Travel theme: Art


Ailsa of “Where’s my back pack” fame, has posted a new travel theme. This week it’s ‘Art’, and as I have an artist in my family, I thought I’d take the opportunity to show you some of her work. Walking into my sister’s house, one is confronted with paintings absolutely everywhere. Even her kitchen looks like an art gallery.

Lately she’s sold quite a few, and others are out on consignment, so the walls aren’t quite as cluttered. She has always been in the arts, having been an opera singer, model and actress in her younger years, but never even considered trying her hand at drawing or painting.It was only seven years ago that one of her friends suggested that instead of just being two bored housewives, they should go for art classes. I recall how excited she was when she showed us that she could draw something very simple, and she became really enthused. After a few weeks, the art teacher closed her little school, and my sister and her friend had to find a new teacher. Mark Phillips really brought out her hidden talent, and we were most impressed,when not even two years later, she won second prize in the Nivea Art Competition.

She loves the African bush and enjoys painting the animals found there, especially leopards.

She also has a great talent for painting portraits of Southern African people portraying them in very interesting ways.

A couple of years ago, she was commissioned to do this painting of “The Three Faces OfΒ  Mandela,” for the re-opening of Mandela House in Soweto; one of her proudest moments.

Whenever we go to visit, she ushers me into her studio to see the latest work in progress. This week, it was a leopard drinking at a waterhole, from an original photo by Mark McWilliams.

and something entirely new; this shell which she’s just started.

Her assortment of brushes always fascinates me. I wouldn’t know which to use for what. πŸ˜‰

Looking around the walls of her studio, you would be sure to notice this framed newspaper pic from the 70’s, when in a moment of zany madness, and in need of a bit more income, she posed for a well known British tabloid. With this, she earned the dubious reputation of becoming the D’Oyly Carte’s one and only ‘Page Three Girl’. She didn’t tell our parents until some years later. πŸ˜‰

Freddy Lloyd O.B.E. who was the General Manager at the time, summoned her to his office, and she thought that he was going to give her notice for bringing the opera company into disrepute. Fortunately he had a great sense of humour, and merely suggested that they might find a way of interpolating her scanty outfit into the last night of the London season. Unfortunately the idea was dropped. πŸ˜‰

After my sister had been painting for a while, she discovered that our great, great uncle was non other than Jan Toorop, the first Dutch Symbolist Impressionist and Art Nouveau Painter, which most probably explains why she has such artistic talent.Β  It might have just lain dormant and undiscovered, had she not taken that first step. I wonder how many of us have hidden artistic talents which we’ll never use.

If you’d like to see more of her paintings, you can go here.

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100 comments on “Travel theme: Art

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  2. Oh, wow. Your sister is indeed talented as well as generous and beautiful. My favorite is the Three faces of Mandela. A great man painted by a great person. Just amazing. Thanks.

    • Yes, I agree with you about our Nelson Mandela. Certainly a great man, sent at the right time. My darling sister is all that you say she is. Love her to bits. πŸ˜‰

  3. AD, if I did not know some of those were paintings I would have sworn they were photographs! They are truly amazing. I only read page 3 this year in Edinburgh for the first time ever – now the girls have a lot less on πŸ˜‰

    • Yes, She I also think her work is really great. I’ve suggested a blog to her, but with no success as yet. I think she’s too busy painting. πŸ˜‰

  4. She is a very talented painter, AD! I always look at the eyes, of animal – or human paintings and hers are absolutely perfect!!

  5. Wow, I would be hard pressed to name a favourite – they are all stunning in their own way. How wonderful to discover such a talent – long may she paint!

  6. your sister is definitely a gifted artist. I love the shell painting on the easel. Thanks for reminding me to include my sister in my post on this theme as she is an artist too.

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  8. Beautiful! The paintings are wonderful, what a talent, I especially liked the animals and her leopard paintings are really great. Her studio reminds me so much of my late sister – she also loved to paint/draw.
    Regards,
    GAIL

  9. The art looks beautiful especially the one of the african lady with black coat,the one of mandela is also beautiful,she’s talented πŸ™‚

  10. Damn but she is good… not many artist get it right to paint a good Leopard painting… something about them that artists just don’t get 100%… a good friend Miles Barbour is one that can and now I’ve seen another that can, although I don’t know what her name is I would certainly be on the look out in the future… I do know her name and found the link button at the bottom… I’m highly impressed with her work, she is a fantastic artist thank you for sharing…

  11. Wow what a gifted painter your sister is! I always wanted to paint and my mom used to paint oils. But I don’t have an artist ability. Someday though I still would love to take a painting class. Thanks for sharing. I especially love her paintings of people.

    • I think unless we try, we can’t know whether we have artistic ability. I think she was also fortunate in her choice of teacher, as he knew how to bring out her talent. πŸ˜‰

  12. Yowza, your sister has serious talent, at first glance I thought the first two were photographs of leopards. And what a fabulous story of her scandalous page three appearance. πŸ™‚

  13. These are amazing, I love the man on the kitchen wall in the middle. What a beautiful studio.

  14. Breathtaking! The leopards look like they could just walk right off the canvas. All the paintings were beautiful. How lucky for her and others that this talent was discovered. I love the expression of the guy above the shell (which looks as though you could actually pick it up.) This is such amazing stuff. I’m so glad you decided to share it.

  15. Your sister is still a very attractive woman and I think she’s very talented. I love that first painting of the African lady with the beads and I think the shell is beautiful…..you can tell that animal paintings don’t do it for me hey?! πŸ™‚

    • I’ll be sure to tell her you said so. I just edited my post, because I almost forgot about her painting of Mandela. She was so proud of that. πŸ˜‰

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