Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Wishing you the best 2015 ever!


W&N watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm – edited in PS4

Another year is coming to an end and I can honestly say this year has flown the fastest I’ve known any year to do! One of the greatest gifts provided to us by the Universe is the gift of creation. And I’ve been honoured and inspired by meeting so many creative people here this past year. I would also like to thank all my supporters and those who have purchased paintings, it is something I’m truly grateful for….


Wishing you all a day filled with
wonderful things to be grateful for

and may 2015 be filled with 
LOVE, JOY and INSPIRATION!

Happy New Year!

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

A farmer's cottage


W&N watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm - 12" x 8" unframed

A farmer’s cottage on a smallholding not far from us in Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa.

ITEM ID : FarmersCottage
PRICE : R350.00 postage included iin South Africa



Thursday, December 11, 2014

A labourer's cottage


W&N watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm - 12" x 8" - unframed

A labourer’s cottage on a smallholding just down the road from us in Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa.

ITEM ID : ALabourersCottage
PRICE : R350.00 including postage in South Africa





Friday, December 5, 2014

A blank page (SOLD)

W&N watercolour on Amedeo 200gsm - 12" x 8" - unframed - (SOLD)

a blank page . a new journal . what shall I do
dream / sing / write / wait / think / pause / garden / chat / paint
decided to paint

ITEM ID : ABlankPage
PRICE : R350.00 including postage

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

And the tree asks, "Why am I here?"

Winsor&Newton watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm - 12" x 8" - unframed

Every branch shaking, shifting, and falling in the icy wind,
A tiny leaf at the very end holds strong,
Why am I here, questioning wondering waiting, for that final pulse that will blow him down?
But in that tree was a force, a force of life, a force of strength, a force unmatched by the icy wind.
That tree was a young tree, a tree that never crossed roots with wild bushes,
Bore fruits desired by many, tasted by few and discarded by the very planter,
Questioning why am I here, questioning is this the only way,
Now the broken branch begins to fall, now this tree was not very tall,
No other tree was like this tree, this tree was special,
This tree was bearing the strain of an icy wind,
Just as the branch had hit the ground there was silence all around a calm in the drifting storm
Now this was rare, a tree this young, a tree this strange, a neglected tree, a tree with shallow roots, a tree with hollow bark had survived the storm.
Questioning why me?
This tree was a lonely tree,
this tree knew he would grow strong,
weak body strong thoughts kept the tree unmoved on broken paths.
Extract from “A tree” – Emmanuel Mohanlall

ITEM ID : AndTheTreeAsksWhy 
PRICE : R350.00 including postage in South Africa

 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Autumn Sunset - 1 and 2

Autumn Sunset 1 - W&N Watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm - unframed

Today is the last opportunity
I have to live intensely,
as no one can assure me
that I will see tomorrow’s Autumn.

ITEM ID : AutumnSunset1
PRICE : R350.00 postage included



Hung side by side they make for a lovely display.
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Autumn Sunset 1 - W&N Watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm - unframed

ITEM ID : AutumnSunset2
PRICE : R350.00 postage includedin South Africa




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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Beautiful Geraniums (SOLD)


W&N watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm - (SOLD)
Geraniums on my patio

My Geraniums are looking decidedly worse for the wear this winter – will add some fresh potting soil and hope for some beautiful flowers this summer, maybe I’ll add something blue to the pot…?

ITEM ID : BeautifulGeraniums
PRICE : R350.00 including postage


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Geranium or Pelargonium?

W&N watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm - unframed

Geraniums originated from South Africa, as well as Reunion, Madagascar, Egypt and Morocco and were introduced to European countries such as Italy, Spain and France in the 17th century.

Actually, the plants that gardeners have grown under the geranium name for several hundred years is not a geranium, but a pelargonium. Both plants, as well as a few others, are all members of the geraniaceae family. The problem arose when the plants were first brought from their native home of South Africa into Europe. All the early imports were labeled “geraniums” and continued under that blanket name for many years. When some observant botanists finally started a closer examination of these lovely new plants, they discovered many differences and then decided that the imports were not all the same plant type, but there were differences so were then moved into different named classifications.

