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August 2015
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Three hour, slow grilled, pork on the Weber. The last two hours were cooked in Arra Voignier, which I had no idea about. Scrumtious. Voignier the magic ingredient? Sneezing while painting, creates a special brand of mess, as paint flies all over the show. Perhaps, as John suggested, a new art form; Sneeze-ism. Spring wildflowers emerging from the canvas. A kaleidoscope of colours. I chose

Oil on Canvas 90cmx60cm Spring wildflowers emerging from the canvas. A kaleidoscope of colours. I chose an intermediate canvas size (90x60cm) as there seemed too much going on for a small painting, yet the larger canvas would have meant abnormally large pincushion protea. Amongst the mush of colour, botanically, the Arum Lily and Pincushion Protea are somewhat identifiable. A tad more imagination is needed for

Lillie (Lillie Langtry) ca. 1898 watercolor and gouache on paperboard 24 1/4 x 19 3/4 in. (61.7 x 50.2 cm) Frederick Childe Hassam (1859–1935), a pioneer of American Impressionism and perhaps its most devoted, prolific, and successful practitioner, was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts (now part of Boston), into a family descended from settlers of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Equally adept at capturing the excitement of modern cities

Mum here for the week, forcing us to move beyond the confines of Knysna. Scones at the Plettenberg watching the endless waves, looking for whales. A bunch of yellow paint getting everywhere. Doesn't quite explain how my hand managed to get full of blue paint! 'Dogs Life' (From a photo by Berend) Oil on Canvas 76cmx101cm. I wanted to catch the movement of the dogs with

The white boat, Javea - Joaquín Sorolla Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida (1863 – 1923), a post-impressionist artist from Spain, who had two passions in his life - his family and his art. He began to study painting at the age of fifteen in his native Valencia, Spain. At the age of eighteen, he went to Madrid, where he copied Old Master paintings in the Museo

Italian Farmer Oil on Linen 60cmx35cm A painting outside Turin, Italy below the fabulous  Malvira Estate in Canale, which specialises in local cultivars that have been grown in the Piemonte. The canvas, Italian Linen, from an art supply shop in Turin, gives the painting texture. http://janraats.com/2014/06/22/turin-adventure/

Terry in Cape Town for a few days of mischief. The road to George airport almost our most used route at the moment. A stop at Herrolds Bay to watch the waves while the plane lands. The sort of airport wait dreamed up in paradise. Evening storms giving way to patches of sunshine. Polly had a short walk though the park that took us

After the Rain Paul Cornoyer was an American Impressionist style painter famous for his paintings of New York and its suburbs. He was born in St. Louis, Missouri and went to Paris to study at the Académie Julian in 1989. The artist was awarded the prestigious Associate American Academician title in 1909 and his New York city and park scenes gained him acclaim and