Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Day at Carmel Beach

Oil on Board                                                                                                                                                                    16" X 12"

This beautiful painting depicts children at play on Carmel,CA beach with a mother and child in the foreground. The circular composition and bold colors hold the eye and the abstract style keeps the painting fresh and interesting.

It is a great decorative and conversation piece.

Thursday, April 12, 2012


12"x16"                                                   SUNSET OVER CALIFORNIA HILLS II                                                Oil on Canvas

This painting is part of a series depicting the bright, gold and orange colors striking the California Hills at point of sunset contrasted by the blues and purple shadows which perfectly compliment each other.

This method of painting resembles FAUVISM is a joyful style of modern art using bold colors, simplified drawing and expressive brush work.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012


I have heard it said there is nothing quite like the quality of light you find under the African sun – as an ex- South African, I did subscribe to this view - my fondness for the fondness was for the expansive landscapes and especially those late afternoon glowing colors – yellows, reds and oranges with contrasting shadows in blues and purples, not to mention the astounding sunset colors!

California, I have come to realize, has a wonderful landscape, with a drama all of it's own!

Travelling back from a day’s water skiing with friends, I was stunned at the intense sunset yellows, oranges, blues and purples I love so much striking the Californian hills - I do use a little “poetic license” – as one renowned painter said: “Do you see any yellow, then paint it yellow. Do you see any blue, well paint it blue!

I like to intensify the colors to make a feature of the "main attraction" while still keeping the tonal balance.

This style of painting resembles Fauvism, which comes from “les Fauves” (French for “the wild beasts”) – a group of early 20th Century modern artists, whose work emphasized painterly qualities, and strong color.

I hope you also enjoy the lively, modern and joyful style and use of bold colors, simplified drawing and expressive brush work!
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