Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Cambodian Girl


Despite my best efforts to try and do a painting a day this month I have failed.So busy with work and travelling.At on point I travelled 2000km just in a few days.Well I am back home overlooking the banks of the Thamalakane river,and trying to do some painting again.I managed to finish this semi abstract painting of a cambodian girl,she will be part of a series of paintings called children of the world.I hope to keep on adding to this series.Prints are of these are now available,click here if interested Children of the World



Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Balancing Act

Balancing Act
Oil on Board
6x8 Inches
I watched these two woman carrying buckets on their heads along a beach in Mozambique.It's Quite a skill to carry and balance items on your head,yet some women,and girls in Africa have mastered the art of it. If you would like to purchase this painting through auction on eBay Click Here 

Monday, September 7, 2015

Venice,Gondola ride.

Oil painting
Venice
6x8Inches

I felt like a change of scenery, so using google street view I went exploring the ancient city of Venice. I have taken hundreds of snapshots of little scenes that captured my attention. Using these as reference material I created this painting. Venice is so picturesque that I will most likely be painting many more. Hopefully one day I will make enough money selling my art, that I will be able to travel to Venice in person and enjoy not just the sights but also the sounds, smells and, even taste some of their Italian cuisine.If you want to purchase this painting on eBay Click Here 

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Oceanic sunset

Oceanic sunset
Oil on board
6x8inches

Felt like doing an impressionistic sunset painting,so I did.I applied the paint quite thick in some areas which was a little different from usual.To buy this painting on eBay Click Here

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Afternoon Sailing

6x8inches
Oil on board
Afternoon Sailing

I am really enjoying painting smaller paintings,they allow me to finish a painting in a very short period of time.It also gives me the opportunity to be more free with my brush strokes,giving the work a more impressionistic feel.

Click here if you would like to purchase this painting or some of my others at Roger Brown Art on eBay

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

The black sail,and the green sea.


I love sailing and being on,in,or around water.I love how water can absorb or reflect light and color this makes it an exciting subject to paint.Crystal clear waters are my favorite because 
the colors of what hides beneath the waves can filter through.

This is a local Mozambican sailing dhow, all of which are built by hand with limited tools .When you look at them closely you wonder how they don't sink, since they are so roughly built.

This small painting and others are available to be purchased at Roger Brown Original Paintings Ebay

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Childhood Exuberance



Another painting inspired by one of my trips to Mozambique.Saw these kids swimming and playing in the warm Indian ocean along the Mozambican coast.They were totally oblivious to the fact that they were swimming naked and were just having the time of their lives.I thought Childhood Exuberance would be a good title,what do you think?I will be trying to paint 30 paintings this month,ha ha,yeah we will see how that goes.I am taking part in the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge held by lesliesaeta.blogspot.com my aim is just to have fun and to keep painting.

If you would like to purchase any of these small paintings you can do so here at Roger Brown Art on Ebay they are all painted in oils,on board,and are either 6x6 inches or 6x8 inches in size.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Now selling prints!

Hello all.Hope all you readers are all ok, it's been ages since I have updated this blog, so I thought it's time to do so.Unfortunately due to time constraints I have not been able to paint as often as I would like to.However this doesn't mean I have totally downed the brushes, I still have many ideas for future paintings.In the meantime,I now have made more of my paintings and photographs available to be bought online, by those who wish to do so.

I am now selling my work through my own website at  roger-brown.artistwebsites.com so please visit,and feel free to browse around.I have created separate galleries within my site so that it's easy for visitors to find work of mine that may appeal to them.

Below is what the website looks like.


Below is a screenshot of what you would see if you clicked on Tropical ocean paintings.


So if you haven't visited my website yet please do :) roger-brown.artistwebsites.com

I will be posting both past and new work to the site so that more work will be available as prints.The great part of the website is that it offers many different options such as canvas prints, framed prints, metal prints, acrylic prints, posters, and more! 