One group of plants was given the original name of geraniums. A second group was classified as pelargoniums, then there were erodiums and sarcocaulons/monsonias. The plant we label “geranium” was put into the pelargonium category, however, it had become a well loved plant of gardeners in Europe under the old “geranium” label so although the botanists told them that the lovely pot or bedding plant they grew in such numbers was a pelargonium, they persisted in using the old name.

I’m now more confused than ever!

ITEM ID : GeraniumOrPelargonium
PRICE : R350.00 postage included







My Geranium would like to see you...

Watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm 8″ × 12″ - unframed

“Won’t you come into the garden? I would like my Geranium to see you.”

A few months ago, a friend gave me a Geranium cutting, just a little piece of stalk with one leaf, which I planted in an egg shell filled with potting soil and kept on the kitchen counter (Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa). As soon as there were enough roots, I planted her into this Terracotta pot, egg shell and all. Within 2 weeks I had about 8 leaves and another stalk appearing next to the original cutting. She now lives on the patio near my Natal Fig bonsai, and I’m sure I’ve heard them whispering to one another a couple of times! And now every spring she blesses me with a great show of her gorgeous flowers.
It is well known that the whole Geranium genus is highly redolent of volatile oils – lemon-scented, musk-scented, and peppermint-scented. In South Africa folk-lore has it that, if you plant Geraniums in your garden, you will never have any snakes!

ITEM ID : MyGeraniumWouldLikeToSeeYou 
PRICE : R350.00 postage included in South Africa

 


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Soft is Winter

W&N watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm 12" x 8" - unframed

Could there exist a soft winter, a separate winter season? No, not separate. But there is a softer side of Winter, of the traditional winter season we know. The winter days when the light becomes a little warmer, days when the biting wind and the ice cold ease off a bit and allows the sky to scatter soft grey clouds.

ITEM ID : SoftIsWinter
PRICE : R350.00 including postage in South Africa



Sunday, November 9, 2014

Thoughts

W&N watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm 8" x 12" - unframed

Thoughts drifting through my mind as I wend my way up the path towards the gate…
ITEM ID : Thoughts
PRICE : R350.00 including postage iin South Africa






Thursday, November 6, 2014

The colour of Winter is in the imagination

W&N watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm - unframed

A winter scene in South Africa.

Clear blue skies and trees scorched by veld fires is a familiar sight here in South Africa in winter. With just a few more weeks of cold, we’re looking forward to the August winds which will quickly blow in Spring, bringing everything to life again.

The colour of springtime is in the flowers, the colour of winter is in the imagination.
~Terri Guillemets

ITEM ID : TheColourOfWinter
PRICE : R350.00 including postagein South Africa




Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Enjoying summer

 W&N watercolour on Bockingfo9rd 300gsm (12″ × 8″) - unframed

At this time of year I really enjoy the silhouettes of the trees and hedges against the summer sky here in Tarlton (Gauteng, South Africa).

ITEM ID : EnjoyingSummer
PRICE : R350.00 including postage in South Africa

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Monday, October 27, 2014

The last signs of Winter

W&N watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm - 12" x 8" - unframed

The last signs of winter still lingering – a row of scorched wooden fencing that now needs replacing…

ITEM ID : LastSignsOfWinter
PRICE : R350.00 including postage in South Africa

Saturday, October 25, 2014

It was still winter

W & N Watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm – no preliminary sketching 12" x 8" unframed

It was still winter – freezing in Tarlton (South Africa) and it had actually just started drizzling. At first I thought it was sleet, but at closer inspection found it was a solid drizzle, and everything was going to be set for a very cold and frosty night! The winter of 2011 seemed to be the coldest we’ve experienced for some years, but you know what they say about a long winter,

’Sunshine’s smile does come my friends,
and a cruel callous winter makes for a balmier summer!’

