‘Dancer’ Oil on Italian linen (35cmx50cm) Increased the tonal contrast of the painting, strengthening the white areas and saturating some of the black bits. Trying hard not to overwork the painting or loose the spontaneous mark-making. Came across a painting I didn’t recall doing a few years ago of Wild Peacock (60cmx60cm), our fabulous deli in Stellenbosch. It’s painted in oil on a cotton canvas
Started a small study (35cmx50cm) for the dancer, on a previously used Italian linen canvas, which adds an extra dynamic. Painted in black (actually a dark grey mixture of Ultramarine Blue and Burnt Umber). The small size a tad challenging. Hoping to achieve a dramatic painting that bursts from the canvas. Not often that I have multiple paintings going on at the same time.
Small elephant painting heading to its new home in Switzerland. Thrilled with the internet sale at this time of limited tourism. Walk up the first part of the Buffalo trail above Belvedere. Hot out, as there is little shade. Prince came back with a gazzilion ticks, so we bathed him in a soothing herbal shampoo to settle his irritated skin and get rid of
Small seascape studies for a Commissioned work, to get the composition right and the basic palette. The boiling sea foam difficult at such small scale. A tonal study in grey. Pushed the wave detail and the sky too far. Cobalt Blue and Burnt Sienna for the grey mix, with a Cobalt Blue and Venice Red an alternate grey. For the sea, I used Green
Thatcher Oil on canvas 60cmx50cm Pula! Rain to start the New Year. I painted this thatcher of our compound during a different lock-down, while I was on Mission with the United Nations in Juba South Sudan, at the start of the civil war in January 2014. We spent, a perfect summer Christmas Day, with a group of ‘foody’ friends and the four Chef’s ensured that we enjoyed