Hidden in this Oil on Canvas Sheet you will find the cat and the guinea fowl. The painting is on 265 gsm canvas measuring 228 mm x 305 mm or 9 in x 12 in. Its fairly bright and will work in a confined space, in the loo or in a study. Wherever it hangs it will elicit comment – probably something like “I wonder what the artist was smoking” or “Perhaps the artist will tell us where he gets his good stuff”
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
Anther car completed today. The reference pic comes from Joshua Morey of Bakersville, North Carolina USA. He had just bought the car in 2019 when he published the pic on FB. All original with 88,000 miles (140,000) km on the clock. Joshua is co-owner of Grumpy’s Conversions in Bakersville.
This piece was originally earmarked for a close up painting of a gooseberry. Unfortunately I ate the subject. That wouldn’t have been so bad but it was the last gooseberry of the season and then the drought of 2016/2017 in the Western Cape wiped out the next crop. That’s why there’s a white oval in the centre of the panel! The canvas was later pulled out to become a two door 1950 Chevrolet de Luxe.
The 1937 Chevrolet Coupe is finally complete. I really enjoyed doing this old rust bucket with it’s patina, rusty wheel rims and broken door handle. Painting old cars is a lot cheaper than restoring them to their former glory or turning them into hot rods or “gassers”.
Here are some photos taken during the process.
It is an oil painting on a canvas panel measuring 152 x 203 mm or 6 x 8 inches.
Tomorrow it will be sealed and will be ready for shipping by 20th January 2020.
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.
Two John Deere tractors left out overnight – Ref OP 458
This is an oil painting on a canvas panel. Its quite small, measuring 250 x 355 mm or 10 x 14 inches. It started life as an English thatch cottage but there was no passion for it, so it was painted over. Then it was supposed to be a man sitting under a street light and that didn’t grab me either. I kind of had the streetlight and I love tractors and snow so that was the next thought that came to me. Streetlight, tractor and snow. There they are, two John Deere tractors left out the afternoon before and overnight snow has covered them in a white blanket.
This tractor painting would be in a very small group of paintings. Tractors and snow are an uncommon combination. If you prefer hotter tractors then you may like Tractor in Norfolk , Old Blue or In for repair. On the other hand you may have a favourite tractor photo that you would like painted. Make use of our commission arrangements by emailing me on bruceA684@gmail.com and we will get right back to you.
My humble tribute to the master of thinking outside the box – OP465
If you have never seen the “Shredding Banksy Painting” then perhaps now is the time. It’s about 2 minutes long. So what is Banksy Rewound all about? It’s quite simple really. I think the man is a genius. Off the wall, or should that be “On the wall”? But nevertheless, a genius, and master of thinking outside the box.
Banksy is a mysterious character that paints the most amazing, funny, thought provoking and downright cheeky murals, but with a graffiti air about them. This particular painting, which is small compared to his other works, is big on shock, publicity grabbing, self promotion and dare I say it, making money. Girl with a balloon was auctioned by Sothebys for a staggering $1, 400, 000 . On completion of the auction a shredder built into the picture frame was activated and the painting began to shred. It jammed three quarters of the way through, but that just added to the intrigue and romance of the entire process.
Seconds after the fall of the hammer “Girl with a balloon” began to shred. Right before the very people who had been bidding for the work.
So I imagined how Girl with a Balloon would look like if the painting could have been rewound into it’s frame. Here it is – “Banksy Rewound” – my tribute to the mystery man of thinking out the box.
Banksy Rewound is an Oil Painting on canvas, done with heart and soul and measures 305 x 406 mm or 12 x 16 inches.
If none of the above are your answer to “which one do you love?” then perhaps you have a favourite image or idea that you would like captured on canvas. If so contact me on bruceA684@gmail.com and together we’ll turn the dream into reality.
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.
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.
Fire is the name of this small oil painting on a canvas panel It comes framed in the heavy wooden frame you see above. The canvas itself is 152 x 203 mm and the frame adds about 75 mm to length and breadth.
Why such a small canvas? Ah well, small subject matter, small canvas is probably how I was thinking but who says a Tabasco bottle needs to be so small. After all is said and done, Tabasco has a Big Taste. What is done is done though and this small piece of art will add a nice little feature to small space in your kitchen. If you cook with Heart and Soul then this is for you. Invest in Fire today.
Alternative still life paintings that may be of interest include Apple and Pear, Roses and Light. On the other hand you may have a favourite photo that you would like captured on canvas. Make use of our commission arrangements by emailing me on bruceA684@gmail.com and we will get right back to you showing what we can do to turn your dream into reality .
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.