almost 8 months...

i'm still here, i'm still going... 

these little guys were part of my simplicity/watercolor phase

onto a red phase ;) 


this is the state of my desk at the moment 

i'm busy writing my artist statement... 

clearly the words aren't flowing as easily as the faces

this poem...


Start Close In by David Whyte


was shared at yoga the other day.
love everything about it... 
the voice, the pace, the message. 

keeping track

it seems easier to keep up with painting these dudes 
than to keep up with showing them here... 

i also had great plans to upload them all onto Pinterest
which i haven't managed... yet. 

luckily i have this fantastic app 
(thank you Jeanne Marie ;))
to help me keep track of the daily faces.


yip! that happens to me all the time... 
does it happen to you? 

that was a wonderful movie by the way. 

4 more


 collage and acrylic on canvas

4 new paintings on the go. 

they are coming along nicely
 but as per usual the big questions are:
how far do i go with them,  
when do i stop, how much detail to i add? 


so many faces. 
so many different faces. 
like little fragments of me needed to be expressed. 

loving them all in their own way.

'make a plan'

when i moved to this country, 
14 years ago (already!) 
one of the first South African saying i learnt was: 

"let's make a plan" 

you see living in Africa comes with it's own quirks and challenges. 
some are funny... some... not so funny... 

but what i love about the people here is that they just bounce back. 
they don't dwell on the negative,
they don't wait for problems to fixed
(because you might just wait forever)
they find a solution, they make a plan and they get on with it. 

let me explain why i tell you this... 

the area where we live in is going through a serious drought
and the dam that is supplying us with water is nearly empty,
not only because of the drought but we'll leave that for now,
it's complicated and obscure. 

which means that potentially we might run out of water
(dry taps) 
in 60 days.

so we are making a plan...

these are the four 5000 liters tanks we have just installed at our house. 
they'll be gathering all the rain water coming off our roofs.

we will then use that water for everything in our household, 
 and after that, that water will also be recycled back into watering our garden. 

which means we will be independent from municipality water. 
which also mean right now we really need/want/pray/dance for a huge rainfall... 

keep on keeping on

i feel like i have a good rhythm going in the studio at the moment. 

oil on wood panel 

i'm putting finishing touches on the last four paintings 
and while they dry i have started the next four. 

acrylic on canvas

making progress slowly...