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dennis

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on: October 03, 2010, 03:04:17 PM
Just an "ornery" guy who has carried many bags of salt on his back and who has many years to his name  :2funny:

"What of William T'hell? I will t'hell you. Willie came from de country dat makes de sweets - Sweetserland. And de way this geezer could shoot with de bow.........." Oops! I seem to have the comedian Max Bacon on the mind!

"Anyway, what of Dennis? I will t'hell you. Denny came from de country called SouthAfricaLand and done gone and fixed himself down in de country called NewSeaLand. And de way this geezer could hold de brush ........."

Jokes aside. My name is Dennis Clark and I was born in Boksburg, South Africa in 1933 in the depression years and somehow I always seem to be involved in depression years (2009,2010). I wonder how more I will have to go through?
My wife Anna and I decided to emigrate to New Zealand and open up an Art Teaching Studio in the Auckland area.

I have over 65 years of drawing and painting experience behind me and am a Master Artist and versatile in many different mediums (oils, acrylics, watercolours, pastels, gouache, pencil drawing, air brushing, etc) as well a many different subjects, from realism right through to abstracts.

I have been teaching people of all ages to paint in various mediums for over 25 years and since my retirement from engineering in 1993 I have been teaching on a full time basis. Anna is also an artist in her own right.

My Torbay Art Teaching Studio opened for art classes in August 2009. I am regularly asked to gives talks and demonstrations. I am a member of the NZ Art Guild, Mairangi Art Centre, Estuary Arts Centre, Pastel Society of NZ (PANZ) and the Auckland Watercolour Society.

If you want to see how I paint and catch up on some news then you are welcome to visit my recent site and blog.


www.masteringpainting.com      (Check the About Us for paintings)
www.dennisclarkspaintingblog.blogspot.com

« Last Edit: October 03, 2010, 03:30:23 PM by dennis »
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Reply #1 on: February 01, 2011, 02:56:31 PM
Interesting background Dennis. Wish i could live in N.Zealand. i bet it's nice there. Closest I've been was the Philippines about 5 times. My wife is from there. No wonder you're so good at art!
The moment you find yourself mostly satisfied with a painting and think you'll "just quickly" do this or that, that's the moment to stop completely. Take the painting off your easel and put it aside for at least 24 hours, then reassess whether it really needs that tweak.


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Reply #2 on: February 02, 2011, 01:20:16 AM
Thanks for the sharing.  It is nice to have more than just photo on fb to relate too. Jislaaik, maar OOM het 'n omtrent 'n reis agter die rug.   :clap:

More about me.  I was born in 1955 in Cape Town.  Lived in the Freestate and Eastern Cape and since my teens in the Western Cape (Paarl).  I am married to Peter Swanepoel (psychiatrist) for 33 years.  I am a registered nurse and also teaches drama .. did a 4 year speech and drama course.

We moved to NZland in 1996 (Gisborne) and then to Perth.  We are back in South Africa since 2005 and live in George. 

While in NZland, I attended a 10 week course (once a week) in watercolour painting and fell in love with they idea that I can also "make pictures".  I also did fabric painting.  In Australia, I attended "Share In" ... run by our church where different kinds of crafts where taught.  (needlework, leather, painting, e.t.c.)  I attended oil painting classes there.  Since I am back in South Africa, I attend painting classes once a week and everybody uses Acrylics. 

I really enjoy painting "pictures that tells a story".

And that is me as an "artist" in a nut shell.  :2funny:

Now it is Nolan and the rest change to share who they are.   :nosey:
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Reply #3 on: February 02, 2011, 11:40:23 AM
nice to finally meet you Trudie  ;D

You can find my hello post HERE


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Reply #4 on: February 02, 2011, 01:16:04 PM
Hi!
I was raised in North Carolina USA.  I have worked in the poultry industry all of my life.  I started painting in my teens.  I studied art through a mail course (no internet at that time).  I painted until my mid twenties most of them being abstracts.  Then I became too busy to paint.  30 years later I was with my wife at a auction and she started bidding on something.  I was not paying attention until she won her prize then I asked what she won.  It was a artist box of oil paints and old brushes.  Puzzled I asked what she was going to do with that?  Her answer..... It is for you because you were much happier when you painted.  I dismissed it until about 2 weeks later I got curious and started looking through the box.  That was 3 years ago.  I have thanked her many times since then. I have found a lost love!  I love to paint but feel like a beginner all over again. I especially like painting landscapes and seascapes.  I have enjoyed this site and a special thank you to Nolan on his tutorial on the color wheel.

Robert


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Reply #5 on: February 03, 2011, 01:10:12 PM
You have an awesome wife Robert :clap:


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Reply #6 on: March 23, 2011, 02:11:57 AM
Hi there

I also hail from Boksburg as my place of birth. Lived most my life in Witbank till I got married, then moved to Kwa Zulu Natal.
Love the sea and feel so blessed to be able to see it every day. Wanted to emmigrate to New Zealand but due to my husband's health we're now unable to  :'(
I have always enjoyed art, but never really went into it in a big way. Always just did it as a hobby.
Spent some time under Diamond Bozas as an art teacher / mentor.
Now I do hand engraving or sand blasting on glass to bring in some income, and still do drawing / painting as a hobby.

Thanks for this site and all the encouragement. Keep it up!!! 


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Reply #7 on: March 23, 2011, 10:39:06 AM
Here is an official :bigwelcome: to the site Lyndy  ;D

Sorry about not being able to emigrate, it breaks my heart when folks are not able to - I see it every day on my SA Going To NZ website  :'(

Looking at your artwork, I think you should start promoting that too, alongside your sandblasting and engraving. O0


 

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