Thursday, January 31, 2013

Coming home

Title-Coming home
Medium-Oil on Masonite Board
Size-6x8 Inches
Price-$100 Includes International Shipping

Although I really have enjoyed the challenge of creating 30 paintings in 30 days I will be glad to have some rest.For someone working Monday to Friday it is not easy to come home ,and then try to start a painting while still feeling tired.Often it would be a battle between sleeping or painting.I would often have to force myself just to start,because once started the creative juices would start flowing and by the end of an hour or two I would be happily admiring a completed painting on my easel,and then of course crash onto my bed into an exhausted heap.

Could I become a daily painter?I think I can comfortably say, yes if my circumstances were different.I don't feel that it is paint,skill,or ideas that I lack ,it is simply time.

Yesterday I laid out some of the daily paintings that I have done this month and took a photo of them from above.It gave me a great sense of accomplishment to see them all together,well most of them.Seeing them all laid out also help me to see that this month has been a landmark in more ways than one....

(1) I found it to be a great opportunity to try out different colors,brush work and subject matter.I feel far more confident with the paints and brushes than before I started.

(2)  I introduced  the (Buy Now PayPal Button) under each daily painting.I am sure this contributed towards two of my very first sales on this blog .

(3) This is also the most paintings I have ever painted in a month (24 paintings)!

Would I do this challenge again?Yes after I have recovered!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Tsholofelo and the blue and white scarf

Title-Tsholofelo and the blue and white scarf
Medium-Oil on Masonite Board
Size 6x6 Inches
Price $100 Includes international shipping
Tsholofelo is a common Setswana name and in English means hope.I am really enjoying painting these small portraits.I use to shy away from painting faces, feeling that it was to difficult ,but all this practice is giving me confidence to paint more. 

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

African Jacana

Title-African Jacana
Medium-Oil on Masonite Board
Size-6x8 Inches

The African Jacana is a beautiful bird that is found only around areas of water.Some  refer to this bird as a Jesus Bird, probably due to the fact that it looks as if it is walking on water.However unlike Jesus, this bird does not walk on water but rather on the large lily pads.The only reason it is able to do this, is due to its large feet which allows its weight to be distributed over a larger area, thereby allowing it to walk over water lily leaves without sinking.

Well my hope to complete 30 paintings this month seem to have just been a hope .So far I have done 21 paintings this month and will probably only manage another 3.Work has been hectic ,allowing me no time for any painting. Anyway I will not let that get me down since at the start of this month I had only planned to paint a painting a day for one week ,until I stumbled across and her challenge of 30 paintings in 30 days.

I have had great fun painting almost every day,and now look forward to focusing on some larger and more detailed work for an upcoming exhibit later this year ,but more of that later.Since there is still a few days left of the challenge I will post a daily painting for each.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Woodland Kingfisher

Title-Woodland Kingfisher
Medium-Oil on Masonite Board
Size-6x6 Inches

This is a common bird here in our garden, and occurs almost throughout Africa.It is normally found in wooded areas near water.However despite being called a kingfisher it does not eat fish but rather feeds on insects.They enjoy sitting on a branch in the semi shade while watching out for any insects that are stupid enough to make a move,once the insect is spotted it will swoop down and grab it.After beating the insect on its perch,to make sure that it has been properly dispatched it will then quickly swallow it.

I love the call and the colorful wing displays that this bird makes during the breeding season,they are quite beautiful. 

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Tropical Storm

Title-Tropical Storm
Medium-Oil on Masonite Board
Size-6x8 Inches

Having piles of paper work to wade through and reconcile is not conducive to  painting,so I am a bit behind on the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge,but I hope to catch up.Having not painted for two days it was a great feeling to be pushing paint around and not papers.I did not really know what direction this painting would take.I started by roughly sketching out the boat and then I just started painting.The style is far more impressionistic than my normal realist style and yet I like the simplicity of it. 

Sunday, January 20, 2013


Medium-Oil on Masonite board
Size-6x8 Inches

The problem with me ,is that sometimes I get a great idea of something to paint,but I haven't got any photo reference to base my painting on, or very little. Today's painting (Swimming) is one of those paintings.What I did find was a photo of a boy swimming ,but it was only in black and white,anyway it was enough.

