What is considered a fine art?
Fine art is a visual art considered to have been created primarily for aesthetic purposes and judged for its beauty and meaningfulness, specifically, painting, sculpture, drawing, watercolour, graphics, and architecture.
The first thing I do is to find out the skill level of each of my students and which spectrum he/she hopes to follow or explore with that talent. The first thing we need to learn as artists is how to look at, examine and explore our subject matter. Then we need to learn how to draw and how to capture the essence of what we observe.
One of the most wonderful attributes of art is how to break the rules and let your art take the observer on an excitingly unknown journey. That piece of art that makes some people gasp in awe or speaks to them so deeply in their inner being that they simply start crying. If you can break the rules (or even follow the rules) to that extent, then you’re a great artist. And it doesn’t matter what it looks like.
There is, however, something we need to know before we can liberally break the rules – and that is to first learn the rules – how to draw. After we learn that, we learn how to draw with a brush. Essentially, that is what fine art painting is all about, drawing pictures in colour with a brush…or a stick…or a bottle…or a knife…or whatever it is you wish to make a statement with.
And then…who knows!
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My first memory of wanting to do art was how I admired a watercolour seascape my parents had hanging above the fireplace. All I wanted was to also create art like that. I spent a lot of time as a youngster doing pencil drawings – especially when needed for my history, biology and science projects – and also had a great desire to do pencil drawings of Formula 1 cars and portraits of drivers like Jim Clark, Graham Hill, Jodi Scheckter and actors like Clint Eastwood and John Wayne. When I turned thirteen, my dad, Sonny Geerdts, thought it would be a good idea to buy me a paint-by-numbers set. He was right, what a great idea! After painting the two paint–by–number landscape scenes though, I went to my dad and asked him if it would be possible for me to get my own art material so I can do my own thing. So my dad summarily took me to Herbert Evans Art and bought me my first set of oil paints.
One day I saw a black and white photograph of Dr Chris Barnard, the South African cardiac surgeon who performed the world’s first successful human-to-human heart transplant on Louis Washkansky, in the newspaper. Now, having my own set off oil paints, all I wanted to do was paint a portrait of him – in colour! I didn’t know whether it was good or not, but it certainly impressed my dad enough for him to come up with a comment that, to this day, still inspires me. He asked me to show him my hands and after seeing and touching them, he said “You must really look after your hands Baas. You’ve got gold in them.”
As a result, whenever my dad had the opportunity to promote my talent, he did. No matter what the expense, he made sure I used only the best paints, best brushes, best canvases, best paper – in short – best everything. He was so enthusiastic about my art that he would constantly sit and watch me. When my name appeared in the newspaper to say that I passed matric, my dad said it was a misprint. When asked why, he said that he never saw me do any homework and all I ever did was listen to music while doing art or participating in different kinds of sport – so how could I have passed? I responded by jokingly saying that I didn’t need to study because I was simply a born ‘genius’.
After doing that full colour portrait of Dr Barnard, doing portraits became one of my greatest passions. I think it’s because I get a kick out of attempting to capture the uniqueness of every individual – the way we smile, the way we frown, the way we express our emotions – all those little things that make us who we really are. Throughout our lives our feelings flow in torrents. A smorgasbord of feelings borne out of witnessing the vitality and energy of the people we as artists observe. I thinks it’s wonderful that artists can capture those feelings and have them displayed where people can relive them whenever they desire to.
Over the years I have stored up an enormous range of subjects and images which I constantly capture and express on a variety of surfaces. So I still have no idea where my art is busy taking me, but I do know that wherever that may be, the journey itself is turning out to be an incredible adventure!
I, as a fine artist, have had the privilege of painting the portraits of well-renowned people. A portrait of Nelson Mandela, three portraits of Bruce Fordyce for his benefit dinner held at Sun City, portraits of Da Vinci, Dmitri Mendeleev, Leonard Bernstein, Ernest Oppenheimer and Bruce Fordyce for a corporate brochure for Grinaker LTA, Anton Rupert and Prof WB Vosloo for a corporate brochure for the Small Business Development Corporation, Dr Gerhard de Kock, the Governor of the South African Reserve Bank, and sporting greats like Kallie Knoetze, Gerrie Coetzee, Jack Nicklaus, Ray Floyd, Arnold Palmer, Seve Ballesteros, Nick Faldo and Tom Watson.
I have also done wildlife paintings on commission, landscapes, seascapes, cityscapes, still lifes and paintings of rural scenes and people.
In addition to this, I've done numerous pen and ink sketches of animals, birds and famous people and I’ve done all the drawings for a book release to illiterate people living in rural areas and townships on how to cope with life and where to go for assistance.
I’ve also delved into Christian gospel paintings and pieces of art.
Basie is s wonderfully kind, supportive person, a family man. He cares for his friends, students and family. He has a good work ethic, and shares all his knowledge generously. He is an excellent artist, so you would be learning from the best. I have known Basie since school days.
I wholeheartedly recommend Basie.
Basie is an amazing artist. I bought a painting from him that I absolutely love. He has an amazing talent for painting portraits - you can "see" a person's personality in his portraits. He is a friendly, gentle, giant of a man who loves being around people. I am sure that he would make a wonderful art tutor. His students would be learning their skills from one of the best artists that I know.
Basie is my husband and although I'm biased because of this, it is not the reason I recommend him as a tutor. He has a wealth of experience in drawing, painting and graphic design. He is the real deal. He says anyone can draw, as long as you are willing. It's about learning to see what is there. He can turn your talent into an undeniable skill, something you'll carry for life.
I have worked with Basie for many years at a design company called Trademark and then as a partner in our own design business called Gecho Design. He is a naturally talented artist and designer in his own right. He is very understanding of other people's needs and has a desire to help and change lives for the good. Basie does this through instruction / tutoring / mentoring in the skills of art and design. He is a family man with two daughters who he and his wife love dearly. I highly recommend him.
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