Thursday, December 24, 2015

The magic of Christmas 2015

W&N watercolour on Visual 200gsm – edited in PhotoShop

The magic of Christmas is in the air and soon a New Year will be greeting us. It’s the perfect time to take a break from work and cherish the warmth of the season.

“So remember, while December Brings the only Christmas day,
In the year let there be Christmas in all the things you do and say.”

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Enter these enchanted woods

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

Enter these enchanted woods – Ye who dare

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




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Sunday, December 13, 2015

Daisy serenity

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

There’s serenity here… The one place where I can finally hear my thoughts.

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

Or purchase a scarf here featuring this print :



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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Together we make a difference

Done from my imagination – W&N watercolours on Arches 300gsm

One of the paintings I did, stuck indoors during a week of rain. No field sketching, so painting in my studio is the next best thing. (Read the story that inspired this painting)

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

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The forest - beautiful and great

W&N watercolour on Arches 300gsm - Unframed 8" x 12"

“All life is figured by them as a Tree. Igdrasil, the Ash-tree of existence, has its roots deep-down in the kingdoms of Death: its trunk reaches up heaven-high, spreads its boughs over the whole Universe: it is the Tree of Existence. At the foot of it, in the Death-Kingdom, sit the three Fates – the Past, Present and Future; watering its roots from the Sacred Well. It’s “bough,” with their buddings and disleafings, – events, things suffered, things done, catastrophes – stretch through all lands and times. Is not every leaf of it a biography, every fiber there an act or word? Its boughs are the Histories of Nations. The rustle of it is the noise of Human Existence, onwards from of old. I find no similitude so true as this of a Tree. Beautiful; altogether beautiful and great."
- Thomas Carlyle

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

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Saturday, October 31, 2015

The dark forest

W&N watercolour in a small sketch-book with Bockingford 300gsm watercolour paper - original not for sale but available on various products on RedBubble

A different depiction of the blue gum bush on our smallholding (Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa)

Woods creaked, the sounds of the forest was heard
A hoot and whispers in the darkness
Eyes lurking, bushes moving
Hunting beasts wandering,
crouching,
waiting in the shadows…

 Framed print

Hardcover Journal - available as ruled, graph or blank

Super-soft 55" square scarf

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

The corner plot

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

Not far from us on the plots in El Jessee (Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa) quickly referred to by some as LJC plots! is a smallholding known as “the corner plot”. It is well-known for its seasonal fresh fruit and vegetables which are available direct from the owners. And if what you are looking for is not in their store room, they send someone to pick it for you direct from the lands.

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

Thursday, October 22, 2015

I go to Nature...

... to be soothed and healed . and to have my senses put in order 

These earrings have been SOLD - thank you Debbie!

Hook Earrings from my 'Earth' range of jewellery. Inspired by my White Karee (Rhus viminalis) tree, the leaf is crafted from copper with patina (I use BlackIt) added for a vintage look with White Karee seed-pod earring, an Indian Silver bauble hanging from a short chain. Displayed on a large Rose Quartz crystal.

Hand-crafted from copper and silver solder . the copper assists in energy flowing more freely

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Sunday, October 18, 2015

Summer heat

“Ah, summer - what power you have to make us suffer and like it!”
- Russell Baker

W&N watercolour on Amedeo 200gs multi-media paper - 12" x 8" unframed

So far we've been experiencing a very hot summer here in Tarlton (south Africa), with temperatures deep into the 30's Celsius. If I want to do any gardening, it starts at about 6am and the rest of the day I spend in my studio, in front of the aircon, painting.

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

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Blue gum fantasy

W&N watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm in small hand-made sketch-book - original not available for sale

Available for sale as prints and other products on RedBubble

Framed print

Super-soft Scarf

Throw pillow, printed on both sides

Pencil skirt

Tote bag

Laptop sleeve

Coffee mug

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Echeveria imbricata in wooden crate (SOLD)

 W&N watercolour on small Bockingford 300gsm (5½" x 7½" – half of A4) - UNFRAMED (SOLD)

Echeveria imbricata in a wooden crate.

ITEM ID : EcheveriaImbricata2 
PRICE : R250.00 postage included in South Africa

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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Winter is coming!

W&N watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm - 8" x 12" - UNFRAMED
 
The first signs of winter are already showing amongst the bluegum trees on our smallholding (Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa). Yellow grass, fallen leaves and longer shadows accompany me as I take my (now cold) early morning walks. The lizards and snakes have all but disappeared or only come out much later in the day as it warms up. Even the birds seem to be more quiet, preferring to sit in the top branches of some dead trees, basking in the early morning sun and warming up before taking on the day.

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

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Friday, September 18, 2015

Electric blue hanging basket


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

Do you have a favorite garden flower that always seems to have its head in the dirt, especially after a heavy rain? This flower may be the perfect candidate for a hanging basket!

