Artwork ~ Commission ~ People ~ Sold ~ South Africa ~
This commission was requested by a lady who lived in rough circumstances in Namibia and held a great admiration for donkeys all her life. The details that were required to complete this painting were that the painting must portray joyful colours and be somehow textured enough for one to be able touch its roughness, which I did in the leaves of the trees.
On a miserable day, feeling too lonely, I went to the furthest point of Hermanus. A few minutes passed and a cloud of seagulls arrived. Some, seeing no movement, went and perched on poles and had quite a discussion up there as my painting took shape.
In the Karoo desert were I lived for a few years, it was fascinating to see large numbers of these little reptiles at night turning on the wall under the outside light. Their skin is literally transparent so it gave me the inspiration to paint it in a more natural environment, first with charcoal then with oil, to get this translucent effect of its little body.
When I went to do an exhibition in Tulbagh, I had to install my paintings very early that day and as the morning sun was still pinkish, it tinted the still silent mountains around with a lilac and lavender colour. With the sun's rays just touching the green fields, my artist eye could not escape the tranquility of their reflection in the water!
The beauty of life in this painting lifts up the contrast between the greenery and the dry mountainside surrounding the farm. Every year more buildings pop up and life increases where before no life was.
This place could not escape being painted! Every week it has a different colour. So to give a more definite texture to the painting I used river sand to build the rockery and oil paint for the vegetation. This one is my sculpture painting.