As you can see I have decided to stick to the Mozambique coast for a while longer, and to continue painting these little cameo scenes .I think I am really enjoying painting all this water ,because I love swimming, or maybe it is all the fun I am having mixing and experimenting with different shades of blues.

I am not sure why I chose to paint someone swimming underwater,I feel that it is not a subject just to be painted as a daily painting.To do it any justice I think it would be better if  I get some good reference material  first and then focus on painting the details ,even if it takes a couple of days to finish.However I have found that if you can get the colors and tones right it is possible to convey even a difficult subject just with a few quick brushstrokes.It would not work as a finished realist painting, but for an impressionist it would.

This is my 18th painting for this months 30 paintings in 30 day challenge,which mean 12 more to go.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Island Hopping

Title-Island Hopping
Medium-Oil on Masonite Board
Size-6x8 Inches

I am definitely visiting Mozambique in my imagination, and I am enjoying the crystal blue seas,cool breeze and the  traditional sailing dhows sailing between Islands.I think I might stay here for a while....

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Sailing the aqua blue

Title-Sailing the aqua blue
Medium-Oil on Masonite Board
Size-6x8 Inches
I cant believe it, but it has been more than 6 years since we had holiday along the coast of Mozambique. Last year my brother and his wife went to Mozambique for their holiday ,and they had a wonderful time.We are now planning a trip to go together,with some family and friends. Mozambique has a beautiful coast line,some lovely white beaches and warm blue seas.The further north you go, the better it gets since most of hustle and bustle is found in the south of the country near the capital city of Maputo.

We plan to stay near Vilanculos,a small but busy village,that already possesses a couple of lodges and shops. Only 10 km off shore, lies the Bazaruto archipelago, consisting of a couple of Islands dotted with palm tress.Since we have been talking and planning the holiday,it is not strange that I am wistfully painting what I hope to see and do.Yes I need a break,I hardly took any leave last come quickly!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Steady Gaze

 Title-Steady Gaze
 Medium-Oil on Masonite Board
Size-6x6 Inches

I really loved painting this one,although there were so many different shades of colors,which really made it difficult to paint.By the end ,my palette looked such a mess with so many little color mixes.While painting my previous portrait and this one, I started with the eyes,and gave them special attention.I noticed that Crystal Cook a very talented artist always creates wonderful realistic eyes.As some say ,and which I agree with ,the eyes are the window to the soul. 
This girl really has a friendly, but steady gaze,try out staring her,and you will find that you will loose every time.

This is my 15th painting for this month which means I am halfway with the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Kalahari summer storm

Title-Kalahari summer storm
Medium-Oil on Masonite board
Size-6x8 Inches
Price-$60 Plus $25 Worldwide shipping

While many of you are experience cold weather at the moment we are sweltering in the summer heat.In fact as I am typing this a thunderstorm has just broken bringing us some relief .Here in Botswana Rain is always appreciated, in fact the currency of the country is called Pula which means Rain (Shows how much they value both money and Rain)

I have to go to bed now as my brother is giving me evil looks,and once again muttering threats. Kalahari summer storm is my 14th painting for the challenge this month,which means I am almost half way.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Swirl of colors

Title-Swirl of colors
Medium-Oil on Masonite board
Size-6x8 Inches
Price-$60 Plus $25 worldwide shipping

Since I am only just keeping up with this 30 paintings in 30 days challenge,I posted this while it was still wet.I did not spend time blending in the colors ,in an effort to achieve perfection, but rather I applied the paint thickly and quickly which created a impressionistic look to this painting.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Field workers

Title -Field workers
Medium-Oil on Masonite board
Size 6x8 Inches

I saw these workers in a neighboring field.Since it is our rainy season,it is possible to see many working in the fields at this time.The normally use donkeys to pull a plow ,so as to loosen up the soil ,then this is followed up by a couple of people throwing down the maize (corn) seed and covering it up.Weeks later the seeds have sprouted as have the weeds.Sometimes the owners of the land will employ others to carry out the weeding as it is a labor intensive job.They are either paid in cash or have a share in the harvest.

