Woodland Fire is one of my more interesting pieces. It has one distinct feature that occurred quite by chance. The brightness of this painting changes all day long as the light in the room changes. Lovely to watch the intensities increase and then fade.
It would ideally be hung in a sunny room or alternatively have a spotlight on it to bring out the strong oranges, yellows and reds. This oil painting on a canvas panel measures 300 mm x 300 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 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.
For many years we had the priviledge of living on two different farms in the Overberg district of the Western Cape, The first farm is called Morningview and the part of the farm we lived on was known as Montana. It is quite close to Caledon. The second farm is called Donkerwater (Darkwater), which is quite ironic as we experienced severe drought in the time we were there. Both these farms were adjacent to mountains so the terrain is extremely rocky, stony and what little soil there is , is of a poor quality. It’s almost like sea sand and really, its rocks and stones that have weathered down to sand.
I tell you this because despite this the flora and fauna on these mountains is quite spectacular. How they manage to survive and flourish is beyond our comprehension, except, There is a Creator, would put all of this together, mainly for His own pleasure. How fortunate we are to be able to share in this amazing creation.
There is a biblical injunction about blooming where you are planted –
1 Corinthians 7:20-24 New International Version (NIV) 20 Each person should remain in the situation they were in when God called them. 21 Were you a slave when you were called? Don’t let it trouble you—although if you can gain your freedom, do so. 22 For the one who was a slave when called to faith in the Lord is the Lord’s freed person; similarly, the one who was free when called is Christ’s slave. 23 You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of human beings. 24 Brothers and sisters, each person, as responsible to God, should remain in the situation they were in when God called them.
This landscape of two yellow flowers is an acrylic painting on canvas covered board measuring 250 x 200 mm or 10 x 8 inches. You may find Light, Tree near Stanford and Shepherds Hut to be of interest, with their connection to the Overberg.
If you have a favourite photo or image that you would like turned into a painting please mail us on bruceA684@gmail.com. We’ll put our Heart and Soul into creating your masterpiece