This piece was commissioned by a collector in Saigon, Vietnam. Anahita Golf Course and Country Club is located on the south east coast of Mauritius and about 40 km north east of the main International Airport of Mauritius.
The two 18 hole courses were designed by Germany’s Bernhard Langer and South Africa’s Ernie Els.
This piece is oil on stretched canvas measuring 305 mm x 406 mm.
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
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.
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.
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.
Silhouette of a rare moment in a child’s busy life – AP435
Annabella was an energetic 7 year old, who was always on the go, busy with the things that little girls do. One evening she was for a rare moment still. She and her teddy were watching “Beauty and the Beast” when her picture was taken. The lighting created a silhouette effect. This Acrylic painting on MDF board measures 203 mm x 178 mm . Two other portraits that may interest you are That Girl and Banksy Rewound. 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 .
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 .
A larger version of Stone Street, New York – OP 439
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
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”