Thursday, March 31, 2016

Artemis and the girls

Ink sketch and W&N watercolours on a coffee back-ground – NescafĂ© instant, black and very strong! – Bockingford 300gsm - 12" x 8" unframed

As I sat on the lawn one morning, enjoying our gorgeous Autumn weather, I decided to do a quick sketch of Artemis keeping a watchful eye on the girls as they scratched for titbits on the lawn. As long as they are happy, he won’t move, so he makes a perfect subject!

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

Monday, March 28, 2016

Believe in yourself

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

I learned that it’s completely fine to try and fail, to put yourself out there and not be perfect, to create something and have people judge you.

If I could give one tip for people - it's not an exercise or nutrition regimen. It's to walk your talk and believe in yourself, because at the end of the day, the dumbbell and diet don't get you in shape. It's your accountability to your word.
- Brett Hoebel

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


Thursday, March 24, 2016

The urge to sketch and paint

I've been churning out a lot of small sketches and paintings lately, the urge for the brush was greater than trying to plan something big and wonderful! Smile!

Daisies singing in the rain - small watercolour on note paper 4.5" x 6"

Winter fires - small watercolour on note paper 6" x 4.5"

Hibiscus beauty - Black ink sketch and watercolour on small sketch pad 6" x 4.5"

Arum lilies - small ink sketch and watercolour on sketch pad 6" x 3.5"

 Herbs in pots - small ink sketch on sketch pad 6" x 4.5"

Bound for Freedom - Black ink sketch on note paper 6" x 4.5" (of a Black Crow (Corvus capensis), indigenous to South Africa
Afrikaans : Swartkraai

 Cheerful Gerbara Daisy - Ink sketch and watercolour on small 4.5" x 6" Bockingford watercolour paper

The Crow's Song - Black ink sketch of a black Crow (Corvus capensis) on 6" x 4.5" note paper

Whispers in the trees - Ink sketch and watercolour on Bockingford 200gsm sketch paper 4.5" x 6"


Sunday, March 6, 2016

African Lion - Ethnic series

Black ink sketch and W&N watercolour on Visual200gsm – border processed in Corel PHOTO-PAINT 
Buy various products of this image - T-shirts, Kids' clothing, Pencil skirts, Scarves, Leggings, Cases and skins for phones and laptops, Framed prints, Coffee mugs, Notebooks, Journals and much more.

The magnificent African lion is the largest of Africa’s big cats and is primarily active at night, sleeping away most of the day to escape the intense heat. If you’re on safari then the best chance of spotting lions on the prowl and perhaps on the hunt is an early morning or evening game drive when they are active. Lions are highly social creatures that hunt cooperatively and form cohesive groups called prides, which is unusual for cats.

Thanks for stopping by and having a look!

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Gemsbuck in the shadows

W&N watercolour in hand-made sketchbook with satin-finish linen paper. NOT FOR SALE

Gemsbuck (Oryx gazella) under a lone tree in the Kalahari (South Africa). Done from my imagination.

I’ve got this little hand-made sketchbook with a satin-finish linen paper and I can sit for hours churning out these little 7″ × 4″ (17cm x 10cm) watercolour sketches. I find it totally calming and it also satisfies my need to fiddle! This paper is very unforgiving, can’t take pencil marks, so you can’t do any preliminary drawing and also no erasing. The paper (or linen) virtually disintegrates under an eraser. Once you put colour to paper, that’s it! But it does allow for a lovely flow of the paint, which I enjoy immensely as I never know exactly what I’m going to end up with.
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