Recent Still Life Paintings

Here are some photos of still life paintings I have done this year and last. The most recent was a small 25 x 25cm oil painting of apricots in an enamel bowl, below. The bowl was given to me years ago by my the mother of my art school friend, also Linda.

Below is another still life I painted this year. I really find some vegetables very attractive and just have to paint them!

I painted this still life with a cauliflower in 2016.

Every week fruit and vegetable sellers come to our house and one day they had some quinces for sale. I had to buy them to paint, and arranged them in front of our cookie jar, on an Iranian cloth. I was delighted when the owner of an interior design shop in the UK bought this work.

Another small still life I did this year was this one, below, of guavas in front of a jar with a pink geranium in it. It was bought by a lady who moved from South Africa to the UK, and misses guavas!

The still life below features a jug I inherited from my grandmother. It has theĀ  letters CTC on it; this was a brand of coffee called Cape to Cairo, I was told. I put some deep red plums in front of it.

I painted the one below in 2016. The bowl was my mother’s. It also went to the UK.

UK Sketches

I went to the UK last month and visited family and friends in England. Also spent a week in Wales hiking and sightseeing. There wasn’t much time or opportunity to sketch but I managed these two.

Canterbury High Street

Betwys – y Coed Station

Tiny Treasures Exhibition

Four landscapes exhibited at the Tiny Treasures Exhibition at the ArtB Gallery, Bellville, in July. Each one is 20 x 20 cms and are painted in oil on canvas. This is an annual event organised by the Belville Art Society as a fundraiser. There were many beautiful little works on the exhibition.

Sketching at Club Mykonos

At the beginning of May I went with two friends to Club Mykonos, a Greek style resort on the Cape west coast. We had a lot of fun and sketched at a few scenic spots in the area. It’s an attractive spot for artists.

Jacobsbaai. Linda Howe-Ely

View from Club Mykonos

The wreck at the Langebaan Yacht club. Linda Howe-Ely


I went on a hiking trip to the Cedarberg last month. It’s a place of special beauty, with many strange rock formations. I took a lot of photos as reference for future paintings and did a couple of sketches.


Cliffs at Old Harbour, Hermanus – A5 – Watercolour & Ink – Linda Howe-Ely

My husband and I spent two nights in this lovely Western Cape coastal town last week, and I did this sketch from the Old Harbour, which is a landmark and tourist attraction in Hermanus.

My Garden

I enjoy our small, wild looking garden and recently did this A5 sketch of part of it. We are having a drought in the Cape at the moment, and are not allowed to water the garden with hoses, so to save water we keep the plants alive with buckets of bath water.

Sketch of Table Mountain

Our hiking group held their last outing of the year under a copse of pine trees on the side of Signal Hill. It’s called a “cocktail hike” as we hike for a very short distance and carry drinks and snacks. We all chat and watch the sun go down over the sea before we walk back. I was rather antisocial as I couldn’t resist sketching the view of Table Mountain from this spot.