Janus, ‘Ja-nee’, it’s January 2022

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1 January was new year day: In ancient times the day was consecrated to Janus (the Roman god of new beginnings gates, transitions, time, duality, doorways, passages, frames, and endings. He is usually depicted as having two faces.) Thus on that day and ever since it is customary to exchange cheerful words of good wishes.

While there was a lot of ups and downs, I do realize that it is not fashionable to say but 2021 was a great year in so many ways. From Commissions to great exhibition opportunities, meeting new friends, being healthy and having a happy family life. It feels great to count one’s blessings, so that’s what I want to focus on.

Covid and Global warming sucks but let us not allow it to determine our whole worldview.  Life is good if we focus on the present. Things are getting better, or so I hope…right???

Well maybe, that was until I watched “Death to 2021” on Netflix 😉

https://www.netflix.com/tudum/videos/death-to-2021-facebook-down-first-look-video

Anyway, while I am not going to make any new year’s resolutions’ I am going to make pacts with ancient forest beasts, promises to old gods, pledges to wise souls and trade my immortal soul for the power of kindness that curls across my skin like the uncurling petals of flowers in our garden.

Before the year was over a great joy was announced 2021

I don’t know what 2022 will bring but I know I’ll be creating art regardless.

much love

hxxx

Season’s greetings

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To a joyful present and a well remembered past.

May the Holiday season fill your home with joy, your heart with love, and your life with laughter.

I am taking a short break, but studio visits are welcome per appointment in 2022 again!

And also
Wishing you a happy summer solstice in the Southern Hemisphere today ❤

May your holidays be full of warmth and cheer.

Phantasmagoria – some installation images

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Phantasmagoria – a group exhibition is now showing at RKContemporary gallery in Riebeek-Kasteel, South Africa. Herewith some installation images which I would like to share with you, courtesy of the gallery

This group exhibition will be running until the 27th of February 2022 or you can view the work on the gallery website here :https://rkcontemporary.com/exhibitions/phantasmagoria

Oh dear my deer, the princess tossed her wedding bouquet!

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It was such an absolute joy working on this commission in two parts!

Earlier this year I received this beautiful wedding photograph of a clients grandmother. What a beautiful bride. At first I was very nervous to rework the original, since this is an actual heirloom!

I then proceeded to have a high quality print made:

After consulting with the patron, I reworked the original photograph and the title is:

“The princess tossed her wedding bouquet”:

The princess tossed her wedding bouquet 2021

Then I continued and altered the print, this time adding a mask and other elements.

The title is: Oh dear my deer!” (inspired by Judy Garland singing “Somewhere over the rainbow” and also partly inspired by Rudolph the red-nose reindeer- since it is almost Christmas)

Oh dear my deer! 2021

And voila!

The princess tossed her wedding bouquet 53 x 43 cm 2021

Thank you so much for trusting me with your heirloom.

To ‘judge’ or not to ‘judge’

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Not so long ago I was asked to be one of the four judges for the Hessequa Art route Children’s art competition.

from left to right: Louwena Kotze, Yours truly, Christiaan de Swardt and Annette Fell

As some of you know, I adore the series Masterchef Australia and I find it fascinating to see how the judges pass their judgement/critique on the variety of dishes produced by the amateur chefs in the program. They make it look so easy. But I was petrified.

“The critic has to educate the public; the artist has to educate the critic.” -Oscar Wilde

I salute anyone – young and old- who attempt to put pencil and paint to paper to express their creativity, and find it very hard to pass judgement. Yes, sure, in art school we were taught to be able to voice our critique, but judging-trying to choose 4 ‘winners’ that is another matter.

The children between 11 and 13 were asked to portray what they think makes their town (in the Hessequa area) special. A lot of landscapes were produced. It was also clearly noticeable which children had more time in school, with more help and materials to use. Somehow I think that it would have been much easier to make a decision seeing the children doing the actual work too-

“Don’t judge people for the choices they make when you don’t know the options they had to choose from.” – quote from the internet

some of the things we looked for were:

  1. Interpretation and clarity of the theme.
  2. Creativity and originality of the depicted theme.
  3. Quality of artistic composition and overall design based on the theme
  4. Overall impression of the artworks.

I cannot share the ‘winning’ works yet, since it is not public as we speak, but I salute each and every child who took the time and entered an artwork.

And for those who want to pursue a career in art, I will leave you with this advice found in an article by Jerry Saltz on “How to be an artist”:

https://www.vulture.com/2018/11/jerry-saltz-how-to-be-an-artist.html?_ga=2.141337714.1942415931.1543853444-247830370.1542822034

Happy reading and creating- whether it is with paint, pencil, paper, sewing, cooking, photographing or even gardening . May the muse visit you during the upcoming holiday season!

Moi as a child on holiday 😉