September 2015
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Canal Saint-Denis, Paris ca. 1876-1882 The art of Stanislas Lépine joins the pre-Impressionists with the Impressionists. Lépine established his reputation with views of Paris and paintings depicting life on the banks of the Seine imbued with an atmosphere unique to his oeuvre. Although he gained little recognition during his lifetime, Lépine was highly regarded by his fellow artists and, in 1874, was invited to exhibit in the first Impressionist Exhibition. Lépine was born in 1835 in

George to collect Kirsten who is here for the week. Hesta and William arrived for a weekend of fun. Pink face from watching the arrival of the Karoo-Coast MTB race. Hot enough to make a beer seem like a good idea. The taste less so. We stopped at Timber Lake, a collection of quirky shops and restaurants, tucked into the edge of the forest,

Paris Street on a Rainy Day Gustave Caillebotte Flash on French Impressionism and you’re likely to see gauzy noon landscapes, or a steam-choked Gare Saint-Lazare, or just clouds of flickering paint strokes like molecules flying apart. Yet if you visited the Impressionist show in Paris in 1877, you would have found a few things that countered such expectations: realistic paintings of a new Paris of luxury

A glass of wine overlooking a troubled sea. The smell of Jasmine mingling with sea spray. Jam Jar Rally. A spot of craziness in Knysna, passing the studio. The cars as colourful as the occupants in some sort of throw-back to carefree adventure. If you are a guy that is, as only teams of four men are allowed to enter in this event, where

Entrance to the Port of Le Havre Eugene Boudin (1824-1898) In Normandy, the small and charming port town of Honfleur has everything: an iconic old bell tower that provides an excited peal for weddings; an ancient wooden church across the street, where the organist does better than "Here Comes the Bride" to mark the occasion; and — along the little cobblestone streets, hurdy-gurdy players providing

Through tree branches, the blue sky and lagoon stretch to the distant Heads. The Long Table, at KKB (Kilzer's Kitchen) is like being in a Tree House, surrounded by glass walls, from where we watched the sunset. Birds abound and Craig spotted the colourful Knysna Loerie. The kitchen, choreographed chaos, entertains, and produces wholesome food from the limited, but intriguing menu options. A sunny

Niagara Falls 1893-1894 Oil on Canvas 51cmx40cm In the manner of the French master Claude Monet (1840–1926), Twachtman painted at least fourteen versions of Niagara at different times of the day, recording subtle nuances of light and providing some of the rocky structure of the falls to anchor the viewer on firm land.  Twachtman’s technique is bold and confident, moving remarkably toward abstraction while remaining true

Oil on Canvas 60cmx90cm The canvas confronts me. Already, my mind has etched a picture into its fabric. How it emerges, however, is still debatable?  There is a repetition of what I have done before.  Smudged by frustration to do better.  To go beyond what has become the norm.  For now. I have taken those first tentative steps, that could lead to the predictable.  Or they could.  Move to something

The last of the apartment walls that need to be removed is a pile of rubble, opening the apartment onto the new terrace above the garage. The tiling has started and the kitchen extension is sorted. We visited our cupboards, which are still shells. The craftsmanship, remarkable. Unlikely that they will be ready when we move in the middle of Oct. A small painting