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Tertia du Toit

Updated on February 17, 2014

Thank you, Ms du Toit

It is with great delight that I offer this hub for your reading pleasure. Not only a pleasure of reading but a feast for the eyes and a balm to the tired mind and heart.

Tertia du Toit's artwork cannot help but lift you up and whisk you along with her on an imaginative and wonderfully idyllic daytrip.

I wish to personally say thank you to Ms du Toit for corresponding with me and allowing me to present her artwork to our HubPages community.

There are many links for and about Tertia du Toit, her artwork is almost literally in every home in South Africa as her artwork of her Cape Maidens are on many labels of jams and preserves.

I did not want this to be an ordinary review of her gorgeous artwork...anything I tried to write did not come close to how her artwork made me feel.

So instead, I hae taken a large writer privilege and gone in a new direction; a fantastical journey in the lives of few of her Maidens as they go about their day to day lives.

I feel sure everyone will be as glad as I that we took this trip to visit her artwork and meet all her lovely girls!

Ms du Toit,Thank you again!

Ladies and Gentleman, may I present Ms Tertia du Toit!

Once Upon A Time

Once upon a time there lived some lovely girls

Right in the middle of Tertia's forehead!

These lovely girls fed Tertia sunshine; to make her glow.

They gave her flower petals of brightest hues

To be sureTertia would see and know

The same lovely colours and make them grow.

These lovely girls would giggle and run and play

Inside ot Tertia's forehead all the day.

Then, even in the evening, they brought Tertia dreams.

Dreams of joy and youth and love and life

With all that's in between.

Tertia grew strong and true, the lovely girls were proud

And when it was time, only Tertia knew how;

Tertia brought them, one by one, from her forehead

To her ground.

The girls knew their work was not completed,

They now share with the world their message of love

For when people see them, so beautiful and gving,

These lovely girls impart a subtle magic,

That brings forth the best in all of us;

The desire to change the world, starting with ourselves.

To change the way we see each other, and give to each other;

That is the best magic of all.

Thank you Tertia for your lovely girls, They give us all such pleasure

We cannot repay the favor, except with heartfelt gazes

And perhaps with trying to live our lives as the girls are living;

On your canvas with such gay abandon!

Island Maidens

Breeze Pixie
Breeze Pixie
Shadows of Juno
Shadows of Juno
Thea Nigrini and Tertia du Toit
Thea Nigrini and Tertia du Toit

A True Story or One That Hopes to Be?

Pomelo lay sleeping with the bed of grapefruit at her back, easing the strains of her hard work the day before. Her dreams were as sweet as the wine she and her sisters, cousins and friends helped to create. Though the work was hard and at certain seasons the hours were even longer, still, Pomelo was satisfied. Of all the women that worked for Juno, Pomelo was the matriarch. Juno, as wife to Jupiter, had too many duties (and joys) in her life to supervise and nurture the colony of women on the Island Of The Maiden where the water of life began. Juno entrusted that worrisome detail to Pomelo, the steadiest and mature of all the joyfully childlike women on the island. But even with Pomelo's maturity, a normal work day on the island was anything but normal.

For instance, Kitty had returned to the island the day before. Kitty had been on the mainland visiting her family, catching up with old friends, dancing in the clubs, learning new dance steps, having a lovely time. But the main thing Kitty had gone for was to make one purchase; one long wished for one long dreamed for item; a bright blue three wheeler bicycle. When Kitty flew into the grape press room on her new bike a fresh spring breeze followed her inside, pushed along by the Breeze Pixies. Breeze pixies are always eager to play or cause mischief, to the pixies, there is no difference. So, despite the new songs, dances and gossip from the mainland the one item Kitty most wanted to share with her community of island maidens was her new blue three wheeled bicycle.

The island maidens were delighted that Kitty had returned and amazed at her skill with her new bike. Everyone wanted to play. As a result, the usual workday came to an abrupt halt and the pixies seized their chance! If the maidens had not been giggling and playing so loudly perhaps they could have saved the day. As it was, even Pomelo was taken unaware and bad went to disastrous before the maidens had gotten more than one ride apiece around the grape vats. Mossie and her sparrow were the first to notice but Opkyk was looking up, as usual, and both raised the alarm simultaneously.

The maidens knew what to do; Breeze Pixies and otherworldly creatures were indigenous to the island. Some believed it was Juno herself who placed them there, others felt most of the fey were in place before Juno made the island one of her homes. Indeed, the magical beings would have attracted the earth goddess like a lodestone and for sure made the wine that much more delectable, despite the extra work it took at times to maintain some semblance of order!

Melkmiesie was guarding the window while Waar's my lemoen and Soenmylemoens stationed themselves and their delectable oranges in the middle of the room. Squeeze my oranges was provocative in her soft blue sheeting slip. However, she was careful to keep her eyes downcast, lest the pixies catch the dancing laughter from her eyes. Kiss my oranges was leaning forward with her fruit spilling out around her skirt .It was the enticing odor of maidens and fruit filling the air that ultimately spelled the pixies undoing.

At first, the Breeze Pixies were wary and shy; they had played this game many times in the past. Never mind that the maidens always let the pixies keep their spoils, pixies just hate to see the fun come to an end! So it was up to the strandmiesies to march and sing around the grape vats closing the circle slowly and carefully until all the pixies were tumbling onto Squeeze and Kiss my Oranges skirts. Lemmitjye covered the Breeze Pixies with a gentle brush of lime scented cloth making sure there were plenty of tart lime flavors to balance the sweetness of the oranges. When it seemed the Breeze Pixies were quiet and suckling on their stolen pleasures Druiweimiesie gathered them gently into her basket and humming a little tune, took them out into the courtyard.

