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On My Easel – Namibian Sunset – 16 Feb 2020

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Sometime last year I spotted a beautiful photograph of a Namibian sunset, complete with what looks like a Toyota Landcruiser coming up the hill towards the photographer. I obtained the permission of the photographer to use the image as reference.

It’s a long way from finished and it is the biggest painting I’ve tackled. It measures 900 mm x 600 mm.

Progress along the way

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On My Easel – Anahita Golf Course 8th Hole – 16th January 2020

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This Work is a commission for a client in Saigon, Vietnam.

The Anahita Golf and Spa Resort is on the East Coast of Mauritius. It covers over 210 Hectares of Tropical coastline and includes two 18 hole golf courses designed by German Golfer Bernhard Langer and our very own Ernie Els.

Following my Anahita 4th which was sold in 2019 I received a commission from a buyer in Saigon, Vietnam. He has asked for an oil painting of the 8th hole looking towards the green from behind the tee.

I was also given a picture of where the finished piece will hang. A really special client.

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Anahita Space

The painting is an oil on 260 gsm canvas sheet measuring 305 mm x 406 mm or 12 in x 16 in. it should be finished in the next week.

Close up of the pin and the ball on it’s way to the green

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Anahita Pin and Ball

Other paintings that are similar include “Man Walking” and “Lady Walking”

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On My Easel – Steam Train – 11 th Jan 2020

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The grand age of steam has long passed as by. All that remains of the steam train era are mainly those engines and train sets maintained and run by private individuals and companies who have a real passion for steam and the skills and financial resources to restore renovate and maintain these monsters.


On the other hand, here in South Africa it may be a plan to reintroduce steam engines in view of our constant power outages caused by poor maintenance, cable theft and load-shedding.
Just Imagine, we could get Eskom to send their alleged wet coal to Transnet!


I read somewhere that if you want to be a great artist you need to be constantly drawing, even when you’re not painting. I’m sure that is true as drawing is reasonably fast, easy to amend and relatively cheap. As the South African Golfer – Gary Player used to say “The more I practice the luckier I get” so it is with art.

Drawing for its own sake hones your skills so that when you come to painting you’re likely to have a better foundation and less mistakes in your creations.

“Steam Train” will be one of many such creations in my studio during 2020.

I have recently completed a small oil painting – 1937 Chevrolet Coupe.

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1937 Chev Coupe

Some time ago I completed Old Blue, which is two old tractors outside the world famous Sandstone Estates Steam Heritage Farm outside Ficksburg in the Eastern Free State. It is a full working commercial farm with a wonderful working museum of steam driven equipment, old cars, farming equipment, planes and more. Lovely place to include in a holiday or long weekend.

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Old Blue

Also on my easel, or more accurately, waiting it’s turn to be back on my easel, is Jessica. She is a restored steam locomotive owned and operated by the Ceres Rail Company in the Western Cape.

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Jessica – Steam Train

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On my easel – Just an old Ford – 9th January 2020

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This 1933 Ford is my impression of one that was recently offered for sale in California on behalf of the owner from Clinton, Michigan. The actual car is a little lower and longer than this piece. It is, what was commonly known in the 1930’s, a sedan delivery. Based on the 1933 car it had a longer chassis and suicide doors.

These are the images from the first post On My Easel – 14th October 2019 and a follow up post – 19th November 2019. What’s happened is that the colour of the car has changed and I’m trying something different with the background. Still a long way to go.

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Just an Old Ford – 19th November 2019
Just An Old Ford 14th October 2019

This is a small oil on canvas panel measuring 148 mm x 210 mm (6 inches x 8 inches) and forms part of a series including a 1937 Chevrolet Coupe, a 1933 Ford Sedan Delivery, a 1950 Chevrolet deluxe, a 1936 Cord Westchester, a 1947/48 Pontiac Silver Streak and Grandpa’s Chev.

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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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On My Easel – 6 old cars

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Each one of these small oil paintings have their own specific set of challenges. Deciding what to do with the background poses another set of challenges. They are quite small – 200 mm x 150 mm canvas panels so it’s extremely difficult to get the detail right. You are, after all, scaling a 5 meter long vehicle down to 20 cm.

Of course, the older one gets the less stable the hand and less focused the eyes. Which reinforces my contention that buying old artist’s work is a wise move. It’s like ly to go up in value sooner rather than later.

All six are in various stages of completion and they will be finished off in a short while, but first I’m off to visit a Pecan Nut farm for a week.

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On my easel – Just an old Ford – 19 Nov 2019

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This 1933 Ford is my impression of one that was recently offered for sale in California on behalf of the owner from Clinton, Michigan. The actual car is a little lower and longer than this piece. It is, what was commonly known in the 1930’s, a sedan delivery. Based on the 1933 car it had a longer chassis and suicide doors.

This is the image from the first post On My Easel – 14th October 2019. What’s happened is that the colour has changed.

Just An Old Ford

This is a small oil on canvas panel measuring 148 mm x 210 mm (6 inches x 8 inches) and forms part of a series including a 1937 Chevrolet Coupe, a 1933 Ford Sedan Delivery, a 1950 Chevrolet deluxe, a 1936 Cord Westchester, a 1947/48 Pontiac Silver Streak and Grandpa’s Chev.

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On My Easel – 1936 Cord Westchester – 18 Oct 2019

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The Cord marque only existed from late 1929 to 1937 but in that short space of time they designed some fabulous vehicles and introduced a host of innovations to motoring. Probably the most famous of the Cords were the 1936 and 1937 models. The model featured in this oil painting is a 1936 Westchester.

 It’s an oil painting on a canvas panel measuring 148 mm x 210 mm (6 in X 8 in). It forms part of a series which includes a 1933 Ford Sedan DeliveryJust an old Ford1950 Chevrolet Deluxe1937 Chevrolet Coupe1947/48 Pontiac Silver Streak, and the 1936 Cord Westchester .

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On My Easel – Grandpa’s Chev – 19 Oct 2019

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I recently read about a young chap who inherited his Grandpa’s 1950’s Chev. He is busy restoring the old car but it’s a race against time. His Gran has a few months to live and he wants to take the old lady for one last drive. Here’s hoping he gets it finished in time.

This is my interpretation of how the car will look when its complete. It’s an oil painting on a canvas panel measuring 148 mm x 210 mm (6 in X 8 in). It forms part of a series which includes a 1933 Ford Sedan Delivery, Just an old Ford, 1950 Chevrolet Deluxe, 1937 Chevrolet Coupe, 1947/48 Pontiac Silver Streak, and 1937 Cord Westchester .

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On my easel – 1933 Ford Sedan Delivery

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This 1933 Ford is still on active duty in the USA and was recently sold after being with one family from the early 1950’s.

This is an oil on canvas panel measuring 148 mm x 210 mm (6 in x 8 in) and forms part of a series including Just an old Ford, 1937 Chevrolet Coupe, 1950 Chevrolet deluxe , a 1936 Cord Westchester and others.

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