Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Strelitzia Reginae


12x12
oil on canvas

November was the month when all my strelitzia bushes where in full bloom.
This one went straight from the garden onto my canvas.....

Monday, 9 December 2013

Green Asparagus


9x12
oil on canvas

I was very enthralled by these lime green and magenta coloured asparagus and tried to do a different setting and composition.

Monday, 2 December 2013

Kiwi Fruit


9x12
oil on canvas

My first kiwi's ever, really enjoyed it!

Monday, 25 November 2013

Two Peppadews


8x8
oil on canvas

I painted these "peppadews" more than 6 months ago with a light brown background which I never really liked and changed it therefore the other day to a dark one.
The result is rather striking, all the reds and greens are beautiful together now......

Monday, 18 November 2013

Forelle Pear on Wood


8x8
oil on canvas

Again and again I am drawn to painting pears - they seem to provide constant inspiration.
This colour scheme reminds me of my childhood......

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Protea Stokoei


12x12
oil on canvas

Another protea with really fluffy and fury leafends in an incredible rich dark, redbrown colour contrasting the beautiful soft reds of the flower and the bluegreens of the leaves.

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Protea Compacta




12x12
oil on canvas

It is always with amazement to realise that the protea is an indigenous wildflower in the Southern Cape of South Africa, namely in the fynbos region.


Sunday, 13 October 2013

Guava with Leaves


8x8
oil on canvas

I discovered a small guava tree hidden behind a lot of other trees in my garden. It had just a few guavas hanging on it, but some branches had these
beautiful varigated red leaves......
They had to be painted!

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Egg and Lace


9x12
oil on canvas

One of the last egg paintings I did and I must say that I am still keen on the subject!
Eggs are just so special to paint......

Monday, 30 September 2013

Egg Mania XII


9x12
oil on canvas

The last one of this installment- I really think all four of them make  a nice story together......

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Egg Mania XI


9x12
oil on canvas

I am quite fond of these egg paintings again and still remember how much I enjoyed painting them!
I wish we could get white eggs in South Africa and do a real white on white egg story.....

Friday, 20 September 2013

Egg Mania X


9x12
oil on canvas

The 2.nd of four paintings in the 2011 "Egg Mania" series which I got back from a gallery in Dullstroem when it closed.

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Egg Mania IX


9x12
oil on canvas

From the 2011 "Egg Mania" series ......


Monday, 26 August 2013

Ndebele and Naartjie


9x12 in
oil on canvas

I am very attracted and full of admiration for the artwork of the Ndebele Tribe north and north west of Pretoria, South Africa.Their colourful and graphic patterns and motifs adorn walls, houses and interiors and get taught from mother to daughter since beginning of time.........
The naartjie is a well loved fruit from the mandarin/tangerine family.
Together, they make a striking combination!

Monday, 19 August 2013

Two Persimmons


9x12
oil on canvas

Another persimmon painting on my favourite piece of distressed wood.
I love the pink of the persimmons close to the leaves.....

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Red Onions on Wood


9x12
oil on canvas

This one is definitely one of my favourite red onion painting! The piece of wood is a keeper to be explored in paintings to come.....

Sunday, 11 August 2013

Thursday, 1 August 2013

Chillies with a Smile



                                                 8x8
                                           oil on canvas

This is one of the last veggie paintings for my "Foodie" Calendar 2014, time is runnung......
                                                     

Sunday, 28 July 2013

Campari Tomatoes


                                                   4x8
                                             oil on canvas

Strange enough it is the first time ever that I painted tomatoes!
This one is a new middle size variety grown at Lourensford Estate in Somerset West with an intensive flavour...... and a beautiful appearance!

     
                                         

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Tongue-in-Cheek


9x12
oil on canvas

Winterwhite in Africa, -and where does the applepeel come from?
Tongue-in-cheek and Tongue-and-groove.......
I had fun!

Monday, 15 July 2013

Garlic on White


8x8
oil on canvas

I have painted so many little "Garlic" paintings but this one was really a challenge, too much white on white?
Otherwise a rainy and cold Monday in Stellenbosch, everyone is still on holidays and town is quiet......

Sunday, 7 July 2013

Young Aubergines


8x8
oil on canvas

This was really fun!!!
I used completely different colours than normal while painting these aubergines. I live the cerulian blue as the reflecting edge, but as always the original is far better and not as blue, far more subtle.....

Sunday, 23 June 2013

Branch with Orange


9x12
oil on canvas
SOLD 

 
My neighbour has this small orange tree covered in oranges begging me just to be painted. I could not resist!

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Another Red Ribbon


8x8
oil on canvas


The last of the ribbon painting for the moment, as well as eggs in plastic bags!

Sunday, 26 May 2013

Together


9x12
oil on canvas

This painting has a life of it's own.....

