‘Seal The Deal’ – Day 342/365 – R1900

‘Seal The Deal’ – Day 342/365 – R1900

Often the best place to find (and in this case give) a helping hand is at the end of your own arm – with what you put in your mouth.⁠ It’s as fantastically easy and just as numbingly unactionable as that. ⁠Your food choices seal the deal on the fate of our oceans.⁠ Making better food choices, even if you begin with tiny reductions, really does add up to bigger system change.

Sale Price of Original: R1900

(artist retains all rights to print reproductions of this painting)
Derivative work created with permission from the photographer


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We’re bombarded with the plight of our oceans every day, and the unnecessary suffering all her creatures go through because of our lifestyles.⁠
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I’ve wished many a time I could pack a bag and go help out on remote beaches were some or other animal requires conservation from some or other shitty industrial industry’s repercussions.⁠
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But you know what? Often the best place to find (and in this case give) a helping hand is at the end of your own arm – with what you put in your mouth.⁠
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It’s as fantastically easy and just as numbingly unactionable as that. ⁠
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Your food choices seal the deal on the fate of our oceans.⁠
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Making better food choices, even if you begin with tiny reductions, really does add up to bigger system change. 💙⁠
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🌊this cute baby seal referenced from the underwater captures of @sumogurinet .

‘Many Drops, One Ocean’ – Day 324/365 – R1900

‘Many Drops, One Ocean’ – Day 324/365 – R1900

Art often feeds off of a bigger narrative which is why it’s SO important to share what’s in your heart. Your story. Your vibe. Whatever makes YOU FEEL HUMAN. No matter who you are. .
Famous or not famous. Bloomed or still incubating. YOUR experience counts. It causes a ripple. .
And it sure as hell inspires someone somewhere to do something. .

Sale Price of Original: R1900

(artist retains all rights to print reproductions of this painting)
Derivative work created with permission from the photographer


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I’ve been resisting tiny detailed landscapes. I wondered if I’d lost interest in them and was longing to rediscover the connection there.
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As it often happens, I find the reason – not in pacing around the rock, frustrated at its presence on my path, for then no matter how much I pace, all I do is kick my toe against it . No, the discovery lies under the rock only to be found in turning it over, ready for whatever ant nest or shit fest comes crawling out over me. .
In the case of the detailed landscape paintings, I had to sit down and paint a landscape painting to see what was niggling behind it. 🙄
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Sometimes I find inspiration. Sometimes I find closure. Today I found a mirror.
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The jolt to paint came from a beautiful post and picture by the immensely talented silversmith @ringgoldnicole. She wrote about her wandering creative mind during a holiday in Mexico. I smiled in recognition of the artist habits that also bubble in me. And then I wanted to paint it. Not for the photo, but for the emotion it awoke in me.
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Now, this may sound weird, but call it a message from the oceans (that I needed to hear too!!)
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The tiny landscapes are works of patience. Without the undercurrent of emotion to keep me immersed in the waters or skies, grasslands and mountains, I simply don’t have the want to paint them.
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Art often feeds off of a bigger narrative which is why it’s SO important to share what’s in your heart. Your story. Your vibe. Whatever makes YOU FEEL HUMAN. No matter who you are. .
Famous or not famous. Bloomed or still incubating. YOUR experience counts. It causes a ripple. .
And it sure as hell inspires someone somewhere to do something. .
To me, that’s the point of life. To discover that our individual expressions are sparks of iterations that leap from the collective fire – to make or be or share something that reflects more humanity and connection back to someone else.
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So the next time you hesitate and wonder if what you have to say matters, trust the ocean, rain and fire. It will matter to someone. .

‘The Skewed Continuous’ – Day 305/365 – R1900

‘The Skewed Continuous’ – Day 305/365 – R1900

Sale Price of Original: R1900

(artist retains all rights to print reproductions of this painting)
Inspiration: artist’s own and common licence photography


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I made another whoopski frame that ended up slightly squiff, but beggers of the continuous self-made creative life, often can’t be choosers.⁠
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And in thinking about the nature of continuity, I’ll leave you with the unbridled nature-loving genius of Allan Watts.⁠
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“You and I are all as much continuous with the physical universe as a wave is continuous with the ocean.”⁠
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‘A moment in time’ – Day 269/365 – Sold

‘A moment in time’ – Day 269/365 – Sold

Private Commission, Sold.

Client commissions will never be made into prints and sold. They remain unique pieces, a One-Of-A-Kindness Artwork.

Inspiration image: client’s photograph


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When I started this concept of tiny paintings, my wish was to give people a way of remembering their cherished memories in a tangible way – without the need for social media feeds. This little guy is just such a painting. Created as a commission for a special 4-year anniversary gift from a photo taken spontaneously on a special beach. It’s also my first international commission (eep🙌🏼) and travelled across the pond with my buddy from @riotbeer so as not to incur an additional sole purpose carbon footprint.
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Thank you @damdickey for your support and belief in me. May this moment in time bring you both much happiness and joy for many years to come. Happy Anniversary to you both.

Here’s Dawn’s little painting on her mantlepiece 😁.

‘Sad Sea Thistle’ – 245/365 – R1900

‘Sad Sea Thistle’ – 245/365 – R1900

“Let the sea set you free,” the saying goes.⁠
But me and this thistle think it’s time we set the sea free.⁠

Sale Price of Original: R1900

(artist retains all rights to print reproductions of this painting)
Inspiration: meditation and groovy tunes


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She appeared to me yesterday while I was painting a different miniature, this thistle in her weeping watery mirage. I first thought I’d name the painting Sad Sea Flower, but this morning during my yoga practice I had some groovy Kerala Dust tunes playing. And this painting just kept coming back to me with a flurry of non-sensical ‘what if’ thoughts.⁠
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“What if she’s real and we never discover her because we’re turning our sea into lifelessness? What if she’s imaginary but she lives off of tears and sweat, not saltwater at all?”⁠
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Just then in the song, a word in the lyrics came through my thoughts. Thistle.⁠
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Ah yes, I realised, it wasn’t a flower at all – it was a ‘Sad Sea Thistle’.⁠

Just before posting this I got the urge to look up what ‘thistle’ symbolises.⁠
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And the answer? Protection.⁠
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This is perhaps my favourite part of this challenge thus far – the thing that happens when you open yourself up totally to the creative ebb and flow. Like breadcrumbs on paths of uncertainty, you never know the full context of what you’re part of creating until you’re at its end.⁠
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“Let the sea set you free,” the saying goes.⁠
But me and this thistle think it’s time we set the sea free.⁠

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