I told you so!

I told you so!

Art is a funny thing... Or perhaps I should rather say, the way art appeals to different people in different ways is a funny thing. For example: I love all my artworks and adore creating them. BUT -- I don't have any of my own art displayed in our home. My mom lovingly refers to the art in our home as "quirky". I am under no illusion that it leans towards the dramatically odd side of the spectrum...!The closest I have ever come to keeping one of my own, original artworks is my quibbling Orange River white-eyes, I told you so!  There...

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The Serial Plant-killer

The Serial Plant-killer

I love plants. I really do. I love how they make a normal-old-day somehow feel friendlier. The fact that I have managed to kill countless plants in various ways might be slightly misleading then...Most have come and gone from a combination of sheer neglect and overenthusiastic devotion. One day they are gorgeous and thriving, and the next (okay, okay -- more like 42 days later) they are wilting and pathetic. My sincere shock and earnest guilt then lead to a showering of affection (and water) which in turn leads to their sad demise... Some, however, "cross over" without me having anything to do with...

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Letter to my eight-year-old self

Letter to my eight-year-old self

  Dear eight-year-old me,   You are smart. You are brave. You are strong. Smarter and braver and stronger than you can ever imagine. Don't sweat the small stuff. Ask yourself, "Is this really important?". If the answer is no, just let it go. People can be horrible to one another... But with kindness and empathy, you have the ability to reach over and through the insensitivity and misplaced anger of others to help to heal their suffering. Choose wisely who you spend your time with. Life is too short to waste your time on people who make you feel...

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A is for Aardvark

A is for Aardvark

  Although the concept of a uniquely South African Animal Alphabet is one that I have been mulling over for many years, it was only last year that I managed to gather-myself-towards-myself sufficiently enough finally create it. Sharing my deep-rooted passion for this country's extraordinary wildlife was an obvious driving force behind the project. My love for reading was another. In this 2018 article by Mail & Guardian, they refer to a study which tested reading comprehension of learners in their fourth year of primary schooling. The study found that 78% of South African pupils at this level could not read for meaning... The hope that my...

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The way back to your WHY

The way back to your WHY

  Recently, I created the above custom-order for a dear client using my South African Animal Alphabet letters. Seeing as it was such an unusual request, I was curious to find out more about the meaning behind the requested artwork. We spent some time talking about finding your own personal "Why" in life... Do you remember when you were little, and you went through your WHY-phase? We all had one. That magically annoying time when we questioned every single thing, every moment of every day. WHY? Because we were curious. Because we yearned for understanding. Because it felt good to ask....

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