Hope you enjoy,and as always I love hearing your feedback. roger-brown.artistwebsites.com

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

The red and blue painting



Here is one of my latest semi abstract portrait paintings. I used blue and red, as they are good contrasting colours and I feel they have created a great vibrancy within the art. I wanted the eyes to be the focal point, but the overall painting to look unfinished. This painting is done in oils over an acrylic blue and red base.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Painted Boy


Oil painting with Acrylic base colours.

Hello to my few readers if any,I am still alive,life has just been so busy that my paintings have been neglected.To get my creative juices flowing once again I decided to do something a bit different,something a little semi abstract.Since people have always appreciated colour  I decided to use two contrasting colours that seem to work well together.I am not all together finished with this painting ,so its a work in progress.I have two others which are similar that I also need to finish. What are your thoughts?Let me know. 

Sunday, February 23, 2014

The Sandbar


The Sandbar
Oil painting
6x8 inches 
Starting bid $60


As the tide recedes, hidden sandbars are slowly revealed. Perfect place to search for seashells, and other objects that may have come to rest along the shore.  A beachcombers, dream.








Friday, February 21, 2014

Mozambique sunset

Mozambique sunset
Oil on board
6x8 inches

A pair of Mozambican fishermen and their boat become silhouettes against the setting light as they prepare to anchor.The view from our bungalow was a great vantage point to observe the changing scenes along a  peaceful stretch of Mozambican coastline.


Thursday, February 20, 2014

Pulling in the rope

Pulling in the rope
Oil on board
6x8 inches


One of the fishing methods along the coastline of Mozambique is to set a drag net out at sea using a boat. Immediately it has been set, the the ropes attached to the ends of the net would be brought to shore.At shore a number of people sometimes 5-15 people would start pulling in the rope, effectively bringing in the net.Not surprisingly there are kilometers of rope that have to be stored away once it is brought to shore.Here you will find that this task is assigned to a number of boys who would pull in the rope for hours until all of it has been neatly stored away in their dhow.


Wednesday, February 19, 2014

A horse named Sahara

A horse named Sahara
8x6 inches
Oil on board 


Many domestic animals here in Botswana roam freely around.I remember some friends who had just arrived from Canada,excitedly telling us to stop the car and to find the farmer as they had just seen about 20 cows grazing next to the road.After having a laugh at their expense,they explained that back home they would never see any domestic animals outside a fenced enclosure.If a stray animal was seen they would phone the local farmer who would thank them and proceed to catch his errant animal.I would say 99% of cattle,goats,donkeys and horses are freely wandering around our local town ,Maun. 

It was while having a picnic with friends along the river some months ago, that I came across this nameless horse who was contently eating the sweet green grass along the river.Since painting it ,I have decided to name the horse Sahara,which is better than being nameless.





Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Stranded boat

Stranded boat
Oil on board
6x8 inches

When the tide goes out a number of fishermens boats become stranded along the beach.Up close one can see that each boat has been handmade,with only the most basic tools.You would imagine that due the the large amount of patches and loose caulking between the planks the boats would battle to remain afloat.However despite looking unseaworthy,they are actually quite well made considering that the builders did not have any access to electric tools.Many of the boats have been painted vivid colours which certainly adds to the beauty of the Mozambican coastline.


Monday, February 17, 2014

Across the green sea

Across the green sea
Oil on Board
6x8 inches

It has been my dream to visit the coastline of Mozambique again for a long time.Last year September I was able to do so.The two week trip was one of the best I have enjoyed.Nothing could beat waking up to the sound of the waves on the beach,only 50 meters away from our balcony.Although the small town of Vilanculos was quite a distance away we still had the local  people sailing their dhows,and pulling in their nets.All this activity added to the atmosphere and which I am now able to share through a few of my paintings such as this one .


Sunday, February 16, 2014

Chasing Shadows

Chasing Shadows
6x8 Inches 
Oil on board

Chasing shadows was inspired by a local, annual horse race that takes place here in Maun.It has become quite a big event among the locals ,who flock in large numbers to the event to cheer their favorite horse.There are no permanent grandstands or seats,so most people stands along the edge of the dusty track watching and cheering.

