How it all started:
When I was about 9 years old I came home from school one day to find our lounge filled with paintings. On furniture, on the floor, paintings everywhere.
My mom had met this art dealer from up country and he had brought his wares to show her.
She had fallen in love with a WA Coetzer painting of the sentinel in the Drakensberg. This painting cost 90 pounds.
A GREAT deal of money in those days. At that stage our family consisted of 5 kids – the other 2 arrived later.
We could see that this was a case of ‘love at first sight” She really loved that painting, SO: we emptied our piggy banks and the painting was acquired. We had shares in it.
That was the start of our interest in art. Since then, Mr Langton featured quite heavily in our lives. Many times we would get back home to find that Mr Langton had been there.
He would leave the paintings over night and very often, my mom would purchase one. So she made up her collection which she left to the Grand children when she died.
We never had to delve into our piggy banks again, but what she had done was to develop and interest and love for art in us all. It was well worth the investment of our “savings”.
How did your interest start?
Everyone talks about the Mona Lisa painting at the Louvre. Don’t understand why it is such a popular painting, it is small, I’m sure there have been other portrait paintings that have been as good or better, ……….BUT, this one is supposed to be the MOST valuable painting in the world. Priceless.
Our chance came to see it in the Louvre on our trip to Paris a few weeks ago.
All roads lead to the Mona Lisa. Millions of others had the same idea and it was all I could do to lift my camera up above my head and snap away, hoping that I had it aimed correctly. I do wish that I could have got closer to see if those eyes actually DID follow one.
So: item ticked off on the bucket list. Now for the rest of the trip.
Europe is SO amazing. I can never get over how magnificent those buildings are. The time and effort that went into building those cathedrals and town halls will never cease to be a ‘wonderment” to me. The craftsmanship and pride taken has lasted for centuries. What a sadness that we do not have that anymore. Minimalistic and plastic. No more little birds carved out of stone on the top of a huge pillar in a cathedral. When asked why the artisan had done that when no one could see it, he said.”God can see it!” Motivation enough.
We were treated to a day in Munich by our son who lives in Stuttgart. It was October fest time and there were markets everywhere. At one stall selling vegies they advertised fresh truffles. Having never seen a truffle we asked to look at it.
The photo above explains it all. I asked what one did with it and a tourist from the USA said, “we grate it on French Fries!” So I learned something else. Not sure that that is what the French chefs do , but good enough at 1 Euro per gram. Only for the rich and famous.
So ends a lovely holiday, feeling very inspired to paint SO many lovely scenes. To see the first in the series of paintings from the South of France, please see them on this website.
Looking forward to exhibiting at Uplands College White River from Friday evening 26th May until Sunday midday 28th May.
I have many new works and the above painting as well as 3 others in the same style will be on a special offer for the duration of the exhibition. R1500 instead of R3300 . Painting is framed in a white frame and ready to hang. Just right for a room needing a little pizzazz.
If you are in the vicinity it would be great to see you. For more information please contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once again Mr Murphy has had the last word. I was just getting my website sorted out and finding out how to copy and paste things all over the place when my renewal for my hosting became necessary.
With our horrendous exchange rate of R16+ to the dollar, it was just too pricey to continue with an American host for my site.
Fortunately, one can transfer your hosting and I did so, to a South African site which was much cheaper. BUT…and this is where Murphy stepped in again. The back up which my computer lady did for my site, disappeared into the ether. It had never happened to her before.
Well, now about 10 days later, I am a little sadder and wiser. I am learning all over again how to download, label and allocate my photos. I need to get my paintings ‘out there’, but it is becoming a huge task.
Still don’t know what Widgets are and how to use them. Do I need this at 76? Yes, I am heading for 104 so I guess I have time to learn. I so admire people like Georgie Moon who just publish daily and find all sort of interesting people and blogs to follow.
I think I will stick to painting. It’s what I do,and as I only started at 60, I have a lot to catch up on. This is close to where I live. Would you not also want to paint it?
Check out more paintings on my almost sorted out website: