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On My Easel – Fishing Boats at Kassiesbaai – 12th October 2019

Boats at Arniston

About 20km 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

This piece 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 soon to be 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.

Other pieces that may interest you are Boat at Paternoster and After the drought

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Gone Fishing

One small boat left in Hout Bay Harbour – AP423

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Gone Fishing – Hout Bay – South Africa

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.

Aah! You prefer a bit more realism with your boats? Perhaps Boat at Paternoster may interest you. Then again Jongensklip Station has it’s own charm and may be something to own. Then there’s one of my favourites – Shepherds Hut. All three done with lots of Heart and Soul. You can invest in Gone fishing or any other of my art by going direct to the shop by clicking I want to buy and then scrolling down to the shop itself.

Aah, size, I hear is important . Gone Fishing is an Acrylic Painting on a canvas panel measuring 254 x 356 mm or 10 x 14 inch

In the unlikely event that you can’t find what you’re looking for email me on bruceA684@gmail.com with your idea or image and lets see if we can find a way to get your idea onto a canvas.

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Boat at Paternoster

Fisherman’s boat on the West Coast – South Africa – OP422

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Boat at Paternoster

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

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Sold – Umhlanga Rocks Lighthouse

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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.

Two links that may be of interest – Cape St. Blaize Lighthouse and Dangerpoint Lighthouse

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Sold – Danger Point Lighthouse

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 A4 oil painting Danger Point Lighthouse is of the lighthouse done in 2017.

These two links may also be of interest to you – Cape St. Blaize and Umhlanga Rocks

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Sold – Cape St. Blaize

Lighthouse – Cape St. Blaize

Cape St. Blaize Lighthouse – 2018

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 

Oil Painting on stretched Canvas 60 cm x 49 cm

These two links may be of interest to you – Dangerpoint Lighthouse and Umhlanga Rocks Lighthouse

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