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

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Saturday, September 12, 2015

Short-cut through Spring Farm


Small W&N watercolour in Moleskine 200gsm sketch-book 7.5" x 5"  - NOT FOR SALE
 
Often, when I go to Magaliesburg (Gauteng, South Africa), I take this short-cut through Spring Farm past the little dam. It’s a gravel road, forcing one to travel slower and take in the scenery and I often have tortoises, hedgehogs, guinea fowl and small buck crossing my path. I much prefer it to the quicker route along the main tar road.

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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Warthog sketch - Special!


A fun sketch done in ink with Pilot Black Calligraphy Lettering Pen and watercolour on Ashrad sketching paper – 12″ × 8″ - unframed

The most commonly seen wild pig of the African Bush, Warthogs (Phacochoerus aethiopicus) are day animals and spend most of their time looking for food and are normally found in family groups. They feed mainly on grass and roots, but also take bulbs, fruits, carrion, insects, scorpions, earthworms, centipedes and bones.

They are members of the same family as domestic pigs, but present a much different appearance. These sturdy hogs are not among the world’s most aesthetically pleasing animals—their large, flat heads are covered with “warts,” which are actually protective bumps. Warthogs also sport four sharp tusks. They are mostly bald, but they do have some sparse hair and a thicker mane on their backs.

ITEM ID : WarthogSketch
PRICE : R100.00 including postage in South Africa

Buy a Greeting Card on RedBubble!

 Warthog sketch Greeting Card (also available on other products)

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

84 Vlakplaas - Solly's chickens

W&N watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm - unframed

A couple of Solly's chickens having a snack near his house on our smallholding.

ITEM ID : 84Vlakplaas
PRICE : R350.00 postage included in South Africa

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Amber Stained glass pendant


Who can resist a beautiful piece of stained glass? Buffed into a symmetrical shape, encased in silver solder and adorned with silver wire. Comes with a silver rope chain.

ITEM ID : AmberStainedGlassPendant
PRICE : R250.00 including local postage

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Autumn - wonderful time of the year!

A small W&N watercolour in Moleskine 200gsm watercolour sketch-book (Not for sale)

Autumn (fall) in South Africa (mid-February to April) offers the best weather of the year. Very little rain falls over the whole country, and it is warm but not too hot, getting colder as the season progresses. In Gauteng, autumn is fantastic, with hot sunny days, blue skies and warm, balmy nights.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The Poppy

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

High on a bright and sunny bed
A scarlet poppy grew
And up it held its staring head,
And thrust it full in view.
Yet no attention did it win,
By all these efforts made,
And less unwelcome had it been
In some retired shade.
Although within its scarlet breast
No sweet perfume was found,
It seemed to think itself the best
Of all the flowers round,
From this I may a hint obtain
And take great care indeed,
Lest I appear as pert and vain
As does this gaudy weed.
~ By Jane Taylor

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Saturday, May 9, 2015

Sweet Geranium

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

‘Observe yon sweet geranium flower.
How straight upon its stalk it stands,
And tempts our violating hands,
Whilst the soft bud, as yet outspread,
Hangs down its pale declining head.
Yet soon as it is ripe to blow,
the stems shall rise, the head shall glow.’

Extract from ‘The Geranium’ by  RICHARD BRINSLEY SHERIDAN

ITEM ID : SweetGeranium
PRICE : R350.00

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Winter at the pond

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

I think we have an icy winter ahead of us. We've had a lot of rain and already some of my plants are showing signs of frost-bite.

ITEM ID : WinterAtThePond
PRICE : R350.00

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Sunday, May 3, 2015

Wishing you a joyful Sunday!

Happiness is more than just a state of mind, it's also a state of being, an act of spiritual courage.  It's a joy thing. Like an Echeveria.
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W&N watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm - NOT FOR SALE

Echeverias are arguably the most attractive of all succulents, highly valued for their amazing colours and variation, with the stunning leaf colour of many varieties at its most brilliant in the cooler months. Native to the Americas, they are prized by collectors and gardeners the world over. Their rosettes range in size from 2cm to 50cm in diameter. They generally flower in the warmer months with colours ranging from green to pink to red.

Here's wishing you a joyful Sunday!
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Monday, April 27, 2015

A farm gate

W&N watercolour and ink sketch on Bockingford 300gsm 12" x 8" UNFRAMED

I just cannot drive or walk past a farm gate or fence without stopping to photograph or sketch it! And I'm especially partial to barbed wire fences! This is a farm gate on a friend’s smallholding in Tarlton (Gauteng, South Africa)

ITEM ID : AFarmGate
PRICE : R350.00

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Small Aloe ferox painting (SOLD)

W&N watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm - 5.5" x 7.5" - UNFRAMED (SOLD)

ITEM ID : SmallAloeFeroxPainting
PRICE : R250.00

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Small paintings in a sketch-book


Just taking a break from all the sales talk! I have this small, hand-made little sketch-book with satin-finish linen paper, which is exquisite to paint in. The paint takes on a life all of it's own when it his the paper and the outcome is always unexpected! But it is very unforgiving, doesn't take well to pencil or ink and cannot erase on it at all. So whatever gets put down, that's it! But I just love churning out these small little 7"x5" paintings!















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