W&N watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm
To dig in one’s own earth, with one’s own spade,
does life hold anything better?
- Beverly Nichols
About 10km from us, on the way to Kromdraai on the N14 (Tarlton, South Africa), lies the farming area of Oaktree, spreading across valleys and hills. Within kilometers are the world-renowned Sterkfontein Caves, from where the Magalies River originates, which surfaces at the eye on Maloney’s Eye Farm near Magaliesburg, Gauteng South Africa
I pass this gate quite often on my way to Clearwater Mall, some 40km away, always just catching a glimpse of what’s on the other side as I drive by. On this Winter’s day, I stopped and peered over the gate, taking in the lands lying ready for next season’s crop and the track leading to, the house maybe? I did this sketch from memory when I got home. The beautiful trees are what I remembered most, catching the morning winter sun and fairly glowing!
11/06/2010 – FEATURED in “Landscape Painting”
7th November 2010 – FEATURED in “PostCard Style”
4th December 2010 – FEATURED in “Painting the Country Life”
19th March 2012 – FEATURED in “African Beauty”
31st August 2012 – FEATURED in “Image Writing”
30th January 2013 – Placed in the TOP 10 of the challenge “Kuns van Africa/Art from Africa” in ‘Afrikaans’
January 2013 – FEATURED in “EXPLORE”
16th September 2013 – FEATURED in “Live, Love, Dream”
8th February 2014 – Placed in the TOP 10 of the challenge Uitdaging wenner / Challenge winner: Your favourite Season/Jou gunsteling Seisoen in “Afrikaans”
19th December 2014 – FEATURED in “Art Universe”