14 March 2017

Back from our safari

I'm back from my three week break. Once again enjoyed Namibia with the added bonus of going into Chobe National Park in Botswana. We were on the go all the time, with lots of drive, lots of game watching, lots of early mornings and broken nights listening to the night noises.

I could bore you all for hours, but here are a selection of photos to give you a flavour:

This little creature is a Pangolin. One of the most endangered animals. He was rescued from a restaurant about to become the main course for some Chinese businessment.

Water buffalo. A mean looking fella

About to be charged by an angry elephant... but I think he was only warning us for being too close
A more even-tempered elephant.

this guy posed for us

 And our prize photo. Such a shame they have to be dehorned

02 March 2017

Provence Poppy Extravaganza Throwback Thursday

Provence Poppy Extravaganza
Oil palette knife painting
15 x 20cm (6" x 8") on box canvas

This is the last in the current series of poppy paintings. Although, as I get so much pleasure from painting them and I still have lots of photo references, who knows .... LOL

Painted with a palette knife, on a highly textured ground with a pink underpainting which is allowed to show through the finished painting.
Another view of the poppy meadows can be seen HERE 

26 February 2017

Wedding Gift commissions from the groom for his bride

 Commissioned Landscape paintings, all 30x30cm

Looking through my archive of commissioned paintings I came across this collage which I don't think I have posted before.

These four paintings were commissioned as a wedding present from the groom for his new bride. They were all of places that were special to them both.

This was such a sweet and loving gift don't you think?

If you would like to commission a painting of a special place for someone special or why not treat yourself, contact me HERE


23 February 2017

SUNSHINE SMILES Throwback Thursday

Sunshine Smiles Miniature Treasure painting
4x4" on gessoed panel.
Painted with a palette knife.

Sunflowers are one of my favourite flowers, although they are not as easy to paint as you may think.  Getting the right amount of detail and looseness right is a juggling act. I like the way this one turned out, with lots of layers and textures.

How it would look framed in a floating frame

21 February 2017

Off to visit the rhinos and elephants

Coastal Morning
Namibia Impressions Series
50% of proceeds go to Save The Rhino Trust Namibia

As you read this I will be in Namibia visiting the rhinos and elephants again. Or at least I hope so. We were there two years ago at the same time of year - THE RAINY SEASON. That time we were lucky (well for us not the locals) as the drought was in full swing. This meant that the animals would all congregate around the waterholes making it much easier to spot them.

This year the drought has broken and it is much wetter, although it seems to be easing up so we may not get as wet as we first thought! This of course means that the animals will be more widely dispersed and more difficult to spot, but we are still hopeful.

This time round we are taking in the Savuti Channel and going into Chobe national park in Botswana. Keep your fingers croseed for us.
Namibia Impressions Series
Coastal Heat