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October 2015
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Kite surfers dance in the wind. The yellow in the studio banner, perfect against the sea of yellow daisies, behind which the water of the lagoon, a silver mirror in the sunlight. The Lotus Grill had it's first outing on the patio. Not quite as smokeless as the blurb would have it, and it takes more that ten minutes to reach cooking temperature. I

The tide has turned and our furniture and bits (far too many) have been moved (efficiently and quickly) from Leisure Island to Thesen Island. For now, we straddle both islands as the staircase at the apartment isn't finished and the rails around the patios still need to be painted and strung with their stainless steel wires. Rain pouring. One part of the studio turned

View of the Singing Bridge, Frankfort, KY  watercolor on paper  15 1/8 x 11 1/8in The Singing Bridge received its peculiar name due to the sound tires made when cars drove across its steel grate deck. In colorful and fluid watercolors, Paul Sawyier captures a glimpse of the bridge as it crosses over the Kentucky River into Frankfurt, KY. From above the canopy of trees, the

Ernest, Honourable Mention Winner at LICC 2015    Submission The composition of my portrait of Ernest wasn't sitting correctly on the canvas. He felt either overawed by the space around him, or caught in headlight dazzle. I used the 'Fibonacci Sequence' to determine the golden points and cropped the portrait so his eye was centered on one of them. I then tilted the composition by 5 degrees

Dust filled haze. Spectacular sunsets and sunrises. Long tail shrikes. Music notes on the fence around Jenny and Clive's house, where game meander to the dam. Pulse settling into rhythm with the cicada beetles. Jackals calling. Star filled sky. Twilight quiet. Laughter and chatter from the family around the long table. Clive's (Wayne's?) secret marinade wafting to the Gods, on clouds of braai smoke. Mozzies

One has to question, how it's possible to have so much blood shed in opening cardboard boxes. A combination of Project Management build and kindergarten assembly. The new easels for the studio. Slowly coming to life as paintings are moved out of their wrapping. Walls that were dead, insignificant against the brilliant colours. Lighting still complex. All temporary as the front walls need to

An Italian-born Brazilian painter, cartoonist and teacher. He is considered one of the very few impressionist painters of Brazil, and the initiator of the Art Nouveau in Brazil. As the most significant representative of the movement, he received the title of Master of Impressionism.  Nonconformist from his youth, he devoted himself intensively to the learning of new aesthetic canons and ended by subjugating to

In the Kalahari Review http://janraats.com/childrens-stories/the-legend-of-the-dead-trees-of-bahr-al-ghazal/ http://www.kalaharireview.com/fictionpoetry/2015/10/5/the-legend-of-the-dead-trees-of-bahr-al-ghazal.html