After selling two small paintings last year on this blog,I realised firsthand that it was possible to sell artwork online.I have therefore decided to sell my smaller works such as this painting online at www.dailypaintworks.com / Roger Brown Gallery. I really hope this endeavour works out since I hate chasing shadows.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Seronga village boys



Some months ago I was in Seronga, a remote village in the Northern part of Botswana, during that time I was able to capture many snapshots of the rural life that many still enjoy. I say enjoy, because although such isolated living may be hard, collecting your water from the river, finding firewood to cook on etc, the life is a simple one. However many living in such environment, wish to live in the cities where they feel, life could be better. But I could not help noting that a number of the kids in this area seemed happier than the kids who have everything and live in the city.

I feel that many of the activities that modern youth partake in today, lack the fulfillment, and joy that the outdoors can bring. For example most of the kids in the cities have a TV, and hours are spent in front of it, in fact older children on average spend 5 hours a day in front of it, what a waste of a childhood! Not only does such a inactive lifestyle encourage health problems such as obesity and heart disease but it fails to optimize brain development. As kids we had TV for about a year when I was 12 years old and then we got rid of, which none of us regretted. I still believe the TV is one of the greatest time wasters.

That is why I loved working on this painting because it reminded me of my childhood, and what we spent our time doing. No we did not ride donkeys around, although my younger brother and I did try to persuade our dad to buy us one each, at that time you could buy one for P80.00 (about $10). However my Dad would not be persuaded, he would not see his sons riding around on donkeys, and so he promised that he would get us horses if he could find some at a reasonable price. Finally someone donated a horse , which my brother named Pepperoni due to his speckled white coat, and then my Dad bought a red horse with black points which I named Chilli. I called him Chilli because he had a hot temperament, which was very obvious during our early days of training where he seemed to find the greatest enjoyment bucking me off .I quickly learnt how to hang on especially after this one time where bucked me off and I found myself lying under a thorn bush cut and grazed while chewing on a mouthful of sand.

Anyway despite the learning curve we loved the horses, and eventually were so comfortable riding them ,that we even went out riding at night whenever there was a full moon.Which reminds me that I have to go riding again some time soon,we had so much fun.

Well after all this painting and sitting in front of this laptop I think I will go for a jog around the neighbor’s field.

PS .Please switch that TV off for a moment and go and dig in the garden, jump in the lake ,walk in the park, swim in the river, play something, or just ride a donkey!




Monday, October 21, 2013

Seronga Village boys (Work in Progress)


Not sure what was going through my mind when I decided to start such a big painting,I think my brain has been affected by the extreme heat that we are still experiencing here in Maun.It has been between 35 and 42 celsius ( 90 -107 degree Fahrenheit) Without an aircon, I have had to be content with the ceiling fan ,which at least moves the hot air around.

Since I am working during the day most of my painting is done at night,one of the drawbacks to this arangement is the insects that are attracted to the lights in the house.It does not take long before hundreds of little insects are stuck to the wet painting. Some of the larger ones end up dragging themselves across my painting ,leaving behind colorful but unwanted marks and smears .The larger insects,I am able to flick off ,but don't even try to remove the hundreds of little ones, these are best removed when the painting is dry.I guess that is what painting in Africa is all about.

Although this painting is large ,I have actually found it easier to paint since I don't have to concentrate on small details and am even able to use some of my larger  brushes.The painting is based on some village boys riding donkeys,that I had seen in a remote village in the Northern part of Botswana called Seronga.


Close up detail of my palette 


The unfinished painting


Painting late at night.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Camel rider on a Kenyan beach


I was commissioned some months back to do this painting for a lady also a fellow blogger see her post about  this commission at Roger Brown in progress.She had made a visit to Kenya and wanted one of her favourite photos she had taken there, turned into a painting. Even though she paid up front, she has been waiting quite some time for me to finish, as I have been so busy. Since she lives in Gaborone, and I am traveling there tomorrow, I had no choice but to finish this quickly.










Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Colour, Shape and Light Exhibition

Colour,Shape and Light is a three man Exhibition which features three different artistic mediums painting,pottery and photography.The Exhibit is being held at our local Nhabe museum and will run from the 7th of May to the 4th of June.It will then be moved to the Thapong visual art center in Gaborone which is 1000 km away and will be on exhibit from the 11th of June till the 5th of July.


