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Collection by Marietjie Uys

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I am not really a portrait artists, but on occasion I do see something that inspires me. This is where I share it.

Marietjie Uys
 Soft pastel on paper. I was inspired to paint this woman by the proud way she carries herself and by her strong features. Add to that the colorfulness of her traditional garments and I was sold. African Art, Pastel, Portraits, Strong, Traditional, Inspired, Woman, Artist, Painting

Ndebele Woman. Soft pastel on A2 paper. I was inspired to paint this woman by the proud way she carries herself and by her strong features. Add to that the colorfulness of her traditional garments and I was sold.

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Product Test - Faber-Castell Watercolour Tubes

Last month I went to Hobby-X 2019 at the Ticket Dome in Johannesburg. I bought a number of fun things and some brand new and unfamiliar. But I also bought some more familiar products, among which was a set of watercolour tubes. This set was produced by Faber-Castell. I could hardly wait to get my hands into all of the new products, but first up were these wonderful watercolours. I decided to blog about this, as watercolours often get a bad rap for not being bright enough. I deliberately…

A Pretty Tourist: Connecting with people in Botswana through art Pretty, Artist, Pictures, Portraits, Painting, People, Blog, Photos, Artists

Painting A Two-Toned Portrait In Oils

When painting a portrait, I find it important to find a quality that sets it apart from the norm and makes it universally appealing, instead of being only appealing to the people familiar with the subject. When painting today's portrait, I managed to achieve this by creating tension between the subject and its surroundings. I also made sure to focus all of the attention on the single eye. Let me walk you through the steps of creating such a dramatic picture. I start my portrait on a square…

Paint a Sailor Girl in Acrylics Acrylics, Sailor, Arts And Crafts, Portraits, Pretty, Artist, Blog, Painting, Head Shots

Paint a Sailor Girl in Acrylics 2/2

In the previous blog I showed you how to paint a pouting sailor girl in acrylics. This is actually a set of two paintings I did for the sheer fun of it. In today's blog, I paint the second girl in the set of two. I started the painting on this rough circular background made of un-sanded planks. I drew the sailor in charcoal. I then painted gesso on all the parts that would be painted, leaving the rest of the canvas as is. I painted the hair a warm red. I added a neutral flesh. I painted the…

Paint a Sailor Girl in Acrylics Acrylics, Sailor, Arts And Crafts, Portraits, Christmas Ornaments, Holiday Decor, Pretty, Artist, Blog

Paint a Sailor Girl in Acrylics 1/2

I found two very cute pictures on Pinterest of pouting sailor girls. These two pictures appealed to me. I especially enjoyed how the artist had ignored all rules of proportion and simply accentuated the parts that appealed to her. I decided to paint my own two versions of these paintings, simply as a fun exercise in painting. In today's blog, I paint the first of the set of two. The paintings were to be done on two of these rough canvasses. I started by drawing the girls with charcoal. Then…

Having returned from a three week painting holiday, I had a small hill of washing that needed ironing. The magnitude of the task was enoug. Connection, Pretty, Artist, People, Pictures, Portraits, Painting, Life, Inspiration

Free Painting In Oils

It was time to put the brushes away after a lovely painting holiday in Botswana. All this time, I had been working from a single palette, simply putting new paint on top of old paint, and carrying on as I progressed from one painting to another. It seemed a shame to throw all of the lovely paint left over on the palette away. This was when it occurred to me that it was a brilliant excuse to do a free painting. In a free painting, all the leftover paint is used randomly on the canvas. The…

Biker Chick Interpretation Charcoal, pencil and watercolor on paper. A2 Size, Biker Chick, Charcoal, Pencil, Portraits, Watercolor, Paper, Frame, Artist

Biker Chick Interpretation 3. Charcoal, pencil and watercolor on paper. A2 size. R600 unframed. R1300 framed.

 Interpretation Charcoal and pastel on paper. I love the energy in this piece. A2 Size, Biker Chick, Charcoal, Pastel, Portraits, My Love, Artist, Painting, Inspiration

Biker Chick. Interpretation 2. Charcoal and pastel on paper. A2 size. I love the energy in this piece. R650 unframed. R1300 framed.

Biker Chick Interpretation Charcoal and watercolors on canvas paper. Watercolor Canvas, A4 Size, Canvas Paper, Biker Chick, Watercolors, Disney Characters, Fictional Characters, Charcoal, Portraits

Biker Chick Interpretation 1. Charcoal and watercolors on canvas paper. A4 size. R250 unframed. R850 framed.

Charcoal and pastel on paper. Love song for Christ. Done from a photo a friend posted. Love Songs, Christ, Charcoal, Pastel, Portraits, Painting, Inspiration, Art, Biblical Inspiration

Charcoal and pastel on paper. Love song for Christ. Done from a photo a friend posted. R700 unframed. R1300 framed.

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Charcoal on paper. A2 size. Great explorer. R400 unframed. R1000 framed.

Charcoal on paper. I wanted to capture the idea of universal sadness. We can hide many things from the world, but sometimes our grief runs so deep that its evidence becomes undeniable. A2 Size, Sadness, Grief, Charcoal, Portraits, Deep, Paper, Hair Styles, Artist

Charcoal on paper. A2 size. I wanted to capture the idea of universal sadness. We can hide many things from the world, but sometimes our grief runs so deep that its evidence becomes undeniable. R600 unframed. R1300 framed.

Colored Pencils on paper. I captured my little niece on camera trying to drink water from the dripping tap in the garden and then sat down to draw this enchanting scene. A3 Size, Drinking Water, Colored Pencils, Scene, Portraits, Drawings, Garden, Artist, Painting

Colored Pencils on paper. A3 size. I captured my little niece on camera trying to drink water from the dripping tap in the garden and then sat down to draw this enchanting scene. R300 unframed.

Pastel on sandpaper. I was enchanted by the play of light and shadow on this woman's face. It reminded me of how we can all see the beauty of the Ndebele as reflected in the colors of their costume, and yet they remain aloof and secluded from most of us. Vibrant Colors, Colours, South African Artists, Sandpaper, Light And Shadow, Woman Face, Enchanted, Reflection, Pastel

Pastel on sandpaper. I was enchanted by the play of light and shadow on this woman's face. It reminded me of how we can all see the beauty of the Ndebele as reflected in the colors of their costume, and yet they remain aloof and secluded from most of us.

Miekie – A Pretty Talent Vibrant Colors, Colours, South African Artists, Sandpaper, Drawings, Soft Pastels, Creative, Pretty, Woman

Pastel on sandpaper. The strength in the features of the Ndebele women is inspiring to me as an artist. I try to capture the pride in their posture and somehow give the viewer some slight insight into the complexities of being a modern woman caught in the costume of an aged culture.

Miekie – A Pretty Talent Vibrant Colors, Colours, South African Artists, Sandpaper, Drawings, Soft Pastels, Creative, Pretty, Pictures

This lady is from my Ndebele range. She is done with soft pastels on sandpaper. The sandpaper holds the pastel particles better and allows for more freedom in drawing since you don't have to overwork your picture to get the vibrant colors that seem to simply pop off the page.