Saturday, February 4, 2012


oil on canvas ~ SOLD
These peonies grew outside my home in Cape Town and I so miss those wintery, rainy mornings when I used to pick a few branches from the tree outside my front door to decorate the entrance hall. This painting celebrates my special memories. The somber greens of the background set the pinks off vibrantly and I just love the way it turned out.

Thursday, February 2, 2012


Oil on Canvas ~ SOLD

Such a sweet painting with roses neither here nor there. Love how it has turned out after a 30 day stint of a painting a day!

My latest painting in a series of truly French inspired works. I mainly want to depict the touch of sunlight on fresh fruit which reminds of a lazy morning in the South of France! Hence the grain sack dish cloth! I did, however, get this fabulous vase from my brother Frans when I visited South Africa in June, and absolutely L O V E it!

Friday, January 27, 2012


oil on canvas

For a few months now, I have been baking a ciabatta everyday, and one of the few things my husband I enjoy together is the odd glass of  Carmel Hills Winery's Pinot Noir with some lovely cheeses and of course the bread of all breads. You can get the recipe for the bread on my Cuisine page!


Tuesday, January 24, 2012


I love the warmth of this ancient fruit and tried to capture it by using a warm undertone as well as warm high lights. This little work is latest in a series of pomegranate paintings which I am studying at present.

Sunday, January 15, 2012


Maraai is my friend, Mari, who lives here in California, complete with a pomegranate tree in her garden! Not only has she given me the fruit and the stand for Christmas, but also her mom, Berna, as a friend to me, for whom this painting was done. She will be taking it with her, when she leaves for South Africa tomorrow, where she lives in Blouberg Strand! I am blessed to have them both in my life and so happy to have been able to give Berna this painting as a small appreciation for being the special mother of my dear friend Maraai.

o x o

Tuesday, January 3, 2012




This is the first of My Daily Painting Series. I started this venture by painting a few organic Pomegranates my dearest friend,Mari Hugo, let me have from her garden! 


Here, detail of economic brush strokes.


The second painting which I am planning to paint every day. These paintings reflect my love for all things French. 


More detail of the cut open pomegranate.

I will be posting a painting a day from now on, so hope you will keep up with me!!!

o x o

Monday, December 19, 2011


Oil on Canvas ~ SOLD

Oranges and Roses is a painting I so enjoyed doing as it is really is a reflection of my personality. I love the warm light on the oranges, captured on a special Californian winter's day!

Sunday, December 11, 2011


Camps Bay Beach in Cape Town, South Africa, must be one of the most beautiful places to be at sunset, and this is when I captured my dear friend, Ingrid Duminy's daughters and niece. The painting now hangs in their beautiful Bishopscourt home. Love the painting, love the girls and especially love their mom!

Friday, November 25, 2011


Oil on Canvas ~ SOLD

My dearest South African friend, Penny Haig, bought this painting from me before I moved to the USA. It is a snapshot depiction of my kids at play on Campsbay Beach. I am not sure who I miss most, my friend or my kids at this age!!!

The painting has rich impasto brush strokes, emphasizing the transition between the warm and cool colours, which in turn, creates a lively, sunny rendition of a very special moment of kids on the beach.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did painting it!

o x o

Friday, November 18, 2011


Christine Williams with the winning painting!
Congratulations to the lucky winner, Christine Williams. She entered my Give Away and really expressed her love for my work in such a special way that I felt she deserved to win it. I wish I could have given away more paintings, as there were so many wonderful comments on my work. Next time!

Lots of love,

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


Oil on Canvas                        Morning Rooibos Tea                                36x40

This is a self portrait, depicting me enjoying my beloved Rooibos tea, soaking in the last few rays of summer sun. Most of my painting ideas I pen down in the leather bound book in the foreground while contemplating my next dish, sewing project or piece of furniture to be rescued from obscurity. 

o x o 

Monday, November 7, 2011

PLACE NAME canvas & easels

Thanksgiving place name
So, how cute is this??? These are the most versatile and not to mention darling little paintings! I paint anything that might match your decor, crockery or season.

Love these miniature topiaries, go with A N Y T H I N G! 

And just for fun, I make these very cute, very eco, both great centre piece and conversation piece!

This little chalkboard comes with a quaint ribbon to add extra flair to your special table. All of these can be bought from my shop

Until next week,

Much love,

x x x

c e c i l i a

Saturday, October 29, 2011


This is a very special painting I did for a very special family! My dear friend, Lynn Colijn, asked  me to do a painting for her, similar to Nederburg Pinotage. And seeing that it was a commission I thought it would be quite lovely to add a few objects that are precious to them as a family. 

The sugar jar from Holland and the little figurines fondly known as 'Martin and Lynn' represent a rich family heritage. The jug on the left I added as it hails from the VOC era, whom great grand dad Colijn worked for. The teacup on the left belonged to Lynn's grandmother, and the bottle of wine was had at their daughter Paige's 21st!

The most precious touch of all is the very subtle cross in the foreground, hanging from the silver bowl. This piece is very special to my family as it once belonged to their son Ross, but was given as a gift to Thomas, my son.

I so enjoyed doing this commission, and should you like to have your special object d'art captured on canvas, I would be very happy to do so.



c e c i l i a

Monday, October 17, 2011


Oil on Canvas                                    Five Minutes' Peace                                 Cecilia Rosslee                   

A self portrait in my lazy, warm sunny sitting room in South Africa! I did this painting just before we moved to the States and sometimes, just for a few minutes, I miss the peace I felt at that very moment. Everything about the painting speak of relaxation and total peace...even though only for a few minutes. I love the brown, especially now that we are entering the winter season here in America, where one is daily reminded of harvest time at the sight of beautiful pumpkin displays all over the show!

Monday, October 10, 2011


Oil on Canvas                                                             Garden Scents ~ SOLD                                                          Cecilia Rosslee

This is a lovely, vibrant colour study of a still life I set up in the garden. The focus is mainly on the movement of shadows and petals which makes for a lively rendition of a classic floral scene.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011


Cecilia Rosslee                                                              Chinese Blossoms                                                               Oil on Canvas

CHINESE BLOSSOMS depicts a selection of fresh oranges, wine and objects placed in the late afternoon sun. It has been featured in Carmel Magazine and sold to clients in LA.

Monday, September 12, 2011


PINOTAGE - oil on board

This was the first in a series of Nederburg Pinotage my brother sent me from South Africa, via a visit from my mother! 

Tuesday, August 30, 2011


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Oil on Canvas ~ ALL SOLD
These are 3 little flower studies I did to play around with the different temperatures of cold shadows, warm shadows, cold highlights and warm highlights....etc

Friday, August 26, 2011

Burlap Setting

Oil on Canvas ~ SOLD

There is something calming about a simple setting and even better on lovely French burlap. Homely and warm, memories of the south of France! 

A close up of the above painting, just to show how none of brush strokes seem to make sense from close up, yet it all works together from a distance!