Leucadendron flames 600x600mm

Title: Leucadendron flames (Reworked)
Size: 600 x 600mm
Medium: Oil on stretched canvas
Year: 2023

It is not often that a painting stays mine for long, as I sell my paintings at a regular pace. But sometimes, a painting just do not find a home. This painting has been hanging in my home for two and a half years. I have been looking critically at it and recently decided to rework the entire piece! I loved revisiting the shapes and colours of my ‘older’ artwork! I enjoyed the almost abstract shapes that formed under my new approach. I added lighter shades of green and grey and highlighted the focal areas. Now I love love love it!

Title: Leucadendron flames (Shelter in the Shadow series) (Older painting)
Size: 600 x 600mm
Medium: Oil on stretched canvas
Year: 2021

Leucadendron plants grow abundantly in the fynbos biome.  I love the shapes of the tips of the leaves, resembling tongues of fire.  The tips are often bright red or yellow and striking in Cape floral kingdom.

This artwork is part of my Shelter in the Shadow-series of paintings:

My 2021 solo exhibition is titled: “Shelter in the shadow”.

I began my new series of oil paintings during the hard lockdown of 2020.  With the use of strong, deep colours and exuberant brush strokes, I aimed to counterbalance the deep feelings of fear and uncertainty I experienced a year ago. I chose to call forth ‘overflow’ and ‘abundance’ in a time of need and want, and this is reflected in the titles and mood of the paintings. They stand in stark contrast to these uncertain times.

The motivation behind each piece was to bring pleasure, colour, beauty, and exuberance to our lives – and to speak of hope to those viewing them. As always, I used fynbos as my inspiration, but deviated from the exact colours and shapes as I wanted to portray freedom in my mark making with vibrant colours and strong contrasts.

The title for this exhibition, ‘Shelter in the shadow’, refers to the deep palette I used in most of these artworks. When I walk in the fynbos-rich mountain paths, I find my best inspirational material on the shadow-side of the mountain. Here the light is more subdued and the colours of my subject, much deeper. The temperature is cooler, and I can walk slower and look closer. My eyes can focus better. I aim to portray this in my paintings.

On a spiritual level this has meaning for me too. During this past year, a deep truth has resonated within me: ‘He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty’. I will take shelter in the shadow.