Last weekend, through the generosity of a very good friend of ours we were fortunate enough to have been able to spend time at Oakland's Polo and Country Club near Van Reenen in the Freestate. This was made possible by Tess’ good friend Lisa who introduced us to this wonderful place and covered the costs of our accommodation. This was done with a view to helping us get established as artists by introducing us to Oakland's with its wonderful people, beautiful vistas and endless source material for artists like ourselves. Anyone who knows Lisa would appreciate that she has an eye for a good thing and has made a career out of spotting and developing talented enterprising people so we feel honored that she has taken the time and effort to do this for us.
The action and drama of the Polo is something that I'm particularly looking forward to capturing in my drawings. I’m also looking forward to drawing some of the smaller things like the groomsman’s hands plaiting the horse tail and of course there’s also the aforementioned pig and donkey that just can’t be left out. The great news is that Tess is already working on a commission for one of the British families who were visiting Oaklands at the time. Their 2 sons will be the subject of the commission.
So I look forward to the next couple of months of work and our intention is to produce a body of work which is representative of not only Oakland's, but the rural South African lifestyle in general. The attached photograph gives just a sample of some of the source material which will be converted into full-scale works of art over the next month or two.
Exciting! Thank you Lisa. You won't be disappointed.