Our farm in what is known as the Upper Karoo is 55 km from the nearest town (Douglas) and 71 km from the town in the other direction (Prieska). Karoo farms that are not on the Orange river are almost all sheep farms. It is a lonely life in the Karoo. It is so vast, so still, and so very hot in summer and icy cold when the winds blow in winter. To most, the Karoo is an area you just drive through on your way to more attractive destinations. To the few that know, there is no more peaceful place on earth than here, in the Great Karoo.
How does one then get around if you are unfortunate enough not to own a motor vehicle? You use Uber Cart! Unlike in the city you don’t use a mobile to book your ride and then jump into the Uber that magically appears in front of you. No, you send a message to someone with a donkey cart. You explain where you wish to go and more or less when you want to go. But the cart arrives when the cart arrives and you go when the driver is good and ready to go. To be good and ready to go one has to enquire as to everyone’s welfare, take refreshment, discuss the weather and tell of events since last meeting. Then you will be ready to set out. Except, of course, you have to get the donkey to co-operate, which can have its own particular challenges.
Heart and Soul and a little bit more went into this Acrylic painting of a donkey cart on the farm Kwartelspan. It is on a canvas panel measuring 305 x 406 mm or 12 x 16 inches.
Sunset in a village somewhere in the Eastern Cape – AP407
Transkei Sunset was one of my first acrylic paintings. It was a lesson in light and shadow, so here you can see we have a setting sun on the right hand side and closer to the front of the painting. This image is a bit small, but there is a person sitting on the stoep of the house on the left and whoever it is, is enjoying the last moments of the day. The strong oranges and yellows give off a lot of warmth here in the foreground, but it fades into the coolness of the faraway hills with the little African huts dotted across the landscape. It’s not meant to be a person but the shadows on the closest building on the right makes one look twice. Is there someone with a cloak loitering in the shadows or is my mind playing tricks on me?
Transkei Sunset is an acrylic painting on a stretched canvas and measures 203 x 305 mm or 6 x 8 inches and is available from our shop. If you would prefer something not quite as loose you may prefer Tree Near Stanford or even Canola Field, which both feature dead trees. Something completely different, that you may also wish to consider is Fire or Roses.
Whichever way you look at it we have a nice range of homely paintings done with heart and Soul. If you would like a favorite scene captured on canvas please feel free to contact us on bruceA684@Gmail.com and we will show you how we think we can make your dream a reality.
This is a monochrome/sepia type acrylic painting on a stretched canvas. It measures 203 x 203 mm or 8 x 8 inches. How this painting came into being was that I was surfing around the web looking for suitable ideas. I came across a black and white painting of the scene I have painted. I lost the details of the original photo and the photographer so if he or she finds this, that’s the reason there’s no credit quoted. The scene is shot in Mill Lane looking down to Stone Street in New York. There’s a famous restaurant at the bottom of the street. The challenge on doing this painting was getting the left hand wall sorted out. There’s a kink in it, just past Kate’s hand. Kind of upsets your sense of perspective. I love this one, it’s full of heart and soul.
Chumani is a red breasted Jackal Buzzard photographed near Caledon – South Africa – AP410
The soaring, almost majestic Jackal Buzzard is a common bird of prey in the Western Cape of South Africa. They are often seen sweeping over farmland and mountainside as they play in the thermal updraughts or hunt an unsuspecting field mouse or juvenile Cape Hare. This acrylic on canvas painting is 305 x 406 mm or 12 x 16 inch. He is named after the late son of a South African Cabinet Minister, which is a wonderful story best told in another section of this blog (still to be published). Chumani was photographed in blue gum trees in front of our house. Heart and Soul went into this work, as is the work going into Tobias Toucan.
I welcome an opportunity to consult with you on art artwork that you would love to have done. Contact me on bruceA684@gmail.com and we will gladly assist you.
Two old tractors in a field near Ficksburg – Free State South Africa – AP412
On a drive from Ficksburg to Fouriesburg in the Free State you pass by the Sandstone Estate and Heritage Trust. It This farm is home to a vast collection of working vintage and veteran steam engines, trains, tractors, vehicles and airplanes. These two tractors stand at the entrance to the farm. This landscape Acrylic painting is of Old Blue, a Fordson Tractor , the other is probably an old McCormick – Deerling. Both of these tractors run on steel wheels . You may be interested in this Grey Fergie or a red version of the legendary Grey Fergie called In For Repair. On the other hand, the modern John Deeres in Tractors in the snow may be more to your liking. The painting is 660 x 864 mm or 26 x 34 inch.
You may have an antique vehicle, piece of equipment, or even a good quality image which you would like painted. If so, please feel free to contact me on bruceA684@gmail.co, for a quote. I put Heart and Soul into my work.
An old 1948 Buick wreck near a windmill in the Free State – South Africa – AP413
This Acrylic painting on a stretched canvas measures 356 x 457 mm or 14 x 18 in. The old wreck of a car is a 1948 Buick and it lies, forlorn and rusting away on a farm somewhere in the Free State, South Africa. The building storm adds atmosphere to an everyday scene in rural areas everywhere. You may be interested in this 1929 Chevrolet or even this 1934 Dodge Pickup. Both are Oil paintings on Canvas over board, or perhaps something more modern like this 1959 Chevrolet Biscayne.
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”
This commission was from the parents of a soon to be born son. They are acrylic paintings on small stretched canvasses of 203 mm x 203 mm or 8 in x 8 in. The young man also had an elephant motif duvet and other elephant related decor items and toys.
On My Easel last week was this little village scene. I have no idea what the name of the technique is… I’ve probably been told, and if so then I have forgotten. What you do is you start of with a black canvas and using good old school chalk you draw all the outlines of your subject matter. You then go ahead and paint out your piece around all the chalk marks. You allow the paint to dry (acrylic works best with this technique) and then, with a damp cloth, you wipe off all the chalk. Voila – The black background appears.
The technique works especially with specific subjects like old English Tudor style buildings but I have seen some beautiful work done by associates of seagulls, mythical beings, old harbours and fishing boats.
The evening/twilight effect in this particular piece was unintentional. It was purely the brand of white acrylic used.
I have to place two figures in the scene, a bit of yellow light and I have to decide whether or not to brighten up the walls.