ITEM ID : StillWinter
PRICE : R350.00 including postage in South Africa


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Keep wandering

W&N watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm - 12" x 8" - unframed

Keep wandering, it doesn’t matter when you get there…

ITEM ID : KeepWandering
PRICE : R350.00 postage included in South Africa


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Autumn song

W&N watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm - 12" x 8" unframed

A scene in Tarlton (Gauteng, South Africa)

Know’st thou not at the fall of the leaf
How the heart feels a languid grief
Laid on it for a covering,
And how sleep seems a goodly thing
In Autumn at the fall of the leaf?


ITEM ID : AutumnSong 
PRICE : R350.00 including postage in South Africa


Monday, October 20, 2014

Another windpomp and a dam

W&N watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm - 8" x 12" - unframed

A ‘windpomp’ (windmill) in Magaliesburg. They are such a part of our countryside here in South Africa and they play a specially important part in dry areas like the Karoo where both humans and animals are very dependent on them for water. 

These windmills extract the life blood of the earth and it is usually poured into a cement dam close-by the windpomp. Many farm children swim in these cement dams on sweltering days and I have seen flocks of Egyptian Geese taking a quick, cool dip on their way to somewhere.

ITEM ID : AnotherWindpomp
PRICE : R350.00 including postage in South Africa


Sunday, October 19, 2014

A windpomp in South Africa

Ink sketch and W&N watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm 12" x 8" - unframed

The first records found of a windpump in South Africa, is from a painting drawn in 1848. Records were found of windpumps as from 1869 and the first import was in 1874. These were wooden constructions. The first all steel windpump was patented in 1855 in England.

Die windpomp

…en vurig en fier soos oor ‘n kleintandooi
die kop geolie en die stert bloedrooi
staan ons ou slyttand met ‘n nuwe rug
oor die jongste boorgat opgerig
- Uittreksel uit ’n gedig deur Leon Strydom

ITEM ID : AWindpompInSouthAfrica
PRICE : R350.00 including postage in South Africa


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Hard to believe



W&N watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm - 12" x 8" unframed

Winter on our smallholding (Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa)

It’s hard to believe that in a few weeks’ time the grass on our smallholding will be green and these trees once again thick with foliage…

ITEM ID : HardToBelieve
PRICE : R350.00 including postage in South Africa


Sunday, September 28, 2014

A Windpomp and a gate


W&N watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm - 12" x 8" unframed

A familiar sight in South Africa – a windmill drawing the life blood from the earth.

Water availability has shaped life and society in many ways, with aridity shaping the landscape and soils and determining where we live, grow our crops, raise animals and build our cities. Without these wind pumps, farming, and life in general, would not be possible in the more arid parts of our country.

ITEM ID : AWindpompAndAGate
PRICE R350.00 including postage in South Africa

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Friday, May 30, 2014

Winter Bullrushes

Winsor and Newton Watercolours on Arches 300gsm – 7″ × 10″ - unframed

I absolutely LOVE Bullrushes and used to have them growing at my pond (in Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa) until I discovered how quickly they take over an area, killing everything in its path. I also used to cut the velvety flowering spikes to arrange in a vase, absolutely gorgeous!, also only until I discovered that, when they’re ripe and ready to disperse their seeds, the velvety spike would burst open, covering the house with bundles of dense, cottony fluff! Only the female flower does this, the male withers and dies once it has dispersed its pollen.

Typha Typhaceae is found in a variety of wetland habitats. These plants are known in British English as bulrush, bullrush, or reed mace, in American English as cattail, punks, or corndog grass, in Australia as cumbungi & also bulrush, and in New Zealand as raupo.

Some interesting information : the dense cottony fluff was used for stuffing Futons in Japan before the advent of cotton.

ITEM ID : WinterBullrushes
PRICE : R350.00 postage included in South Africa


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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Windpomp in the Karoo

Ink sketch and watercolour on Amedeo 200gsm - 12" x 8" - unframed

A depiction of a ‘windpomp’ (windmill) in the Karoo. They are such a part of our countryside here in South Africa and they play a specially important part in dry areas like the Karoo where both humans and animals are very dependent on them for water.

