This is a very special painting, inspired by my beloved country's unique Pinotage, a red wine variety which originated in South Africa. My mother brought a bottle as a gift from my brother on her last visit to me in Carmel, California. Nederburg is a beautiful wine estate in the heart of the Stellenbosch winelands and I am so pleased to have captured a part of it in this painting.
My latest painting in a series of truly French inspired works. I mainly want to depict the touch of sunlight on fresh fruit which reminds of a lazy morning in the South of France! Hence the grain sack dish cloth! I did, however, get this fabulous vase from my brother Frans when I visited South Africa in June, and absolutely L O V E it!
Maraai is my friend, Mari, who lives here in California, complete with a pomegranate tree in her garden! Not only has she given me the fruit and the stand for Christmas, but also her mom, Berna, as a friend to me, for whom this painting was done. She will be taking it with her, when she leaves for South Africa tomorrow, where she lives in Blouberg Strand! I am blessed to have them both in my life and so happy to have been able to give Berna this painting as a small appreciation for being the special mother of my dear friend Maraai.
This is a very special painting I did for a very special family! My dear friend, Lynn Colijn, asked me to do a painting for her, similar to Nederburg Pinotage. And seeing that it was a commission I thought it would be quite lovely to add a few objects that are precious to them as a family.
The sugar jar from Holland and the little figurines fondly known as 'Martin and Lynn' represent a rich family heritage. The jug on the left I added as it hails from the VOC era, whom great grand dad Colijn worked for. The teacup on the left belonged to Lynn's grandmother, and the bottle of wine was had at their daughter Paige's 21st!
The most precious touch of all is the very subtle cross in the foreground, hanging from the silver bowl. This piece is very special to my family as it once belonged to their son Ross, but was given as a gift to Thomas, my son.
I so enjoyed doing this commission, and should you like to have your special object d'art captured on canvas, I would be very happy to do so.
Welcome to my blog! I am an artist, wife and a mother of 3 beautiful children! My Father is the King of kings and therefor I am greatly blessed! I am South African born of French, Dutch and Flemish decent a.k.a Afrikaans. Most of my life has been surrounded by the beautiful Cape vineyards, Cape Dutch architecture and colonial gardens of the beautiful country of mine where I draw inspiration from all things French and fabulous!