The South African protea from Kirstenbosch
oil on canvas – 20 x 20 cm
Everywhere in Switzerland you see these wooden sheds. They are old and skew, which is so different to everything else that are neat and clean. I could see how they could be the subject for pencil sketches. With lots of detail. As we drove around I took photographs from the car and came back with a lot of blurred photographs… but a few came out ok.
I’m still trying out pastels. I just keep on drawing really small pictures that does not work with pastel sticks at all. I’ve bought a few more pastel crayons, but my colour range is still limited. … definitely need to buy large pastel paper. : )
To join a new art class is always a bit difficult. Even if you do it in your own country and your own language. You never know what to bring. You arrive with your whole oil painting kit and then you actually needed just a pencil and paper. Well, I joined an art class here in Beynes in October. Now its even more complicated, because my french is so bad. That was part of the reason to go to this class, to get to know people and learn french. That I will have to do quickly. I always hope I understood the teacher correctly, and don’t paint blue when he said green. : )
But, one can always learn more from art people, even if they only speak french. I have never done a wood scene before. I’ve used this same photograph (taken in Cergy) before for a pen sketch, but using oils was a different story. I started wrong and had to cover some mistakes. Yesterday I said to the teacher that I have to finish this now, after three months I’m now tired of this painting. In french of course… : )
And of course when I told this to my family, my daughter Mandi asked: ‘So exactly how did you say this in french?’ Ok, I said it’s been too long, not that I’m tired. I didn’t know the words. The main thing… I think my painting came out better than my french. : )
done in oil on stretched linen
These trees grow in the dry areas of Southern Africa. The latin name is boscia albitrunca and if I translate the afrikaans name, ‘witgatboom‘, to english, it literally means a tree with a white bottom : ) A good name for these trees, as their trunks are white, of course. What makes them so beautiful, are their trunks that bend and turn and have the nicest forms.
I promised a friend I will draw him a witgatboom. Now I have learned that they are quite tricky to draw. With their strange forms, people could think that your lines are just crooked and skew. : )
here are two I’ve tried…