Friday, February 11, 2011
A Painting A Day
Alison is an artist and she has started a painting series she calls 365 South Africa. Basically, she plans to do a painting a day from the 1st January 2011 to the 31st December 2011. This means at the end of the year, she will have painted 365 paintings. She already has pictures from the month of January and 9 from February done.
The paintings are all about current affairs, with each picture capturing the essence of one of the major news stories in South Africa that day. For example, her canvas for the 9 February depicts the Italtile plane crash, where nine people crashed and died at sea.
The painting done for the 7th about the 200 crocodiles that were found at a farm on Friday. Alison uses acrylic paints on 200mm x 200mm x 35mm canvas, with her style being mostly urban. She's now shopping for a gallery that will show her series once it's completed ( hopefully by February next year).
I also think the artwork, with a running commentary of the current affairs news items and Ali's experiences in trying keep a fulltime job, raise a 13-year old girl and paint a picture a day would make a very interesting book and am encouraging a pitch to potential publishers.
Check out the site I'm still working on with Ali at http://365southafrica.blogspot.com/