Saturday, May 16, 2009

White Roses, Gold & Copper

Textures in gold and coppery colours, soft roses and bright white light contrast to create interest in these paintings done in collage & mixed media on stretched canvas. 225 x 305 mm each. Available from IMBIZO art Gallery, Lifestyle Centre, Ballito. (Click on image to enlarge.) Gold coloured paint, which isn't always visible as such on digital images, gives a lustre to the paintings in certain areas.

Ngunis in warm African landscape

The Nguni, being an indigenous cattle breed of Southern Africa, have found their way into African art, probably because of the important role they played in the cultures of the African peoples, as well as their beautiful and varied coloured skin patterns and the poetic names that accompanied these patterns, for example, in the Zulu Language. They also present a variety of horn shapes.

The bright colours of sunny, warm Africa combine with the variety of earthy tones of the Nguni skin patterns to make this a unique image of Africa. Oil on stretched canvas. 800 x 600 mm.

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Nguni Skin Patterns

I love Nguni Skin patterns and I love patchwork. I have combined the two in this set of three oil paintings, which can be viewed at IMBIZO gallery at the Ballito Lifestyle Centre. (Oil on stretched canvas; 500x 405 mm each)

Rooster & Hen

I found this rooster and hen near Pondweni in Northern Natal. I may add some more feathers to the flock in the not too distant future. :-) These two are temporarily going to roost at Lulu's Coffee Shop in Richmond or at The Blue Pumpkin at The Byrne. The Rooster measures 150x200mm and the Hen 180x130mm. (Oil on stretched canvas)

Textures & Delft Triptich II

Some more mixed media paintings (on canvas) with texture and Delft - they will shortly be available from Lulu's Coffee Shop in Richmond (Natal), or from The Blue Pumpkin in They Byrne. They measure205 x 505 x 35mm each and are done in mixed media on boxed canvas.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Trying out Textures

I have had lots of fun exloring textures, using collage and mixed media. In these three I have contrasted the courser textures with fine Delft porcelain.

Collage and mixed media on board. Unframed. 230 x 590 mm each.

Birds of (our own) Paradise

Our town in Zululand, Eshowe, is a bird watchers' paradise, and I started off this year by completing a series of nine bird watercolours for a local 4-star B&B, called "Birds of Paradise". Hugh Chittenden, reknowned bird photographer (currently involved with revising the Robberts' Birds of Southern Africa), has kindly let me use some of his photographs as references.
I have included a picture of the entire collection, featuring the Purple Crested Turaco, Woolly Necked Stork, Speckled Mousebird, Crowned Hornbill, Southern Ground Hornbills, Trumpeter Hornbill, Burchell's Coucal, Nerina Trogons and Green Pigeon. The Purple Crested Turaco, Woolly Necked Stork and Crowned Hornbills frequent our garden on a daily basis and the Trumpeters come every afternoon for their last snack of pawpaw flowers in the tree by the kitchen before flying off to their night-time roost.

Each of the pictures measure 26 x 36cm. Although I've also included a picture of the Ground Hornbill's face (with those big eye lashes), the digital images do not do justice to the detail on the real paintings.

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Sunday, May 10, 2009

Magazine Article

A local (area-) newspaper, which normally includes a profile article about a local personality in the GETit magazine that comes with the newspaper once a month, has recently chosen to do an article about me. I also landed on the front page!

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