Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Africa's Aloes

When you think of Southern Africa, aloes have to come into the picture sooner or later. They occur in many places, in many varieties. This is the typical Zululand variety, Aloe marlothii. Every winter they light up the dull hills with their red, yellow and orange candles.

Aloe I
Watercolour on 300gsm Bockingford
120 x 240 mm

Aloe II
Watercolour on 300gsm Bockingford
120 x 240 mm


Zululand and its People

Some of the typical scenes one comes accross in Zululand:  a basket seller, next to the road:

Basket Seller.
Acrylic and Oil on Stretched Canvas. 230 x 300mm

We came accross this lady carrying her washing near Lake Sibaya, in Northern KwaZulu Natal: 

The Washing's Done.
Acrylic and Oil on Stretched Canvas.
230 x 300mm

Monday, August 23, 2010


Last year I did a commissioned artwork for a client (and friend), who offers Bed and Breakfast accommodation in the heart of Norhtwest Province. It had to fit in with the name and theme of her Bed and Breakfast, which is named after a bird with a beautiful call, a shrike called the Southern Boubou. Here is the painting in one of the rooms:    

Her gardens, interior  decorating and menu are all evidence of her creativity and good taste, and her hospitality can be recommended. 'Boubou B&B' is situated on a farm and offers all the tranquility of the African Bush.  Visit her webpage on SA Venues here.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Arts & Music @ Pappanui

HOSPICE (Charity Organization caring for the terminally ill) organised an Arts & Music day at Pappanui, an interior decoration shop in Mtunzini, last Sunday, 8 August.  There were about 15 art stalls and music ranged from the "Senile Sisters", the "White Zulu" and a modern day  Elvis, to a local gospel band.

The music certainly made for a very pleasant atmosphere and kept fair goers hanging around.

New artwork that I exhibited at my stall included:

Cheetah. Watercolour. 165x265mm.

Transkei - "Hurrying Home". Acrylic. 200x250mm

Transkei - "Little Fisherman". Acrylic. 200x250mm

And, for extra atmosphere in that beach cottage:

Sentiments of Sunny Seas - I
Acrylic. 200x150mm.

Sentiments of Sunny Seas - II
Acrylic. 200x150mm.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Found a Home....

These two guys have found a home recently and, since I seem to have ommitted putting them on the Blog, I thought I'd show their faces:

Watercolour, 165 x 125mm
Watercolour, 165 x 125 mm

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