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On My Easel – Steam Train – 11 th Jan 2020

Art By Bruce - Steam Train

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.

Art By Bruce - 1937 Chevrolet Coupe
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.

Art By Bruce - Old Blue
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.

Art By Bruce - Jessica - Steam Train
Jessica – Steam Train

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 and I’ll get back to you within a day or so Copy to follow

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Canola Field

Dead Tree in a field of Canola – Ref OP401

Canola Field, Art By Bruce, Bruce Andrew
Canola Field

This small Oil Painting on a canvas panel measures 102 x 152 mm or 4 x 6 inches. As you can see Canola Field is in a heavy antique frame , which goes with the painting, don’t you think? If you wanted to see this tree you would have to take a drive from Napier to Bredasdorp in the Overberg district of The Western Cape. It’s on the left , assuming its still standing. The Canola Field was in full bloom and the sky overhead was an intense blue. Canola field is the ideal piece to brighten up a dark spot in almost any environment. You can magnify the detail or go right ahead and invest today. I also like Tree near Stanford, Jongensklip station, and Shepherds Hut which are all scenes in the same district.

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Art By Bruce, Bruce Andrew, Heart and Soul
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