Wednesday, 27 June 2007

My version

of a Konik horse I guess or maybe Spirit was an inspiration

I don't know but it wasn't intentionally.

This was painted with acryl on a 24x30cm canvas and finished with a gold liner.

By the way I've used gold paint on the clouds too.

Tuesday, 26 June 2007

a shot of colour on a grey day

I thought I'd make photo's of the linnen bags I've painted a couple of weeks ago. It is officially summer now but sadly enough the sun is not rizing to the occasion. I can really use some sun.

Below you can see a hippo and some dragonflies (who look more like mosquitoes).

On the back of the bag you can see(no you can't!)

the hippo's backside with some more draguitoes.

I've painted a guinea-fowl, quite common where my parents live in SA.

I think she is thinking of eating one of the draguitoes coming from the hippo.

Hippo will be happy. On the back I've painted large (freehand style) flowers with more flying feathers. Maybe a caracal caught one of the Guineas.

The turquoise and the red are painted with a metallic paint which gives a nice effect.

Here you can see just part of the giraffe.

She's surrounded by metallic butterflies (stamped too like the draguitoes)

At the back you can see her tail side ;-) and some more butterflies or are they margarineflies?

On all the bags I've used gold and copper liners to create a nice effect, see for yourself:

That was it, I still have to make photo's of the 10 paintings.

The techniques used and this type of hobby is very common in South Africa.

It is just so you know that!

Wednesday, 20 June 2007

Guess what we did on a Tuesday

Yes, we went to a theme park, one called the Efteling.
I've been there when I was 4/5 yrs of age and I'll be honest,
yesterday I was a little girl again ;-) Most of all I enjoyed the fairy tale forest with all the classic fairy tales.
It is situated in a beautiful forest and the trees are full of birds singing (real birds!)

This butterfly is sitting on the knee of long neck while he tells his story. Of course when you're in a fairy tale forest
you can't expect the (real) doves to be ordinary!

Want to peek into the little house of Mrs.Holle?
(I'm sure she's called by another name in English?)

Below you can visit the scenery of the little match girl.
The story is too sad for me so I didn't go inside.
I'm sure you know the story about the frog prince,
well here below was an interesting water feature with the golden ball. We were able to visit everything we liked as there were almost no waiting in cues. We went on a perfect day! We spent 7 hours in the park so needless to say we were quite ready for our beds at the end of the day.

Friday, 08 June 2007


According to ev·i·dence
  • A thing or things helpful in forming a conclusion or judgment
  • Something indicative; an outward sign
  • To indicate clearly; exemplify or prove

So here is the outward sign and prove that we've walked the 5km each day for 4 days:

We were welcomed yesterday by a band playing and lots of people waiting with flowers and sweet things!
We had a little trouble getting the medallions as we've received them this time from the Sport Club and not the school. We were too late to assign at the school as we were in South Africa. The stand of the Sport Club were very hard to find among all the craziness. In the end my husband rose to the occasion, jumped on his bike into the crowd and came back with the prized medallions ;-)

Thursday, 07 June 2007

flower power

What a nice but busy week.
In our town it is the "avondvierdaagse", 4 evenings and we (everybody who wants to and children from the primary schools) walk 5 km, some walk 10 km.
I walk with the two girls 4.5 and 6 yrs and they are doing good. We start at 18:30 and end at 20:00. As it is 4 days we will end today and it always ends with music and people waiting with flowers at the finish line. There are also medallions and so the girls are majorly excited.

On Tuesday we went to a wedding celebration after the walk... went to bed past midnight and we were all dead tired the next day but really enjoyed the wedding.
One of the gifts I gave the young bride was one of my painted tablecloths, she likes Blond Amsterdam.

ok I have to go and cook something for the bellies before we enjoy the last day.

Monday, 04 June 2007

They were not ready for me

On Saturday I went to the "Creamarkt" (creativity market) with my painted creations.

I worked quite hard and my husband even though he was dead tired on Friday night made holes and wire curls for my two country-hanging-things.

I was satisfied with my arrangement and Chanah was excited to help me the whole day.

But... I think my colours were to bright for the people with the money in their pockets. Oh and I think that all the young people were sleeping late (until 16:00) as the visitors were all 60+ I guess. Anyway they have no clue that their grandchildren and great grandchildren like funky colours ;-)

I did sell one item....

The little lamb that hubby helped me with the previous night. I then said to him leave it as I have enough to sell....luckily he did make it otherwise...

On the photo you're not able to see the nice wire curls my husband made for it to hang from. The little card slides under the lamb's chin, so it is possible to take it out. The funny thing is that they lady who bought the lamb thought that the words written on it was Fresian... but it was South African and I did tell her that ;-)

It says: Friendship is the fine art of giving with an open heart.

Then my friend came just before closing time for moral support and bought a painting and a table cloth! Now that is a true friend lol! When I came home my husband had cleaned the house for me and supprised me with a beautiful mixed bunch of pastell coloured Lisianthus (eustoma is the botanical name) flowers and a beautiful card with encouraging words. I just had to cry.

Well anyway now I have a lot of items for my Internet shop.

I am glad I did it and had nice chats and met a neighbour down the street who are an artist and I'll invite her for a visit ;-)