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Messing About with Paint
  -  Messing About with Paint

Incredible to receive a Special Recognition Award for ‘Excellence in Art’, ‘Hold the Open Heart’, Created in Isolation Art Exhibition. Erica’s, sensational in the sunrise as we hammered along the Ridge Road. Tai Chi, silhouettes. Fascinating. Unexpected. Friendly faces in an unfamiliar part of our town. Biscotti, that end of day indulgence. Keto, for my wildly fluctuating blood sugars. The charts, off the scale. Yellow Ochre

In the five weeks, I painted 20 pictures on canvas, linen and paper. Of the limited pallet of 11 colours (Ultramarine blue, Burnt Umber, Cadmium Red, Cadmium yellow light, Titanium White, Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium yellow deep, Cobalt Blue, Naples Yellow, Phtalo Blue Green and Cerulean Blue) I hardly used the Cadmium red and I would leave the Burnt Umber out next time. I found the

Bay of DragonsAcrylic on canvas 150cmx70cm  Vinh Ha Long, means "Bay of the Descending Dragon". The legend says that during the old time when the country was newly formed, Vietnamese had to fight against fierce invaders coming from the North through the sea. Feeling sorry for the country, The Jade Emperor sent the Mother Dragon and her children descending on earth to help ancient Vietnamese

'Cards', and the companion painting, 'Another hand' Acrylic on linen 40cmx50cm  Hanoi, Vietnam.  From Terry's photo, ladies playing cards next to Westlake.  Frenetic, expressive smearing of paint onto the linen canvas. Craziness after a heart-beat walking through the traffic?  Raw Sienna, and Alizarin Crimson for the face, with a darker mixture of Ultramarine Blue and Cadmium Red. Naples Yellow for the background. Quinacridone Rose and Cobalt Blue for

Oil on canvas 76cmx102cm Portrait of a homeless women in Knysna. Perhaps a fitting title on the eve of the American election that is reverberating around the planet??. Her gentleness, and beauty shinning through the hardships of her life. A glimpse of what could have been. In a different world. Based the portrait on Bertha Morisot's work that she did on brown paper. Naples yellow, and raw

Oil on canvas 122cmx41cm Streaks of colour, an abstract expression (Action Painting) of quickly rendered gestures, capturing the essence of emotion, painted directly from the paint-tube onto a horizontal canvas on the studio floor. The bending over playing hell with my back! Being less than comfortable at what I was doing, and even less sure as to the result, I used paint that was still lying in my

Portrait of 'The Fisherman’ finished. Tossed on the sea of life. His hoody, a halo of protection, insulating him. Retreating into the anonymity of its darkness. Within which his eyes stare unwaveringly at the hostile environment within which the homeless exist. Raw Sienna mixed with rose and a touch of Naples yellow gold as the base colour for the portrait, with shades of Indian