The basket of Breeze Pixies was given into the care of Wolketrapper, for whom better to return the pixies to their own corner of the island than Cloudcatcer herself? Kitty loaned Cloudcatcher her new bicycle to make the tri and Pomelo called and asked Juno for a bit of weightless dust to keep the bike airborne. Such a sight to see that day! The ground falling away beneath the bicycle tires, Wolketrapper smiling, head thrown back to taste the sky and a basket full of softly snoring Breeze Pixies flying skyward into the sun! Wolketrapper would giggle every time a pixie would hiccup and the blue bike would give a delightful hop at the same time!

Pomelo gathered the Island Maidens around the center of the square where they clasped hands and danced in the soft evening air, a group of gorgeous, fun loving, vivacious girls forever on the edge of a triptych, not yet women, not yet fully grown from maidens. Juno peeked in on them later that night as they lay sprawled in their beds, arms and legs tangled in sheets, mysterious smiles flitting cross their features as they dreamed of adventures or hartstops or perhaps, just another bright blue three wheeled bicycle. Perhaps the next one will have a basket that fit on the handlebars!


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      Laughing Mom 8 years ago

      That is great art! And a wonderful commentary to go along with it! My favorite piece is 'druiwemeisie'.

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      rnmsn 8 years ago

      Thanks Laughing mom!!

      if the site I used for translation is correct I think that makes it basket girl...obvious? yes except lemoene was translated as oranges :) go figure!

      My favorite is Opkyk but I couldn't find translation for it/I'm hoping Tertia will write and maybe tell us ... I hope she likes this!

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      Laughing Mom 8 years ago

      Well, I guess so. It's the picture of the girl carrying the basket with her overalls falling off. She really should use a tailor! :-)

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      Tom Cornett 8 years ago from Ohio

      Cool art....first I've seen it...I like it...Thanks!

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      rnmsn 8 years ago

      I know!!! I love Tertia's work!!

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      Barbara Bethard 8 years ago from Tucson, Az

      oh laughing mom spoken like a true young momma! wait a few years,slip sliding overalls will be the least of your worries! my adult in training that is still my baby girl has added new artwork to her pretty arms...makes me cringe/but love her we do

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      James A Watkins 8 years ago from Chicago

      I love this art!  I'll take the girl with the umbrella.  Though it was not an easy choice as the artist is more consistent in her quality than most.  All of them are all fine art.  Thank you for sharing these.

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      rnmsn 8 years ago

      ah yes james, mossie det, I found out mossie is sparrow but couldnt decipher det...isn't she sweet?

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      Barbara Bethard 8 years ago from Tucson, Az

      just to let you guys know...I have received an email from Tertia.she said shes had very hectic days but loved the story and plans to add a comment here!! I can't wait!!

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      Laura du Toit 7 years ago from South Africa

      What a delightful way of presenting a truly great artist's work. Just thought I would let you know that a "druiwe meisie" is a "grape girl" and she is carrying the typical basket that they use in the vineyards when they pick the grapes.

      Excellent artist and excellent hub!

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      Laura du Toit 7 years ago from South Africa

      What a delightful way of presenting a truly great artist's work. Just thought I would let you know that a "druiwe meisie" is a "grape girl" and she is carrying the typical basket that they use in the vineyards when they pick the grapes.

      Excellent artist and excellent hub!

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      Laura du Toit 7 years ago from South Africa

      Hi Just thought I'd let you know that Opkyk means to look upwards.

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      Barbara Bethard 7 years ago from Tucson, Az

      oh thank you laura!! well, at least in my tale i gt the look up part correct :) a subtle artist you are indeed Ms laura du Toit but that's all right with me, I m just so glad you enjoyed my story :) Tertia is truly are you! :) love to you both

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      shantastic 6 years ago

      Hi! I am trying to do a school project on tertia du toit but I can't find life information on her anywhere! Do you perhaps know a website where I can find some info? thanks!

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      Barbara Bethard 6 years ago from Tucson, Az

      well for sure!! keep scrolling down and see the words in blue? those are the sites where I found my info!!

      now this is a story I made up you know/about all the beautiful girls Tertia du Toit has painted...but she lives in S Africa with her family and they own a winery and she got her start by doing the labels for a jam company

      she is so fantastic...I never thought I would find ANY artisit that I thought was on the same level as Waterhouse but her work just pulls you into the painting and makes you FLY!!!

      as a matter of fact Tertia du Toit gave me permision via email to do a write up on her work/then I went in a totally different direction amd emailed her about it and she herself wrote me back!!! I was so thrilled and still have the emails!! she said she had had such a hectic week she had not written a comment here on HP but she loved the story :)

      I was and as you can see so very proud!

      just follow the links, then keep plugging away at the 'puter, she is all OVER the net I promise you!!

      and I bet you get an A+!!!!

      love to you,

      barbara b

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      Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      Thanks so much for sharing this whimsical, colorful artwork. It makes me feel free and light just looking at it, and the women have an innocent sexual appeal. So glad this was featured in the Arts and Design Topic area.

      Voting it up, beautiful, awesome and interesting.

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      Barbara Bethard 5 years ago from Tucson, Az

      Gail!! It was??? Too Cool!!! I emailed Tertia du Toit two years ago before I wrote this...asked if I could do a page on her...course per bethard turned out differently than I expected...but she emailed me again later and said she had read it and loved it

      wasn't too much longer that I found Laura du Toit's writing...and I hinted hard hard...but she remains subtle to this day :)

      check her HP out and let me know....


      now then how do I find the arts and design area........

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