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Living in Cape Town provides the best of landscapes, the most beautiful scenery along the coastline, quaint architecture, a floral kingdom, interesting people, high rise buildings, in short, it makes for great outdoor painting, called 'plein air'. In this section are works on paper or board which are  done outside of my studio, normally within a short period of time and finished 'alla prima' and there are  also some which were painted inside, alla prima.  Most of them are painted on 300g watercolour paper or board, for me the most practical way of doing things outside of the studio. They are, for me, very inspirational for my work on canvas created inside the studio influencing my abstract work. 

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Ablaze

painted as the day started to draw to a close, the dark reflection on the water emphasizing the orange of the rocks so typical of the Onrus area in the Western Cape

mixed media on board 580mm x 440mm

Amazing View

always looking for a 'new spot', I found this beautiful view looking through, on either side the wonderful jaggered rocks, leading the eye through to the wild untamed ocean

mixed media on board 580mm x 440mm

Jade in my Life

there is a colour green that makes everyone gasp with delight, it reminds us of far away places, exotic settings, this is the colour Jade, I had to capture it

mixed media on board 580mm x 440mm

Smashing Jugs

done in my studio with lots of bits and pieces, love this kind of work

mixed media on paper 600mm x 440mm

As the world awakes

early one Saturday morning, after some wonderful rain, I took my painting gear and headed down to  Camps Bay, fresh air, puddles everywhere, I faced the 12 Apostles and watched the world wake up

mixed media on board 580mm x 440mm

Dream

I am passionate about vases and flowers , here the Protea has become a metaphor for a daydream of travel

mixed media on paper 600mm x 440mm

 Memory like mine

mixed media on 300g cotton paper 600mm x 470mm

Challenge me

mixed media on 300g cotton paper 600mm x 470mm

Loving these Days

moody skies with rapidly changing clouds are such exciting subject matter for me!

mixed media on board 580mm x 440mm

Hidden Treasures

I knew I had to work fast as the heat of the day in December after 11 am can become quite unbearable, so I hurried to the spot with the view and the little bits and pieces in front..... and I painted very speedily!!

mixed media on board 580mm x 440mm

So I painted them

Fish Hoek beach in the morning, hoping to catch some action....and I did as the shark net guys came in from their check, how lucky!!

mixed media on paper 600mm x 440mm

Loving Summer

warm balmy days and a swim inbetween

mixed media on board 580mm x 440mm

Still Water

when all is quiet and the waves splash as if they were the Med, then we have 'still waters'

mixed on board 580mm x 440mm

Smell the Sea

mixed media on 300 cotton paper 600mm x 470mm