Sunday, October 23, 2016

Magaliesberg cliffs

Acrylic painting on un-stretched canvas sheet -- 12" x 9" unframed

A view of the Magaliesberg cliffs (NorthWest Province, South Africa), one of the few places where the White-backed Vulture still roams freely.

The Magaliesberg are among the oldest mountains in the world, almost 100 times older than Everest. They stretch for 120km from Bronkhorstspruit Dam east of Pretoria to Rustenburg in the west and separate the highveld grasslands to the south from the bushveld savannah in the north.

Sheer quartzite cliffs face south, overlooking a wide valley and a smaller ridge similar in shape and structure to the Magaliesberg.

ITEM ID : MagaliesbergCliffsAcrylic
PRICE : R350.00 postage included in South Africa

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The voice of the sea

Acrylic painting on Giverny 240gsm acrylic multi-medium paper – 12″ × 8″ unframed

The voice of the sea speaks to the soul. The touch of the sea is sensuous, enfolding the body in its soft, close embrace.
- Kate Chopin, ‘The Awakening’

Some of our most stunning beaches and wild seas are to be found in Ballito, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. Unlike the beaches further North, the Dolphin Coast has the most wonderful rocks and boulders on the beaches, extending into the sea for some distance during low tide. Whenever I visit the area, I can spend hours on the rocks, just watching the motion of the sea.

To me it speaks of the mysteries of its depths, the countless lives that have been lost traversing its great expanse, lost treasure and the rich diversity of its animal life, sometimes evident in shells and strange bits and pieces washing ashore. What an awesome piece of our planet!

ITEM ID : VoiceOfTheSeaAcrylic
PRICE : R350.00 postage included in South Africa

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Tarlton landscape

Acrylic painting on Giverny 240gsm acrylic paper - 12" x 9" unframed - done on location in Tarlton (gauteng, South Africa)

Not far from us a friend has a dam on his smallholding. When we visited, it gave me a chance to try my hand at some Acrylics, no sketching beforehand.

ITEM ID : TarltonLandscapeAcrylic
PRICE : R350.00 postage included in South Africa

Moonlit beach

Done from memory – Acrylic painting on primed un-stretched Canvas sheet - 12" x 9" unframed

The beaches at St. Lucia way up on the North Coast of KwaZulu Natal (South Africa) are some of the most beautiful in our country and I was lucky enough to be there one moonlit night to witness the spectacular rising of the moon in the East.

ITEM ID : MoonlitBeachAcrylic
PRICE : R350.00 postage included in South Africa

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Fantasy Arums

Acrylic painting on Gesso primed un-stretched acid-free canvas sheet  8" x 12" unframed

Definitely a first for me, doing a subject that is not true to life. I mean, really, Orange Arums?! What next?! Normally for me, as here, once I apply a back-ground, that normally sets the tone for the rest of the colour palette. And it seemed a natural progression of incorporating orange as the contrast to the yellow back-ground.

ITEM ID : FantasyArumsAcrylic
PRICE : R350.00 postage included in South Africa 

Friday, October 7, 2016

Cockadoodledoooo! Good morning!

Acrylic painting on Gesso primed acid free acrylic un-stretched canvas – 12″ × 9″  unframed

This chap was amongst all Solly’s chickens as they strolled through my garden, picking up tit-bits here and there, but he was smaller than all the other roosters and kept to  one side, keeping an eye on the big Black Pirate, who seemed to be in charge of the barnyard. But every now and then he did let it be known that he was around!

ITEM ID : GoodMorningRoosterAcrylic
PRICE : R350.00 postage included in South Africa

Monday, October 3, 2016

Dark reaction

Acrylic painting on un-stretched canvas sheet 12" x 9" unframed

The dark within awakes.
My very breath it takes.

Bloody black feelings stir
growing shadowy black fur.
A drop of hate -
A torrent of anger -
A sheet of darkness -
A shard of light-

I lost track.
~ Mau Rose

ITEM ID : DarkReactionAcrylic
PRICE : R350.00 postage included in South Africa

Saturday, October 1, 2016

The Awakening

 W&N watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm - 8" x 12" unframed
Like a flash of lightening on a dark quiet night
Creativity erupts.
It overflows the senses,
Spilling out like liquid inspiration.

Living our Authentic Power means listening to the voice within, regardless of the pressure of social conditioning or any authority or peer group belief systems.  You are a unique individual and have your own path to traverse.  Your path is not necessarily the path of others. 

It is the voice within that knows best for us and will always guide us in the right direction for our soul evolution.  Honouring this inner wisdom means that we are aligning our human selves with our souls, for the purpose of spiritual growth.  It means that we are being who we truly are - a magnificent spark of the Creative Force.  Anything less than this is a chaining of the soul, and will create pain.

