Candle light. Dancing flames. Window reflections. Mirror smooth waters. Wine glasses, full of mystery. Taste miraculously altered with food combinations. Alchemy under star filled skies. Moon edged against ultramarine blue skies. Morning mist, soothing wine monsters. The restaurant at the Turbine did a fabulous meal, paired with wines selected with a magicians art. While the lamb was disappointing, and the beef cheeks cried out
Oil on Canvas 40cmx50cm Lines of fire in my painting, inspired by curved aloe leaves, and primary coloured flowers. Cerulean Blue and Chrome Oxide (Richardson Shiva), with Venice Red and Ultramarine Blue (Lucas 1862) mixed for the grey in the background. Indian yellow deep, and Chrome Yellow (Windsor and Newton Artist), with Red light and Permanent Red Orange (Maimerie) for the flowers. Cadmium Yellow
Oil on Canvas 91cmx122cm A series of vertical lines falling down the large canvas in a drunken stagger. An article on Colour and Composition, notes that horizontal lines suggest peace and tranquility, while vertical lines inflect the painting with strength, courage and authority. The diagonal line of the pathway adding depth, reinforced by the yellow flowers. The flowers within the forest walks have been a revelation.
Bicycles, mud and stories. Battle weary warriors of the Forests. Shining eyes. Shaking hands. Stories. Fading light. Railway line leading the last competitor home. Late nights in the cycle shops. Bicycles made ready for another day. Cuts. Bruises. Smiles. Garden Route 200. As a spectator only! My painting of the Forest. A series of vertical lines falling down the large canvas in a drunken
Oil on canvas 20cmx20cm The flowers within the forest walks have been a revelation, with a profusion of aloes, purple and yellow blossoms, against a cascade of blue-grey foliage. Mineral Violet Light and Deep (Van Dyk No. 46 and 47) for the flower, together with an almost turquisegreen, Veronese Green (Van Dyk 67), from my magic box of paints.
Sun out, monstrous seas at the Heads. The challenge to paint seas that dance. Carefree, with wild abandon. Yet, restless. Full of power. Van Gogh's 'Seascape at Saintes-Maries', an inspiration, as is the incredible abstract painting by Turner, 'Storm at Sea'. Sunshine on the balcony of the apartment making for perfect afternoons where the wine evaporates. Waters of the lagoon, an inviting mirror smooth
Oil on Canvas 50cmx40cm The challenge to paint seas that dance. Carefree, with wild abandon. Yet, restless. Full of power. Spray from the pounding waves, caught in the rainbow hues of morning sunlight. Van Gogh's 'Seascape at Saintes-Maries', an inspiration, as is the incredible abstract painting by Turner, 'Storm at Sea'. The essence of crating an abstract painting still a mystery to me, but I think
Wet for my jog to the view point. Calves screaming up the gradient. Wounded buffalo breathing scaring the tourists. Polly up for her walk. Dark and grey. Surf pounding, although that could be from the last 'meaningful glass' of wine after Coreta's dinner. Paints sluggish in the cooler weather. Working through my stock of paint tubes, there are a few that have the consistency of