’Fisherman’ Oil on canvas 76cmx104cm Indian Yellow and Alizarin Crimson, rather than the Madder Red I used in the initial painting of the ’Fisherman’, has given it an unintended ’fiery’ glow. Somewhat poetical, given that the first painting was destroyed in a fire? Mixing the Alizarin Crimson with Burnt Umber changed the tone, creating a much more powerful portrait, and closer to what I was
'Chubby Unicorn' Oil on canvas 80cmx80cm Submission for the David Shepard Wildlife Artist of the Year finished. A dramatic gold background that contrasts with the turquoise in the painting. Will be interesting to see how the jury reacts. Year end. Holiday season. Delish food. Great company. Laughter. Rest demanded of my abused body. A tad too much wine, probably not helping. On the easel. Riotous friendship. A
’Chubby Unicorn’s’ (Thank you Kirsten), the commission and Wild Life Artists of the Year submission, on the easels in the studio. The fiery, Indian Yellow background to the paintings generating a host of comments. Particularly as it relates to the - ongoing - destruction of rhino’s, and their extinction, which the paintings signify. Delicious chevre and Proscuitto. For out 36th Wedding Anniversary, Terry
'Irises and Foxgloves 2' Oil on canvas 72cmx72cm Thrilled to be part of the Winter One Fly Anti Rhino Poaching Charity event held in Dullstroom, where my painting of the rhino ‘Unicorn’ was part of the auction. The auction alone, raised R390,000.00 for anti-poaching support. Based out of Skakuza, in the Kruger Park. I have finished fiddling with the second of the ‘Irises and Foxgloves’ paintings.
Great live music, seafood platter, a free glass of wine in the sunshine at Dry Dock. Incredible value. A couple of rapid runs that were probably not the most sensible given my Achilles weakness. Still, it was great to be out in the beautiful winter sunshine. Long stints in the studio on the rhino commission taking its toll on hands and elbows. Something magical as
Small painting of a rhino at Shamwari, using Indian Yellow rather than Raw Sienna. The warm yellow colour, rather than the earth tone (which I felt was a tad flat), contrasting with Alizarin Crimson adding drama to the painting. Could have used more of the Cobalt Blue, Burnt Sienna mix to push back the shadows. Trying to work through my paint supplies and move
A preliminary painting of a rhino (30cmx30cm) for the larger commission piece I’m hoping to do. Permanent Magenta an odd colour to be using. The ‘extra-spectral’ (meaning it doesn’t exist in the visible spectrum) nature of the colour perhaps making it special in relation to the rhino on the edge of extinction? Fabulous run along the mist covered beach, with Prince, from Brenton. Running
Finally managed to regulate the fire in the Kamado Jan low enough to do a slow cook that didn’t incinerate the food. The ducks, after six hours of cooking, were crisp and succulent, although the recommended temperature of 120 C was still a tad high. The duck is stuffed with grapefruit and lemons, then slow cooked until the meat is falling off the bones