Posts Tagged With: portrait

Karoo child

I am still in the art class here in France. I can say that I am enjoying the art, but if my french has improved? …don’t think so. : )

A friend took photographs of the people in a small Karoo town in South Africa and was kind enough to let me use them.

oil on stretched linen  38 x 46 cm

Categories: oil painting, portrait | Tags: , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Old charcoal sketches

I was sorting some shelves yesterday and found these charcoal sketches. They all come from my art classes at Bellville art center a few years ago. You had to finish a certain amount of pencil sketches (mostly shells) and then you moved on to charcoal.

Categories: architecture, Charcoal, Landscape, portrait | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments


Franci is the performer in this family. That’s why she’s always the model for a painting. Well.. the only willing model!



oil on stretched canvas

Categories: oil painting, people, portrait | Tags: , , , , , , | 4 Comments



Last Thursday was an exciting day in the life of our church. We had the launch of our worship team’s first CD. A red carpet event, with VIP’s from the media,  distributors and more.

I wanted to do something for the blog, unfortunately my camera’s batteries went flat on the night.  I found pictures of the guys on their MySpace site. LinkWay Not the clearest photographs to work from.  I’ve been drawing people now for two weeks (or tried) and this one was my last attempt.  My children still think it looks like someone else (I have to agree).

It is not easy to draw people you know well. It bothers you so much if  it is not perfect. And you know something is not right and you can’t find the problem. Sometimes you just move an eye a millimeter  and it is a different face.

talented young men…


done in charcoal

Categories: Charcoal, portrait | Tags: , , , , , | 3 Comments


My children asked me: “Why do you want to paint yourself?” A good question.
My answer can only be: “Just because everybody else does it.”
I did go and read about self-portraits.  People go into serious studies on this topic.
The best reason for doing a self-portrait I read about, was in the 1500’s. For the struggling artist it was a cheap model to paint!
No, I am not on a self-study, I just saw someone else’s self-portrait and thought I should try it too!



oil on canvas

special visitors…



Categories: oil painting | Tags: , , , | 2 Comments

Blog at

%d bloggers like this: