Monday, December 24, 2012

The Fruits of Christmas need not only be of the kind that fills the tummy but those that fills the Spirit and Soul. This year I had the 9 names of these fruits made up and beaded . I then placed them onto a chosen fabric, photographed it and had Christmas cards made. I'll also use the theme for my stationary next year.

To those that follow my blog and those that have supported me throughout the year I would like to thank you and wish you and your family's all of the fruits of the Spirit , that you will be blessed with much love, joy peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control in leading a life rich with the things that make you all shine.

With much blessings


Friday, December 14, 2012

Travel with me...

 One of the strengths of an artist lies inside the rucksack that s/he takes with them when they about to embark on a journey. Albeit , since every day is such an adventure , one should carry a sketchbook everywhere.

As the festival season draws near and folk have renewed hopes in the upcoming holiday, I decided to pause a little and look at what goes inside my little rucksack.

Whenever I travel I find myself starting off with good drawing pens on smooth thick (300gram) paper .
Watercolours are a favourite and also charcoals sticks give a quick result to capture the essence of my experience.

Sometimes I carry everything whilst other times I select items to make my bag lighter on longer walks... now let us have a look...

I change my watercolour pans depending on where I am going to. Here, a safe range includes: Cadmium yellow, white, Cadmium red, Alizarin Red, Ultramarine Blue, Pthalo Blue, Sap and Viridian green, Yellow Ochre, Burn't Sienna, Burn't Umber and Raw Umber.

Sable brushes are great to use...
Small smooth paper is best for time constraints.
Ensure this is thick to prevent warping...

Black card found in most art supply shops is
good to use when one wants to capture just the light on objects or people being portrayed.
Usually these come in booklet form.

Sketchbooks are multiple in book and art stores.
Be aware of the thickness and weight of them.

I always keep a little leather bound clean page sketchbook come notebook come journal in my handbag for referencing, doodling and sketching.
My favourite to write and sketch with lately is a brown fine liner pen found in multiple colour pen kits.

 Pencils, Charcoal sticks, White chalk pencils, Graphite sticks in various densities of hard, medium and soft are all good tools in which to play and use to capture your experiences.

And a variety of pencils, pitt pastel pencils in oil and chalk get placed into my little black box.
A variety of ink pens from .2 , to .8 is a must!
Brush pens are also great to play with on tours and travel.

And finally, a good camera is very useful for referencing and working up images once back in the studio. Needn't be big of course, but be able to take clear images.

.......let's go.....

Thursday, December 6, 2012


Most recently I have frequented artistic events that have not made use of a paintbrush but a pen and typeface as mode of choice to execute one's creativity. My mother launched her new novel called UNDER A SWIRLING SON  by Victoria Pereira.

Based on mémoirs, this novel is a wry fictional account of Margarida’s life, which highlights the struggle for love and freedom, the mystery of synchronicity and the breaking of psychic boundaries. It also zooms into an extraordinary solar phenomenon, seen by thousands, which took place in 1917.
What are the consequences if we don’t pay attention to the extraordinary?
Most recently I have frequented artistic events that have not made use of a paintbrush but a pen and typeface as mode of choice to execute one's creativity.

My mother’s debut novel, UNDER A SWIRLING SON   was launched on the 28th by Adams Bookshop and Reach Publishers. Cedric Sessing, of Adams Bookshop  made use of the local Portuguese church, San Jose on Argyle Road, Durban, to promote this event as being now the Christmas season, it could not be done at their Musgrave Branch. Quite appropriate, as this church is part of the author’s community with whom she has been actively involved for perhaps two decades. Indeed, amongst the crowd was the Portuguese Honorarium Consul in Durban, Mr Elias Sousa and his wife Julia. He ended the speeches by thanking Victoria in name of the Portuguese, for her achievements.

This book can be purchased via and soon will be on e. kindle.

One of the invited guests expressed her admiration towards my mother and I acknowledged that. Indeed, I recall many a letter or assignment written during my school years that underwent intense scrutiny before being handed in. For someone who speaks with a strong portuguese accent and came from Mozambique only in her 40’s , my mother has a great command of the English language. Victoria has run creative writing workshops and two of her poems were selected by the Speech and Drama Association of South Africa for the National Syllabus 2011-2013. Recently, she was the invited Guest Poet at the Live Poets’ Society, headed by Danny Naicker and Brett Beilles. Another great evening, with poetry being read, savoured and appreciated by many, within the inspiring atmosphere of the Point Yacht Club where the group meet on a monthly basis. Some of the readers were Danny, Brett and Hannah Lurie .

At that Live Poets Society meeting, I met and  bought a book  by an interesting young author and public speaker called Daniel Alexander. His book is on parenting and education from a young man’s point of view. ‘Through the Crimson Mirror’ offers some very valuable insights in a humanly honest way. What I just love is his summary after every chapter which is fantastic for anyone like me, who reads with a pen and paper beside, in order to make notes and highlights.  He has done an apt review of Victoria’ s book and introduced her with confidence at the book launch of her debut novel ‘Under A Swirling Sun’. Daniel Alexander is passionate about writing and promoting local authors, which he says can be as good as any other well-know writers overseas, we must learn to break our inhibitions. He is the founder of the Durban Authors Association, co-ordinating meetings and doing presentations at libraries to promote not only his books but others’ as well. He is available to give talks at book clubs and libraries and chat about youth and related issues