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


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.


 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!

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

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