We did manage to transfer what we saw onto paper.
Moving on from Umhlanga to Umfolozi Big 5. No one was aware of what they were going to.
Whilst we were at the Antiques Cafe in Durban, Sbu, one of the waitresses decided that one member of our party, who shall remain nameless, reminded her of her grandmother. Hence forth we coined the phrase The Golden Girls. Not sure it applies to all of us.
What a way to spend a day – Dieu Donne Winery in the Franschhoek valley.
Wine tasting with a cheese platter can only be heightened by painting at the same time.
The remit was to use colour, look at lights and darks. To think about what to leave out. If the hills are I the distance do we need detail
South Africans have a wonderful sense of humour. Life is Fruity was a wifi password at Fern Gully where we spent the morning on Thursday
An overwhelming mission here. Painting the Valley of 1000 Hills.
The remit was to simplify a vast vista into something manageable. How to do that, thumb nail sketch, tonal painting of our thumbnail, colour selection, completed painting.
No wonder Mouse Angela opted to stay at home…
He knew what was coming.
Have a good look at the reference photo, can you see where this painting is from.
To me African art has so much colour and there is something about it that reflects the people. In order to get my band of merry ladies into the mood we visited the Elizabeth Gordan Gallery. Here we came across an artist I knew they would fall for. Barbara Sidele.
A highlight of our painting holiday is a stay at a safari lodge. To get everyone into the mood I arranged a visit to Barbara’s studio. Having bought her inspirational book and a morning in her studio, inspiration is at an all time high.
While we were busy talking ‘arty things’ Mouse Angelo was getting to grips with the local wildlife.
Over the next 2 weeks I will be in South Africa with some amazing ladies on a painting holiday. In a 24 hour period we have been labelled ‘old ladies that are still alive’ and ‘girls’. Most importantly we have been referred to as artists!
And so begins a catalogue of events that I would like to share. Of course Mouse Angelo could not be left at home, and he is part of our group.
Hawkstone Park and Mouse Angelo decides he has to paint the column. It was used to set off the fireworks to commemorate the victory at the battle of Waterloo.
Back to the question, can animals create art.
Art is one of the things that defines us as human, in that we use it to express our inner emotions and feelings.
Another debate on it’s own..
Mouse Angelo was one of those who attended the outdoor sketching day at Wolseley Bridge. Try as he might to entice the ducks to participate they were not going to……. far more interested in the food. As were those who came. Encouraged by the smell of fresh scones from the new cafe and a cold wind. Still a good morning…
What’s your opinion. Mouse Angelo went to Camdon Market to get to grips with the street art.
The dictionary says art is a human creative skill.