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More blue inspiration, and better yet from a South African artist. Well… *cough* born in Russia *cough*… Vladimir Tretchikoff (1913 – 2006) is famous for his blue (and green) ladies, this one is my favorite:

I love this quote from fashion designer, Wayne Hemingway: “He achieved everything that Andy Warhol stated he wanted to do but could never achieve because of his coolness.” (Just Above The Mantelpiece) It might be a “developing” country thing, but this quote makes me feel so good! Especially since in the course my university presents in Visual Communication, when we discussed Pop art, we discussed Warhol. Why is that? So it’s great to see that people do recognize the contributions of South African artists, even if it has to come from abroad.

Further proof of my complaint is even documented on Wikipedia’s entry on Tretchikoff, “The South African National Gallery never acquired an original Tretchikoff because they did not “really regard Tretchikoff as a South African artist”. Wow… well done guys, somewhere an art director should be rotting with regret. A South African Picasso and we treated him like Van Gogh.

This picture is from Hemingway’s home:

I want one too…

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English is actually my second language, my first language is Afrikaans. The University of Pretoria, where I study and work, is a bilingual institution. Which offers all courses in both languages.

And as one should do at an institution of learning, I learned something very interesting about my favorite subject. And about my home language no less! In Afrikaans “Philosophy” is “Wysbegeerte“. Which directly translates as a “desire for wisdom”. Now, isn’t that simply wonderful?

Although in modern speech we’ve watered the concept down and use a direct translation from English: “Filosofie“. But I’m using the pretty name instead.


I took this photo from the balcony of Capitol Theatre in the heart of Pretoria city. With a little imagination it can seem just as romantic as a Parisian view. Capitol Theatre itself is an extraordinary and special place. A condemned movie theatre from the 30’s which despite its derelict state remains grand and impressive. (Amazingly the original foyer is still available for hire as a function venue.)

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