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On My Easel – Watch This Space

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This Oil painting is 900 mm x 600 mm stretched canvas of 280gsm. It is going to take time, so do come back from time to time for an update . The painting is based on a photograph taken in Namibia in 2019.

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I’m brave enough 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.

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SOLD – Poppies

Bright poppies in a field near the sea – OP411

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Poppies

This commissioned work is an oil painting on stretched canvas measuring 559 x 711 mm or 22 x 28 inch. You may be interested in Bloom where you are planted or Canola Field, which is a small oil painting in a heavy frame.

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 .

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Tree near Stanford

Tree between Stanford and Napier – OP406

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Tree Near Stanford

Tree Near Stanford is a oil painting on a stretched canvas measuring 305 x 406 mm or 12 x 16 inches. That’s the detail, now let me tell you about the painting and why it got painted. There is a thing about dead trees, or rather, some people have a thing about dead trees. How old was the tree, why did it die, what did it look like in it’s prime? who sheltered underneath it on a hot day? That kind of unanswerable question, which leads to human’s best loved pastimes …..making assumptions.

Tree near Stanford was inspired by a photo Freda took on the road from Stanford over the Akkedis Pass heading toward Caledon, Napier and Riviersonderend. In midsummer, after the wheat, canola, barley and oats harvest, the countryside presents a dry and extremely bleak picture. The Merino sheep stand around in various patterns to glean a moments shadow and relief from the blazing sun. Eventually, they know, and we know, relief will come. Relief in the form of the Western Cape’s winter rains. Invest in Tree Near Stanford

Other paintings that you make enjoy are Old Car and Windmill, Wild Flowers and Shepherds Hut. Perhaps you have a favourite image that you would like captured on canvas. In that case contact us by email on bruceA684@gmail.com and we will make your dream a reality. We put heart and Soul into getting your artwork as near perfect as possible.

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Roses In A Bottle

Mothers’s Day Roses in a Bottle – OP402

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Roses in a Bottle

A few days after Mother’s Day in 2016 I attended my first art lesson. I had a canvas, some paint and a bottle with turpentine with me. I wonder what went through Alyson’s mind that first Wednesday. “So” says Alyson “What would you like to paint?”. “No” says me, “I have no cooking clue as to where I should start”.

Alyson points to an old coffee bottle full of yellow and orangy/peach coloured roses that some lucky mother had received on Mother’s Day, brought to art on the Monday and left behind. “OK” says I, “How?” and so began my scumbling journey along the road to a masterpiece. Shading, colour mixing, position, proportions and all the other magical concepts you hear from artists was complete Greek to me. Most of it still is.

Alyson, it must be said, helped with the bottle getting me to put in the white in order to create the glass effect. The flurry came at the end with the reflection on the right bottom. Looks good, I think, with it’s burgundy background with a matching frame.

Just some thoughts on old Vincent van Gogh. It seems the master only seriously painted the last ten or 12 years of his life. legend has it that only one of his paintings sold in his lifetime. I, on the other hand have been blessed with quite a number of sales and have another 8 or 9 years to get the masterpiece onto canvas. In the meantime Roses is still available and you would be wise to snap it up with vase, frame and all. You never know. Return on investment and all that jazz. Go on, Buy the Roses in a bottle.

Seriously, may be that you prefer a little more “outdoors”, Whimsical” or “detailed”. Then have a look at Shepherds Hut, Gone Fishing and Tractor in Norfolk.

Still not happy? OK, email me your favourite image to bruceA684@Gmail.com and let me show you how we can turn your dream into a beautiful canvas

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SOLD – Kiss Me Kate II

A larger version of Stone Street, New York – OP 439

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Kiss Me Kate – Lovers meet in the city

This commission is an Oil painting on stretched canvas measuring 406 x 406 mm or 16 x 16 inch. The inspiration for my collector was a much smaller streetscape version, called Kiss Me Kate, which was an acrylic painting using just a few different browns. Kiss Me Kate II has a little more colour in the under painting but still retains the warmth of a sepia finish. Heart and Soul went into getting the perspectives of this work correct. If you “Google Maps” Mill Lane, New York you will get an exact location, which is between William and Stone Streets.

