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Take a peek into my studio and my new life in South Africa: See what inspires me to create my paintings and what’s been happening in my studio and on my travels in this exciting country.

I love to travel, see new places and meet new people. I love to create bold colourful paintings, many of them based on my wonderful travels.


Monday, December 15, 2014

Manarola WIP - more work today

Hi Everyone, Worked more today on my Manarola painting.  I added some colour values & shading contrasts on the buildings. Still have a few more to do.  Then I did a very light thin outline around windows sills..still have a few left to do. And started added some balconies..first phase..they still need to be outlined in some light grey/and dark. 
 
Today, I really saw it starting to come alive. The end is near!
 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Manarola WIP Continues

Hi Everyone, finally back working in my studio on my Manarola painting.   Did quite a bit of intensive fine brush work the past two days,  I  outlined all the buildings, etc and added the window sills to all the windows, a time consuming part but happy that's done.  Will be moving on with some shadowing and colour tones to the buildings next.   Still lots more work to do, I figure another 15 + hours.

 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

A Trip to Dubai

Hi Everyone, I haven't worked much on my Manarola painting, as I was in Dubai the past week from November 30th till December 6th.   Here are some pics to share with you of my trip. I really enjoyed my Trip. Dubai is a really exciting place to see and visit! The high light of the trip was the Desert Safari, where drove to the desert and drove 4x4's in the sand dunes, then a camel ride, and a nice dinner and show at the camp.  
 
I thought I would share some of my pics with my followers here on my Studio Blog. 
 
Wishing you all a great week ahead. Back to work in my studio. Finding it hard to get back into the painting.
 
The View from the Arabic Sama Lounge at our Hotel Ramada Plaza Jumeriah Beach

In the background you can see the Palm and Altantis Hotel
 More views of the City from the Rooftop, this is of the Marina mall and marina area
 One sky scraper after another
 Jumeraih beach

 More of the beach and promenade
 Night View from the hotel Bar and Lounge, stunning views
 The Jumeraih Madinat Souk and area and view to the Burj al Arab
 Beautiful area and resort here as well
 The  Burj Al Arab, 7star hotel, beautiful building
 I loved these vases at the Altantis Hotel
 Our Desert Safari, stopping at the camel pen, these camels are owned by Sheik Mohammed
 Beautiful desert and sand
 Spectacular sun sets happening
 At the camp ready to ride the camels
 Camel ride, was so exciting, beautiful animal
 Beautiful falcon
 The Camp area, and tents where we sat on cushions and had a nice buffet dinner
 Smoking shishas
 Cheers to a great night
 Belly dancing show
 Beautiful Shopping Malls in Dubai, this is the beautiful IBN Battatuta mall
 More of the mall, the Persian section, love the ceramic and colours on the roof dome
 In old Dubai now, near Dubai Creek, The Spice Souk
 Night view of the Dubai Creek, with many boats going back and forth
 beautiful boats all lit up
 Last night and good by dinner at the beautiful Bice Ristorante in the Hilton, Jumeraih Beach

 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Manarola WIP 7 contines

Hi Everyone, lots more work done to my painting since I last posted. Worked on foreground, nearly completed, added second coat of colour to the buildings, and the worse part that takes so long, blocking in the window spaces.   Next I will start outlining the buildings, then adding the window outlines for the window sills and shadowing to them (they will be all a tad smaller). Also will try ad complete foreground, and cement walls, boats, etc.   Still lots of work to be done




Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Manarola wip6

Hi Everyone, Its a rainy damp day here in Joburg, Moving along with my painting, dreaming of beautiful Cinque Terre and remembering all the beautiful colours, sounds, boats, waves and food.

Added colours to the buildings, foliage greens, dark greys, a bad tad of shadowing down below.