Sunday, 1 February 2015

Facebook Art Challenge

Recently there’s been a challenge taking place on Facebook. Artists challenge fellow artists to post 3 images of their work each day for 5 days, and challenge another artist to do the same. 

I thought I would share the images I posted along with a little commentary.

A collage of artichokes...


and some minatures form a few years ago...



Nostalgia takes me back to the beach. 

The first is “Hot Bluff” for the KZNSA Members Exhibition celebrating 100 Years for the Society of Artists. It was lovely to read in the comments that the collectors who have this painting are still enjoying it!

Hot Bluff oil on canvas 900mm x 900mm

The second painting “Red Bandanna” has a story attached to it. I took the photo with my phone than had a camera almost shooting blind on a bright day. A few years after selling the painting, I was talking to someone over the phone for work when she said “I have one of your paintings, the one at the beach with the dog. I bought it because it’s my friend and I with her dog in the painting!”

“Red Bandanna” oil on canvas 500mm x 500mm

The third painting is “Two Women, Three dogs” and reminds me how much I miss walking on the beach at Umhlanga Rocks.

Two Women, Three dogs - oil on canvas 500mm x 500mm

Some flowers for you to enjoy. It seems I have a thing for roses - pink - and mirrors. 

Pink Roses & Mirrors - oil on canvas 510mm x 1020mm

Lizzianthus oil on canvas 900mm x 600mm

Pink Roses with Mirrors - oil and silver leaf on canvas 900mm x 900mm

And more landscapes...
This first painting was exhibited in another KZNSA Members exhibition.The theme was “Green” so the process meshed well with the topic.It is an example of ultimate re-cycling.

The canvas started off life as a painting of orange roses (unsuccessful) then I took it along to a portrait workshop and it became a portrait (unsuccessful) until finally it became this landscape! 
I need to add that the under-paintings were thin with no impasto so this allowed me to continue working on the canvas, now adding more texture with thicker paint.

This has remained one of my favourite paintings - you can see I have used a crop for the banner image on this blog.

Square Landscape - oil on canvas 700 mm x 700 mm exhibited at KZNSA Members “Green” Exhibition


 Mountain Stream - oil on canvas 380mm x 780mm Affordable Art Fair Art Space Durban


Sinister Pool - oil on canvas 700mm x 700mm Affordable Art Fair ArtSpace Durban

Years ago the WSSA (Watercolour Society of South Africa) now sadly disbanded, had very strict rules - only painted watercolour paper for collage. So these paintings were created using hand painted papers - tissue paper, rice paper and watercolour paper. It’s a creative way of re-using paintings that did not make the mark.


Langebaan Salt Marshes Watercolour collage 


Mushrooms 760mm x 550mm Watercolour collage & mixed media


Water & Light, The Earth and Sky 760mm x 550mm Watercolour collage & mixed media

Landscapes again

Now that I have been here in Australia for four years I am discovering new exciting places that feed my creativity. The rivers and creeks near my home are the source of these paintings.

Nymphaea oil on canvas oil on canvas 910mm x 610mm

Reeds Rise from Water - oil on canvas 760mm x 760mm

Riverside Trees oil on linen 910mm x 610mm 
Winner of the 2014 Grand Prize Nundah Village Art Exhibition