Together Alone by JolanteHesse

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Oil on board, 72×52cm
Jemina’s orphaned South African daughters. It is not going well with the girls. They miss their mother and grand parents terribly. The girl on the right is the same model as ‘I am Somebody’ a few months later.
I will post a better photo as soon as I can.


african children, figurative, portrait, africa, children, girls, sadness, loneliness, african girls

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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  • Anthea  Slade
    Anthea Sladealmost 2 years ago

    Incredible painting and deep sensitivity and emotional truth. Gorgeous work. I just love their faces. Say so much to me.

  • Thanks so much for your encouraging and supportive comment Anthea!

    – JolanteHesse

  • Maree Cardinale
    Maree Cardinalealmost 2 years ago

    This is so moving Jolante, poor darlings.
    As always your work is amazing.
    Here is your painting of their mum.

    by JolanteHesse

  • Many, many thanks for your thoughtful comment, my friend. And also for putting their mum here with them. It means a lot to me.

    – JolanteHesse

  • annacuypers
    annacuypersalmost 2 years ago

    Beautiful emotive work Jolante, love the coloring, xxo

  • Thank you very, very much Anna!

    – JolanteHesse

  • Lora Garcelon
    Lora Garcelonalmost 2 years ago

    What a powerful painting – My heart goes out to these little girls.

  • Thanks Lora, this means a lot!

    – JolanteHesse

  • Vitaliy Gonikman
    Vitaliy Gonikmanalmost 2 years ago

    Outstanding art, such a great characters!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Thanks Vitaliy, also for the

    – JolanteHesse

  • Nicla Rossini
    Nicla Rossinialmost 2 years ago

    September 14th 2012 Congratulations! Your work is featured in the Group Redbubble Treasures

  • Thanks so much Nicla…

    – JolanteHesse

  • Seth  Weaver
    Seth Weaveralmost 2 years ago

    A beautiful and powerful painting of these sad little girls. Such spirit, life, and humanity in your work Jolante.

  • Thanks a lot Seth, I appreciate your commenting so kindly.

    – JolanteHesse

  • Barbara Sparhawk
    Barbara Sparhawkalmost 2 years ago

    I don’t know the story behind these children or their terrible loss. But I would like to suggest something, which has taken me a long time to discover about painting and I would like to pass on to you.
    It is possible, in creative work, to change and alter realities. It’s useful as a fundamental source of experimentation, but can go beyond that in to the realm of self-fulfilling prophecy. Not too many years ago I was doing a great deal of traveling, living rough, and all my things were stored on the other coast. I was heartbroken over the separation. I started a painting of a wonderful big studio with me in it, in a fabulous bed, with everything I owned and missed around me, including the spirits of friends and animals. Studio and Spirit Dreams was the result. Afterward I ended up moving into several very similar places. The painting was cathartic. Sixteen years ago when my son died I was swamped in grief. I have literally been unable to paint him at all. Only this past week I started a painting (without knowing where it was heading) of a wonderful garden island paradise, filled with birds and insects, flowers, sailing ships, a jeep, beautiful skies…then suddenly at the end of my brush my son appeared in it, and it was his. It is, in truth, the way for me to picture him still growing up with all the delightful things around him that I would have wanted him to have, to play and explore. It has certainly produced a great deal of emotion in me to paint it, which has turned from tears to delight in short order. And a sense of making something right over which, gone so wrong, I had no control. I’m suggesting this in part because of these children, but also of your own story. You are new to painting, and wonderful at it. Instead of years usually wasted in developing technique that is ultimately discarded in favor of originality, you went right in with your heart in your hand, and it’s wonderful to see. I suggest you consider this skill as a playground for your imagination, to use in a way that will liberate you, and the subjects you paint, even more. Artists have it in them to absorb and feel the depth of despair of life, and also to walk, with the viewer’s hand in ours, to imagined wonders that resonate with hope.

  • Last night, when I read your input and advice, I was so overwhelmed, I could not answer. I literally had to sleep over it.
    This painting was painted as my final ‘good bye’ to Jemina and her family. Something difficult to do, but I felt just had to be done.
    I have often wondered whether I would should try to paint either difficult experiences or the way I picture the future for both me and the people in my life.
    Your experience has set me off on a new imaginative journey…. I am going to try this.
    Thank you very, very much Barbara! I really appreciate this.

    – JolanteHesse

  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Moorealmost 2 years ago

    Your composition immediately tells a story of "separation"— through the large space to the right; and of two sisters clinging— through their proximity. In the face of the left child, I see a disturbing anxiety and sadness, and in the face of the right child a firming up of some resolve (even if it’s only on the outside, at this point). Their story is heartbreaking. I hope they can find their way, and make a difference, as obviously their mother did. A very intimate, thought provoking portrayal, Jolante.

  • Thanks for noticing the composition Frannie, I agonised over it. And you have summed up the personalities of the two girl spot on.
    Thanks so much for this meaningful comment!

    – JolanteHesse

  • rocamiadesign
    rocamiadesignalmost 2 years ago

    Thank you for adding your work to The Best of RedBubble!

  • :)

    – JolanteHesse

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