Sunday, 14 April 2019

Tomato and banana

Acrylics on Masonite, 15 x 20 cm:


I have been rather busy with bankers and bureaucrats, as well as some non-fine art projects (watch this space!). But finally had time for a quick painting again. This sort of small still life done from the result of a raid on the kitchen remains an old favorite genre of mine.

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Saturday, 23 March 2019

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Periwinkles

Two small paintings of periwinkle flowers from the garden; both acrylics on Masonite, 10 x 15 cm:



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Friday, 15 March 2019

Butterfly

A yellow pansy (Jujonia hierta) sitting on foliage. These are quite common around here where I live. Acrylics on Masonite, 20 x 15 cm:


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Wednesday, 13 March 2019

And another nasturtium

Acrylics on Masonite, 20 x 15 cm:


I have long liked these cheerful little flowers, and the umbrella-like leaves that repel water. One can almost imagine fairies and gnomes living under there...

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Thursday, 7 March 2019

Rose heart

Acrylics on Masonite, 20 x 25 cm:




I rather like the semi-abstract forms that result when you zoom right into things, particularly parts of plants. I just goes to show that there is actually no very clear dividing line between abstraction and representation.

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Thursday, 28 February 2019

Agave heart

Acrylics on Masonite, 25 x 20 cm:


A somewhat experimental piece, perhaps. I have long liked the idea of pictures that zoom right in on a part of a plant, a la Georgia O'Keeffe. Not that I can match her work, but why not give it a try anyway?

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Monday, 18 February 2019

Thursday, 14 February 2019

Lavender field, Provence

Acrylics on Masonite, 20 x 30 cm:


The lavender is a bit more purple in the original. It's something I have noticed when photographing paintings: for some reason, the camera does not pick up purple very well, and tends to render it too bluish. 

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Thursday, 7 February 2019

Two small landscapes

Both in acrylics on Masonite, 10 x 15 cm:

Partly cloudy and mild:


When I was a kid, we did not have TV. We got the weather report on the radio, but through all those lazy summer days, it always seemed to be the same report: "Partly cloudy and mild, with scattered thunderstorms." You can't really go wrong with such a report in summer here.

Rain's coming:

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Over much of South Africa, rain is mostly in the form of summer afternoon storms rolling in from the south. It often creates this rather pleasing effect: you are standing in bright sunlight, but half the sky is already covered in dark, approaching clouds. 

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Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Sunday, 3 February 2019

Tulip garden

Acrylics on Masonite, 37 x 52 cm (= about 14 x 20 inches):


Rather larger than most of what I have done thus far. And thus perhaps a tad awkward; working larger turned out quite different, and will take some getting used to! I may also tweak it a little bit more...

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

Monday, 14 January 2019

Autumn forest

Acrylics on Masonite, 15 x 20 cm:


I have rekindled an old interest, namely what one might call "intimate landscape." Instead of grand vistas, I have long enjoyed this sort of more modest scene: a bit of forest or grassland, or a corner of a garden or courtyard. I may just pursue this subject a bit over the coming months, though knowing myself, I'll probably range all over the place again!

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