View in Skeleton Gorge, Table Mountain, South Africa by Gregory Pastoll

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View in Skeleton Gorge, Table Mountain, South Africa by 

Watercolour on paper, approx 30 × 42 cm. I found this photo I had of a painting I eventually gave to a friend of a friend for her house-warming party around 2005. In the stage shown here it was almost complete, I just had to add a few darks to the foreground, and sign it. It was done mostly on the spot, in this lovely gorge with the scary name that came from early explorers having found a cave in the gorge, containing skeletons. I worked on the painting a bit at home before presenting it, but never took a ‘finished’ photo. In fact, I did not even own a camera at the time. I have lost contact with these people, so could not even take a ‘finished’ photo if I wanted to.

Greg paints for the love of being outdoors, and sometimes for other reasons, mostly to record the thrill of a visual experience. He works in all mediums, preferring watercolour for plein air landscape and acrylics for indoor studio work. Painting is not his means of income, but is a hobby, and his source of sanity in an otherwise predominantly left-brained world.

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  • Lynda Robinson
    Lynda Robinsonover 3 years ago

    Very beautiful Greg, even if the name is scary! I like the ‘recession’ you have achieved with the cool background tree colours, and the echoing oval shapes in the rocks. Nice contrasts between the tree trunks and the background foliage too. The painting has an overall feeling of ‘warmth’. Lovely.

  • Thanks for the approval, Lynda. After this encouraging comment I will just have to go back to the same spot and do another one!

    – Gregory Pastoll

  • © Linda Callaghan
    © Linda Callaghanover 3 years ago

    beautiful painting that draws the eye right in Gregory.. I do love the way the trees twist and turn …also great colour choices!

  • Thanks Linda, the trees do really twist and turn (twist and shout, remember that?) like that in this forest. Sometimes I used to paint near there and singled out particularly twisty trees for their interest value. Maybe the colours are a bit unusual, but they seemed appropriate in the setting. Glad you like them.

    – Gregory Pastoll

  • Ercan BAYSAL
    Ercan BAYSALover 3 years ago

    Very nice work. Greetings…

  • Glad you like it, Ercan. Thank you for saying that.

    – Gregory Pastoll

    HAMID IQBAL KHANover 3 years ago

    great work

  • Good of you to say that, thanks, Hamid.

    – Gregory Pastoll

  • Virginia McGowan
    Virginia McGowanover 3 years ago

    ah nice! no commenting from me,;-))) I just like it!

  • Great! Thanks for saying so.

    – Gregory Pastoll

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sediciabout 3 years ago

    DECEMBER, 2011

  • Pretty cool, and totally unexpected, thank you Mary!

    – Gregory Pastoll

  • EleanorMann
    EleanorMannabout 2 years ago

    I have enjoyed looking through your portfolio so much. They all have a different quality which makes them so interesting. I’m looking forward to seeing more of your work in the future.

  • Thank you, Eleanor. There will be more work to see, but probably few and far between, as I cannot get to paint as often as I would like.

    – Gregory Pastoll

  • madvlad
    madvladabout 2 years ago

    restfilled area some where heavenly

  • terezadelpilar~ art & architecture
    terezadelpilar...9 months ago

    Love it all:))

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