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Melkhouttak

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Melkhouttak, 2017

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Milkwood, Melkhout

Oil on canvas, 700 x 1000mm

Melkhouttak                                                                                                                            

Neem ‘n bietjie tyd

om te kyk hoe die melkhouttak krom

tot teenaan die grond in die laatmiddag son

 

hoe die skadu die skewe sirkel

na die duskant voltooi

net sommer om te fokus

op die blaarpatroon wat die wind

teen die blou lug

soos kleurglas van ‘n kaleidoskoop gooi –

dán donkergroen,

dán weer blouer skerfies saamgeplooi.

 

Máák tog die tyd om te kyk

hoe die melkhouttak krom.

 

Trienke Laurie

 

Poetry about our indigenous trees

For my solo exhibition I looked for poems to go with my paintings of South – African trees.  Especially in Afrikaans poetry are a lot to be find.  Poems are used as metaphor for many aspects of life.  I like to pair them with my paintings, creating a dialogue between text and image.

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Dié witgat met geknotte spiere

verman hom teen die bergwoestyn.

maar mettertyd – sy wal kalf in –

sal hy, oudstryder, ook verdwyn.

 

Fragment uit  Vier bome , Hennie Aucamp

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Uitnodiging vir my uitstalling in Augustus/September

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Invite to my art exhibition in August/September

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Jacaranda street with little dog

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700 x 1150mm

Oil on Canvas

2016

 

 

In die skadu van soveel bome

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As I wrote earlier I am busy preparing for a solo exhibition in August/ September.  I paint a variety of trees. I don’t want to show much of it now, but I am enjoying myself a lot.  One day I heard some wonderful poems from Hennie Nortje read on the radio.  I immediately fell in love with it, but couldn’t get the anthology “In die skadu van soveel bome” anywhere for sale anymore.  Hennie was so friendly to send me one.  I will share one poem, although it is in Afrikaans.  It is about the Wild Plum tree.  The pattern in which its leaves are grows looks like a cyclone and gets a symbol of hope  about the rain that will come.  It is such a beautiful image, especially when thinking back to the drought we had here last year and is still continuing in the Western Cape.  I hope I will find a way of using this poem in my work.

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(Harpephyllum caffra)

 

Jou blare in spirale,

‘n weerkaart vol siklone.

Jou bas ‘n grys kouefront

natblink en glad

asof die reën waarvoor ek bid

(sonder selfs ‘n wolk in sig)

reeds teen jou spat.

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Street in Graaff Reinet

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Oil on Panel

2017

We visited Graaff Reinet , one of the lands oldest towns.  It is a beautiful town, full of old buildings.  It inspired me to make this painting.

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I love to see what happens with my painting after I sold it.  This client sent me a photo of my Namaqualand Daisies painting.  I think it looks very nice the way they hang it.

 

 

Fruitsellers

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720 x 360mm

Oil on Canvas

2017

This painting of some fruit sellers I made for a client in America.  They commissioned it as a wedding present for their son, who has good memories from his travels in Africa.  I took the canvas from the stretcher and rolled it up and put it in a tube.  I use a courier service to get it to the country of the client.  I did it in the past few years a several times, sending work to America, Holland and China and it worked quite well.

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River at Tsitsikamma

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800 x 400 mm

Oil on Canvas

2016

Forest near Ommen

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700 x 1000 mm

Oil on Canvas

2016

Namaqualand Daisies

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550 x 800 mm

Oil on Canvas

2016

Kaapse draai Kunstefees 2016

This week I shall take part in a small art festival here in Waverley where we live.  There will be art, music,a market and much more.   For more information go to http://www.kaapsedraaikunsfees.co.za/

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Bolayi Baobab Splendour

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Oil on Panel

420 x 297 mm

2016

Sammy Mark House

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Oil on Panel

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2016

 

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Botshabelo Church Falling Apart

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We were very shocked to see that the beautiful church at Botshabelo is falling apart. I really love this church and painted it a lot of times.  A few years ago a made a painting of this same spot as a wedding present to my brother and sister-in-law.

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In your Light we see Light/ Side entrance of the Church at Botshabelo

500mm x 1000 mm

2012

Botshabelo Old and New Church – Last Homage

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Oil on Panel

A4

2016

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I enjoyed another painting session at Botshabelo, an old missionstation near Middelburg

Jacaranda Suburb

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700 mm x 1000 mm

Oil on Canvas

2016

Jacaranda Pastime

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Oil on canvas

700mm x 1000 mm

2015

Last sun rays of the day

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Oil on panel

A4

2016

Milkwood

 

In the December holidays we were in Pringlebay.  As I don’t like swimming  I spent my time painting one of the Milkwood trees on the beach.
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Oil on panel

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2016

Jacaranda at Burgerspark

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2015

Jacaranda street

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oil on panel

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2015

The Kgatle family

Phineas is a colleague of my husband.  I made this drawing of him and his wife Thabang and their cute little daughter.

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Pencil and pastel on paper

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2016

Family time

My brother from Holland came for a visit and we took some time to make family photographs.  Although both our parents are not especially interested in art, all their children are making art from time to time.  Both  my youngest brother, Alex (far left) and me studied art and are doing it as an career.

 

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Alex is an illustrator and art teacher and also like to paint every now and then.  To see more of his work, go to https://www.facebook.com/Alex-van-Houwelingen-Illustration-128461866160/

 

Family walk

I did a commission of this family walking in a Jacaranda lane.  They will keep this painting as a memory of Pretoria as they are moving to France.

 

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Oil on canvas

1000 x 700 mm

2016

Watsonias after the field fire

Watsonias flower abundantly after a field fire.  These I saw a the Tafelberg Silvermine Nature Reserve.  I enjoyed the strong oranges against the black of the burned field.