Stuart Arnold's powerful Photographs ,gave an intimate view of everyday Batswana life. He has also created a book entitled (Maun Mothers) in which he provides a glimpse of the unique relationship between mothers and their children.The book and his images are available for purchase at his website kalahariimages.com


Sebuelo creates clay pots in the traditional manner,which are then fired in a pit.Although his methods are traditional, he loves creating new designs and experimenting with different clays so as to achieve special effects on the surface.


Last night the 7th of May we held a private viewing of the artwork.It was done on an invitation basis only, and consisted mainly of our sponsors,the press and a few other selected guests.Tonight we open the event to the public and expect quite a number to come.

 I selected a few of my daily paintings that I had done during January this year and had got them framed.They looked really good next to each other,and a number of people commented on them. I will definitely be painting some more in this size.






Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Botswana Cowboys (Re-worked)


SOLD

With only a week away before our 3 man art Exhibit ,I have been busy with last minute preparations whenever I have time.Since today was a public holiday, I decided that instead of starting a new painting I will rework  an older one .

Stacked up in my roof were a couple of paintings in various stages of completeness. Other paintings were stored up there simply to save space .The house that I rent is tiny,yes I repeat tiny!It is basically one bedroom which also as a lounge when visitors come.I also have a bathroom and kitchen of course, but you cant paint in there so all my artistic creating is done in the bedroom.

The painting I decided to work on is the biggest painting I have done Botswana Cowboys. Since my easel is not robust enough for such a large painting I had to lay it on my bed .This worked out fine and I managed to finish it before 2 in the afternoon.



The painting is almost as wide as my bed!


Spreading paint about :)

Last Friday was the Cameras for Conservation Exhibition and Awards ceromony.It was a great event which was well attened. I enjoyed looking at the great display of photos ,there were some new catergorys opened up for this year which included wildlife art .


My painting  Rains over the Makgadikgadi was the category winner for realistic wildlife art which I was pleased about.If possible next year I will try to submit a few works in the other art catorgorys as well.


The Cameras for conservation was well attended ,the highlight of the evening was veiwing the winning documentries.Stuart Arnold whom I will be Exhibiting with on the 7th of May submitted a great 3 min Film clip which if you are intrested can be veiwed (here Lilies on the Thamalakane)




Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Follow the leader

SOLD

I saw these kids crossing the road just outside Maun.They had bought some crisps from a tuckshop and were now eating them with much enjoyment.I decided to paint this as a landscape format as I felt that it did the subjects more justice .

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Kays Hair Salon and Tuck Shop


A common sight in Botswana are Tuck shops seen along the side of the roads in towns and villages.These tuckshops contain the basic necessities of life,such as Magwinya (Round Fat Cakes)Coca cola, and Pop ice which is normally frozen juice in a packet and great to have on a hot day  All tuck shops shops sell air time (Talk time) for your cell phones since everybody has one including the beggar on the corner.

Some shops even double up as a hair salon, as does Kays Hair Salon and Tuckshop situated on the main Francistown road that runs through Maun.So if you are visiting Maun, and suddenly desire some hair braids or just an ice cold coke ,Kays Hair Salon is the place to be.

This painting will be available for sale at our upcoming 3 man show  (Color,Shape and Light)The Exhibit will feature Omphile Sebuelo who is a ceramic artist,Stuart Arnold a Photographer, and myself the painter.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Rains over the Makgadikgadi


Last year cameras for conservation held an exhibition of wildlife photography for the first time here in Maun Botswana.This year they have included a new category (Wildlife artist of Botswana) I have had so little time that I did not think that I would be able to enter. Fortunately they have extended the dead line up to the 31st of March,so I still have a few days to get this painting ready and framed. 

The Makgadikgadi is one of the largest salt flats in the world, it is not one single pan but many pans with sandy desert in between.The Gemsbok antelope is one of the few animals that can survive in this environment,and that is why I decided to picture them in such a setting.I still need to make a few adjustments in this painting before I am happy with it but it is basically finished. 

