Now is a good time to book your painting holiday in November to incorporate a spot of Star Gazing and painting, as in the southern hemisphere, November is a great month to lie back on a mountain slope, or on a sand dune still warm from the days sun and do a spot of star gazing. Here you can watch the antics of wonderfully named comets such as Encke and Tempel-Tuttle whose orbits pop through our earth’s orbit making it possible for us to see fantastic meteor showers producing spectacular shooting stars.
Every year around November 17, plus or minus a week the displays from these comets are truly spectacular with thousands of ‘shooting stars’ flashing across the sky every hour. They are said to be linked to the formation of Stonehenge and the Star of Bethlehem.
When you join our South African Painting Holidays at one of our Berg, Bush or Beach lodges far away from the light pollution of the cities, you will see the night skies in all their glory, like nothing you will have experienced in Europe or much of the USA… so treat yourself to a luxury painting holiday you will never forget and enjoy natures own firework display in Africa this year.
Still on a light note (pun intended ;))
Here is my favourite BUMPER STICKER for artists..
“2b or not 2b”
From the artist network forum
Here is a snippet from a conversation I had with Gill regarding perspective. Gill said that fundamentally perspective relates to the eye level or horizon line of the viewer, parallel to the ground plane. This therefore varies according to our personal height above the ground. When sketching landscapes most often the actual horizon is obscured by hills or other objects so the artist must begin by establishing the horizon in the minds eye, simply by locating it
at eye level.
When this is established it is easy to determine where objects such as buildings fit into the composition in relation to the horizon line.
Perspective relates to the angles of lines which appear to converge in the distance i.e. The vanishing point The parallel lines may be building lines or a line of trees or simply the road which apparently vanishes in the distance.
Buildings, trees and other objects become smaller and closer as they recede. They also apparently meet at the eye level mark. Buildings may also be viewed from a two or three point perspective, this occurs when viewing a building from the corner, you have two angles “moving” away from your eye. You now have a vanishing point on either side of the building. It can also happen that you have both or either of the vanishing points falling off the edge of the paper. When sketching windows and doors remember that the tops of the doors or windows may be angled slightly differently to that of the roof as the window is lower than the edge of the roof.
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Tip 2 Remember
All heads are at eye level
The tops of doors and roof lines go down to eye
When placing people in a painting
The bottoms of doors and pavements go up to eye
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Facts courtesy of KZN Wildlife Rhino Club
The Drakensberg Mountains, meaning “Dragon’s Mountain” in Afrikaans and called uKhahlamba, “barrier of spears” in isiZulu, are the highest mountains in Southern Africa, rising up to 3,482 m (11,422 ft) in height. Geologically, they are formed from basalt and sandstone resulting in a combination of steep-sided blocks and pinnacles. The sandstone layer was deposited as the remnants of a gigantic sea that occupied much of what is now Southern Africa some 500 Million years ago. The Basaltic layer which overlies this was deposited about 220 Million years ago in what many geologists think was the largest volcanic eruption in the history of the world linked with the splitting of the tectonic plates of Africa and South America.
In these mountains we often find fossilised sea shells and wonder how they could be here when we are so far above the sea. Even more curious are dinosaur footprints on the roof of a cave at Giant`s Castle! These footprints were left in the silt of the ancient sea. The Drakensberg is one of only two mountain ranges (along with the Simian Mountains of Ethiopia) to have been formed in this geological way, which accounts for its extraordinarily distinctive formations and colours. The landscape is dominated by extremely steep cliffs, some of them amongst the most impressive cliff faces on earth, such as the Amphitheatre Caves and overhangs are frequent in the more easily eroded sandstone It is here in the caves and on rock faces that the ‘First People’, the San Bushmen, lived and where they painted their view of life in these mountains.
You can come with me to see these extraordinary paintings and paint a few of your own in this amazing part of the world, while enjoying a South African Painting Holiday
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I woke up to some long awaited rain this morning but with a definite bite in the air. then I found out why, THERE’S SNOW IN KZN.
Here is the report from the East Coast Radio News Blog
KwaZulu-Natalians in the Drakensberg and Midlands have woken up to a winter wonderland this morning. Check out some of the photos we’ve received… There’s been heavy snowfall overnight, and it was still falling this morning. Areas that have received snow, include Underberg, Nottingham Road, Balgowan and other parts of the Midlands and ‘Berg. Kokstad, Matatiele, Cedarville and the Swatberg areas have also been dressed in a white blanket. If you’re travelling towards Kokstad, the Transport Department’s urging motorists to be very careful as there’s heavy snowfall there. Below, some photos courtesy of the Pile-Inn B&B, Underberg.
You see, we can offer you absollutely everything in this province of ours.
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In South Africa, Arbor Day was first celebrated in 1983. The event captured the imagination of people who recognized the need for raising awareness of the value of trees in our society.
Trees play a vital role in the health and well-being of our communities as a source of building material, food, medicine, and simple scenic beauty. Collective enthusiasm inspired the government to extend the celebration of Arbor Day to National Arbor Week. So every year from 1 to 7 September schools, businesses and organizations are encouraged to participate in community “greening” events.
2008 TREES OF THE YEAR
The Wild Plum is the common “tree of the year”. It is an attractive garden tree good for attracting birds and butterflies into the garden. The tasty plum-like fruits are enjoyed by , monkeys amongst other animals, birds and people who often use them for making jams and jellies. With their sour taste, they also make a good rosé wine.
The bark is a popular traditional medicine. It is used to treat acne and eczema, and is usually applied in the form of facial saunas and skin washes. Powdered burnt bark is used to treat sprains and bone fractures. Bark is also used for dyeing, and it gives a mauve or pink color.
One of the rare trees of the year is the Bladdernut. The berries are enclosed in inflated papery structures that give this tree its common name of Bladdernut. The berries attract fruit eating birds.
Just a couple of the different trees you can see if you visit South Africa. Come on a painting holiday and you can cheerfully sketch or paint the trees while sitting out in the bush plein air! Wonderful!
Sources: KZN Wildlife Rhino Club
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