Field workers is my 12th painting for this month, still 16 to go.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Shy Child

Title-Shy Child
Medium- Oil on Masonite Board
Size 6x6 Inches
Price-$100 Plus $25 worldwide shipping

This little girl was actually with her sister on their way to do some washing. I have already painted her sister ,and you can see that painting here( On the way to do the washing.).I decided to make separate paintings of them, since each was a good subject on their own.

Friday, January 11, 2013

My red ball

Title-My red ball
Medium-Oil on Masonite board
Size-6x8 Inches

Another late night,but well worth the effort as I managed to complete two paintings.Here is the first one (My red ball).I am relatively new to painting portraits,but am loving the process,although I must say they are time consuming to create, as much detail is needed in order for it to look like a human and not an alien.There is always a point in my artwork where I think is this going to come together,or not?Anyway I am happy with how this one turned out,and hope to do some more children paintings.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Mother and Son

Title-Mother and Son
Medium-Canvas on board
Size-10x12 Inches

Mother and son is a  bit bigger than my past few paintings, and it has been done on canvas ,stretched on board.Because I have recently been painting on smooth surfaces it took some time getting use to the texture.I think I prefer the smooth surface of the primed Masonite boards.I saw this mother and her son walking down the a dirt road in Maun,and so decided that it would make a great painting.

Some good news is that I made my first online sale through PayPal yesterday.So I will be posting (Last rays of the sun) to his new owners.I hope it will be the start of many more sales ,but I guess that will depend on whether I can produce smaller, good quality, and appealing art work on a regular basis.I will give it a try



Wednesday, January 9, 2013


Medium-Oil on Masonite Board
Size 6x6 Inches

This Challenge is certainly proving tough at the moment,simply because of my lack of time.I was working on this last night and finished just after 10 o clock.Since my studio is in my bedroom,and I share it with my brother it was not surprising that he was constantly muttering about switching the light off ,and ,go to bed etc, etc.Anyway I ignored his threats and focused on finishing this little portrait,it is called Lorato which is a common Setswana name, and when translated into English means, Love.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

African Sunset

Title-African Sunset
Medium-Oil on Masonite Board
Size-6x8 Inches

I really love painting sunsets,simply because they are so easy to do.Since the subjects are often a silhouette they do not require much detail,and you could get away with only using two or three colors.Most of my sunset paintings that contains moving subjects, in this case elephants, also contain a dusty atmosphere.I love the point where the tree trunks and elephant legs become dissolved in all the dust.

Thanks for all the comments,and suggestions on my previous post ,as to what would you like to see me paint more of.It seems many of you would like to see more paintings of children and people of Africa.I will be trying to do just that,so keep tuned.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Elephant at Chiefs Camp

Title-Elephant at Chiefs Camp
Medium-Oil on Masonite board
Size-6x8 Inches


I was at Chiefs Camp, situated deep in the Okavango Delta, doing some work when a bull elephant casually walked out of the surrounding bush and stood right next to the main deck area .He was so interested in the green grass right around the lodge, that he paid little attention to me while I snapped some pictures, which has contributed to my 6th painting in the (30 paintings 30 day challenge) organised by Leslie Saeta.

Well I have some painting to do if I am to keep up with this challenge,so a question to my readers.What would you like me to paint more of , African wildlife , landscapes,or people and children of Africa? Or something else?....

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Delta Fisherman

Title-Delta Fisherman
Medium-Oil on Masonite Board
Size-6x8 Inches
Delta fisherman, is of a man punting his mokoro which  is a type of canoe used in the Okavango Delta. Mokoros are made by digging out the trunk of a large straight tree, however many are now being made out of fiberglass to save trees.

Traveling by mokoro is a wonderful way of seeing the delta,and many tourists each year experience the pleasures it can bring.The only danger is if you meet up with an angry hippo, which fortunately is rare, for they literally are able, to chomp the mokoro in half.I have traveled in a mokoro a couple of times and have really enjoyed the experience,and was able to view many of the delta jewels up close,like painted reed frogs,waterlilies,and birds.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

The yellow umbrella

Title-The yellow umbrella
Medium-Oil on Masonite board
Size-6x8 inches
Price-$60.00 includes shipping
Around our local bus and taxi rank,you can find numerous one man stores.These consist basically of a wooden table and an umbrella.They commonly sell airtime for your cell phone,soft drinks,fruits, vegetables and sweets.From afar they make quite a colorful display in a normally drab area.At the end of the day they pack everything up,and then chain their tables to a tree or lamp post till the following day.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Summer reflections