ITEM ID : TheAwakening
PRICE : R350.00 postage included in South Africa

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Magaliesburg landscape

Acrylic on Gesso primed Acrylic Canvas sheet – 12"×9” unframed – Done on location in Magaliesburg, Gauteng, South Africa.

ITEM ID : MagaliesburgLandscapeAcrylic
PRICE : R350.00 postage included in South Africa

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The Superwoman

W&N Watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm - 8" x 12" unframed

What will the superwoman be, of whom we sing -
She who is coming over the dim border
Of Far To-morrow, after earths disorder
Is tidied up by Time? What will she bring
To make life better on tempestuous earth?
How will her worth
Be greater than her forbears? What new power
Within her being will burst into flower?

She will bring virtue; but it will not be
The pale, white blossom of cold chastity
Which hides a barren heart. She will be human -
Not saint or angel, but the superwoman -
Mother and mate and friend of superman.
- Extract from "The Superwoman" by Ella Wheeler Willcox

ITEM ID : TheSuperwoman
PRICE : R350.00 postage included in South Africa


Sunday, September 25, 2016

Midnight in town square

Oil painting on un-stretched canvas sheet 12" x 9" (30cm x 23cm) unframed

An imaginary scene of midnight in a Town Square after a down-pour. 

ITEM ID : MidnightTownsquareOil
PRICE : R350.00 postage included in South Africa

Friday, September 23, 2016

A handful of Southerly wind

A handful of Southerly wind - Black waterproof Pilot Calligraphy Lettering Pen sketch, candle wax and W&N ‘Sepia’ watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm -- 8" x 12" unframed

The historic mining village of Kaapsehoop is situated about 25 kilometers from the town of Nelspruit in the South African province of Mpumalanga. It is within this paradise-like setting that the legendary wild horses of Kaapsehoop roam freely. Kaapschehoop has the only wild herds in South Africa, whilst the other nearest known wild horse occurrence is in Namibia.

ITEM ID : AHandfulOfSoutherlyWind
PRICE : R350.00 postage included in South Africa

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Light after the storm

Acrylic on Giverny 240gsm acrylic paper - 12" x 8" unframed

Cape Langklip Lighthouse – This lighthouse gets its name from the nearby mountain with a “hanging” shape. It is situated at the entrance to False Bay, Western Cape, South Africa. A 23 meter reinforced concrete tower, it was commissioned on 25 November 1960.

This beacon was built by means of the moving form shuttering principle and is powered by a triple diesel mutual alternator. This shining optic shoots a revolving electric light across the Atlantic Ocean every 10 seconds visible for 25 nautical miles at a focal plane of 34 meters. This cylindrical tower of reinforced concrete emits a candle power of 800 000 CD across the waters yet looks like nothing more than a white candle sunk into the sand to create a romantic glow in the breeding ground of the Southern Right Whale.

An unmanned lighthouse guarding a picturesque coastline reminds those at sea that they are not alone.
Built in only 6 days this 22 meter lighthouse tower has been keeping sailors, seafarers and fisherman safe since 1960. In 1986 a telemetry system was installed allowing the lighthouse to be monitored from Cape Point.

ITEM ID : LightAfterStorm
PRICE : R350.00 postage included in South Africa

Monday, September 19, 2016

A woman's friendship

W&N watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm - 8" x 12" unframed

Flowers for a friend in need.

ITEM ID : AWomansFriendship
PRICE : R350.00 postage included in South Africa

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Seagulls at Durban Harbour

W&N watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm - 12" x 8" unframed
Grey-headed Gull (Larus cirrocephalus)

The Port of Durban, commonly called Durban Harbour, is the largest and busiest shipping terminal in sub-Saharan Africa. It handles up to 31.4 million tons of cargo each year and is the fourth largest container terminal in the Southern Hemisphere.

When visiting my daughter in Ballito on the North Coast, I always make a special trip to Durban just to go and see the Seagulls. For some unknown reason, there are no seagulls in the Ballito area.

The closest two breeding colonies of the Grey-headed gull to Durban are the large nesting concentrations at Lake St Lucia up the North Coast and in Gauteng Province (believe it or not!). The total southern African population of this species has been estimated at about 2000 pairs. Durban Bay, where up to 920 individuals were counted during one study, therefore seasonally supports a highly significant proportion of the total southern African population during the non-breeding season.

ITEM ID : SeagullsDurbanHarbour
PRICE : R350.00 postage included in South Africa

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Saturday, August 6, 2016

Aloe vera (A. barbadensis) Botanical print

Ink and watercolour sketch
Available for sale at RedBubble

Often called the ‘Miracle Plant’, aloe vera has been used around the world for the last 4000 years.
There are many species of aloe vera plant, but only a few have tangible health or medicinal properties. Aloe Vera or “true aloe” contains over 200 different ingredients, such as:

~ Vitamins
~ Minerals
~ Amino acids
~ Enzymes
~ Polysaccharides and more

Aloe vera doesn’t actually cure anything itself; but it gives your body all the nutrients it needs to get back to its natural balance… and heal itself.

