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South Africa - land of splendour

Dear Bubble Friends…

And so we are home again after the most wonderful holiday in South Africa. There are so many stories to tell and I took tonnes of photo’s which I must still work through. My new camera worked like crazy!!

To make a very long story really short:

We landed in Cape Town in the midst of a heat wave!!! From light snowfall in Ireland to 40 degrees – well, it was quite a shock to the system!

Absolutely wonderful to see the family again after 6 years and we had so much to share and talk about.

After the first few days, we took to the road and traveled up route 62!! I had almost forgotten just how beautiful the majestic mountains, countryside, orchards and vineyards are. Our eyes were like sponges, soaking in every detail.

From Oudtshoorn to Mossel Bay, George, Nysna, Plett, St

Realist Paintings About Water - First Challenge!

Dear Members of the Realist Paintings About Water Group

Thank you so much for your support and the beautiful art you have submitted to the group.

We are launching our first challenge so please take a look, submit to the group and challenge and good luck, me hearties!!

I hope you like the first challenge – it’s wild and fierce and hopefully you will be feel the urge to splash out with paints and brushes!!! … there will be enough time to do that painting before the voting starts if you do not yet have one that fits the description!

Happy Splashing!
Avril

First Features: Realist Paintings About Water

Dear Members of the Realist Paintings About Water Group

To inspire and encourage the members of our brand new group Realist Paintings About Water we decided it’s time to feature some of the absolutely stunning works!

These works were chosen randomly and in no particular order!!!

Well done to each and every one!!!

If you know of any other Redbubble members who love to paint water and are not yet members of our group, please tell them. We now have more painting groups on Redbubble – something for everyone!

Oil Painting
Acrylic Painting
Fine Arts
Real Life Art
Landscape Painting/Realist Landscape Painting Group
Wildlife and Pet Paintings
1 on 1: The Fine Art of Portraiture
Abstract Landscapes
Realist Traditional Art
Watercolour Paintings
From Masterpiece
Art Influenced by Literature
Aussie Bush Paintin

New Group: Realist Paintings About Water

Realist Paintings About Water

From myself and James, we are happy to announce our new group for artists who love to paint water. We hope to see your lovely paintings of that element none of us can live without!! A celebration of Water, in all its wondrous glory.

Please see our new group, read our flowing guidelines and flood our group with gushes of paintings! Trickles and dribbles also welcome.

Water, the Hub of Life.
Water is its mater and matrix, mother and medium.
Water is the most extraordinary substance!
Practically all its properties are anomolous, which enabled life to use it as building
material for its machinery.
Life is water dancing to the tune of solids.
– Albert Szent-Gyorgyi (1972)

Your Hosts:
Avril and James

Challenge Winners: Wildlife and Pet Paintings

Congratulations to the challenge winners on Wildlife and Pet Paintings

The art submitted to the challenges were all magnificent. A big thank you to everyone who voted for their favourite to win.

Our two winners are:

Pet Challenge : Artbyakiko with the beautiful painting Phoebe

Please take a look at all the members who are next in line Beautiful work by each and every member – congratulations. Well done to all of you!

Congratulations Artbyakiko for winning the challenge. Phoebe is a beautifully detailed work of art and you are our featured member until the next challenge!!! Well done!

Wildlife Challenge : Arie van der Wijst with his beautiful painting Bald Eagle

Please take a look at all the members who came close to winning the challenge

Well done to each and everyone and thank you to eve

Oh wow.... more features!

Looking at the past few days in the featured list I see that four of my paintings were featured. Thank you so much to the groups for featuring my work… I am very honoured.

Prayer – Oil Painting was featured in the Ireland group
Leopard and Cub – Oil Painting in the African art and writings group as well as my paintings of Zebra Stallions and Elephants – Namib Trek




The start of a few long-term relationships

In between several others as well as my two commissions, these are three of my ‘long-term’ relationships….…

I can never just work on one painting at a time, so I have 6 lined up, so to speak, while I also work on the commissions and wait for paint to dry.

These paintings are going to take a lonnnng time but what else can I do for relaxation?? ROFL! I cannot show the commissions until they are finished and that will be in about two months time.

Now, my fun little Vermeer spoof is just that, fun. I don’t want her to look like Vermeer’s famous girl with the pearl earring so I changed some of her features… well, I will see what I feel like as I go along.

The tigers… I have already fallen in love and that will be forever.


Tiger cooling off in a pool


Tiger (reallly big painting)… looking at you

Featured members of Wildlife and Pet Paintings Group

Our group has been growing day by day and we are so proud of the quality, dedication and absolutely gorgeous art submitted by all our members.

These members featured on the Wildlife and Pet Paintings Group this week. Congratulations to all.

Our featured members this week: In no particular order


Pooky by Arie van der Wijst

Tiger by dnldean

All in the Eyes by Rebecca (coolart)

Peanut – our little gentleman by Sandy Sparks

Rhino by Antea

Snow Pub by yelenabella

Horse Portrait by Margaret Stockdale

If you could read my mind – gorilla by Avril Brand

Self-portrait – Dad with Dexter by Tom Godfrey

Ladylike by hatefueled

Phoebe by artbyakiko

Scoundrel by BarbBarcikKeith

Don’t forget to vote in our two challenges!!

Thank you for your support!

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