Title-Summer reflections
Medium-Oil on Masonite board
Size-6x8 inches

This painting came straight out of my head, and was inspired by the many holiday memories spent in the Okavango Delta. Our family’s choice of holiday destinations would always boil down to which place was the quietest and most peaceful. This often meant we had to make quite an effort to get away from civilization.
My favourite holiday was when we would pack the Land cruiser, hitch the trailer together with the boat, and travel about 300 km north of Maun, to a small village, and then to a campsite called Sepupa Swamp Stop. Despite the fact that the campsite was situated on the edge of the river, we would normally only stay one night because of the noise that some other campers would make.

After a hearty breakfast of bacon and eggs, the real trip would start when we loaded the boat with all our camping gear and headed upstream for about 2 hours. Our final destination would be an Island dotted with palm trees, their fronds swaying gently in the breeze. After camping at different Islands we gave them names, Paradise Island, Mokoro Island, and Hydeda Island.

Beneath the palms, and large Fig and Jackal berry trees we would camp, for a week or two. During the day we would read, sleep, cook, explore or would take the boat out onto the river and go fishing. On the river there was total peace and silence except for the symphony of bird’s calls and sounds that would emanate from the reed beds and the islands as we drifted passed.

So this painting ,Summer Reflections, is inspired by my reflections of past Summers, and make for my 3rd painting which leaves 27 still to go.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Last rays of the sun

Title-Last rays of the sun
Medium-Oil on masonite board
Size-6x6 inches
Price $60.00 includes shipping 

Since we are staying right next to the Thamalakane river, my brother often spends his time fishing ,it is very difficult not to do so, when all you have between you and the river is a short 1 minute walk.
Many of the young, local boys from the neighbouring areas, enjoy coming down to the river to fish. They don’t have any fishing rods, just a line with a hook on the end, as for bait they dig around the water’s edge for worms to use. Although they don’t often catch big fish they do catch lots of small fish which they carry around on a string, looped through their gills. While the evening sun set, it created a warm glow on one of the boy’s faces which made for a painting today.

Here is a progress shot, it gives you an idea of the size.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Chilli Boy in Second !

Title-Chilli boy in second
Medium-Oil on primed Masonite board
Size 6x8 inches

Chilli Boy in Second, makes for a painting today. In Maun we have a dirt horse track where they sometimes have local horse racing, and that is where my inspiration came from for this painting.
 I am finding that painting smaller works gives me the freedom of using more oil paints, and trying new effects that I would otherwise not be comfortable doing on a large scale. I decided I would blur the horses, to create a sense of action, and only leave Chilli Boy in focus, the horse that is currently holding second place in the race.

I was only going to post a painting a day for a week,when I stumbled across Leslie Saeta blog and her 30 paintings in 30 days art challenge,and found myself joining .Whether I will complete this challenge or not remains to be seen...

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

A painting a day for a week

Title-Okavango Reflections
Media-Oil on primed Masonite board
Size-6x8 inches 
Price-60$ which includes shipping

I have decided that for the first week of 2013 I will post one small painting each day. Inspired by other daily painters I thought that I could give it a trail run, see how it feels, and find out if it is possible with my busy schedule.

There are a couple of benefits I have already noted with regards to painting each day.

(1) You get to finish a painting every day, sometimes as quickly as an hour, which is a great achievement.

(2) With all the practice, you can only get better.

(3) Because you are painting smaller works, which are more affordable, they appeal to a larger market. Since the work is smaller they are also easier to ship to the client.

I hope that if I do continue painting on a daily basis, that I do not run out of Ideas. I only want to paint what is around me, or the things that I have experienced. I do not want to get to the point where I start painting a still life every day (No disrespect for those who paint still life) but it is not my cup of tea to do that on a regular, or daily basis.

Each painting will be for sale between $60-$120 which includes shipping to Africa ,America,the UK, and Australia.If desired to be shipped to another country not listed here, there might be an extra small charge for shipping.Send an email to if interested in purchasing.

Okavango reflections is my first daily painting for this week, and I hope you will visit every day for the rest of the week to see each daily work.