Wednesday, 31 August 2016
On going through Pierneef images over and over again all I could see were trees and more trees. I must admit his clouds were the one aspect that I thought were really eye-catching. To digress, four of us went off to spend a week in Clarens a really small, very arty village right on the border of Lesotho where they were holding a mini-quilt festival. They have no large supermarkets, no banks, mainly art galleries and restaurants - an artists paradise. While we were there we took a short road trip through the Golden Gate National Park and took a lot of photographs of the very different and beautiful mountain scenery. On returning home I found this piece that Pierneef painted and decided there and then I was not going to do trees, but actually found that amongst the photographs I had taken the mountains were very similar to this piece of his work. I tried to find out where he had painted this piece or what it was called but was not able to establish either so this is the piece I was inspired by below. I did not use his colours but used the colours that are in my photographs, as somehow these seem more realistic/appealing.