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Sonja Margerison – "friendship"

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

The theme is a love of flowers; their beauty, emotions and exuberant life flow.  Artist, Sonja Margerison expresses her appreciation for beautiful blossoms by depicting them in the majority of her paintings. While she also creates impressive seascapes, landscapes and beach scenes, flowers appear to be the dominating force of her work.

In her inspiring painting, ‘friendship”, Margerison reveals a heart-warming expression of the individual similarities and differences that compliment the strong bond between lasting friends. While the left half of this bouquet is longer with sharper features, the right side is shorter and fuller with more muted details. The two sides, or friends, are similar with many common interests; however, they are also distinctly different. They each bring their own valuable attributes to the relationship, and that is what makes it so special. There are enough commonalities to create an attraction, but the fascinating differences make each half of this bouquet a spray of its own. Separate, they are astounding; and together they are magnificent.

Sonja’s admiration for vibrant flora exudes an attitude of hope, strength and prosperity. In good times and bad, the delicate blossoms persevere and continue to show their face with a promise of beauty and good things to come. Stop by Sonja Margerison’s web page for a glorious display.

Gerard Kortenbout – "Campfire" and So Much More!

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

The work of Gerard Kortenbout is highly inspired by the people and traditions of South Africa. As he watches both the land and inhabitants of this area changing before his eyes, his goal is to capture their character and tribal traditions in his paintings. Gerard’s work is diversified, encapsulating various nuances of this beautiful culture. “Campfire” seeks to give honor to the age old custom of an evening outdoors around a glowing fire. The sights and sounds of a quiet evening spent with friends and the pure calm of nature highlight the gorgeous background and setting sun.

Kortenbout’s portraits typically characterize specific individuals in their native dress, while savoring the unique personality of each. “A. Isaac” depicts an older man with an inviting face of contentment and wisdom, while “Anti Women Abuse” makes a strong statement in support of the many faceless women.

This artist brings attention to many animals of the wild in paintings like “Elephants at Play” and “Giraffe in the Mist”. He preserves the remarkable landscape through a range of interpretations in “Newmouth Richards Bay with Causerina Tree”, the colorful “Fever Trees Sunset” and the lovely “Forest Path”.  His depiction of a “Fishermans Cottage” is just as captivating as his “Palace ofJjustice – PTA”.

Gerard Kortenbout does a beautiful job of savoring the culture, people, land and wildlife of South Africa. Take the time to study his diverse work to gain an appreciation of his art’s aspiration.

Leon de Bliquy – a true South African talent.

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Leon de Bliquy mentions in the very first sentence of his biography that he has, from an early age, seen the world through "blunted sight." But, curiously looking through his works, it would seem that "blunted" as his sight might be, his perception of the world carries with it a startling accuracy in terms of emotion.

You can see this most strikingly in works like Missing: Tsitsikamma magic, where, with the bold use of color – combined with an ethereal, painterly blurring of edges – the artist conjured a piece that might have appeared in someone else’s mind as a beautiful memory. Many of us can recall a hot, solitary moment in a summer’s day when we’ve been able to sit in a secluded place and simply take in the colors and objects around us: this same feeling is captured in a de Bliquy painting.

Looking a little more at Missing: Tsitsikamma magic, you are able to see a whole host of magical elements: we have feathers; beads; cords of what can only be silver; bubbles; flowing hair; rings and the suggestion of movement all over the canvas. This is so often seen in a de Bliquy – this suggestion of movement, everywhere. The hint of a host of ethereal figures dancing around against a mysterious purple sky only serves to deepen the intrigue of the painting as a whole.

All in all, Leon de Bliquy is an wonderful artist you’re be very wise to look carefully at when examining South African art as a whole – especially if you want to purchase a beautiful piece to hang on the wall. With recent works ranging in price from around $90 to around $4500, there’s something in everyone’s price range – and really, what more could one want in one’s sanctuary than a touch of de Bliquy magic?

Doreen Daubermann – "At the End of the Day" and "The Purple Skirt"

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Doreen Daubermann’s determination to work only from Life when creating her lovely paintings, adds an extra sense of realism and character. Whether spending time outside in nature as she creates her depictions, or indoors with a live model, she takes great pains to view the actual subject as she creates.  Her love of the natural world is very evident in her work that often features rolling landscapes, mountains and the sea.

At the End of the Day” is the ideal spot to sit and unwind at the close of a long day. In a comfortable chair under the shade of an old tree, surrounded by the sights and sounds of rushing water, along with the effortless colors of the world is the perfect conclusion. One could easily imagine themselves actually a part of this peaceful scene.

Daubermann also has an obvious love of painting the female body, and whether clothed or nude, they are all thought provoking. When viewing these women, rather than getting the feeling of invading their private space, one is offered the freedom to gain their own interpretation of the emotions and thoughts within. The colors and style portrayed in “The Purple Skirt” evoke optimistic and the freedom to be oneself. The skirt made of purple fabric serves to set off and emphasize the divine young woman at peace with herself. View more of this artist’s paintings by visiting her homepage.

Juliet Greig – “Arums in Blue Vase” and “Jug of Flowers”

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

White Arums – darting this way and that, set against a charming background of greenery and other sedate blooms.  Each Arum blossom acts as an individual busy about its own business; while together, the flowers all somehow work together to create one beautifully synonymous picture. The “Arums in the Blue Vase” by Juliet Greig, are striking and beautiful. Calm lemons in a matching blue bowl lie oblivious to it all; they just don’t see what all the fuss is about. This artist magically summons forth exuberant liveliness in her fantastic floral oil paintings.