These windmills extract the life blood of the earth and it is usually poured into a cement dam close-by the windpomp. Many farm children swim in these cement dams on sweltering days and I have seen flocks of Egyptian Geese taking a quick, cool dip on their way to somewhere.

ITEM ID : WindpompKaroo
PRICE R350.00 including postage in South Africa


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Energy, Passion and Peace

Red oblong glass jewel hook earrings - length 2" (5cm) without hooks. (SOLD)

Vibrant red oblong glass jewel hook earrings. The ease and simplicity of these earrings make a statement on their own, but when teamed with a matching brooch, adds extra whammy!

The colour red is the colour of energy, passion and action. It is a warm and positive colour associated with our most physical needs and our will to survive. It exudes a strong and powerful masculine energy. Wearing red clothing or jewellery shows a vibrant personality and a passion for life.

Being the colour of physical movement, the colour red awakens our physical life force. It is the colour of sexuality and can stimulate deeper and more intimate passions in us, such as love and sex on the positive side or revenge and anger on the negative. It is often used to express love, as in Valentine’s Day.

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 Blue oblong glass jewel hook earrings - length 2" (5cm) without hooks.

But don't panic there's one more blue pair left!


Blue is the coolest colour – the color of the sky, ocean, sleep, twilight. Blue is often the chosen colour by conservative people. Blue is the calming colour. That makes it a wonderful colour to use in the home and to wear as jewellery.

Blue gives a feeling of distance and peace. Artists use it to to show perspective. This is a good way to understand the energy of the colour blue – it allows us to look beyond and increase our perspective outward. It contains a cool vibration that is helpful to communication. The vibration if blue can be used to open energy flow where it is blocked. So wear blue jewellery often to relax and encourage feelings of communication and peace.

ITEM ID : BlueJewelOblongEarrings
PRICE : R250.00 including postage in South Africa


Thursday, May 22, 2014

Bluegum view

W&N watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm - 12" x 8" - unframed

The Tarlton landscape (Gauteng, South Africa) is dominated by eucalyptus trees, which were originally brought here from Australia for the mining industry. A third of our smallholding is covered in an old blue gum plantation and provided me with an endless supply of sketching matter. This is the view from just outside our property fence.


ITEM ID : BlueGumView
PRICE : R350.00 postage included in South Africa


Monday, May 19, 2014

Xhosa Woman hoeing

W&N watercolour on Visual 200gsm - 8" x 12" - unframed

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. 
- Nelson Mandela

The Xhosa number approximately 7,1 million people, the majority of whom live in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. They are descendant from the Nguni, who migrated from central and northern Africa. They comprise a number of clans such as Gcaleka, Ngika, Ndlambe, Dushane, Qayi and the Gqunkhwebe of Khoisan origin.

In Xhosa culture the women are easily recognised by their heavy dress, matching turban and coloured dots decorating their faces. If she has children, whom she has raised to be adults, then it is usual to find her seated among her peers smoking a long-handled pipe. It is also tradition that the women tend to the fields, carry water and tend to the household in general.

ITEM ID : XhosaWomanHoeing
PRICE : R350.00 Postage included in South Africa







African Tribal dress

W&N watercolour on Visual 200gsm - 8" x 12" - unframed

African clothing is the traditional clothing, often vibrantly coloured, worn by the indigenous peoples of Africa. In some instances these traditional garments have been replaced by western clothing introduced by European colonialists and worn in conjunction with tribal beads and aprons.

Ndebele women traditionally adorned themselves with a variety of ornaments, each symbolising her status in society. After marriage, dresses became increasingly elaborate and spectacular. In earlier times, the Ndebele wife would wear copper and brass rings around her arms, legs and neck, symbolising her bond and faithfulness to her husband, once her home was built.

Xhosa beadwork, like all African art, is steeped in symbolism and meaning. It has a rich and colourful history and has faced extinction with the encroachment and interference of the civilised, western, Christian world. Fortunately it has survived over the centuries and is still practiced by pockets of women in some regions of South Africa, to keep the tradition alive as well as to keep food on the table.