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Macaroons and Red Ribbon


8x8
oil on canvas

I have been busy painting for a group exhibition in Port Elizabeth and Grahamstown for later this month......
and a big (75x100cm) Rhino Portrait is keeping me very occupied!
- I enjoyed painting this dainty picture, No.2 in the Red Ribbon Mania saga.


Monday, 29 April 2013

Three Pomegranates


10x20
oil on canvas

When I saw these very fresh and red pomegranates, I couldn't resist! They were just asking to be painted! The old piece of rotten wooden fencepole gives a nice contrast too and it allows me to use my grumbacher cobalt green which I have for years and never really used it!
Above all, it is the first in "Red Ribbon Mania" !
 

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Persimmons


8x8
oil on canvas

The other day I found these wonderful persimmons at the local fresh food market and decided to give it a go at painting them. I love the soft and close in tone colouring of the background and foreground with the intense colour of the persimmon.

Monday, 15 April 2013

Golden Delicious


8x8
oil on canvas

The first chills of autumn are defintely in the air.....and there is a great supply of apples on the market!
I love the colours in this painting.....

Monday, 8 April 2013

Two Peppadews on Green


8x8
oil on canvas



Every summer I grow my own peppadews.The first batch to harvest is about end of March, the last ones I pick normally end of May.
Pickled in a vinegar/sugar and pickling spice solution the endproduct is abslolutely divine, especially stuffed with feta cheese.....

Thursday, 4 April 2013

Two Quinces on Red


8x8
oil on canvas

This is my first painting of quinces ever, tricky little monsters....
I love the colour combination!

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Pomegranate on Wood


8x8
oil on canvas

It's pomegranate time in South Africa und there are plenty to choose from.
Actually planting pomegranates is quite fashionable over here....
I think this one is a beauty....

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Figs


8x8
oil on canvas

It is fig season again! Unfortunately the colour of the inside of the fig didn't photograph well, far too bright! Still, this is the best ajustment I could make.....

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Egg in plastic bag II


8x8
oil on canvas

I am still enchanted with this painting, sold already, but worth it to elaborate on the subject in all it's variations....

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Mrs. Big


12x16
oil on canvas

I seem to be drawn to the colour "red" at the moment.This painting was supposed to have 3 pomegranates on a platter, landscape format.
I could only find 1 huge, red and fresh pomegranate, so the whole idea changed to this one.... This painting definitely had a life on its own!

Sunday, 3 March 2013

Two Rose Marie's


9x12
oil on canvas

This time of the year I always get very excited to see "rose marie" pears in the shops. This beautiful red pear is only available for roughly a month in SA and I always try to do a painting..... This one is the latest!

Thursday, 28 February 2013

"Lindor" chocolate ball


6x8
oil on canvas board

Definitely my No. 1 chocolate in the world.........Lindt chocolate

Monday, 25 February 2013

Heavenly Chocolate II


12x12
oil on canvas

The 2.nd painting of this rather "chocolately" enterprise, just by looking at it, I would love to munch it.......

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Heavenly Chocolate I


12x12
oil on canvas

Heavenly chocolade I is part of a series of 3 painting done for an exhibition accompanying the "Woordfees" in Stellenbosch, South Africa.
Every Year, beginning of March, the afrikaans language is celebrated through all the art forms, theatre, music, literature, poetry and the visual arts.
This years motto is "Heavenly", open to all interpretations.......

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Green Hydrangea


12x12
oil on canvas

A very green hydrangea with just a touch of pink, most enjoyable to paint...

Sunday, 10 February 2013

Red Hydrangea


12x12
oil on canvas

The 2nd painting out of my summer 2012/13 hydrangea series. This red one, the heat nearly killed, is cut down to stalks at the moment und hopefully will revitalise in winter with all the rain!!!

Thursday, 7 February 2013

Blue Hydrangea


12x12
oil on canvas

My blue hydrangea has a very intense hue this summer thanks to all the used teabags I dug into the soil- a very happy plant indeed!
I am always intrigued by the intrinsic arrangement of blossoms in this amazing flower!
Here in South Africa we call Hydrangeas "Christmas Roses" because they are at the height of their beauty und everyone uses them for christmas decoration in one way or the other!

Sunday, 3 February 2013

Thursday, 31 January 2013

Red Onions


9x12
oil on canvas

Another painting from the "kitchen series".
I love red onions, their colour and different shapes never stop to intrigue me!

Monday, 28 January 2013

White Grapes


6x8
oil on canvas board

It is harvest time in Stellenbosch, South Africa and grapes are in abundant supply! These white ones are very yummy, easier to eat than to paint....

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Two Aubergines


9x12
oil on canvas

I love painting aubergines, I truly love their colour and sheen!
With these ones I was lucky enough to find them with quite a bit of a stem, which is hairy and rough, a lovely contrast! 

Sunday, 20 January 2013

50's blue glass with lime


6x8
oil on canvas board

It took me ages to find an interesting composition for the lime!
In the end I discovered again those old real 50's tumblers at the back of the kitchen cupboard and immediately was hooked and fully enjoyed this painting.......