Plein Air Painting in Cape Town, South Africa

Cape of Good Hope Plein Air Painting in Cape Town, South Africa

Cliffs at the Cape of Good Hope. 25 x 35 cm, oil on panel.

I was in Cape Town, South Africa for a week last month, escaping the long European winter. It’s a beautiful part of the world. The foliage, colors, and climate are all very similar to Central California.

Here are a few of the sketches:

View from DeMorgenzon Plein Air Painting in Cape Town, South Africa

The View from DeMorgenzon, Stellenbosch. 20 x 30 cm, oil on panel.

Stellenbosch Vineyards Plein Air Painting in Cape Town, South Africa

Vineyards near Stellenbosch. 20 x 30 cm, oil on panel.

Banana Trees in the Kirstenbosch Gardens Plein Air Painting in Cape Town, South Africa

Banana Trees in the Kirstenbosch Gardens. 20 x 30 cm, oil on panel.

Towards the Lions Head Plein Air Painting in Cape Town, South Africa

Lion’s Head from Victoria Road. 22 x 33 cm, oil on panel.

Sea Point Plein Air Painting in Cape Town, South Africa

Above Sea Point. 20 x 30 cm, oil on panel.

Hout Bay Afternoon Plein Air Painting in Cape Town, South Africa

Afternoon in Hout Bay. 25 x 35 cm, oil on linen.

The wine and food are terrific and their currency is way down too so it was a very reasonably priced stay. I would highly recommend the place for anyone looking to paint in the Southern Hemisphere in February. I hope to go back soon.

Stellenbosch Sunset Plein Air Painting in Cape Town, South Africa

Sunset, Stellenbosch. 18 x 28 cm, oil on panel.

8 comments

  1. Very nice set of oil studies here.
    I’m South African born (but exiled in UK for many years) so I recognise the light you’ve captured. Doesn’t SA have it’s own colour values and amazing sense of space? I particularly like your Hout Bay Beach painting, great surf. I stayed there for coupla days on one visit.
    Good to see these and I must put SA on top of my travel plans again.
    Cheers
    Andrew

  2. All of these are lovely Marc – really compelling work The quality I find most distinct in this lot is the hard edges of the distant masses contrasting with the loose brushwork elsewhere. It draws my eye, focusing my attention to the vastness.

  3. Hi Marc, I love the paintings, esp the Cape Point. I live just down the road, in Simonstown and am part of a Plein Air group here in the Cape. Please let me know next time you plan a trip, it would be great if we could organise a demo??

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