Sunday, 28 September 2008

more of Africa's children


Africa weeps for her children 7



One man's wealth is another mans...?


Tuesday, 23 September 2008

Still strolling around the woods!

I seem to be stuck on trees at the moment, they often crop up in my work because for me, trees are such a special part of life. They speak of fresh air, flowers, peace, permanence. They are these large living beings who do no harm, but bring goodness and life to the planet, home for birds, shelter for anyone who cares to rest in their shade. Even when they are cut down, they carry on giving, in the form of fuel for fires, building materials, compost etc.

red purple tree

300x250 framed



turquoise trees 1 and 2


forest reds and browns 1 and 2


forest blues and greens


brown/green tree 1 and 2


green and brown tree 200x250, framed

And still on a nature theme, I must have spring fever at the moment, because these floral jugs also appeared!

A Pair of Jugs


Monday, 08 September 2008

to the woods.....

I have a friend, Esme Goosen, who is a wonderful artist, and also very generous with her time and ideas. She recently introduced me to the joys of acrylics. (I'll tell you more about that when she has sent me a photo of one of her paintings, there's a story behind it!)

Up until now I have been having a passionate affair with oils, and what I love about them is the slow drying time, which allows for lots of blending and manipulation of the paint as the paintings evolve. But I am finding that acrylics have joys of their own, and this new direction coincides with a growing desire to do some printing. I did some lino cuts of trees, and printed them with acrylic onto canvas. It was a natural progression from some of the directions I have been going in with the other work, running paint, metal foils etc. Then the games began, blending colours and playing with adding transparent layers of washes over each other.

Here are the results:

a pair of trees

2 x 150x150mm


3x 150x200mm




450x350mm framed

treasure tree 1 and 2

2 x 600x900mm

fiesta tree 1 and 2

2 x 125x175mm


happy tree 1 and 2

2 x 300x300mm framed

seasons 1, 2 3 and 4

4 x 100x150mm framed