The genus is native to tropical and southern Africa, Madagascar, Jordan, the Arabian Peninsula, and various islands in the Indian Ocean (Mauritius, RĂ©union, Comoros, etc.). A few species have also become naturalized in other regions (Mediterranean, India, Australia, North and South America, etc.) The most widely known species is Aloe vera, or “true aloe”, so called because, though probably extinct in the wild, it is cultivated as the standard source of so-called “aloe vera” for assorted pharmaceutical purposes.

“You ask me what were the secret forces which sustained me during my long fasts.

Well, it was my unshakable faith in God, my simple and frugal lifestyle, and the Aloe

whose benefits I discovered upon my arrival in South Africa at the end of the 19th century.”

Mahatma Gandhi

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Gums and bees - Botanical

W&N watercolour and ink on Bockingford 300gsm - 8" x 12" unframed 
Eucalyptus is the most widely planted hardwood genus in the world, covering more than 19 million hectares. South Africa relies heavily on plantations of exotic forestry species, particularly Eucalyptus, to meet its timber needs.

Eucalyptus is a diverse genus of flowering trees and shrubs belonging to the myrtle family, Myrtaceae. There are no indigenous eucalypts in South Africa, but they play an important role in our ecology, especially to the Bee-keeping industry. Bee-keepers need a supply of forage (food) for their colonies throughout the year. Because Eucalyptus flower at various times of the year, they provide a constant and reliable flow of nectar and a source of pollen, making them essential to the bee-keeping industry.

South Africa’s honey bees are under threat. They face diminishing habitat and forage resources, attack by the Varroa mite pest and American Foul-brood disease, pollution from pesticides, and stress from being worked hard to provide a pollination service. For honey bee populations to withstand these stresses, a healthy diet is critical for a fully-functioning immune system.

So next time you drive past a Eucalyptus tree, give a thought to the important role this tree plays in our landscape.

ITEM ID : GumsAndBees
PRICE : R350.00 postage included in South Africa

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Kei-apple Botanical - and a Chameleon

Ink sketch and watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm – Kei Apple tree and a Flap-necked Chameleon (Chamaeleonidae – Chameleo dilepis) - 12" x 8" unframed

Kei-apple, Dovyalis caffra, is well known all over the eastern parts South Africa, common in open bush and wooded grassland, and often near termite mounds. It belongs to a cosmopolitan family, the Flacourtiaceae, which are all good, fruit-bearing shrubs or trees, very often armed with vicious spines, and its name derives from the Kei River where it grows in abundance as a thick, shiny, spiny shrub up to three metres in height. The branches are armed with straight, robust spines up to 7 cm long.

Fresh, ripe fruits are rich in Vitamin C and pectin and, following the example of the Pedi people who squeeze the juice onto their pap (porridge), they make an excellent addition to a fruit salad and to muesli and yoghurt. Nature seems to know best when to give us the right foods to boost our immune systems in preparation for the onslaught of winter colds and ‘flu.

Last year my trees also bore an abundance of fruit for the first time ever and I ascribe this to the fact that we get heavy frost here in Tarlton (South Africa). It has taken almost seven years for my trees to reach just over three meters tall and I was absolutely thrilled to have the fruit. Of course I had to try them but they really are too acidic, with a slight hint of sweetness, to enjoy on a full-time basis. And I’m therefore also not surprised at all that Torti, my Leopard Tortoise, did not touch any that had fallen on the floor. But they look really beautiful displayed in a dish!

The Chameleon is wishful thinking - I haven't seen one in my garden for over ten years!
ITEM ID : KeiAppleBotanical
PRICE : R350.00 postage included in South Africa

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Artemis and the girls

Ink sketch and W&N watercolours on a coffee back-ground – NescafĂ© instant, black and very strong! – Bockingford 300gsm - 12" x 8" unframed

As I sat on the lawn one morning, enjoying our gorgeous Autumn weather, I decided to do a quick sketch of Artemis keeping a watchful eye on the girls as they scratched for titbits on the lawn. As long as they are happy, he won’t move, so he makes a perfect subject!

ITEM ID : ArtemisAndTheGirls
PRICE : R350.00 postage included in South Africa

Monday, March 28, 2016

Believe in yourself

"Believe in yourself" - W&N watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm - 8" x 12" unframed

I learned that it’s completely fine to try and fail, to put yourself out there and not be perfect, to create something and have people judge you.

If I could give one tip for people - it's not an exercise or nutrition regimen. It's to walk your talk and believe in yourself, because at the end of the day, the dumbbell and diet don't get you in shape. It's your accountability to your word.
- Brett Hoebel

ITEM ID : BelieveInYourself
PRICE : R350.00 postage included in South Africa

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