This Work is a commission for a client in Saigon, Vietnam.
The Anahita Golf and Spa Resort is on the East Coast of Mauritius. It covers over 210 Hectares of Tropical coastline and includes two 18 hole golf courses designed by German Golfer Bernhard Langer and our very own Ernie Els.
Following my Anahita 4th which was sold in 2019 I received a commission from a buyer in Saigon, Vietnam. He has asked for an oil painting of the 8th hole looking towards the green from behind the tee.
I was also given a picture of where the finished piece will hang. A really special client.
The painting is an oil on 260 gsm canvas sheet measuring 305 mm x 406 mm or 12 in x 16 in. it should be finished in the next week.
Close up of the pin and the ball on it’s way to the green
I’m brave enough (or crazy enough, depending on your point of view) to tackle most challenges. You’re invited to send me your favourite photo and put me to the test. You can mail me at BruceA684@gmail.com and I’ll get back to you within a day or so
About 20 km north-east of Cape Agulhas is the holiday village of Arniston, which is alongside the historical fishing village of Kassiesbaai. There is a small “harbour” for the fishing boats owned and managed by the locals. Out of season, in bad weather and when the fish aren’t biting, there are always four or five of these tiny seagoing vessels sitting on the concrete slipway.
Kassiesbaai has a long history, some of which may be unverifiable, but it makes interesting reading on Google. If you go to Google maps with these co-ordinates you will be directed to the little harbour. -34.666381,20.231924
The piece below is multi-media on canvas. I used acrylics, soft pastels, charcoal, Pigma archival ink brushes, Unipin water and fade proof pigment ink covered with a fixative and then varnished. My first attempt at a multimedia piece using exactly the same media turned out a complete disaster. It makes for an interesting photograph but in reality it’s just a big black blob! It became the first piece I tossed in the waste bin. Hopefully Boats at Kassiesbaai will turn out better.
There is an artist’s magazine published every two months carrying the usual content, lots of adverts, how to do articles, whats on where, you know the drill. They also have an “artist’s challenge”, where they propose a subject by supplying a photograph, which you must interpret any old way you like.
The task one particular month, was a photo of Hout Bay outside Capetown. There were three or four fishing boats tied up at a jetty, fairly close to the front of the scene and then some more further back. Behind all the boats were glimpses of Hout Bay itself plus the ever present Cape Mountains as a backdrop. Lots of masts and reflection were the two main features of the photo.
I spent hours, days, in fact, on getting the mountains right and I could see that the days remaining to complete were getting less. In the meantime, I began to see others’ work and I decided that these competitions are, for now, not for me. I eventually finished the mountains and when I looked down, there wasn’t a single boat. I decided then and there they had all left harbour as the snoek were running. That’s the truth of it – the little green man behind the big red refrigeration truck proves my point. The sign says “Gone Fishing”. This work also proves’ that little green men do indeed, exist.
Fisherman’s boat on the West Coast – South Africa – OP422
Years ago we found this old fisherman’s boat outside a shop in the fishing village of Paternoster. Paternoster is situated about 160 km from Capetown and is reached by taking the N7 out of the city. At the time it was filled with orange and yellow flowers. The two colours were more or less separate, whether by design or accident, I have no idea, but one thing is sure, someone had taken great care in nurturing these flowers.
The shop is still there, full of West Coast trinkets and agricultural products. I just love the history that must lurk in the old woodwork. How many times had it been out to sea? Had it ever capsized? Who last used it? It’s the only boat painting I’ve done but it is in the same class as Old Car and Windmill, Jongensklip Station and Dodgy. Of course, If you love this little painting you can go right ahead and buy this oil painting measuring 152 x 203 mm or 6 x 8 inches.
Perhaps you have a photo of a memorable holiday or place you visited and would like a painting done. Make use of our commissions scheme by e-mailing me on bruceA684@gmail.com
This oil painting on a stretched canvas measures 305 mm x 406 mm or 12 in x 16 in. The subject is the Umhlanga Rocks Lighthouse just north of Durban on South Africa’s east coast. There are always a number of ships at anchor outside Durban Harbour, waiting to enter port. There is a wind surfer about to crest the rear wave. The lighthouse has a rotating white light as well as a static 30° red light used by the ships in the outer anchorage to assess their position relative to the beaches of Durban.
In the early hours of 26 February 1852 a British troopship – HMS Birkenhead ran aground off the coast of Gansbaai, Western Cape, South Africa, at a place known as Danger Point. The ship broke up almost immediately after impact with submerged rocks. It was the first time that the call of “Women and Children first” was recorded.
Some 450 people drowned but 193 reached safety.
A lighthouse was constructed and commissioned in 1895. It is 17 m tall and it’s light can be seen 50 km away.
This lovely work was commissioned for a holiday home in the popular coastal holiday town of Mossel Bay on the Western Cape South Coast. The lighthouse was commissioned in 1864 and is a square brick tower, painted white.
It is 14.9 meters tall and the “focal point” is 73 meters above sea level. There is a cave just below the lighthouse that was occupied by inhabitants 200,000 years ago. For more on this lighthouse and others on the South African Coast see Gerald Hoberman’s fascinating book Lighthouses of South Africa