughter, Amy, is the focus of my thoughts today as we welcome on 2009. John Piper’s own blog and his marvellous lists shed inspirational light on the way we can keep our eyes on Jesus throughout the year ahead.

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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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Inspirational quote. 2509

To love what you do and feel that it matters – how can anything be more  fun? Katherine Graham

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Rural Life & Karoo Landscapes

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Birds Archives

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People & Portraits

 

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Gardens & Buildings

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Calligraphy

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