The best pencils ever made

 

Surrounded by all my artworks in the studio I had.

                Surrounded by all my artworks in the studio I had in Mossel Bay.

As I am busy with a pencil painting, very much like this little one here, I decided to do a blog post about all (or some of) the pencil artworks I did.

My first pencil artwork:

This is where the first pencil started, almost 4 years ago, a miniature little painting for an art exhibition at Longstreet Art Lovers Gallery   in Waterkloof Pretoria. 

Miniature painting of broken pencil

                           Miniature painting of broken pencil

I go through phases where I get caught up in a specific theme and it seems impossible to get away from that theme, it is like there are images bundled up in me and I cannot stop before each one of them are “exposed”.  As sudden as a theme emerges, it seems to disappear, I am drained from them and I have to move on.

From time to time I might visit such an image again but there are just too many themes and images in my head, impatiently waiting to be explored, therefore I cannot stick with anything for too long. 

The Pencil as Conversation Piece 

A pencil as a conversation piece.

                         A pencil as conversation piece.

This is my first 3D pencil I made with the help of  Willi, and it was bought by a “girl with go”.  

Lynette has a very successful marketing company in Mosselbay,  Grindstone Advertising Agency  and as her approach to business is very playful, bold and striking, this pencil was the perfect conversation piece for her office! 

“Draw the Line” Exhibition 

Pencils pencils - "Draw the line" exhibition

“Draw the line” exhibition with art teacher, Darrel Otto, and my daughter and her friends. 

 

Learners At Punt Highschool in Mossel Bay.

     Learners At Punt Highschool in Mossel Bay.

The  “Draw the Line”  art exhibition inspired me to go big with the pencil theme, and the pencils kept on growing more and bigger by the day. This was great fun!!! 

Would love to do an exhibition like that again… 

Helping Hands:

Luckily I had capable friends while I had my gallery in Mossel Bay.  Dawie Horn , the good hearted man, was always just a call away.  Dawie did some of my pencils and helped with assembling and sourcing everything else.

 I was not allowed to have signage boards on the outside of my gallery as it was in a historic building and Dawie made me a giant pencil just to have something on the outside to catch the eye.   The Searles Manor  building was build in 1902 and is a magic space and ideal for an art studio, in this studio, my art expanded!! 

A giant pencil in front of my gallery I had in Mossel Bay

              A giant pencil in front of my gallery I had in Mossel Bay

 

Dawie hard at work, making huge pencils for me.

          Dawie hard at work, making huge pencils for me.

Willi is an artist as much as a handy-man and was able to help with all shapes and sizes. 

Willi, my Mossel Bay friend who used to make my shaped pencils for me.

Willi, my Mossel Bay friend who used to make my shaped pencils for me.

And here is the outcome of the two pencils towering above  Willi .    These two pencils were commissioned by a client. 

Huge wooden decor pencils

                      Huge painted wooden decor pencils

 

Pencils big and small, red and black, colorful, round and flat, I made them all...

                      Pencils big and small, red and black, colorful, round and flat….we made them all

Story- Pencils 

Painted pencils as decor item.

                                                   Painted pencils as decor items.

I ended up painting stories on flat wooden pencils and got commissions from clients to do symbolic paintings, depicting their stories in these paintings. 

Last but not least…my girly pencil, I did a few of them and she is saying now:  “Fluit- Fluit, my storie is uit.” (Which means, this is the end of my story…) 

 

Funky girly pencil and a white dove.

        Funky girly pencil and a white dove.

“In spite of everything I shall rise again: I will take up my pencil, which I have forsaken in my great discouragement, and I will go on with my drawing.”  Vincent van Gogh   

 

 

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