the write stuff

crazy cool!

So much going new mantra has become, "I got enough sleep, and I have enough time". Now I just need to convince myself.

Thanks for stopping by - I appreciate it! Here's what's keeping me out of mischief;

1) I am showing a brand new body of work in October down at the Cape Town International Boat Show - I love taking my work to people (versus waiting for those odd sailing types to wander into an art gallery) I figured, lets set up a stand at the Boat if in the Mother City over October...pls come say hi at stand M24!

2) Amidst the craziness of trying to focus on all that requires my attention, what I am coming to realise is in short SILENCE. In order to truly discern whats urgent, important we need to be still. In November I will be opening my solo show SILENCE at ART-in-the-Yard Gallery in Franschhoek...but I must keep quite;-) about that for now.

3) Lastly, I am so grateful and honoured to have been selected to show my work in London in January at ARTROOMS 2018.

So what was going to be a chilled Christmas has just become semi frantic.....wish me luck, and thanks again for visiting. And remember, fine art prints available of all my new work, and if you need a commission, feel free to contact me....I'll be delighted to paint your 100ft super yacht!

Cheers Duncan

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where the light shines through...

My solo show is up and running at ART In The YARD in Franschhoek (that town has a tricky name to spell correctly)...what a great experience it has been working with Georgia and her team, not forgetting Rob - gifted photographer. And my word, a more beautiful setting one couldn't ask for. The show runs until the 19th of October so if you are in that next of the beautiful Cape woods and winelands, go and check it out - would love to hear your thoughts.

I must confess, I have been challenged to know what to create? My professors in Florence always were on about it's not WHAT but HOW you paint. Yet the theme concept is so profound...'where the light shines through...' that I found myself exploring all manner of previous paths where I may have stumbled upon earlier answers.

Years ago I sat at a huge open hearth fireplace somewhere in Tuscany and engraved above it were the words...'In thy light do we see light' Psalm 36:9. Leonard Cohen sang it this way, 'There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in.'

I borrow wisdom from both.

In the revelation of who God is and how much He loves me. For in His love I see (comprehend) how broken I am, how many wayward cracks I have. Cracks that only His mercy can reveal - and heal. The world doesn't care, it sells the lie that I am fine but actually I am not. And in the kindness of revealing, when my broken parts are seen for what they are, in the re-defining light of who He is...then my journey to wholeness starts. God's kindness leading me - that's where the light shines through.

This collection includes some of my responses to that leading.



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SERIAL selfies

In order to discover new things I like to play - just putting up a sheet of Fabriano paper and begin drawing whatever comes into...or out of my head. There I was, staring at this daunting sheet of infinite possibility when the only thing I could see amidst the white-out was my own shadow cast by the lights in my studio.

Can anything good come from simply tracing my outline. Well it seems my outline, and yours for that matter, contain infinite possibilities. The fruits of which I have begun to explore in this, what I call, 'serial selfies'.

I will be posting more about them and what I discovered through drawing them.



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The Charcoal Wars

Inspired by a friend's dream which I wanted to translate into a charcoal drawing, the process rapidly metamorphosed into an experimental stop-motion movie. Whole new worlds are opening up with powerful stories that need to be told...I sense this was my first skirmish - an important one.

I would love to hear from you if you likes and please feel free to share... also, there will be prints available of the final scene if you are fighting a battle right now and need a reminder to be courageous and not give up!

May the ensuing battles be AWESOME and produce hope, courage and confidence to fight for the TRUTH.


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Le penguins are coming



Yep, they are under starters orders, soon to be hurtling to a gallery near you....LEGO Penguins in all their finest procelain glory...and for a sneak preview....a little clip...soon to be released from the captivity of my Mac!

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