Saturday, 26 February 2011

Cathy Gatland's Painted Postcard from South Africa

Pride of India Trees line his neighborhood street
Watercolor on paper by Cathy Gatland

Here is the wonderful painting that Cathy Gatland has painted just for me and sent it all the way from Johannesburg, South Africa.  Cathy covered the card with an overlay and wrote all sorts of notes so I could better understand where she Sketchercises.  Then she popped it all into an envelope so that it would get to me unharmed.  Cathy and I have known each other of a few years now and become dear friends. I found her blog and fell in love with her work, wit and wisdom.  She is a very special lady.

Front with overlay and a portion of the back.

Here is a the back of the card covered with pictures of the front with its overlay on and just lifting.

Aren't these flowers to die for and beautifully painted?

13 comments:

Desiree said...

Wow, this is just beautiful!! It makes me want to go walking with you. I kept trying to make the picture bigger and bigger so I could see all the details! I think we call them Crepe Myrtle, they are wonderful blooming on your postcard! I love how you did the overlay, everyone is so creative, making each postcard so unique!

Robyn said...

Look at those beautiful shadows under the flowers. Cathy's watercolours always delight and you are so lucky, Pat to be on the postcard schedule while these trees were in bloom.

La Table De Nana said...

So pretty!! I love these postcards..

vivien said...

Lovely! and the close ups of flowers even nicer than the front, I liked that delicate shadow as well - so imaginative with the overlay.

Cathy Gatland said...

Crepe myrtle! That's the name I couldn't think of, thanks Desiree :) Thanks Pat for your sweet words, and everyone for your comments.

Katherine Tyrrell said...

What wonderful colour - that's sensational! Plus I'm really intrigued by your packaging of the postcard complete with explanation!

Bridget Hunter said...

How original Cathy - stunning portrayal of blossom - and The small studies on the reverse are just beautiful

Alison Staite said...

Wow Cathy - What gorgeous colour! Lovely!

Charlene Brown said...

Pat, you've done a wonderful job of displaying all the truly magical details on Cathy's card!

Africantapestry and Myfrenchkitchen said...

cathy...this is so utterly beautiful...and so original with the overlays...But what else did I expect? You are an artist. NO doubt about that!
And yes, Pat, thank you for displaying Cathy's card perfectly!

Liz Steel said...

Oh Cathy!!! This is wonderful!!!

Albrecht said...

I'm really impressed - especially by the artistic way to give the blossoms a three-d image by setting shadows. I also love the personal way you have composed the card. Very professional Cathy!

Papierflieger said...

I had to google those wonderful trees. Thanks for bringing the lush colours of tropical trees on my desk!

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