Friday, 21 September 2018

Cape white-eyes

Cape white-eyes (Zosterops virens). Acrylics on Masonite, 15 x 20 cm.


These are the archetypal tweety birds: round and fluffy and cute looking. They're quite common around here, where they move in small groups through dense foliage, looking for insects and chattering to one another.


Sunday, 9 September 2018

Sunday, 2 September 2018

A free book

The electronic version of my children's book, The Garden Gnome's Journey, can (at least for the moment) be downloaded for free from several distributors. Just follow this link!


Saturday, 25 August 2018

Tuscan window

Oil on board, 20 x 25 cm:


When it comes to painting outdoors subjects, I seem to prefer this sort of intimate scene rather than grand vistas. Not even sure what one should call this: landscape or still life? No idea, but it is what it is.

Sunday, 12 August 2018

Ceramic and egg

Oil on board, 20 x 15 cm (= about 8 x 6 in).
Painted with a limited palette of ocher yellow, ocher red, black and white. Using such a limited range of colors makes for an interesting challenge, particularly if you try to paint green or blue things; I cheated a bit here by picking subjects with colors that could be fairly easily approximated with what I had available.



Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Some random sketches

I have been taking a break from painting in order to study up on some aspects of art that have always eluded me. How long I'll be busy with that, I don't know, but I'll post the occasional sketch here just to keep the blog alive.

Two still life sketches done from life:



And two in ballpoint pen plus colored pencil, cobbled together from various reference photos:



I have actually been itching to take up the brushes again, so perhaps I'll soon succumb to temptation and paint something...

Monday, 18 June 2018

Cabin in the snow

Acrylic on board, ACEO (= 2.5 x 3.5 inches, or 64 x 89 mm):


A bit off the beaten track for me; here where I live, snow is a rarity, and enough to collect a bucketful even more so. But why not? The one time I saw substantial snow, during a visit to Europe, I thought it the most beautiful thing I had ever seen. Apparently most people who have to live through those winters kind of disagree...

Friday, 15 June 2018

Country cottage

And now for something completely different. Country cottage, acrylic on board, ACEO size (= 2.5 x 3.5 inches, or 64 x 89 mm). And yes, light blazing from all the windows, a la Kinkade. Haven't done one of these in ages, and I had so much fun I think I'll do a whole series...


Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Thursday, 31 May 2018

Onion and bottle

Oil on board, 20 x 15 cm (= about 8 x 6 in):


Back to still life, but I decided to try something other than my usual dark backgrounds.

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Pretty flowers

Oil on board, 20 x 15 cm:


For a change, an outdoor scene. For this sort of thing I often prefer a far looser, impressionist sort of style. I based it on a reference photo I took in the garden of a local school; I noticed the girl intently staring at the flowers, haloed in rich light, and knew I wanted to try painting it.

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Monday, 14 May 2018

Candy and Delftware

Oil on board, 15 x 20 cm (= about 6 x 8 inches):


Cloudy and drizzly weather today, so the light is no good for photography. And hence, the camera didn't really reproduce the picture all that accurately.

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Egg, mushroom, tomato

Oil on board, 10 x 15 cm (= 4 x 6 inches):


One of the last cherry tomatoes sill on the last surviving plant before winter hits us here...

Monday, 7 May 2018

Grapes, mushrooms

And another small one. I really should do a whole series of them, but we'll see...
Oil on board, 10 x 15 cm (= 4 x 6 inches):


Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Sweet things

Nowadays, I try hard not to eat these things. But they are fun to paint.
Oil on board, 15 x 20 cm (= about 6 x 8 inches):


Monday, 30 April 2018

Random bits and pieces

I can't always just work for the market; I'd go crazy that way. I'm an artist, not a money making machine. And thus, in between, I make time for all manner of random things. Like a fun hobgoblin:


It's the evil hobgoblin from Hans Andersen's story The Snow Queen, with his magic mirror. I may just get it into my head to do a whole set of illustrations for the story, which is on eof my favorite Andersen tales.

A portrait sketch:


And some quick studies after Pieter Bruegel, the Elder, and artist whose work I have long admired:




Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Tomato, egg, pepper shaker

Oil on board, 20 x 15 cm (= about 8 x 6 inches):


As usual the camera did not reproduce the colors quite accurately. I boldly claim that the original looks better.

This work will appear on my Bid-or-Buy store as soon as it is dry enough to transport! 

Friday, 20 April 2018

Lemon and glass

Oil on board, 20 x 15 cm (8 x 6 inches):


This work will appear on my Bid-or-Buy store as soon as it is dry enough to transport! 

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Cloves, tomato, apricot jam

I remain torn between oils and acrylics for this sort of painting. Both have their own advantages and disadvantages. In practice, I work with one for a while, then get sick of it and switch to the other. Perhaps I'll eventually figure out which one I really prefer.

Oil on board, 20 x 15 cm (=about 8 x 6 inches):


Monday, 2 April 2018

Friday, 30 March 2018

Autumn Treasures

Autumn in the southern hemisphere. I have long loved weathered late-season leaves, and this time of year there is such a glut one doesn't know where to start. On my morning walk, I collected a bagful, and sketched some in ballpoint and watercolor pencil...


Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

A YUGE cow

My latest children's book, Itumeleng and the Moo-normous Cow, is finally available!



You can read the first few pages on my Books page here.

An Afrikaans version is also available:


It's a bit of a departure from my previous books, in that it is extensively illustrated. I had so much fun with it, I think I'm going to stick to this format for a while!