Monday, October 27, 2014

The last signs of Winter

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

The last signs of winter still lingering – a row of scorched wooden fencing that now needs replacing…

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

It was still winter

W & N Watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm – no preliminary sketching 12" x 8" unframed

It was still winter – freezing in Tarlton (South Africa) and it had actually just started drizzling. At first I thought it was sleet, but at closer inspection found it was a solid drizzle, and everything was going to be set for a very cold and frosty night! The winter of 2011 seemed to be the coldest we’ve experienced for some years, but you know what they say about a long winter,

’Sunshine’s smile does come my friends,
and a cruel callous winter makes for a balmier summer!’

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Keep wandering

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

Keep wandering, it doesn’t matter when you get there…

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Autumn song

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

A scene in Tarlton (Gauteng, South Africa)

Know’st thou not at the fall of the leaf
How the heart feels a languid grief
Laid on it for a covering,
And how sleep seems a goodly thing
In Autumn at the fall of the leaf?


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Monday, October 20, 2014

Another windpomp and a dam

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

A ‘windpomp’ (windmill) in Magaliesburg. They are such a part of our countryside here in South Africa and they play a specially important part in dry areas like the Karoo where both humans and animals are very dependent on them for water. 

These windmills extract the life blood of the earth and it is usually poured into a cement dam close-by the windpomp. Many farm children swim in these cement dams on sweltering days and I have seen flocks of Egyptian Geese taking a quick, cool dip on their way to somewhere.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

A windpomp in South Africa

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

The first records found of a windpump in South Africa, is from a painting drawn in 1848. Records were found of windpumps as from 1869 and the first import was in 1874. These were wooden constructions. The first all steel windpump was patented in 1855 in England.

Die windpomp

…en vurig en fier soos oor ‘n kleintandooi
die kop geolie en die stert bloedrooi
staan ons ou slyttand met ‘n nuwe rug
oor die jongste boorgat opgerig
- Uittreksel uit ’n gedig deur Leon Strydom

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