Friday, February 11, 2011

A Painting A Day

Had dinner with my friend Alison McKay and we spent some time playing on her new blog, changing the template,adding pages and some nifty blog features.

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


Janet Riehl said...

Damaria and Alison,

This is such a brilliant idea. For the artist is a solid structure to create quickly on a theme builds a body of work useful to all.

I look forward to updates!

Janet Riehl

Damaria Senne said...

Thanks Janet for your words of encouragement. I see you also signed on to follow Alison, so you will be able to pick up her updates.

Pamela said...

What a great idea - all the best to her.

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