When windmills propel gently through the breezes in lazy rotations, or spin frenetically facing into the strong winds that sweep across the karoo plains, I am often mesmerized by them. They knit together the vast expanses of earth and sky, in perfect stately harmony. Like elegant sentinels, windmills tower over the vast expanses of veld that surround them. They have held a deep fascination for me ever since I first settled here many years ago, and have featured quite prominently in most of the karoo landscape paintings I’ve done over the years. Here are 3 small veld scenes and one rough sketch, to add to the catalogue of windmill studies done time and again.
Windmills of the Karoo
2 responses to “Windmills of the Karoo”
Dear Barbara Philips,
I found your work when I was looking for images to go along with a story I wrote a while back. I am an American writer and I lived in South Africa for 14 years. While I was there I began writing a screenplay set in the Anglo-Boer War. I rewrote the end of the screenplay as a shorter story. I wondered if you would allow me to purchase or use your water color, Farm Road and Windmill, with the story. I looked at many artists but you truly capture the stark and simple beauty of the Karoo. here is a link to the story: https://medium.com/@benjoyw/on-the-ridge-1b9dc19a248c .
thank you for considering my request,