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Oil on Canvas

1153 x 700 mm

2016

 

Inspiring Holiday

We just returned from a fantastic holiday to Musina and the Kruger Park.  As I am working on an exhibition on trees, I found a lot of inspiration.  We camped at Klein Bolayi, just outside Musina.  At this farm there are about 200 huge Baobab trees – more than I ever saw together. I enjoyed painting them on the spot and am planning to make a few more paintings of them in my studio.

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One of the biggest baobabs on the farm

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A very small baobab.  Apparently a freak of nature, as this tree is thought to be also more than 800 years old as are  the other trees on the farm.

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A rock fig at Mapungubwe.

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River forest at the Pafuri region in the Kruger Park.  The children were not always amused by their mother who wanted to stop for every beautiful tree while they were hoping to see a lion or a leopard after the next turn in the road.

Shepherd Tree

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700 x 1150 mm

oil on canvas

2015

Purple Light

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2015

Aloe

In the winter holiday I went to the Pretoria Botanical Gardens to paint some aloes. I felt very much attracted to the beautiful, grey, orange, green and purple shades in the foliage of the aloe.

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while I was busy

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The result

Christmas at Genadendal

Genadendal is the oldest mission station in South Africa.  My husband did his Phd about a missionary who worked at Genadendal in the 1800’s.  Because of this, we spent many vacations at Genadendal.  While he was working in the archives, I made quite lot of paintings as you can see under the topic of “mission stations” on my blog.

One year we visited their church on Christmas eve. They have a tradition of giving candles to everyone during the service, creating a beautiful atmosphere.

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2015

Street in Pretoria

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700 x 1150 mm

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2015

Jacaranda Afternoon

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800 x 550 mm

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2015

Church at Botshabelo

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420 x 297 mm

Oil on Panel

2015

Autumn at Botshabelo

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420 x297 mm

Oil on Panel

2015

Painting at Botshabelo

In autumn we went for a day to the Mission station of Botshabelo near Middelburg.  The history of Botshabelo started as a place of refuge for Christians in South Africa and grew into an important and influential center where the Gospel was proclaimed among Black people, where Black and White received education and training and where commerce and industry were practiced. The well known artist Gerard Sekoto was also born on this mission station. At this time it is deteriorating rapidly, but I still love the atmosphere of the place. I already made a few other paintings there in the past as you can see under the topic of “Mission stations” on my blog.

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I bought an new field easel.  The easel fold up and fits neatly in a bag together with my paint, brushes and everything I need to paint.  Now I have to carry much less things when I want to do plein air painting.

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But as my daughter, Lydia, is now using my old stuff, we still carry a lot.

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Jacaranda’s and the Union Buildings

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550 x 800 mm

Oil on Canvas

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At home I made another, larger painting of the Shepherd’s tree in my studio.

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700 x 1150 mm

Oil on Canvas

Jacaranda’s at HTS John Vorster

This painting was commissioned as a birthday present to someone whose father build the gable of this school.

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700 x 1150 mm

Oil on Canvas

Quiver Tree

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I painted  the Quiver tree red in my under-painting.  I hoped that some of it would come through in the final painting and emphasize the warm, rich colors of the bark. I mixed some real sand with my paint in the foreground.

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At home I finished the painting, adding some depth.

Kalahari on a Cloudy Day

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I loved the soft shades which the variarity of different colored sands and the grey clouds created.  I mixed some of the sand through my paint in the first layer.  It created a nice texture to work upon.

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Shepherd’s Tree

In the Kalahari the Shepherd’s tree (Boscia albitrunca) made a big impression on me.  It is also called ‘Tree of life’,as it provides a range of food and water for local people. The San, for example, seek out its old hollow trunks for the water they hold. The roots are used to make porridge and are especially eaten in times of famine. It is commonly used as a substitute for coffee or chicory.. There are also many medicinal uses. Many African groups regard this tree so highly they forbid anyone destroying it

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It was still drizzling, so I had to sit under an umbrella while painting.

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At this stage I thought I was finished with the painting.

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After some day’s I decided to change the horizon  to add some dept and make it less busy.

Kalahari Storm

The next day I went back to the shelter to paint the beautiful weather that was coming up. I especially loved the contrast of the dark blue clouds and the white sand of the riverbed. But it was difficult to paint as the weather was changing rapidly.  We didn’t expect to get rain in the Kalahari as it is a semi – dessert.  Because we were camping it caused us some troubles, but we didn’t dare to complain as everybody was so thankful for the rain in this dry area.

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Sketching the outlines in acrylics.

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The final layer in oils.

Dry Riverbed at Nossob

In April our family went camping in the Kalahari.  I enjoyed painting this beautiful landscape.  I made some photo’s while I was busy.

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At some stage I lost my brush as it fell through the plank floor.  I had to get out of the shelter to get it.  May be not so a good idea, as we saw a lion there the next day!

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First I created a texture to work upon.  I did this in acrylics as it dries quick and gives me the opportunity to work over it with oils in the same session.

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Sketching the outlines.

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The finished painting

Kaapsedraai Kunsfees

This weekend I shall take part in a small art festival.  For more information go to http://www.kaapsedraaikunsfees.co.za/

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Autumn at Genadendal

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Oil on Panel

2014

Parsonage at Genadendal

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500 x 1000 mm

Oil on Canvas

2014

Shop at Genadendal

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300 x 420 mm

Oil on Panel

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The children also enjoyed themselves…..

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Marnix and his drawings

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Lydia and her painting

First Seminary at Genadendal

I did some Plein Air painting at the Genadendal mission station.

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180 x 250 mm

Oil on Panel

2013