“Art is a longing. You never arrive but you keep on going in the hope that you will” – A.Kiefer
The inspiration behind “HOMEWARD”:
“Homeward” During daylit hours there are strong bright colours . Orange is the last remaining colour of the day before night falls.. and it brings a fading landscape to life for a few minutes
I am best known for realistic watercolours. My art has been making a change in the last few years. Trying new techniques excites me and pushes me to new boundaries and ways to express myself. Painting intuitively brings out paintings I thought I would never do. It is about the process and enjoyment of creating art that I love. The flow of dripping wet paint and bold strokes….the changing of colours on paper using watercolours, painting wet on wet.
She is an administrator of the International Watercolour Society of South Africa and the founder of Country sketchers in Hermanus. Also a member of urban sketch groups in Cape Town and Stellenbosch.
“I was in awe of the magnificent flowers and breath-taking colours.” – Charmé Southey
The inspiration behind “Garden Glory”
The inspiration for ‘Garden Glory’ emanates from a recent spring visit to Elgin Open Gardens. I was in awe of the magnificent flowers and breath-taking colours.
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“If I create from the heart, nearly everything works,
if from the head, almost nothing.” – Marc Chagall
My distinctive, abstract style is the perfect expression of my spontaneous response to the world I see and experience every day. Each painting is full of energy and created with dynamic layers of colour. Just as in life, there is always more to discover if you pause to take a moment to look. My paintings are full of unexpected hints of what lies underneath, there’s a depth to discover.
I invite you to experience my paintings; to absorb what is seen, and to revel in the elicited response that I hope to stimulate.
Jane Barnes has always loved to explore different ways to depict the world around her. This passion led to formal Fine Art studies, where Jane realized that she did not want to draw from, only put down colour. Through a personal journey of trauma during her studies, she found her unique voice and her own contemporary, abstract style.
Jane has lived in both developed and developing countries around the world, and the distinct and rich cultural experiences had a profound influence on her art. While Jane drew inspiration from the landscapes and people, it is her intuition and connectivity to the people and landscapes around her that contribute to the depth of her paintings, and her choice of colours.
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” I want to draw the attention of the viewer to the beauty of flowers, on a larger scale than normal Nature is truly inspiring – and the Creator is truly the greatest artist of all.” – Anni Angus
I paint and draw anything that makes me smile, in any media. I am and always will be, simply put – an artist. Inspired by animals, children and nature, I focus on what inspires me – the innocence and purity of anything naturally beautiful in its simplest form, and that which gives us hope and virtue in this hectic world.
With my most recent oil painting, I tried to capture the essence of sunshine, of the sun and the colours thereof, of shadows, of light and dark and the many hues in between. Yellow is a “happy” colour…
Life is all about transformation, changing and coping with the challenges as we go along. We live our lives daily in this frantic, unpredictable world. We cannot stop the winds of change that forever lows. We can only cope by embracing it, accepting it, rising up to the challenge and coming out stronger. That’s what I feel is. And life is exactly like the stages of a flower, a flower that metamorphoses from a tiny bud, then bursts forth into a delicious aromatic spectre of strength and beauty, before ever so slowly wilting and fading away. Nature accepts change, and in turn, leaves behind a memory of beauty.
Artwork by Anni Angus from previous Bright Street Gallery exhibitions:
My name is Anni Angus. I’m usually a monochromatic artist who enjoys the technical side of drawing – that being pen and ink pointillism and graphite. But every alternate month or two I love to pick up my oil paints and paint again. I like to swing from one medium to another it challenges and teaches me. Life after all is a learning process.
When I paint though, I like to keep it simple. I like to keep a very minimalist choice of colours on my palette – that being mainly three colours, but never more than four. ln this case l get an overall softer effect when mixing them, and the colours seem to flow into each other and the whole picture seems to “blend” together and come together almost effortlessly.
For the summer colours exhibition, I chose to do two big floral works in oil of my favourite flower – peonies. I love the flowing movement that peonies seem to have, their intricate petals and the “delicateness” of it, I also want to draw the attention of the viewer to the beauty of flowers, on a larger scale than normal. Nature is truly inspiring – and the Creator is truly the greatest artist of all. I have called the one “Tranquillity”. By using only three colours I created various shades of green, grey and ochre. The shades of green grass, stormy clouds and sunlight. The tranquillity of sunlight shining through parting clouds after a rainy day. The other one, “Awakening” was painted on a black background with four colours. The colours of a sunset and a sunrise, a brilliant beautiful soft light that bursts forth into a new day, giving everyone hope.
We are truly blessed to live here in the Western Cape, one of the most beautiful in the world!
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Hanli is a well-known artist who received a BA in Fine Arts at the University of Stellenbosch in 1984; in the following year she completed a course in jewellery design and ten years later she completed a business degree at the Graduate School of Business at her alma mater, the University of Stellenbosch. Since 2013, Hanli has been exhibiting annually, including several exhibitions in Cape Town and its surroundings. Her work has travelled as far as Lamberts Bay and Port Elizabeth.
Currently, she is the owner and resident artist at the Pumpkin House Art Hub in Langebaan. Her inspiration comes from the ocean and swimming in open and cold-water conditions. These unchartered waters are the driving force behind Hanli’s art. She tunes into the rhythm of the sea and the movement within becomes an inexhaustible source of her genius.
Artwork from Hanli Theron displayed in previous Bright Street Gallery exhibitions:
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