A triptych of purple arums

The purple-black arum lilies I bought from Dunkeld three weeks ago are still going, so I used the opportunity to paint a third today. Together with the first two, these form an unplanned triptych. The colours – black to purple to maroon – are wonderful to work with.

Lipstick paintings of purple arum lilies

 



 



 

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Purple Arum

Lipstick painting of arum lily

Arum lily painted in lipstick

Earlier today I spotted some unusual arum lilies at one of Johannesburg’s best-known fruit and flower shops, and thought I’d tackle them with lipstick. The finished work reminds me a little of the paintings of Georgia O’Keeffe.

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Sounds of the city

Another painting in my series for the Pulse of the City campaign, this time with a touch of humour. All the words in the painting refer to sounds you can hear in Joburg, from hadedas, to taxis, to barking dogs.

Sounds of Joburg

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Lipstick onion

Red onion, 2010

I painted this red onion in around March 2010 and it remains one of my favourites. Another example of a painting that turned out better than I expected it to.

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What is the mood of the city today?

This is my latest work for the Pulse of the City campaign to launch the Range Rover Evoque. In it I am trying to evoke the mood of the city, its coiling energy and brooding undercurrents. All of the writing on the work describes mood words such as “Angry’, “Tense’, “Optimistic” and so on.

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Two versions of the same rose

Last weekend I painted two versions of a dying rose. I had managed to find a fabulous dark brownish purple on sale at Clicks and I made plenty of use of it in these two works – so much so that I made a special trip to Clicks this week to get more.

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Medusa

Medusa I

This is a piece I tackled today. All week I have been doodling designs for it and it seems to be a subject I need to get out of my system. The title is a reference to the myth of Medusa, who was transformed into a hideous monster with hair of snakes by the goddess Athena. Medusa desecrated one of Athena’s temples with Poseidon, hence the punishment (Athena was a bit of a bunnyboiler, it has to be said). After her head was cut off, Pegasus sprang forth from her belly. There are plenty of visual puns and other references here (vipers, serpents and so on) but I also like this from a simple design point of view. Hopefully the viewer will be able to appreciate this both as a design and for the layers of meaning embedded within it.

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