More pages from my moleskine notebook... while I'm posting these holiday sketches I'm trying to get my house, and after that my studio, in order so I can get back to 'work' (though I can't think of it as work :o). My daughters took turns to house- and pet-sit while we were away and if I tell you that I first had to clean the vacuum cleaner before I could vacuum, wash the mop before I could mop, and rinse out the washing machine and dishwasher before... well you get an idea of what a mess we are in! The studio has become a bit of a general dumping ground, I'm going to have to assert myself there again - and then I might get to making plans for the New Year - by which time it'll probably be February!
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Oh I do like to be beside...
This whole vacation I was struck by the many striations (striata?) of every vista - sea, land and sky - almost like handwriting across the landscape. There were lots of clouds all the time, probably causing the horizontal bands and streaks on every surface.
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Love the way you leave all those little white spaces in your paintings... makes them so light and lively.
I agree with Teresa. And you capture the breaking wave so well too, especially in the bottom left one where it's about to knock over that bather!
These are really great - places that us locals don't seem to get to as often as we should. Same old story, when it's on your doorstep ... haven't even been up Table Mountain in the new cable car!
Hi Cath - I feel like I've been on holiday with you. Armchair travel at its best or most exhasting as I scrolled through with undue haste. We have finally moved to our own home having been on the move for 9 months - funny I hadn't realised that till now - but the process is like giving birth! Hope 2009 is a good one for you. Love Jill
Teresa...I'm trying hard to get all those little sparkles in the sea with the white spaces... a bit like trying to count the grains of sand... impossible!
Thanks Laura - you don't know how long I stared at those breaking waves trying to work out the mechanics - thank you (the bather was fine!)
Liz, I know! - the 11 years I lived in CT I never went up in the cablecar - only later as a 'tourist' from Joburg. At least as a painter you do go and seek out, look and interpret your magnificent surroundings.
Hello Jill :-)! I've been thinking about you - I'm so glad you're finally in your own place - hope you have time now to rest and recuperate, but as with childbirth I guess there's organising, feeding, changing and nurturing to be done! All the best with that in the New Year and hope it's all wonderful for you too.
Hey thanks for your visit. I do love your sea sketches too. I specially like the one under the title "seaside studies". Though they are all wonderful. I've seen you paint directly with watercolours! Awesome. I usually use a pen or pencil first then add the colours; I'd like to try your technique in the future.
Hi dibu... I just wanted to get it all down as quickly as possible in the heat and sun - I usually do at least some light pencil lines. There are lots of mistakes, like small figures in front of larger, closer figures but I guess it's the impression that counts here!
I'm FREEZING this week. The temperatures are frigid. I want to be on the southern most tip of SA RIGHT NOW! Love the sky in the bottom right.
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