Local Hermanus Artist Claudie Lemoine


Like many thousands of other French people, my mom’s family and my dad responded to the National French Call during WW1 to help with the rebuilding of Morocco for the King of the day.

The Orange Geranium, 39cm x 44cm, oil on canvas (click to enlarge)

After this period of hardship, I was born in Casablanca and followed my parents example in drawing and painting, which was the natural form of expression in our family.

At a very young age I won a few prizes, but it was only in Hermanus, South Africa, about 10 years ago, that I started to touch oil paint and found great satisfaction in what was a great mystery to me before: the process of painting on the material called “canvas,” a surface that’s at the same time rather flexible and not smoothly flat! But practice makes perfect!

My only training was the criticism of my parents and two years of basic art at school in Casablanca, let’s call that self-taught. Much later I was favoured with the renowned artist Peter Earl’s wonderful help for a year in Hermanus and today I’m fortunate to have the expert supervision of Alyson Guy, in her Art Room in Volmoed.
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5 Reasons Why Your Business Needs A Blog

The main source of traffic to your business website comes from potential customers using search engines like Google. Your path to success lies in creating interesting and relevant content that will feature in those searches.

Beyond just getting your name in front of clients, here are five key benefits that are just too good to do without:

1. Posting regular articles on your business blog page means more online visibility, driving new traffic to your website that you wouldn’t otherwise have had. Continue reading “5 Reasons Why Your Business Needs A Blog”

Facebook – Let’s Just Kiss and Say Goodbye

Facebook and I have been separated since 2014. Today I’m making it permanent, Facebook and I are saying Goodbye for good.

Over the past 10 days since the Cambridge Analytica scandal was first made public, Facebook has faced a market loss of about $75 billion. It is abundantly clear that the reason for Facebook’s predicament is a fast and loose understanding of the principal of “user privacy.” Continue reading “Facebook – Let’s Just Kiss and Say Goodbye”

Solar Eclipse Supermoon and March Equinox

Today we see some truly momentous events in the heavens,a total solar eclipse, which comes in the middle of four Blood Moon.

There’s more: a supermoon which will coincide with the autumn equinox. Of course, if you’re in the northern hemisphere, it’s the spring equinox. On top of all that, today’s new moon coincides with the occurrence of a phenomena known as the supermoon. Continue reading “Solar Eclipse Supermoon and March Equinox”

Weyers Du Toit Local Artist

Weyers du Toit grew up in the Western Cape town of Bredasdorp. In the early 1990s he was a student of Fine Arts at the Cape College, working in Oils under the guidance of Liesbeth Gunther.

The artist paints from life in the spirit and style known as en plein air, after the French phrase for ‘in open air.’ This method of working in natural light serves to put the artist in direct contact with the beauty of nature and its elements. Continue reading “Weyers Du Toit Local Artist”

Isabel le Roux South African Artist

Isabel le Roux was born in Rustenburg, a city situated at the foot of the Magaliesberg mountain range in North West Province of South Africa. She began her career as an art teacher and has been painting professionally since 1974.

Her dynamic style is both expressionistic and contemporary, employing the vibrant and bold use of colour to depict typical South African scenes, particularly the Cape and it’s people. She paints mainly in oils but also uses acrylics, watercolours, pen on paper and mixed media. Her passion and commitment is evident in her artwork and her travels abroad have brought a new dimension to her work. Continue reading “Isabel le Roux South African Artist”

Open Letter: Aussies Stop Killing The Great White Shark

Open Letter to the Honorable Premier of Western Australia, Mr. Colin Barnett

Dear Mr. Premier,

I’m writing to you about the Australian Shark Cull Policy, which targets various shark species, including the endangered great white. This policy was initiated late last year following a spate of fatal attacks in 2011. Despite widespread criticism in Australia, you have refused to back down, claiming your catch-and-kill policy is justified. Continue reading “Open Letter: Aussies Stop Killing The Great White Shark”

Wild Horses of the Bot River: New Kid On The Block

The Bot River Estuary lies on the Southern tip of Africa and is home to a magnificent herd of wild horses. It’s now low tide on the estuary with the river mouth in the background. These magnificent creatures are decended from cavalry stock released by the British administration after WWII.

According to the Cape Nature website, size for size, this 100 000 hectare UNESCO registered Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve is home to the most complex biodiversity on our planet. Here we have some 1880 different plant species and the next richest is the South American rainforest with just 420 species per 10000 square kilometres. Continue reading “Wild Horses of the Bot River: New Kid On The Block”

Raymond Loewy the Father of Industrial Design

“There is a frantic race to merchandise tinsel and trash under the guise of ‘modernism’. I can claim to have made the daily life of the 20th Century more beautiful.” — Raymond Loewy

Historians refer to Raymond Loewy as the designer of the modern world. He began his career drawing for Harper’s Bazaar, Vanity Fair and Vogue before moving into industrial design towards the end of the 1920s. Loewy studied engineering at the Université de Paris and École de Laneau, before emigrating to the United States of America in 1919. Continue reading “Raymond Loewy the Father of Industrial Design”