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A Year In Hermanus Painting Abstract Landscapes

We spend a year in Hermanus from March 2019 to March 2020 and while we were there I was painting abstract landscapes.

There’s no doubt about it, Hermanus has beautiful views. I was so inspired by them that I spent the entire year that we were there painting the sea and the mountains.

En plein air

Tracy Algar @ Hermanus New Harbour

Being closer to the sea, and with fewer country views from the house than I was used to, I wanted to paint outside. Being on the cliff path or on the beach was about more than just the view, and I wanted to express how a location felt and what my experience was of being there. Sometimes that experience was finding rocks to put on my sketches or holding things down with my elbows while I painted with my hands. Yes, it gets windy down there.

The solution I found was…

  1. Some quick and messy en plein air sketching without putting pressure on myself to create a “whole” painting while I was out there battling the elements.
  2. A number of messy sketches to play with back in the studio, where I could mix and match my favourite bits into a composition that I liked.
  3. Lots and lots of new ideas in my sketchbook to inspire larger paintings in my studio.

Here are a few of the landscape paintings and collages I painted in Hermanus

If you are interested in seeing more of the process that I employed and some of my outdoor painting experiences, check out the videos below.

2 Comments

  1. Mags Baleta

    Hi Tracy
    Sue Wolff told me about the workshop you are doing at Zesty Lemom next weekend. I would love to know more about it. Do you still have space how long is it and what are the costs.
    Mags

    Reply
    • Tracy Algar

      Hi Mags. Thanks for your message. I have replied to your email with more details. Just one point, the workshop at The Zesty Lemon is on Wednesday 29th January, not on the weekend. I hope that suits you. All the best, Tracy

      Reply

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Blom 1, original artwork by Tracy Algar

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