Monday, November 21, 2011


I've recently done three wildlife paintings in neutral colours. I had tremendous fun, first painting the backgrounds, and after that adding the drawings of the animnals and continuing to paint until the paintings were complete.

White Rhino Mother & Calf
Acrylic & Oil on Stretched Canvas
600 x 450 x 23mm


Buffalo Portrait
Acrylic & Oil on Stretched Canvas
600 x 450 x 23mm

Elephant  - Out of the Woods
Acrylic & Oil on Stretched Canvas
450 x 600 x 23mm

Grapes in Enamel

These two still life paintings evolved from very brightly coloured, to more muted, peaceful still lives.

Acrylic & Oil on Stretched Canvas
200 x 200 x 35mm each

Monday, August 22, 2011

Matching Nguni Painting - alone again!

Nguni 21
Oil on Stretched Canvas
350 x 250 x 15mm

I painted the above  Nguni  as a second choice for someone wanting a matching painting to one they had already bought. They did end up taking the first choice. So, I decided recently to paint another Nguni to match it, giving it a better chance to sell.  I wasn't halfway, when the first one sold! Now this one needs a matching painting again!! (I'm not complaining at all!)

Nguni 49
OIl on Stretched Canvas
350 x 250 x 15mm

Tuesday, July 26, 2011


No, I haven't stop painting!!! I haven't been posting much of what I've been painting, because I'm working on a series of nine watercolour birds and would like to show them together, once they are all finished, as they are actually done as a commission.

Then I've also been having lots of fun creating some acrylic and oil paintings for our annual local art exhibition in September. Once that is over, I'll be posting all of them! There is one large Nguni group painting, two small still life paintings, a bunch of roses and some wildlife!

So - lots of paintings coming up!!   

Tibouchina Home

I completed this painting a while ago. It was a commission and since it was also a birthday gift, I waited until the birthday had transpired before showing it on my blog. 

The inspiration behind the painting was the flowering Tibouchina tree in front of the gate. These trees grace the roads of our little forest town during early autumn. We have one in our garden, too!

As I haven't painted these trees before, I thought I'd do a practise run to see which media would suit it best. In this little sketch I used watercolour and acrylic.

The photo  reference I was working from, was taken on an overcast day and on the photo the composition was much darker on one side than on the other, and thus, visually heavier on one side. So I did another small watercolour sketch to solve this compositional problem.

Then I finally did the A3 watercolour painting:

2 Ashby Road

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Eagle's Wings

Another Fish Eagle - and probably not the last one!

Eagle's Wings
Acrylic & oil on Canvas

"Even youths shall faint and be weary,
and young men stumble and fall,
but those who wait on the LORD
renew their strength,
they rise up the wing like eagles,
they run and are not weary,
they walk and do not faint."
Isaiah 40:30,31

Monday, March 7, 2011

Flight of the Fish Eagle

If you love Africa, there is a very good chance that you love the call of the Fish Eagle. They are synonomous! Though not the largest eagle in Southern Africa, they are very majestic. They always remind me of the promise in Isaiah 40:31

...those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. 

Here are two fish eagles contrasted with backgrounds containing an element of mystery.

Flight of the Fish Eagle II
Acrylic & Oil on Canvas
355 x 250 x18mm

Flight of the Fish Eagle I
Acrylic 7 Oil on Canvas
305 x 250 x 18mm

Thursday, February 24, 2011


Although I wouldn't admit it, and absolutely INSIST that I prefer the bush to the beach, I suspect that I have a secret love affair with the sea, that my heart hasn't informed me about.

I clearly remember a period in my life when, due to circumstances, I wasn't able to go to the beach for a few years, except for once a year for a day - and that while living only about 80 km from a decent beach, or 40km from the sea, as the crow flies. I remember shedding actual tears during this time, longing to just feel the sand between my toes, and the salty water washing around my ankles. (Body surfing would have been even better, of course! )

That situation has now changed, and one can easily become blazé, but currently I'm really looking forward to our next time at the beach.

So here it is:

Beach Blues I
Acrylic on Mountboard, 190x140mm

Beach Blues II
Acrylic on Mountboard, 190x140mm

Monday, January 24, 2011

Friends Inspire

On her last visit to me, an old friend (younger than me, but we've known each other for years!) gave me this set of beautiful containers. They were such an inspiration to me that they found their way onto a painting:

Three Posies
295 x 210mm

"A friend loves at all times"
Prov 17:17

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Petunia Pleasure

Inspired by a commission that I did last year, I am continuing to enjoy painting purple Petunias (Blue Lace, as they are aptly called), this time in a more simplistic way:

Pot of Purple Petunias II
165 x 200mm

Petunia Face
110 x110mm

The above designs will soon be available on greeting cards.
Mounted prints can also be ordered. (Contact me at  
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