I trust you are all doing well & that your year so far has also been busy & eventful. -Â Paintings by Ilse de Villiers
Just before you all begin to wonder if I’ve disappeared after my trip to the U.S- hereâ€™s a quick update on what I’ve been up to.
The year started off with a huge event- that being attending & exhibiting at the Dallas Safari Club Convention in Dallas Texas (more than 1850 exhibitors!). I met some amazing people, many prospective clients & did some great marketing & networking. After the show my artwork was sent to a gallery â€œAfrican Oasisâ€ in Dillon Montana & Iâ€™m excited to report that 5 paintings have sold there in the last 10 weeks!
Back home I immediately started working- I had two very different commissions lined up & I had to give them all my attention & energy.
The first was a reproduction of a very historical painting namely â€œHigh Treasonâ€ by Sir John Lavery. Friends of ours son, was admitted to the bar last year & he very much wanted this painting in his new office. I have never done a reproduction before & did quite a bit of research on the original artwork. This historical painting depicts Roger Casementâ€™s appeal against his conviction for High Treason in a packed court- London June 2016. There is a lot of history & political â€˜undercurrentsâ€™ at play here- to many to even try & summarize- but do Google if you would be interested in reading up on it. Iâ€™ll just finish by saying that the huge original painting has been on loan to the Society of Kingâ€™s Inns, Dublin, since 1951. See a picture attached of my â€˜representationâ€™
The second commission was from a serious Rhodesian Ridgeback breeder here in South Africa- a Ms Joubert from Hazy View, Mapumalanga, S.A. She wanted me to paint her with her 5 dogs- her pride & joy! The Rhodesian Ridgeback breed is very close to my heart as we ourselves have two & I just brought a new puppy home two weeks ago (very excited about my new baby!) I wanted to capture each of her dogsâ€™ personalities & by her reaction to the finished painting, I think I did! (picture attached)
After that I indulged in two bird paintings- a portrait of a Ground Hornbill & then a White Breasted Sunbird. Iâ€™m very happy with both of these! My husband Abraham ( an enthusiastic amateur wildlife & bird photographer) took both of the reference photos I did these paintings from & that makes it even more special.
And just before all you wildlife enthusiast are ready to give up on me- I finished my first leopard painting for the year last week & just got it back from the framers today! I got the reference photo from Wildlife photographer Marc de Chalain. This leopard is the notorious â€œVin Dieselâ€ (Mvabala) from the Kruger National Park (Kruger Gate area & is also sometimes seen at Sabi Sands) Heâ€™s a huge leopard of around 90kg/198 pounds & is approximately 13 years old. He carries himself with that â€˜swagâ€™ dominant males are known for & his piercing eyes look right through you. I hope you like the painting!
Iâ€™ll be painting â€˜in turboâ€™ for the whole of April as we have our own huge hunting & wildlife show in Midrand Johannesburg the end of this month. There is still a painting of wild dogs & a lion in the making & some stunning Black & whitesâ€¦.
There is also a â€˜commission in progressâ€™ for Lente Roode, founder of the Hoedspruit Wildlife Endangered Species Centre (HESC) Iâ€™m very excited about that prospect & will make work of that in May/June.
I am slowly but steadily â€˜contemplatingâ€™ my collection for the Dallas Safari Club Convention January 2018 & hope to bring you more beautiful artwork.
Those of you situated in the U.S & interested in commissioning a painting for delivery in January 2018, please contact me so we can discuss what you have in mind.
Looking forward to hearing from you!
Paintings by Ilse de Villiers