Fine Artists and Their Pets: Part 1

Winston Churchill: Attitude in one little thing that makes a big difference. “Oh no, Faantjie. Don’t crow inside of the house!” The pet rooster just turned 45 degrees, crowed until the circle was completed, unconcerned about the command, jumped off the poof and strolled into the garden. Faantjie was an eye-catching bantam. white bird with […]

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The City of Love and Death: Part 4

When arriving at the Island of Murano, proudly known for its glass-blowers’-skill, you just proceed by foot until you notice the rooster that guides you to the beautiful center. The rooster played an important role in the history of the Bible. Roosters on top of the churches are reminders of their wisdom and knowledge. It […]

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The City of Love and Death: Part 3

Watching from afar during lunchtime, the two ladies, unknown to me, one younger than the other, were in in a serious conversation. Both were pointing towards the 30+ water color paintings of Venice exhibited at the art festival. After lunch, when they both proceeded their conversation about the artworks, I cautiously approached them. They now […]

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The City of Love and Death: Part 2

Venice forces itself upon me as an artist where the moment, the movement and the music inspire me beyond words. The buyer, being with a tour group, expressed her frustration, not having time enough to “feel, explore, and take in the ‘hart’ of Venice”. This water color artwork “Balconies”, would be her representation of her […]

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The City of Love and Death: Part 1

I invite you to share with me in the first short series of four parts to travel with me though my paintbox. No other city in the world, but Venice, can evoke all five my senses at once! You hear the lapping of the water, caused by the vaporetti, water taxis and gondolas, and the […]

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Five Minutes or a Life Time

“It took me a lifetime to create this painting, or may be just five minutes.” It is my way of answering what most people want to know: How long did it take? I sometimes wonder if time is important for them to calculate the price asked, did I spend enough time to earn the money, […]

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In Search of the Lost Chateau

Artists are familiar with “Indian Yellow”, which was originally made by the urine of cows fed on mango leaves. When planning this work, I was totally engulfed by the memories of our laughs, the aroma of prepared meals in the small kitchen, the slashing sounds of canal water, birds’ songs in the trees at sunset […]

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Blood and Paint

In one of my many notebooks I once wrote: “…and in the early days red was made of the blood of cochineal, a parasite on the prickly pear…..and also used in cosmetics!” It was December 2014, with Christmas celebrated worldwide. The colors, especially in Europe for these celebrations are red and green. In South Africa, […]

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The Pomegranate Story

I grew up on a farm during my first years. Except for some vivid memories of certain smells, colours, noises and the way of living, I recall the evenings in particular.We gathered at the back door and my dad explained the creation of the universe, the galaxies and “satellites”. The radio wasn’t always reliable, no […]

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