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Messing About with Paint
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Oil on Canvas 90cmx60cm The beach paintings of Joaquin Sorolla are full of movement and life, capturing the innocent pleasure of children in particular. This, my inspiration for the painting of the Boy and his dog. Bold strokes, on an underpainting of Naples Yellow that pushed into the abstract expressionism boundaries for the painting. For the shadows in the painting, I used Purple Madder (Van Dyk

Oil on Canvas 90cmx60cm   From a photo by Berend, of the NSRI boat waiting to pass through the Heads. To highlight the bravery of the NSRI crew, and the enormity of passing into unknown seas and storms, the waters of the lagoon are an unsettled platform. The clouds and seas a maelstrom. I used an under-painting of Cobalt Blue, Venice Red and Permanent Magenta, which as

For Spring 2016, surround yourself in colours full of the energy of a new season. Flora, the Roman goddess of flowering plants, was depicted wearing light spring clothing, holding small bouquets of flowers, sometimes crowned with blossoms. Ovid identifies Her with the Greek flower-nymph Chloris, whose name means "yellow or pale green", the colour of Spring. Step into a magical wonderland of Impressionist flowers, one

Oil on Canvas 67cmx102cm Structured on the Fibonacci spiral to give the portrait its focal point, and to cocoon the portrait. An ethereal protection of the priest, whose soul has been ravaged by war. His Indian heritage gave direction for the colouring used in the painting, with a subtle yellow undertone, contrasted with black hair, and beard. Red from the fires of burning ships, and

Oil on Canvas 180cmx120cm A painting of power and menace. Danger, in those life, and death moments that are Africa. I searched for the sinews, stretched across muscles, coiled with explosive energy. I adjusted the composition to increase the triangular placement of the Zebra's. Simplified the skyline which was distracting. Increasing the tonal aspect of the painting made it a tad heavy feeling, which I

Oil on Canvas 120cmx90cm Wildflowers at Steenbok Park my painting on the easel. Striving for an abstract approach that keeps getting bogged down in the detail of the flowers. I wanted to allow plenty of room for the flowers against an 'empty' canvas.  The yellow flowers were distracting, so I simplified the composition to the architectural spires of orange wild tobacco bush, with the pink

Elephants at the Knysna Elephant Sanctuary. The painting fighting with what I had in my mind. I didn't use the very large canvas, which still rests waiting for its image to emerge. The composition is based on the diagonal lines across the canvas, with the two elephants in each major quadrant. The focal point sits at the one third position, within the boundaries of