‘LaYears Of Living’ – Day 362/365 – R2100

‘LaYears Of Living’ – Day 362/365 – R2100

Sale Price of Triptych Original: R2100

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Derivative work created with permission from the photographer


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Sceneries like this are painted in layers to add depth. While I was adding my final circles around the sun before moving onto the midground trees, I realised the layers of a painting are not unlike the layers of life.⁠
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Each builds onto the next and you can’t go back and redo one no matter how badly you want to. ⁠
Often the fact that you might have needed to go back and make a previous layer brighter, or softer or more vivid only becomes clear once you’ve added the next layer on top.⁠

In both cases, I guess the experience to know how richly to saturate these things while you’re in the midst of painting or living them, comes with time.⁠

But regardless of how you’re choosing to live the layers of your present life, kids or no kids, footloose or fancy, settled or nomadic, take an adage from painting and give your life the grace to fluff it up and make some blunders.⁠
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My personal call is – if it feels right for you in the present – you shouldn’t view it as a wrong call down the line. ⁠
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I’m relieving future me of any and all rights to judge and berate past me. If the background is too saturated and the trees look wonky when I’m 80 years old and sitting on that rocking chair sipping over salted Bloody Marys then ‘oh well’ that’s the painting of my life and I reckon I would be honoured to have a painting, any life painting to gaze back on.⁠
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📸 an absolutely breathtaking inspiration photo by one of my favourite photographers @joehanlyy ⁠

‘Treeson Of Self’ – Day 354/365 – R2100

‘Treeson Of Self’ – Day 354/365 – R2100

“Plants are more courageous than almost all human beings: an orange tree would rather die than produce lemons, whereas instead of dying the average person would rather be someone they are not.”⁠

― Mokokoma Mokhonoana⁠

Sale Price of Original: R2100

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Inspiration: Photography of Steven Jansen


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“Plants are more courageous than almost all human beings: an orange tree would rather die than produce lemons, whereas instead of dying the average person would rather be someone they are not.”⁠

― Mokokoma Mokhonoana⁠

I thought that was quite a profound viewpoint. What do you think about it?⁠

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📸 this awesome African tree was captured by @geomaniac 😘 ⁠

‘King Protea’ – Day 307/365 – R1900

‘King Protea’ – Day 307/365 – R1900

Sale Price of Original: R1900

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Inspiration: artist’s own and common licence photography


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“I am an African, not just because I was born in Africa, but because Africa was born in me.” – Kwame⁠
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I’m still bubbling with pride from yesterday’s RWC win. Just love this country so gosh-darn much!⁠

‘Nature of the Game’ – Day 306/365 – R2100

‘Nature of the Game’ – Day 306/365 – R2100

Sale Price of Original: R2100

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Alright Springboks – I’ve done all I can do to send some good juju your way.⁠

Reach for ‘dem stars and make us proud. And don’t get any rose thorns stuck in your side. ;p⁠
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‘Ons Huisie’ – Day 293/365 – R1900

‘Ons Huisie’ – Day 293/365 – R1900

Sale Price of Original: R1900

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Inspiration: artist’s own


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The view from Ons Huisie Restaurant in Blouberg, of our Table Mountain, in our home town (also ‘ons huisie’)⁠
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One day I’ll do this beautiful scene more justice. But today is not that day. 😁 The will to paint was veneer-thin.⁠
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It was one of those days where all the best-laid plans went wonkily awry. And when that happens and I find myself momentarily stuck in my own cobwebs, I am just so gosh-darn grateful to be able to look up and see this beautiful home of ours, just being its stunning, ever-changing but brilliant self.⁠

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