Welcome to my Studio Blog

Take a peek into my studio and See what inspires me to create my paintings and what’s been happening in my studio and on my travels.

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, September 23, 2013

Durban and Zimbali Visit

In late September my husband and I took a beautiful drive from Johannesburg to Durban.  We stayed in Zimbali along the coast at the Fairmont Zimbali Resort and it was just amazing.  I really loved our drive along the South African Country side down to Durban and also seeing the beautiful mountains of the Drankensberg area. Durban was such a beautiful city and we also drove along the golden mile coast to Umhlanga and visited the famous Oyster box Hotel. It was just so delightful and I loved the red lighthouse and their beautiful art d├ęcor hotel.  

Attached some pics from our trip:

The Beautiful Drive and Landscape Down to Durban

Arriving along the Durban Coast and the Fairmont Zimbali Resort
Our Beautiful Room at the Fairmont

Stunning Views to the Resort and Coast

Wonderful Breakfasts and Views

The Beautiful Lobby at the Zimbali Fairmont

I was in Love with all The Beautiful African Baskets
Beautiful pools
 The Sea and beach, the waves are too rough you cant swim here, but stunning to take a walk
 The Zimbali resort and grounds
 Beautiful Big Main Pool Area
 Little Cheeky Monkeys everywhere, they would come and take sugar packets from the table and food at the different restaurants.
 Had to make sure you kept your windows shut, once we saw them, we saw them almost every day  
Such Friendly Staff

A Visit to Durban City Centre, Beautiful City Square and Town Hall

And View to the Harbour

Walking along the harbour, so many nice stalls selling wonderful African arts and crafts

 A Visit to Umhlanga, The Oyster Box Hotel

Just loved the art deco style all over the hotel

Beautifully Decorated Bar area

The beautiful light house and view to the pool. Love the red and white

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

My Studio Finally Completed

Hi Everyone,
My Office furniture was finally delivered.  Here are some pictures of my studio space in our new home. Lots of nice lighting as well.  Hoping to start some new work soon.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Moving Madness

Hi Everyone,

Well it was a very busy time this past summer moving into our new home in South Africa.  The big container from Canada arrived in early July and I think spent over 2 months unpacking and settling in.  Was a really big move and I think one of the hardest moves for me from all my past big international moves.  Must  be the age...lol.  My husband was travelling quite a bit and I was pretty much alone to do it all. 

Anyways, the house is done and I finally got my studio furniture and its done.  Unfortunately, I have not had a chance to really do any painting at all.

The Day it all Came in

Slowly unpacking

Kitchen Finally Finished

Family/Living Room done
With some of my Paintings Hung up

Dining Room Done and Paintings Hung Up

Bedroom finally done 

Patio Area

I just Love My Patio Area

Friday, June 21, 2013

Greek Taverna Painting used Greek Festival

Hi Everyone, TGIF!  hope you all had a nice week.   I am honoured and pleased to announce that my Greek Taverna painting image will be the theme and used in this year's Greek Pensacola Festival in Florida.  Here is the proposed poster for their event.   Reference to my art work and name is given on the side of the image.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

My 1st Mini African Safari at Lion Park here in Joburg

Hi Everyone, well its been about 5 weeks I am living here in South Africa and enjoying it very much.  I found out our furniture will arrive end of June so we will be able to move into our new home. I am so looking foward to setting up my new studio. 

On Sunday, we decided to take a drive out to the Lion Park north of Johannes burg. It was a lovely drive and sunny winter day here.  The weather has gotten somewhat colder. Even went down to 0 that night. 

The park was stunning. It was beautiful to see the rolling golden African plains, the beautiful different trees and the wonderful ainmals grazing.  The scenery is everything I thought it would be. Except for the elephants.  We also drove with our car thru the Lion Park and saw the beautiful lions and white lions. Very impressive.  I look foward to my visit to the park again and my next big safari at Kruger park.  

The visit truly inspired me and got my creative juices flowing. I am working on some sketches and hope to post some soon.  

Here are some beautiful pictures I took during our visit:

Entering the park

 Lots of beautiful arts and crafts. I loved these bowls & colours, lots of inspiration
 Love the trees and golden plains
 A beautiful site that justl lifts the spirts and makes you feel so alive
 love this view
 the lion cubs were just too adorable

 the majestic beautiful giraffe
 such a beautiful animal. I love the colours and pattern of their coat
 ahhh so shy

Love seeing them just out there like that
 beautiful colours of Africa life
 the Lion park & the head of the pride! so majestic
 the beautiful white lions of the lion park in Johanessburg
 so impressive, we got to see them at feeding time
 the sun was setting & lit up the beautiful African trees and sky
 our beautiful ride home, such a beautiful view with the sun setting making everything a fiery orange
 Snapped this wonderful photo of an African woman heading home with her children
 my new African drum...the colours are so inspiring