"Leon, this is a stunning painting. Congratulations. and I love the water, it is so alive. Yes, sometimes the water around the West Coast of S Africa, where I live can look just like this.
Just wanted to say, I love all the boats,…"
"Don, Cecile, and Ben, what stunning paintings you have all done. So lovely, and the these watercolours are to die for. I should be so good as you three... oh my word! I love the ripples in the water Cecile, you have done them…"
"Ben, I love these boats of yours. As you say the shadows say a lot and bring a special depth to paintings. I love the one from Cornwall, it would be lovely to out on the water in that one. Thanks for sharing your beautiful boats…"
"I partially painted this one en plain air, and when I got home, I did not like it much, so threw it on the wood pile to burn with the next barbecue. Well a few days later I was cleaning up the logs and fireplace, and came across the…"
"I promise to go out to where there are boats and do some this year.... I only have a couple of boats paintings and drawings, and they are really not up to scratch. Plain Air... have only this one ... and it was completed in the studio.
Your work is unique and distinctive. Your use of black breaks a cherished rule of the French Impressionists.... not to use black... Bravo! I like using black myself. At least in pastels. Your style as you put it, bubbles up, is one that will, over time, will evolve and improve and become your signature. Using or not using certain things in our work become the things that set our work appart from others. We have a group started from South Africa, but the lady who started it dropped out of site. Would you like to take it over? Let me know and I can switch the Admin Job to you. No real work to do, but might be fun, getting to know the others in your country. Maybe get together and paint? You must join the group first though.
Wanted to get back to you. I finally had a chance to view everyone's work and read the comments today... how nice! I was impressed by all of the work and have gotten a few ideas on what to do and where to go next. I really like both of your paintings and can't believe you did the 2nd one in 10 minutes. My goodness! I definitely relate to your palette-very subtle and beautiful. I can feel the breeze. I just had the chance to check out your slideshow too. Love your collection... a good range in techniques. The pen and ink is sweet. I worked as an illustrator for some time... you too? I think you are very good at recognizing and verbalizing key points as well... art teacher, perhaps? Thanks for your great insight on all the work!... and do you really live in South Africa? Wow... can't say I've ever been there but I can now see it from your perspective. I look forward to the next challenge!
Sharon, thank you so much for your kind comments. Much appreciated. I am glad you like my 10 minute painting. Yes it is only a small one.... 200 x 250mm (20 x 25cms) so it took less than 10 minutes. I was waiting for it to dry a bit, when I looked and saw that it was done... Had I added more stuff it would be spoiled.... No I am not really an art teacher although I have my art diploma from Intec College, and studied for almost three years at the Frank Joubert School of Fine Art in Rondebosch, Cape Town. And no I am not an illustrator as such, but have designed letterheads and other stuff for people over the years. For example, I drew the image of the Black Korhaan (endangered bird from S Africa) for the letterhead of the Birding Club of Cape Town. And I live 60kms north of Cape Town in a little town called Malmesbury. Look it up on the google maps.