View Full Version : ITHALA (where I want my ashes scattered)

chammi kaiser
04-20-2009, 05:29 PM

This is Ithala in the North of South Africa. It is one of my favourite places in the world and perhaps my ashes will be scattered there. I painted this from memory because the place just touches my soul. Liquitex acrylics on gallery wrapped canvas. Thank you for looking and sharing. All comments welcome.

Lady Carol
04-20-2009, 05:32 PM

04-20-2009, 05:33 PM
oh it is wonderful!! I can understand why you love it there. Great job!

Rick G
04-20-2009, 06:07 PM
Nice work. And let's not be having any talk about scattering ashes...you've too many good paintings to do before then. :)

04-20-2009, 06:12 PM
Wow, Chammi...that is gorgeous!!

04-20-2009, 06:16 PM
Very nice !

04-20-2009, 07:01 PM
Chammi - this is really very beautiful. It has a wonderful sense of space. I can understand why you would be drawn to a place such as this!

04-20-2009, 07:02 PM
All I can say it is a lovely resting place for the living and the dead! I love the distance achieved in this beautiful landscape.

04-20-2009, 07:17 PM
Ashes, hm - think will have mine mixed with potting soil and a bonsai grown in it - scotch pine :D

[interesting landscape there, Chammi... :thumbsup:]

04-20-2009, 07:28 PM
very very Nice, I could have sworn this was a pastel. You have a unique way with acrylics.
:clap: Derek

04-20-2009, 07:44 PM
Very beautiful, and really remarkable that you painted this from memory!

What are the two animals in the foreground?

04-20-2009, 07:55 PM
Absolutely beautiful landscape - it is going to make my mother homesick to see your painting as she lived a good 20 years in Ghana..... at nearly 100 years of age the memories of those years still keep her smiling.

I have a carved animal like the ones in your painting - are they elands? I'm sure I was told but I've forgotten. Quite elegant deer-like animals if the same as my hand carved image.

04-20-2009, 08:59 PM
Schön!!!! Beautiful colours.:thumbsup:

04-20-2009, 11:30 PM
Very different for you but none the less very lovely. If I didn't want to be spread over my garden, this would be a good second choice.

04-21-2009, 12:01 AM
Beautiful and serene!

04-21-2009, 12:05 AM
Chammi - my husband & his family are from South Africa. From their pictures, I would say that your memory is perfect, and your painting is wonderful.

chammi kaiser
04-21-2009, 03:21 AM
Thank you all so much. I enjoyed painting this very much. Deb,the animals are impala. Not ready to scatter my ashes yet, Rick but thanks for reminding me!!!

04-21-2009, 04:36 AM
Brilliant job, especially from memory. I feel like I have forgotten to hold a brush, if I try to paint from memory :D What size is it?

04-21-2009, 06:14 AM
Wonderful colour, composition and format.

chammi kaiser
04-21-2009, 11:06 AM
Hi Nithya. I have been to Ithala so many times and have made so many sketches - mostly in watercolour, that it really wasn't difficult to paint it from memory . I think I would have a problem if I had only visited a place once. It is 20cm x 40cm (long panorama format). Thank you.

Arlene. Many thanks. The colours of the landscape in that lovely part of the world are always heartstopping for an artist.

04-21-2009, 12:12 PM

04-21-2009, 12:51 PM
Hi Chammi

A beautiful painting, super colour and format...love the Acacia tree



04-21-2009, 04:59 PM
super work Chammi!I think your colors and format are just right according to the country!delicate work with the animals and that tree is just superb!

04-21-2009, 05:01 PM
Oh so beautiful!


Margaret 59
04-21-2009, 07:35 PM
Chammi, your painting is beautiful. Love African landscapes!