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Across the river



Title-Across the river
Medium-Oil on Board


Arriving home today I had a sudden urge to do a painting en plein air (French expression which means to paint out of doors). Grabbing my studio bedroom easel, and my box of paints , I carried them to the bottom of our garden.After adjusting my easel on the sloping ground,clamping my board,and squeezing some paint onto my palette I started painting the clouds.

It was actually the clouds that had caught my eye in the first place. Painting clouds turned out to be a little challenging since they were moving,and changing colors.I found myself mixing color as fast as possible and trying to complete a cloud before it change into something else.I think I now know why many of the plein air painters are impressionists,since it is not that easy to be a realist when everything around you is moving and changing including the light.

I would love to do some more plein air paintings, and if I do managed to create some sort of habit out of it,I will have to purchase a more suitable easel.

While I was writing this I realized that unlike our predecessors we are living in an age of technology.Using tools such as cameras,art projectors,and computers,artists are now able to create art more quickly and easier.However dependency on these tools could rob the artist of developing important skills such as drawing .

It is easy to reason, why paint out of doors when it is easier to paint in the comfort of a studio from a photo.Although I don't have anything against painting from photos,I have found that there are some things that you can fail to capture.For example photos sometimes fail to accurately portray the correct colors,and light.On the other hand painting  plein air can only improve your skills of observation and drawing.
The other benefit of painting out of doors is the connection with the subject,and the enjoyment of nature.

What do you think, is the traditional way of creating art disappearing ? Does it matter the method you use to produce your art? 







Monday, February 25, 2013

Waiting patiently

Title-Waiting Patiently
Medium-Oil on Masonite Board
Size 6x6 Inches


I cant believe that I haven't posted anything yet for this month.However just because I haven't  posted anything does not mean I have not been painting.I have just completed a commissioned portrait painting of a police officer.Never thought I would paint such a subject but he called me up and, after I met him I did not feel like turning him down,since he wanted to give the painting to another officer as a gift.Today when I went to pick up the outstanding amount he said that someone had seen the portrait and now also desired one . Although he even had a good photo to work from I had to turn him down and explain to him that I have already committed myself to an three man Exhibit in May,and that I just didn't have the time.So like the subject of my latest painting ,he will just have to patiently wait until after May.

This month has been a good one with regards to sales.I received news from the Thapong Visual art center that they had sold all three of my paintings Donkey Cart,Water in a pink bucket,and Late for School.all three had been part of the Thapong 2012 Awards Exhibition last year.Not only had they all sold, but they also decided that the amounts that I was asking for was to low, and so they increased the prices to my benefit.

This month I also sold An uncertain encounter which I painted a year ago ,which proves that some artwork like wine has to mature first.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Coming home


Title-Coming home
Medium-Oil on Masonite Board
Size-6x8 Inches
Price-$100 Includes International Shipping
                                                          

Although I really have enjoyed the challenge of creating 30 paintings in 30 days I will be glad to have some rest.For someone working Monday to Friday it is not easy to come home ,and then try to start a painting while still feeling tired.Often it would be a battle between sleeping or painting.I would often have to force myself just to start,because once started the creative juices would start flowing and by the end of an hour or two I would be happily admiring a completed painting on my easel,and then of course crash onto my bed into an exhausted heap.

Could I become a daily painter?I think I can comfortably say, yes if my circumstances were different.I don't feel that it is paint,skill,or ideas that I lack ,it is simply time.

Yesterday I laid out some of the daily paintings that I have done this month and took a photo of them from above.It gave me a great sense of accomplishment to see them all together,well most of them.Seeing them all laid out also help me to see that this month has been a landmark in more ways than one....

(1) I found it to be a great opportunity to try out different colors,brush work and subject matter.I feel far more confident with the paints and brushes than before I started.

(2)  I introduced  the (Buy Now PayPal Button) under each daily painting.I am sure this contributed towards two of my very first sales on this blog .

(3) This is also the most paintings I have ever painted in a month (24 paintings)!

Would I do this challenge again?Yes after I have recovered!