2021… what on earth was that?

It’s been a beast of a year! But that’s not what I’m going to reflect on here.

There have been silver linings, and I have much to be grateful for.

I’m happy to report that art sales were up this year compared to last year. Fingers crossed that the positive trajectory continues and life settles down again into a sustainable rhythm. 🤞


What art happened

I haven’t made that much art in 2021, but I have made some major inroads into new skills, mediums and experimentation.

Over the course of 2021 I have transitioned from painting mostly flowers in acrylic to painting mostly landscapes in oils.

The starting point to these changes was a beautiful morning in fellow artist Sara Abbott’s garden in Stanford. Inspired by the Wilde Dagga, or Lion’s Ear (Leonotis leonurus) growing there, and playing with a little packet of Reeves water soluble oils and a palette knife, something clicked.

Wilde Dagga, Oil on canvas, 20 x 20cm

Wilde Dagga
In process

I’ve ditched the water soluble oils and switched to Zelcol oils, and experimented with different mediums and techniques.

Also keen to spend more time outdoors, I have resumed plein air painting whenever I can.

I’m particularly in love with this iconic Stanford view.

Kleinrivier sketch
In my sketchbook

Kleinrivier value study
In my sketchbook

Kleinrivier landscape study
Learning by practising

Kleinrivier #1, oil on canvas, 30 x 30 cm

Click here to see all landscapes available for sale.

Original art giveaway 2021

Better late than never, my annual giveaway is now on.

For an entry into the draw, please subscribe to my Studio Circle email list. If you are already subscribed, you will automatically be entered.

The draw will take place on Monday 3rd January 2022 and the winner will be notified by email.

Untitled Botanical, Oil on canvas, 20 x 20cm