A lady by the name of Julie Duell is an American artist who has, for years, added her ideas and tips to her blog, for aspiring and experienced agents alike. When I was getting to grips with the real issues of perspective I found her site and followed her techniques. I then set about painting my interpretation of her interpretation! This acrylic on a canvas panel measures 152 x 203 mm or 6 x 8 inches. It is framed.
I love the softness of the Friday Afternoon painting. The painting seems to be of a calm environment, maybe somewhere in Tuscany or the south of France. The two ladies talking have been to the fresh produce market for tonight’s al fresco supper. There in the distance is the village church looking out on to the square which is obscured by the buildings down the left.
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.
Harry Ferguson was the Irish Engineer and Inventor that designed the first three point linkage for tractors. This device prevented the front wheels of tractor from flipping up off the ground and overturning the tractor. It was a remarkable invention and is still used today, even on the most modern tractors. Ferguson also designed the famous “Grey Fergie” – a small workhorse that was manufactured in the UK, USA and Australia. Thousands of these tractors, now over 70 years old, are still used on a daily basis. Much sought after, the Grey Fergie has achieved an almost cult status. Even red ones, as depicted in this small 152 x 203 mm (6 x 8 inch) acrylic painting, are known as Grey Fergies. Some are abandoned, some restored to pristine condition, most just keep on working. You may also enjoy Tractor in Norfolk and Old Blue if you are a tractor fan. Grey Fergie fans put Heart and Soul into their tractors, like we do with our art.
You may own a tractor or have fond memories of living or holidaying on a farm. You may even consider having your favourite memory converted into a beautiful painting. Contact us on bruceA684@gmail.com and we will consult with you regarding your requirements.
This “Streetscape” is of a little cottage in the village of Alcester in the UK county of Warwickshire. It has a history going back to the time of the Roman Empire. Alcester is about 8 km from the home of William Shakespeare , Stratford-Upon-Avon, so its quite likely that he may have strolled down this street (before the Tudor cottage was built of course). Ah, isn’t imagination lovely. You can write about what is inside your head, or tell , or draw, or sculpt or paint and even embroider and if you are gifted like Frank Sinatra or John Lennon or Leonard Cohen then you can sing about your imagination.
Enough of that now. This Acrylic painting on a canvas covered board measures 254 x 356 mm or 10 x 14 inches and starts out with a black undercoat. The technique is to draw the picture onto the black surface with good old school chalk. Once that’s complete (and its easier said than done) you kind of “paint by numbers) by filling in everything between the chalk lines. Once the painting is completely dry you wipe off the chalk lines and voila! All the black lines appear. Lucky for me my daughter had taken the original pic (see below) a week or so before we tackled this project at the Volmoed Art Room
For many years we had the priviledge of living on two different farms in the Overberg district of the Western Cape, The first farm is called Morningview and the part of the farm we lived on was known as Montana. It is quite close to Caledon. The second farm is called Donkerwater (Darkwater), which is quite ironic as we experienced severe drought in the time we were there. Both these farms were adjacent to mountains so the terrain is extremely rocky, stony and what little soil there is , is of a poor quality. It’s almost like sea sand and really, its rocks and stones that have weathered down to sand.
I tell you this because despite this the flora and fauna on these mountains is quite spectacular. How they manage to survive and flourish is beyond our comprehension, except, There is a Creator, would put all of this together, mainly for His own pleasure. How fortunate we are to be able to share in this amazing creation.
There is a biblical injunction about blooming where you are planted –
1 Corinthians 7:20-24 New International Version (NIV) 20 Each person should remain in the situation they were in when God called them. 21 Were you a slave when you were called? Don’t let it trouble you—although if you can gain your freedom, do so. 22 For the one who was a slave when called to faith in the Lord is the Lord’s freed person; similarly, the one who was free when called is Christ’s slave. 23 You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of human beings. 24 Brothers and sisters, each person, as responsible to God, should remain in the situation they were in when God called them.
This landscape of two yellow flowers is an acrylic painting on canvas covered board measuring 250 x 200 mm or 10 x 8 inches. You may find Light, Tree near Stanford and Shepherds Hut to be of interest, with their connection to the Overberg.
If you have a favourite photo or image that you would like turned into a painting please mail us on bruceA684@gmail.com. We’ll put our Heart and Soul into creating your masterpiece
Fresh fruit from Diepgat Farm near Caledon – South Africa AP415
I have a friend who owns a beautiful farm in the long and equally beautiful Hemel-En-Aarde Valley, which stretches from Hermanus almost to Caledon, in the Western Cape of South Africa. Export Apples and Pears are two of the products farmed here and this apple and pear come from that area. The reason I chose them for a still life painting, were the two leaves still attached to the pear, something one rarely sees in a store. They are laid on a lace cloth . This acrylic painting is on canvas covered board measuring 305 mm x 152. You may also be interested in two other still life paintings – Light and Roses. Both are Oil paintings on stretched canvas.
If you have a favourite photograph that you would like created into a larger painting please feel free to mail us on bruceA684@gmail.com and we will contact you regarding price and delivery . Oh, “Hemel-en-Aarde” means “Heaven and Earth”
In the late 1950’s American car manufacturers were big into flashy tail fins. I suppose it was a sign of a booming world economy which had recovered from the effects of WW II. All three of the major manufacturer – General Motors, Ford and Chrysler were busy trying to outdo each other. Some designs were really good and others a bit weird. By the early 1960’s the fashion passed and automobiles again became quite boring. The 1957 Chevrolet range quite possibly had the best looking of the “finned” models but the most outrageous was the 1959 Chevrolet range. That the designers managed to get it right for cars, wagons and light delivery vehicles was quite an achievement. Here’s my interpretation of the 1959 Chev Biscayne which I’m busy with today.