Saturday, July 20, 2013

Close Encounters of the Bird Kind (Or is it 'Going Cuckoo'?)

Yesterday I spent some time with a friend in the Umgeni Bird Park in Durban to take photographs of some of the indigenous birds. What a soul-soothing place! The sound of waterfalls and  happy birds nearly drown out the traffic. Impossible to be there and feel stressed at the same time!

While in one of the walk-in cages, a Guira Cuckoo unexpectedly perched on my head and started pecking! (What was it about stopping a bird from nesting in your hair?....)

While I was trying to focus my camera on the Dikkops, a Guinea Fowl undid my laces...

Trying to photograph the Ground Hornbill, it picked up a morsel of food and kept offering it to me, fluttering its long eyelashes...

I also managed to get sonme of the kind of photos that I was looking for, so I'm looking forward to doing some more bird watercolours soon! (Just need to finish the series fo Zulu figures first). And then there's the large canvas waiting for Ngunis....

Tuesday, June 4, 2013


Two similar, yet contrasting images of AFRICA: similar in colour schemes, but different in mood - the one of frantically running wildebeest, and the other of giraffe slowly strolling away the long, lazy late afternoon:

Run of the Wildebeest
Acrylic and Oil on canvas

Long African Afternoon
Acrylic and Oil on canvas

Wednesday, March 27, 2013


Although I normally draw and paint themes from nature, especially animals, I was drawn to do some figure sketches earlier this year, capturing those little moments that say so much. The ones that give meaning to life, the ones that memories are made of....

Here they are...

A Boy and His Dog
Mixed Media on Mountboard
130x130mm (5x5")  

Dad's Fishing Box
Mixed Media on Mountboard
180x130mm (7x5")
Shoreline Ponderings
Mixed Media on Mountboard
175x130mm (7x5")
My Own World
Mixed Media on Mountboard
175x130mm (7x5")

Then I was ready to select  a few and paint them in acrylic and oil on canvas:

Child's Play
Acrylic and Oil on Stretched Canvas
305x230mm (12x9")
What a Wonderful World!
Acrylic and Oil on Stretched Canvas
305x230mm (12x9")
A True Companion
Acrylic and Oil on Stretched Canvas
300x300 (12x12")

Tuesday, January 1, 2013


Joy in 2013.
Collage and Mixed Media on Paper.

Wishing you joy in this new year!
- the joy of contentment and appreciation
- the joy of nurtured relationships
- the joy of forgiveness
- the joy of the victory found through surrender
- the joy of finding a way where there seems to be no way
- the joy of discovery

May you truely be surprised by JOY!

"You will fill me with joy in your presence, 
with eternal pleasures at your right hand"
Psalms 16:11
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