Jug of Flowers” – these charming flowers of violet and purple are at the end of a long day spent reaching towards the sun. They have been intent on shining their faces for all to see and bask in their loveliness.  As dusk settles, the blossoms exhaustedly droop downward. They have closed their faces and shut down for the day. They must rest, for tomorrow will soon come, when they must be busy at their jobs once again.

Other paintings by Juliet Grieg include a variety of charming florals, fruit, seascapes and landscapes that are all featured on her homepage.

Zahn Engelbrecht – "Fairy Dreams"

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Zahn Engelbrecht has quite a knack for capturing the innocent fascination as seen through the eyes of a child.  Whether it be a rendering of a young boy enraptured by a lovely butterfly or a girl caught amidst her delightful daydreaming, the joy and happiness shine through. Children with exquisite eyes and supple cheeks are a joy to behold.

Fairy Dreams” is the epitome of friendship as shared by two young girls. Dressed in ruffles and lace, these two are perfectly content as they share their dreams and ideas. The soft pink highlights and golden locks are perfectly set off by the blues and whites of the dreamy clouds they stare into.  Hours upon hours will be spent together establishing a special bond of friendship that can last a lifetime.

Visit Zahn Engelbrecht’s web page for more of her paintings inspired by the joys of life.

Pat Strydom – “Dreamlike”

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Pat Strydom offers a selection of paintings that include the beauty of nature, wildlife and the individualism and traditions of the people of South Africa. Focus is seen on tangible scenes such as beaches, the open market and various capes, along with intangible thoughts and emotions.

Strydom’s “Dreamlike” creates a young woman’s haven in colors of soft pastels. We can assume that she is alone in her bedroom that universally serves as the perfect location to reflect on memories of the past and dreams of things to come. From the soft bed, draping curtains and carefree clothing to the inspiring landscape and mountains outside the broad window, this setting provides a calm and secure environment where she can safely explore her emotions and dreams for her future.

Irises” and “The Iris” are among her vivid paintings of stunning flowers. These and other works by Pat Strydom can be viewed on her homepage.

Reuel Revere – charging toward greatness…

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Reuel Revere is one of those rare artists whose work one sees and immediately wants – to the tune of deciding what one can possibly go without to purchase one of his paintings… Born in 1970, he takes his inspiration from living things: humans and other animals alike. In South Africa, he is a much sought after wildlife artist – but his paintings of people are really incredible too. His art is so exquisite and he is so very full of talent that it’s impossible to look at a painting without coveting it. Let us, then, take a look at just a couple of his works: let the scheming begin…

In Shawu, the artist has depicted an elephant (known as Shawu – "my most favorite elephant ever" as Revere would say) charging the viewer – a rather dangerous situation to be in! The mist rises up from the ground as the elephant makes his run, together with the dust, in the morning as the sun warms the ground slowly. The artist actually studied many images of Shawu before composing the final piece, since there were no known images of Shawu actually charging. One might think that all elephants look the same: one would be wrong! It’s a beautiful and highly energetic painting despite the serenity of the elephant’s surroundings – anatomically fabulous, and unfortunately for us, sold.

If we turn now to a Revere human painting – and in this case it is a beautiful nude – we can see just what skill the artist possesses in depicting people. In Nude Ballerina 2 (which actually is still for sale – a large piece – for $1903) we see a beautifully presented ballerina in a standing pose, bending over and gripping her ankles. She is seen from the side, so we have this wonderful series of curved lines on this otherwise very slim lady: the curve of her calf; the thigh; the buttock; the muscles on her back and arm and finally her head – her hair in a practical bun favored by many dancers. The actual ballerina herself is shown in black and white; the background is a lovely dark collection of mottled, nutty browns and chocolates – oil on canvas.

Revere’s paintings are just fantastic – he’s surely destined to become a legend in times to come.  Thankfully, we can still be the owners of one of his paintings – though who knows for how long?

Jean Campbell – "Swartberg Pass"

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

A beautiful vision of the spectacular mountains surrounding "Swartberg Pass" is very pleasing to the eyes as presented in this painting from Jean Campbell. Dominated by pastel hues of purple and pink, while complimented by the more subtle touches of sprouting green, the regal mountains glow. Imagine traveling along the zig-zagging pass from the base of this mighty stone and into the hidden shadows leading to the sun-lit peaks. Beauty can be confronted at every turn. Just as with the actual Pass, the breath-taking views reflect its majesty and beauty.

Jean Campbell’s paintings, as seen on her homepage, encourage the imagination to delve into the scene with her use of dreamy textures and soothing tones. Great energy and motion permeate throughout her lovely landscapes and her use of shadows adds depth and intensity.

Thijs Nel – "Shattered Glass in a Landscape"

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Thijs Nel makes extraordinary use of color, lines and vague shapes to create intriguing paintings in oil. Some portray specific items, while others are wide open to individual interpretation.

His broken or shattered glass pictures are inspiring with their randomly placed jagged pieces of colored glass. “Shattered Glass in a Landscape” might, at first glance, appear as a vibrantly hued bouquet with red stems, green leaves and pristine blossoms. If looking from a different angle, one might instead see a village at the end of the road or a fisherman in his boat.

Broken Glass in a Landscape II”, though similar to the previously mentioned painting, is quite different. Is the focus a seated abstract stick-type figure, or maybe animals in the wild? Could it be a tribal dance or the village women washing clothes? The opportunities for interpretation are endless.

One must stop and wonder what the artist envisioned when creating these exquisite paintings. How would that compare to what you see? The beauty in the lines and colors of Nel’s paintings are very pleasing to the eye. Visit his homepage to view his impressive selection.