JUST ME :: and a stack of blank pages

:: Living creatively ::

About me

This is the real secret of life — to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realise it is play. The only thing that is ultimately real about your journey is the step that you are taking at this moment. That’s all there ever is. I’m here to tell you that the path to peace is right there, when you want to get away. When you are present, you can allow the mind to be as it is without getting entangled in it. If you miss the present moment, you miss your appointment with life. That is very serious!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Greater Kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros)

W&N watercolours on Amedeo 200gsm watercolour paper

The Greater Kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros) is a woodland antelope found throughout Eastern and Southern Africa. Despite occupying such widespread territory, they are sparsely populated in most areas, due to a declining habitat, deforestation and hunting.

This animal’s true home is thorn-bush, rocky outcrops and dry desert ridges - It forms the perfect background to display the beauty of this elusive, ghostlike and magnificent antelope of Africa. Bulls are very secretive when they are alone and will stand motionless in bushes and under trees to avoid detection. Then only the most experienced human eye will see them. Man is often outwitted by the alertness and fantastic sense of hearing of the greater Kudu.


Friday, February 24, 2012

February delight

W&N watercolour on X-pressit 300gsm


Although we can have some of our hottest temperatures in February, it is also the time when our landscape is at its most vibrant, with all the colours of spring, summer and approaching autumn to delight the eye. Nature seems to be intent on cramming all four seasons into February, reminding us of things to come and that that has passed already...


Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Not the last post afterall! - Wisteria

"In pale moonlight / the wisteria's scent / comes from far away."
— Buson


Wisteria - W&N watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm

Well, it seems my "last post" (previous post) is not the last post after all! I've had several requests to please keep on posting my art here as some people are not interested in looking for art in between photographs and all sorts of other posts! Hee hee! I completely understand that, so here I'm back, keeping this blog alive and my artwork separate from my other passions!

This painting is of a friend's Wisteria which is in full bloom and the scent is absolutely intoxicating! Just about the complete one side of her house is covered (there's a pergola next to the wall) and it's absolutely beautiful. The only problem is, the pergola is leaning dangerously close to a window from the weight of the plant and she says unfortunately she's going to have to take it down. That would be a real pity, but hopefully she can just trim it back a lot and retain some of the original plant. It his taken years to get to that size and planting a new one would take forever to produce this wonderful show.