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!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Sunrise over a winter landscape

W&N watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm – 15″ × 11″ (38cm x 28cm)

Winter here in Tarlton (Gauteng, South Africa) means a late sunrise, often accompanied by clouds, which usually clear up as the day progresses.

“Nature is painting for us,
day after day,
pictures of infinite beauty
if only we have the eyes to see them.”
— John Ruskin


Saturday, October 25, 2014

A handful of Southerly wind

"And God took a handful of southerly wind, blew His breath over it and created the horse." 
 - Bedouin Legend

  Pencil, Black waterproof Pilot Calligraphy Lettering Pen sketch, candle wax and W&N 'Sepia' watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm

The historic mining village of Kaapsehoop is situated about 25 kilometers from the town of Nelspruit in the South African province of Mpumalanga. It is within this paradise-like setting that the legendary wild horses of Kaapsehoop roam freely. Kaapschehoop has the only wild herds in South Africa, whilst the other nearest known wild horse occurrence is in Namibia.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Muse

W&N watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm


Like a disappearing fish 
or a bird in full flight - 
the muse, 
in an element of her own is jealous of freedom.

She circles close, insistent, 
just below the surface - 
but, when you reach out to catch hold 
without a backward glance she’s gone!

Only on rare occasions 
if you woo her assiduously; - 
right kind of pen, paper she approves of - 
a chair which allows one to forget 
the intrusive flesh.

If the light is right 
and the time 
then, slender as a mosquito 
and as easily brushed aside 
she’ll flirt nearer to inject 
the catalyst sting

Which may find pathway to the tip

of the waiting pen. 
- Margaret Gough 


Monday, October 20, 2014

Follow the clouds

W&N watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm

It's always tempting to go a little further and follow the clouds to see what's just over the hill...


Friday, October 17, 2014

The worst is over...

Ink sketch and W&N watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm

Winter is gone… but still the weather teases, keeping the rain just around the corner.


Saturday, October 11, 2014

I watched the tide go out

W&N watercolour in Moleskine 200gsm watercolour sketch-book

As the sun sank lower and lower, I watched the tide go out... further and further.


Saturday, October 4, 2014

Muddy tracks

W&N watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm
Muddy tracks weave o'er hills & valleys enticing continual exploration of my much-loved Tarlton ...