Take a peek inside my studio...
This is my haven. The sun streams in through the sliding doors. I often play music, sermons or audiobooks while I paint. Sometimes Piccolo the dog wanders inside and joins me for a while.
Take a peek inside my studio...
I often sit on the couch with my massive comfy cushions, relaxing with a book or art magazine. The hat was my mom's, but she's donated it to my daughter Nicole, who is studying Spanish.
Thoughts during art class(y), or how I'm not your usual art fanatic…
What they talk about during art class:
They talk about overseas travel, to Europe, to Italy (the Venice Biennial), to France, to England and the Tate Modern. They recount their latest trip to the USA, New York and the Guggenheim.
They discuss good food, good wine and the artistic movies that are showing at Cinema Nouveau at the moment.
They talk about driving off to see the latest art exhibitions in Johannesburg and how amazing the opening night was.
What I think about in art class:
World cup soccer 2014!
It was a lovely South African winter’s day. The sun was shining brightly, the sky was blue, and I was at art class painting very happily.
My teacher recommended that I complete my painting with a few strokes of palette knife work.
Hmmm. What to say now?
“I don’t have a palette knife,” I said firmly, as if that settled it.
“Well, I’m sure one of the other students could lend you one?”
Luckily no one had one. Phew! Bullet dodged.
“Well, just use the paint thickly on your brush,” said my teacher!
I turned back to my palette and said triumphantly: “The brand of paint that I like to use is very runny.”
And that was that.
This weekend we went to Zoolake "Arts Under the Sun" to exhibit my paintings for the very first time.
There were more than 70 artists displaying their wares, each artist set up on a different patch of grass in the park. The sun shone brightly, even though autumn is here now, and it was actually almost too hot!
Sitting under my gazebo, I looked around the park at the colourful paintings and the colourful trees with their autumn leaves - how wonderful to live in South Africa on a day like this!
The park was full of friendly people enjoying the day, and enjoying the paintings. Towards the end of the day, a tourist couple bought my "Shaggy old lion" painting to take home in their luggage. Wow, I was glad that I had some paintings that were suitcase size!
I came home exhausted and sticky from sitting out in the hot sun all day, but very satisfied.
My husband, three lovely daughters and I like to go camping. A few years ago, while camping in The Pilanesberg Game Reserve near Rustenburg, we were parked at a dam waiting for game to come to drink, when we spied a Pied Kingfisher sitting on a dead branch over the water. It was the middle of winter, a cool breeze was blowing and the surface of the water was reflecting the deep blue of the African sky in winter.
I took a photo of the kingfisher. He was sitting on a dead branch above the water with the wind ruffing his feathers.
In the painting I have tried to capture the feeling of empty wilderness and him bracing himself against the wind.
Hi! I'm Rosemary Martin, an artist from Pretoria in South Africa.