Oil Portrait – Dion Raath

August 31, 2009

When Dion and I were dating for a while, we played around with a Minolta camera, having fun with working with the shadows and sitting in a spotlight.  Dion decided to paint an oil portrait from one of the best photo’s of us together and this now proudly hangs on my wall.

Oil Portrait


Charcoal drawing of a very interesting shop owner – George

August 18, 2009

I promised to upload a drawing that Dion did of an adult man to see the contrast of the innocense of a child versus the wisdom of life in an adult male. There is a lot going on behind those eyes.  What kind of a life has George had? Easy, difficult, sad, happy? Mixtures of all?  When Dion approached George with the intention of wanting to draw his beautiful daughter, he opted to rather have a portrait of himself. This has fascinated me for years. Why did he want one of himself, and not his daughter? Selfish? Pompous? I like to think that perhaps he wanted to leave a legacy for his daughter.. knowing that she would appreciate a portrait of her daddy to keep with her forever, than a mirror image of herself…

The portrait of a man


Commissioned Charcoal Drawing of a Child

August 13, 2009

There is something really special about children, especially their young eyes.  An innocent light behind the eyes, full of joy, expection, hope and excitement.  In my next post, I’ll put up a portrait that Dion did of an adult man.  Look carefully at the difference. In this first portrait that Dion did of Kent, he captures the lightness & joy of childhood innocence.  Watch the difference behind the eyes of the adult, wisdom, life challenges, trials, times of joy & laughter, sadness and tears.  Will be posting the adult portrait soon, please come back to see, or click on the RSS feed to keep up to date with new entries.

Charcoal Portrait of a Child


Aged to Perfection – Charcoal Drawing of an African Elephant

July 13, 2009

Dion says: “This elephant was a fantastic challenge especially working in every wrinkle on his trunk. The medium I prefer using is an extemely sharp charcoal pencil, which gets the effect of the surealism desired. I do not smudge, the whole picture is made up of seperate strokes, line by line. I love to create light among the shadows.”

Charcoal drawing of an African Elephant

Charcoal drawing of an African Elephant


Charcoal Drawing of Child

July 10, 2009

Delightful! Dion does take all the photo’s and you should see how many he needs to take to get the one perfect shot. Children are wonderful, they really keep us entertained, especially in photo shoots!

Portrait artwork, charcoal drawing

Portrait artwork, charcoal drawing


The Wise One – Charcoal Drawing

July 9, 2009

A beautiful dominant animal. An African Elephant. I think our elephants are gorgeous, with their huge ears and massive tusks. One of Dion’s trademarks is playing with circles place playfully here and there.

Charcoal Drawing of an African Elephant

Charcoal Drawing of an African Elephant


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