Saturday, July 11, 2009

Washday on the Kafue - oils -450cm x 550cm

This painting is of the Kafue river in Zambia and is just a few meters beyond the rapids . The local woman in the background have found a reasonably safe place amongst the rocks to do their washing where it wont be easy for a crocodile to ambush them

Crossing the Kafue - Oils - 40cm x 50 cm

The Kafue River in Zambia is a tributary of the Zambezi and is one of Africa's most beautiful rivers. The local woman in the background will find the safest place to collect their water or do their washing
and since crocodiles and hippo's avoid rapids this area has plenty of safe places . The rapids in this spot are caused by numerous small islands and these islands also make it possible to make a series of short makshift bridges to cross by . Sometimes a long plank will do. In this painting the ladies and their children are crossing the river on their way home after a long day washing cloths and collecting water to carry home

Friday, June 5, 2009

On the Balcony - Oils - 46 x 60 cm

I have a friend who has a young and beautiful daughter . One Sunday while they were visiting I noticed her on the balcony and as I looked up at her I thought that it would make a lovely subject for a painting . I asked her to hold it right there and I rushed to get my camera .
She obliged by striking a few poses for me . This painting is the result .
Later while here mother who is also a beautiful woman , was helping her do her hair after a dip in our pool I managed to get a few more shots of them both and I did this painting of them both later
Hairdressers - Oils 50 x 75 cm

Story time - Oil painting by Barry Jackson
Oil on canvas - 59cm x 47cm

In ‘Story time’ my latest oil painting, I’m trying to capture the memories I have of my children when they were glued on my wife’s side during the daily routine of bed time story.

Reading to children is important for so many thing reasons; it develops the child’s appetite for reading, stimulates creativity, improves memory… I’m sure there are scientific studies spanning years to prove and disprove various theories.

This painting was done from photo’s and sketches taken (and made) while on holiday in Pletenberg Bay (on the Garden Route of South Africa). The light filtering through the window of hour beachfront suite was just perfect, and the models for the painting are my daughter and my 5 year old grandson.

To me story time is about the bond develops between parent and child and I’ve tried to put that into this painting.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Gems bok - watercolour by Barry Jackson

Watercolour on paper
The gemsbok is another of those enigmatic animals that, like the bushman, can survive in areas in the world which are seemingly devoid of water.
Some useless information - Gemsbok weigh in at around 250kg and can run at speeds approaching 60 Km/h (37 m/h)
Interestingly the gemsbok was introduced into the Tularosa Basin, USA in 1969 where thrives - 93 were originally released and the population there is estimated at around 3000.

Caracul - Watercolour by Barry Jackson

Watercolour on paper
The caracul is one of the most elusive of the wild cats, its a treat and a privilege to see one in the wild.

Bushman Spear fishing - watercolour painting by Barry Jackson

Bushman Spear fishing
Watercolour on Paper
The 'Bushman' is the indigenous inhabitant of the greater Karoo - with traditional grounds spanning across the entire southern Africa continent, from the Cape to the outer limits of Botswana.
Bushmen or 'San' are gentle nomads adept at living off the roughest and most baron lands in the world.
This is a watercolour done from reference photos and sketches done in the field.

Friday, May 22, 2009

The dream - Oil Painting by Barry Jackson

The Dream
Oil on Canvas
48 x 67 cm

A beautiful girl asleep... there is an inherit beauty in how a beautiful girl rests, she seems so satisfied, so happy... so... I wish I had the right words to describe the feeling that this painting tries to capture.

This oil painting is for sale, but unfortunately I do not have a payment portal open yet. Please feel free to mail me if you are interested in purchasing this painting.

Swimming in rock pool

Swimming in rock pool 
Oil on canvas - 61 x 75 cm  
For Sale
It's always fascinating how people flock to the water's edge when the sun hot, and it's fascinating how we are willing to strip down to just about nothing on the beach - in front of a thousand people... but would be embarrassed if 10 people saw us in the street wearing only our underwear!
This painting is done in the studio from photos and drawings done and taken on a hot afternoon at Boulders beach in Simons Town.