Plein Air Landscape Oil Paintings and Drawings

These are paintings I created in the open field (en plein air) of my local area. I carried my homemade, portable easel and canvas to the site, or painted on board with it lying on my lap or propped against the steering wheel of my car.
Waterfall and Willows - Oil on Canvas. 100 x 75 cm. I often walked along the Grootboskloof River near my home. This waterfall and the Willow trees are gone now, so I'm glad that I captured it when I did. The river became quite full in winter due to our winter rainfall in the Cape. The trees are barren and stark against the winter sky. A Pied Kingfisher and a Martin inhabit the quiet scene. There is only the sound of tumbling water.

Waterfall and Willows

Waterfall and Willows - Oil on Canvas. 100 x 75 cm. I often walked along the Grootboskloof River near my home. This waterfall and the Willow trees are gone now, so I'm glad that I captured it when I did. The river became quite full in winter due to our winter rainfall in the Cape. The trees are barren and stark against the winter sky. A Pied Kingfisher and a Martin inhabit the quiet scene. There is only the sound of tumbling water.

Vlakkenberg Forest - Oil on Canvas. 58 x 88 cm. A Forest Buzzard flies through the trees in Vlakkenberg Forest in the Constantia Valley near my home. It flew over my head as I was painting there. Big granite boulders and fallen oak trees lie in the cool forest.

Vlakkenberg Forest

Vlakkenberg Forest - Oil on Canvas. 58 x 88 cm. A Forest Buzzard flies through the trees in Vlakkenberg Forest in the Constantia Valley near my home. It flew over my head as I was painting there. Big granite boulders and fallen oak trees lie in the cool forest.

Vineyard of Young Petit Verdot - graphite on paper. 210 x 290 mm. This is a drawing I did while sitting under an oak tree one cool and misty day during my lunch break when I worked on Groot Constantia wine farm. I loved the perspective of the view and the romantic feeling of the old gnarled oak trees set beside the young vineyard. The trees reminded me of a Casper Friedrich painting.

Vineyard of Young Petit Verdot

Vineyard of Young Petit Verdot - graphite on paper. 210 x 290 mm. This is a drawing I did while sitting under an oak tree one cool and misty day during my lunch break when I worked on Groot Constantia wine farm. I loved the perspective of the view and the romantic feeling of the old gnarled oak trees set beside the young vineyard. The trees reminded me of a Casper Friedrich painting.

View of Klein Constantia and Pied Crows - Oil on Canvas. 52 x 73 cm. Pied Crows playfully swoop over the Constantia Valley above the Klein Constantia vineyards. I painted this on warm Autumn days, trekking a few times up to the top of the hill with my easel while the vineyards changed colour and the wind carried the scent of the sea.

View of Klein Constantia and Pied Crows

View of Klein Constantia and Pied Crows - Oil on Canvas. 52 x 73 cm. Pied Crows playfully swoop over the Constantia Valley above the Klein Constantia vineyards. I painted this on warm Autumn days, trekking a few times up to the top of the hill with my easel while the vineyards changed colour and the wind carried the scent of the sea.

View of Klein Constantia - Oil on Canvas. 79 x 60 cm.  Looking at the Klein Constantia Manor House through large Eucalyptus trees while an African Black Sparrowhawk flies across. Napoleon Bonaparte drank the wines made on this farm. I painted this view sitting on a slope. This was before the pine forests on the mountain were destroyed by a massive fire in 2015.

View of Klein Constantia

View of Klein Constantia - Oil on Canvas. 79 x 60 cm. Looking at the Klein Constantia Manor House through large Eucalyptus trees while an African Black Sparrowhawk flies across. Napoleon Bonaparte drank the wines made on this farm. I painted this view sitting on a slope. This was before the pine forests on the mountain were destroyed by a massive fire in 2015.

View of Groot Constantia - Oil on Canvas. 90 x 70 x 3 cm. A view of the vineyards on Groot Constantia looking towards the Manor House (1685)  and the mountains over the Constantia Valley. This was a common view I had while walking to work. Cape Turtle doves in their characteristic swift scattering fill the sky.

View of Groot Constantia

View of Groot Constantia - Oil on Canvas. 90 x 70 x 3 cm. A view of the vineyards on Groot Constantia looking towards the Manor House (1685) and the mountains over the Constantia Valley. This was a common view I had while walking to work. Cape Turtle doves in their characteristic swift scattering fill the sky.

Uitsig Vlei - Oil on Canvas. 405 x 305 mm. The vlei on Constantia Uitsig wine farm looking upriver to Buitenverwachting and the mountains. Many waterbirds and weavers make their homes here. I love the waterlilies. I painted this on the bank while mosquitoes had a go at me.

Uitsig Vlei

Uitsig Vlei - Oil on Canvas. 405 x 305 mm. The vlei on Constantia Uitsig wine farm looking upriver to Buitenverwachting and the mountains. Many waterbirds and weavers make their homes here. I love the waterlilies. I painted this on the bank while mosquitoes had a go at me.

Spring in the Garden - Oil on Canvas. 97 x 66 cm. This is where I've lived for many years in Constantia,Cape Town. The garden is always lush with beautiful plants and flowers throughout the year. A huge number of bird species frequented the area. Ashes, the grey cat from next door, usually spent the sunny mornings with me, until she would hear a shrew rustling in the grass. Then she'd be off on the prowl.

Spring in the Garden

Spring in the Garden - Oil on Canvas. 97 x 66 cm. This is where I've lived for many years in Constantia,Cape Town. The garden is always lush with beautiful plants and flowers throughout the year. A huge number of bird species frequented the area. Ashes, the grey cat from next door, usually spent the sunny mornings with me, until she would hear a shrew rustling in the grass. Then she'd be off on the prowl.

Uitsig Paddocks (plein air study) - Oil on Board. 40 x 50 cm. This was a study I did from my car with the board against the steering wheel for a larger painting in the studio. It is a view looking over at the paddocks from Buitenverwachting wine farm. A Cape Wagtail walks along the wooden fence.

Uitsig Paddocks (plein air study)

Uitsig Paddocks (plein air study) - Oil on Board. 40 x 50 cm. This was a study I did from my car with the board against the steering wheel for a larger painting in the studio. It is a view looking over at the paddocks from Buitenverwachting wine farm. A Cape Wagtail walks along the wooden fence.

Uitsig Paddocks (charcoal study) - Charcoal and ochre on paper. 175 x 245 mm.  I often take walks between the wine farms with my sketchpad. This was a nice view looking across the valley of Constantia Uitsig. I did an oil painting of this view afterwards.

Uitsig Paddocks (charcoal study)

Uitsig Paddocks (charcoal study) - Charcoal and ochre on paper. 175 x 245 mm. I often take walks between the wine farms with my sketchpad. This was a nice view looking across the valley of Constantia Uitsig. I did an oil painting of this view afterwards.

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