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Frosty Night at the River by JolanteHesse

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Oil on Board; 65×40cm
From a reference – The River – provided by Elizabeth Kendall
In some areas in South Africa, winter nights are dry with the air crisp, icy and utterly still; especially in the countryside.
I wanted to create a slight surreal feeling with this painting and eventually decided to remove all the aspects that may detract from that feeling.

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landscape, river, night, winter

Some years ago I survived a serious attack on my life. During the year of recovery, I did two drawings and found the activity both calming and exciting.
I am studying under Leon Fourie.
I have simplified my life completely and now paint full time.

Art for me, is an intensely personal expression of how I appreciate and perceive life and people.

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  • Maree Cardinale
    Maree Cardinaleover 2 years ago

    This is absolutely gorgeous Jolante. Beautiful beautiful work!

    Here is the original pic of Elizabeth’s. :)

    The river
    by Elizabeth Kendall

  • Thanks so much Maree!!!

    – JolanteHesse

  • Hi Maree, please do this for the study drawing as well. I just tried again and seem to be stumped. It is called ‘Study for Frosty Night at the River’.

    – JolanteHesse

  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsover 2 years ago

    I had seen your study sketch when this popped up. You did indeed succeed creating that chilly, icy feeling via your paints Jolante. Of course we’re having a heat wave on this side of the globe.

  • Thanks so much Jim!

    – JolanteHesse

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallover 2 years ago

    This is so wonderful Jolante, you succeeded in creating a surreal feeling to this well-known river near my hometown! You are very talented indeed.

  • Thanks so much Elizabeth!

    – JolanteHesse

  • Maree  Clarkson
    Maree Clarksonover 2 years ago

    You’ve done the pic great justice Jolante, beautiful work!

  • Thank you Maree, I appreciate your comment a lot!

    – JolanteHesse

  • Franck Balestracci
    Franck Balestr...over 2 years ago

    Wonderful… surreal !

  • Merci Franck!

    – JolanteHesse

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 2 years ago

    2 Images per day 2012/07/06

  • :)

    – JolanteHesse

  • Seth  Weaver
    Seth Weaverover 2 years ago

    A beautiful and successful painting, Jolante.

  • Thank you Seth!

    – JolanteHesse

  • madvlad
    madvladover 2 years ago

    not a movement in the air here,,and yes it looks still n cold

  • Thanks so much madvlad!

    – JolanteHesse

  • Loui  Jover
    Loui Joverover 2 years ago

    your portrait work is rich and diverse and inspiring as is your amazing landscapes..they always strike me as ‘haunting’

  • This is so wonderful to hear Loui!

    – JolanteHesse

  • Vitta
    Vittaover 2 years ago


  • Thank you Vitta!

    – JolanteHesse

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