ITEM ID : AfricanTribalDress
PRICE : R350.00 Postage included in South Africa




African Indaba

Winsor and Newton watercolour on Xpressit 200gsm paper - 8" x 12" - unframed

An indaba is an important conference held by the izinDuna (principal men) of the Zulu and Xhosa peoples of South Africa. In traditional African culture, people get together to sort out the problems that affect them all, where everyone has a voice and where there is an attempt to find a common mind or a common story that everyone is able to tell when they go away from it.

The term comes from a Zulu language word, meaning “business” or “matter”. The term has found widespread use throughout Southern Africa and often simply means gathering or meeting.

ITEM ID : AfricanIndaba
PRICE : R350.00 Postage included in South Africa


Saturday, May 17, 2014

Hypericum perforatum

Black Pilot Calligraphy Lettering Pen sketch with W&N watercolour on X-pressit 300gsm acid-free paper - 8" x 12" - unframed

Afrikaans : Johanneskruid

 St John's wort is the plant species Hypericum perforatum, and is also known as Tipton's Weed, Chase-devil, or Klamath weed and is widely known as an herbal treatment for depression. Indigenous to Europe, it has been introduced to many temperate areas of the world and grows wild in many meadows and in our South African gardens.

The flowering tops of St. John's wort are used to prepare teas, tablets, and capsules containing concentrated extracts. Liquid extracts and topical preparations are also used. Today, St. John's wort is used by some for depression, anxiety, and/or sleep disorders.

France has banned the use of St. John’s wort products. The ban appears to be based on a report issued by the French Health Product Safety Agency warning of significant interactions between St. John’s wort and some medications. Several other countries, including Japan, the United Kingdom and Canada, are in the process of including drug-herb interaction warnings on St. John’s wort products.

Read HERE how effective St John's Wort is.

ITEM ID : HypericumPerforatum
PRICE : R350.00 Postage included in South Africa

 



If I was a Tulip...

Winsor and Newton watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm - 12" x 8" - unframed

If I was a Tulip
And you were wind’s wings,
I would not count
My broken dreams,
But bless the coming spring!
-UNKNOWN

The meaning of tulips is generally perfect love. Like many flowers, different colours of tulips also often carry their own significance. Red tulips are most strongly associated with true love, while purple symbolizes royalty. The meaning of yellow tulips has evolved somewhat, from once representing hopeless love to now being a common expression for cheerful thoughts and sunshine. White tulips are used to claim worthiness or to send a message of forgiveness. Variegated tulips, once among the most popular varieties due to their striking colour patterns, represent beautiful eyes.

ITEM ID : IfIWasATulip
PRICE : R350.00 Postage included in South Africa


I live in a landscape


Winsor and Newton watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm - 12" x 8" - unframed
The watermark does not appear on the original painting

I live in a landscape, which every single day of my life is enriching.
- Daniel Day-Lewis

ITEM ID : ILiveInALandscape
PRICE : R350.00 Postage included in South Africa


Friday, March 28, 2014

Blue gums. The first light of day (SOLD)


W&N watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm  - 12" x 8" unframed

The first light of day sweeps across some blue gums (Eucalyptus) on our smallholding (Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa).

ITEM ID : BlueGumsFirstLightOfDay


Thursday, March 27, 2014

Martial Eagle {Polemaetus Bellicosus}

Dare to soar - how successful you are is determined by your attitude.

W&N watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm - 12" x 8" unframed

The largest eagle in Africa, the Martial eagle, weighs in at almost 14 pounds (6.5 Kg.) and has a wingspan of about 6 feet 4 inches. It is 32 inches long. This eagle can be found throughout the African savannah, in any type of terrain, from mountain to flat plains, and from the edge of deserts to wooded country.

 An impressive and fearsome-looking bird, it can bring down an impala, though it usually takes much smaller prey, especially sandgrouse, francolins and other ground-dwelling birds. It also takes mongoose, squirrels, hares, small antelope, Guineafowl, lizards and young ostrich.

Bre√ękoparend [Afrikaans]

ITEM ID : MartialEagle 
PRICE : R350.00 - incl. postage in South Africa


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