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The Oak Tree

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The Oak Tree is one straight from the heart. A good friend of mine was visiting me for a few days and we were talking about inspiration and being creative, tapping into that energy that comes from somewhere else that we try to find everyday but only get to taste on those few lucky days and then only for long enough to keep us showing up at the easel day after day hoping to hold onto that inspiration that seems to create beautiful things almost outside of us, as if it uses us only as a tool. We were so fired up just by talking about it that we decided to go out and paint anything we could find. I had always admired the Oak tree in the garden and happened to have a massive canvas that had a painting on it that I didn’t particularly care for so I dragged my easel and paints out into the garden and placed myself completely under the tree so that I was surrounded by it. I allowed the tree to show me how to look at it, painting the parts that my eyes were attracted to, I squeezed out huge amounts of paint and every time the though of cost came to my head I would say creativity is worth more than anything and I would squeeze out more. I was not trying to get a likeness of the shape of the tree, standing from a distance to see that I had put the branches in all the right places, instead I was trying to paint the way the tree made me feel when I looked at it and it filled me with joy and excitement and I still feel that way every time I look at it. It reminds me to keep searching.

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Limited Edition Prints

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I am pleased to announce the launch of 5 limited edition Fine Art prints from my ‘Hunter Gatherer, faces of the khoisan‘ series, it is a small edition of only 25 prints per image. Each image is signed and printed on the highest quality 310g archival watercolor textured paper. The size of the prints of the woman are 440mm X590mm (excluding boarder) and the prints of the men are 355mm X590mm (excluding boarder).  After intensive research and testing and with the expert help of fine art photographer Peter Corbett in Hout Bay we managed to get the closest possible color match to the original paintings and I am truly pleased with the results.

 I am selling each print for only R2 700.00 (excluding postage) they come rolled in their own labeled cylinder for easy transport.

Please contact Lynne-Marie Eatwell for further details.

Banner at the Gate

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 It is almost time for the Annual Summer Exhibition at the Eatwell Studio in Noordhoek, the entrance is on Noordhoek Main Rd just opposite the ‘Noordhoek Farm Village’. There will be all new work filling the walls of the studio as well as the main house, cheese and wine and many good conversations to be had. We look forward to seeing you there.

Hunter Gatherer, Faces of the Khoisan Exhibiting at the Orient Boutique Hotel, Pretoria

FACES OF THE KHOISAN

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 The latest collection of paintings by Lynne-Marie Eatwell, ‘Hunter Gatherer, Faces of the Khoisan’ is currently on exhibition at the ‘Orient Boutique Hotel‘, just outside of pretoria. The Orient is also home to the famous ‘Restaurant Mosaic‘ The exhibition consists of portraits of ‘Khoisan’ people from north-eastern Namibia based of Lynne’s time spent with the communities there.  The exhibition will be running until November, you can make an appointment for viewing at 012 371 2902 or e-mail on the Orient web-site.

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Hunter Gatherer, Faces of the Khoisan

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Anyone who might have noticed that there has been very little change to my ‘Current Work’ folder over the past few months might be mistaken in thinking that I have not been working, to the contrary I haven’t worked this hard in a long time. For the past year and a half I have been focused on a collection of portrait paintings of Khoisan people from north eastern Namibia. I still have a few pieces to complete before the work goes on exhibition at The Orient BoutiqueHotel, near Pretoria on 9 August 2014. If you would like to read more about my experience camping with the ‘Bushmen’ and see the paintings that I have been working on, I have created a page under the ‘Artists’ button called ‘Hunter Gatherer’

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Visiting My Brother

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At the beginning of January I flew to East London where Eric and his beautiful family where waiting to pick me up, from there we made the three hour drive to Molteno, a town in the Eastern Cape where Eric lives with his wife Annie, three year old son Jesse and dog Max.

It had been some time since I had visited my brother and we had been long over due for a bonding session. We both missed the days when we used to paint together in the garage, feeding off each others energy and learning from each other as we painted. I was feeing in need of some inspiration to help me out of a rut and after ten minutes of being there I knew I had come to the right place.

Everyday we would wake up at 5:30AM and go for a run in the surrounding hills, stopping to talk about life as we enjoyed the view over the dam. Then we would come home and play in the garden,planting all the cuttings and plants that Eric had been collecting for his garden, by 8AM we were in his studio painting.

His studio is an old building next to the garage, the walls are still made of clay and the bees were busy making their nests in them. Everywhere I turned was a dusty still life, dried flowers in old vases, rusty buckets and antique crates staked on top of each other, each one filled with a beautifully set up scene. My brothers paintings were all around me, I understood the colours he had been using, the low light and the feeling of dust. For the next week all we did was paint, the perfect way to bond with few words needing to be spoken, just a comment on a good choice of colour and an affirming grunt in response.

It was one of the best weeks I had had in a long time and I hope that that inspiration carries me through the year.

I look forward to when both my brothers will be visiting in Mid February.

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Summer Exhibition Thank You

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Thank you to all those who came to our Summer Exhibition and thank you for your generous support. It was a great way to end off the year and we hope to make this an annual event. It was wonderful to see everyone again. For those who could not make it you are welcome to pop in any time to say hello and see the studio. Thank you again to all and we wish you a happy holiday season.

The Eatwell Family

Summer Exhibition

The Eatwell Gallery Summer Opening 

15 December 2013
11AM-6PM
 
Please join us at the Eatwell Studio in Noordhoek for our annual summer exhibition featuring some of the latest paintings by
Eric Oswald Eatwell, Lynne-Marie Eatwell and Mags Eatwell.
We will also be exhibiting the work of guest artist Kevin Stanley from McGregor with his miniature landscapes and Karoo cottages.
Bronze sculptures by local artist Richard Gunston as well as a selection of photographs by Gert Basson.
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Coming Home filled with ARTBLOCK

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The temperature is pretending to drop in L.A. signaling the time for me to put on my giant 747 wings and take flight for S.A. My feet hit the ground on Thursday afternoon and my brush touches the canvas on Friday, that is assuming the jet lag takes its usual few days before setting in. I look forward to reclaiming my studio and filling the walls with new work. I feel excited and fired up after filling my heart with the things I learned in L.A. Probably the best experience of this trip was my interaction with the artist of Venice Beach who got together and started something called ARTBLOCK. They opened their studios to the public on 13 October and were visited by hundreds of locals. I made friends, real friends and saw what could happen when people work together. Many like the idea of a studio swop with South African Artists so if there is anyone interested let me know.

See you all soon

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