I went to the sea

This is the last of the fish paintings and I thought I’d share the fado music that came to mind when I was painting

Fui ao mar buscar sardinhas

I went to the sea to fetch sardines

To give to my love

I got lost by the little windows

That lurked by the steam


Peeking out of the steam

I saw the face of a Frenchman

And which ever way it goes

I am going to sea again….

….a continuation of my previous post Little Fish

Little fish

There is a song that I remember from our famous fado singer Amalia Rodrigues that is called I went to the sea to fetch sardines…

And so it kind of goes with the theme of my last paintings. The inspiration did not come form the song but from a meal I had at a restaurant recently where I saw something very similar.

My sister also started sending me pics from her Pinterest board. She has this fascination for all fish crafts.  – – Correction: All crafts. Not just fish shaped ones 🙂

And actually, this reminds me of one of her recent trips where she bought herself two or three clay sardines, hand painted in the beautiful blues of the azulejos that is so typical of Portugal, and somehow her boys decided that’s the one thing they’d play with….and of course they broke them! She was devastated and furious!

Anyway I do love the little fish shapes and not very different from my sister I’m also crazy about every kind of Portuguese craft made of clay. And the fish paintings are just as famous, I found a lot of inspiration online and have made up my own paintings for Christmas gifts.


The black sardines are painted Galo de Barcelos style. The blue sardines are painted in azulejo colors and styles. When I look at them one thing comes to mind – Portugal.

A bit of fun and nostalgia feeling for the year end xoxo


Birds eye view





A lover of the sea

The perfect word to describe me, someone who loves the sea or ocean ♥

City of Gold

Cry, The Beloved Country – by Alan Paton is a book we all read when we were littlies at school. I don’t remember the whole story I remember that Reverend Khumalo has to make a trip to Johannesburg and this is such a huge task, travelling to the big city. The whole story revolves around this city.

It’s my city, this is has been home since 1975….

I saw a beautiful photo taken by a photographer friend, captured in winter, from quite a distance. So beautifully captured, and he gave me permission to paint from his photo.

I loved painting this, the winter grass is painted over gold leaf and this gives the painting such a beautiful shine.

Painting this gave me a yearning desire to read my old school book again and to see Johannesburg through Reverend Khumalo’s eyes. I need to find an old copy of the book somewhere.

I love this painting ♥

All roads lead to Johannesburg

Stick Dinosaurs

Power lines are a bit like stick dinosaurs, don’t you think? I don’t know why I like them, what is it that attracts me, I just know I do like them, a lot!  When we take long drives I always admire the scenery and the elegant looking stick dinosaurs.

I think photographers like them too, it is so easy to find beautiful landscape and sunset photos with one or two power lines dominating the composition of the photo.

Who would think that something that can ruin a perfect landscape composition, or something ugly could be made to look beautiful. We might prefer they were not there….but they do offer a beautiful symmetry in our vast landscapes and I always take a few pics.

This was painted from one of my cell phone photos – a trip down to Cape Town with my boy ♥