Frenchman

Oil on Linen 40cmx50cm Early, the birds trying to get interested in the day, while the moon hides behind a bank of clouds. On the easel the challenge of a portrait of someone I actually know! A tad intimidating. The plan, to take from his personality, and keep it loose and unstructured. A bit like…

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Strandlopers

Oil on Canvas 20cmx20cm SOLD Blouberg beach at first light. Where dogs play. Surfers scan the sea for wave action. People walk along the miles of wide beach, senses assaulted by the fresh kelp. A couple of old men wonder the shoreline looking for anything that may have been brought in on the tide. The…

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Ernest

Oil on Canvas 102cmx78cm Sold 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.…

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Ernest

Oil on Canvas 102cmx78cm Sold 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.…

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Eyelashes

Oil on Canvas 100cm x 120cm SOLD Tuli is resting. Catching its breath after a frenetic summer of growth. The last of the grass seeds glimmering in the sunlight. The herds of game statuesque. Content to enjoy the abundance created from the good rains, before the rutting season and the onset of winter. Elephants are…

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To The Water

Oil on Canvas 95cm x 75cm SOLD   Elephants moving across the canvas, looking forward, I’m sure, to stomping all over this artist. Watching them materialize out of the canvas is a bit like watching them appear out of the bush. A solid wall of vegetation suddenly becomes this large mass of elephants, silently, without…

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Wild Side

Oil on Canvas 90cmx60cm SOLD Seascape on the easel. Mocking me to convey the power, complexity, serenity, and endless moods of the sea, on canvas. It’s as if, by its changing, it defies representation. I looked at the Land-art of Andy Goldsworthy, and some of the Abstract stuff, but didn’t see anything illuminating. The beach…

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Quays

Oil on Canvas 90cmx60cm SOLD ‘Quays’, painted on one of the new heavy canvases that readily accepted the stronger impasto paint technique I used for movement of the water. Lafranc, Chrome Yellow medium the magic ingredient. A colour much favored by Van Gogh and increasingly difficult to find. For the darker parts of the water…

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Unloading

Oil on Canvas 110cmx90cm (to be confirmed) Sold Off loading of the jahazi’s (Arab trading dhows) on the beach at Bagamoyo. The water is full of life, perhaps assisted by the transparent white, but the colour combinations also worked well to give movement and energy. The larger canvas giving space, the diagonal composition moving the…

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Barrow Man

Oil on Canvas 80cmx100cm SOLD I feel a bit like Diego Rivera, honouring the worker, in my painting of the pineapple barrow from Hesta’s photo taken in Bangamoyo. The sculptured muscles of his back are made for Michelangelo, while the physical work of pulling a barrow load of fruit, in the heat of the day,…

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Spring Wildflowers

Oil on Canvas 101cmx70cm SOLD Spring wildflowers emerging from the canvas. A kaleidoscope of colours. I chose an intermediate canvas size (90x60cm) as there seemed too much going on for a small painting, yet the larger canvas would have meant abnormally large pincushion protea. Amongst the mush of colour, botanically, the Arum Lily and Pincushion…

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Blue Irises

Oil on Canvas 90cmx120cm SOLD I gravitate to Monet’s painting of Irises whenever I visit the Met. There is something in the loose style, on such a large canvas that captivates. With blue irises in season,  I decided to brave a larger canvas, with a focus on the architectural character of the flowers. An under…

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Station 21

Oil on canvas 90cmx60cm (Donated to NSRI) 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.

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Tender

Acrylic on Canvas 60x30cm SOLD The early morning light shines through a glass brick wall into my box, useful for my painting, a simple one, based on one of Bab’s amazing photos. On the floor smearing paint about the place, the acrylics unfamiliar, painting in frantic bursts before it dries, or I need to breathe.

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The Fisherman

Oil on Canvas 76cmx102cm SOLD 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. Raw Sienna mixed with rose and a touch of Naples yellow gold as the base colour for the portrait, with the grey of…

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Belly Roll

Oil on canvas 76cmx102cm Sold A child at ‘Wit-lokasie’, one of the girls in the dancing troop at Melvin’s restaurant. Vibrant colours jumping from the canvas. Purple madder (Ferrario 38) one of the colours from my magic box is finished, which is a bother. Fortunate I still have Monaco Madder (Ferrario No.41) that I’m using for…

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