On the other hand you may prefer something less linear, in which case Friday Afternoon may interest you. Here’s a look at the original Kiss Me Kate.

If you have a special photo or image that you would like a painting of, please contact me on bruceA684@gmail.com for a free quote for the work and delivery. I will put Heart and Soul into your commission

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Shepherd’s Hut

Lonely Shepherd’s hut on a farm near Caledon – South Africa – OP414

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Shepherds Hut on Vaalplaas

In the days before tarred roads, pickup trucks and the ubiquitous 16 seater taxis, farmers would send a shepherd with the flocks of sheep of to distant grazing. They were housed in small shepherd huts similar to the one depicted in this oil painting. This hut, on the farm “Vaalplaas” is near the gravel road from Caledon to Tesselaarsdal in the Overberg district of the Western Cape. Its an iconic building and is often photographed by locals and tourists alike. The buildings in the distance are on another farm called “Steenboksrivier”. The painting is 406 x 406 mm or 16 x 16 inches. You can magnify Shepherds Hut or you can go right ahead and purchase it through our Fastpay system

Other landscapes that may interest you are Tree near Stanford, Canola Field, and Uber in the Great Karoo. If you have a special painting in mind please contact us on bruceA684@gmail.com and we will gladly discuss your requirements.

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Light

John 8:12 – OP443

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Light

This still life is an Oil painting on canvas and measures 297 x 420 mm or 11.5 x 16.5 inches.
It was done as an entrant in the “Light” exhibition held by the Volmoed Art Group in Hermanus. For me the source of all light is Jesus Christ, both in a physical and spiritual dimension. It’s title is Light and the sub title is simply John 8:12.

There are hundreds of bible translations but they all say the same thing. No Jesus – No light and if there is no light you will lose your way and eventually stumble and fall.
The New International Version” (NIV) says in John 8:12
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

The Message” says
Jesus once again addressed them: “I am the world’s Light. No one who follows me stumbles around in the darkness. I provide plenty of light to live in.”

The King James Version” says
Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life”.

The Orthodox Jewish Bible (OJB) says at Yochanan 8:12
12 Then again he spoke to them, saying, Ani Hu HaOhr HaOlam Hazeh. The one following me will never walk in choshech, but will have the Ohr HaChayyim.

The Japanese Living Bible (JLB) puts it this way
ヨハネの福音書
世の光であるイエス
12 そのあとで、イエスは人々にお話しになりました。「わたしは世の光です。わたしに従って来れば、暗闇でつまずくことはありません。いのちの光が、あなたがたの進む道を明るく照らすからです。」

Not matter where you are, or what language you speak, the Bible’s message is the same.

These extracts are from Bible Gateway where you can read any one of the hundreds of Bible translations on their site.

I have added a second image of the incomplete work, which more accurately gives an idea of the depth of colour in the piece.

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Light –

You may also be interested in Bloom where you are planted which is about wild flowers surviving in inhospitable ground.

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SOLD – Lady Walking in a grassy field

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Lady walking in a grassy field

Stephen Conway of Easy Oil Painting inspired this landscape work on a 200 mm x 500 mm stretched canvas. It is similar to Man Walking but instead of using yellow and black to create the greens I used blues and yellows in this one. The wonderful thing about painting is that the final artwork often surprises you. In the case of Lady walking it was the lady herself that surprised me with her skirt and the basket on her arm.

Lady Walking is the 2nd in a series of 4. Have to still tackle the other two!

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SOLD – Man Walking

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SOLD – Man Walking

There’s an Irish chap by the name of Stephen Conway. He does some really good stuff including a lot of tutorials on You Tube. This Landscape Oil Painting is based on one of his tutorials. My man walking looks a little older than Stephen’s man, but that’s the beauty of oil painting, any painting for that matter. The artist lays it down as he or she sees it. Man Walking is the 1st of a series of 4.

There is a second landscape oil painting based on the same tutorial called Lady Walking .

Sometime toward the end of 2019 gremlins attacked all of Stephens work on You Tube. So all went down the tubes. he is busy reconstructing his You Tube presence and I will create a link when this particular tutorial is reloaded. (Jan 2020)

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Sold – Umhlanga Rocks Lighthouse

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Umhlanga Rocks Lighthouse – KZN

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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