ABOUT

I am a watercolour artist inspired by my surroundings amidst the green hills of the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands.

Long walks taken through the countryside spark my iridescent, imperfect botanical and floral artworks, through each passing season. My love for watercolour is formed by the idea that the paint takes form in a whimsical, imperfect, and meaningful way, such that something of the essence of our beautiful flora of the Midlands shines through.

My artwork has been exhibited around the country and featured as design work on textiles sold by leading interior decorators and clothing brands.

I truly enjoy being commissioned to paint for special occasions, spaces and textiles. I am also passionate about sharing the simple joy of watercolours in painting workshops for small or large groups, in a very relaxed style.

Light is therefore colour

- J M W Turner
Lara-Waldburger
  • Agreed, Madiba. .
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Perfect love casts out fear. 
1 John 4:18 
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  • So, so excited to say that I will be participating, with a few artworks, in a special collaboration at this year's Hilton Arts Festival. So much fun! Can't wait to share a few more details soon! An exciting (and busy) next two months with a watercolour+soul workshop in August; and if you haven't already pencilled it in - the Hilton Arts Festival is the place to be from 13th-15th September! And let's all ask for no howling winds or torrential downpours please! .
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  • "Take me now, don't let go. Hold me close, I'm coming home."
Rest in peace #johnnyclegg /  best of South African music 🇿🇦
  • "Our souls are not hungry for fame, comfort, wealth or power. Our souls are hungry for meaning, for the sense that we have figured out how to live so that our lives matter." .
For me painting is part of this exploration of living life with meaning, as well as seeking to grasp a deep sense of contentment (which I have not always succeeded in doing well)... so this kind of workshop makes my heart sing! .
@caitlyndebeer is an incredibly positive & encouraging, yet real, authentic person who speaks with depth, so I'm thrilled to have her share her insight with us in the Midlands! She is passionate about helping women learn to love themselves, find what makes them tick and then embrace or create a life that makes them come alive; even in the harder seasons of life.
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Excited to paint in a relaxed & therapeutic way, whilst sipping wine and spending the afternoon with some wonderful women! If you would like to join us we would love that; please send me an email asap as the workshop is already happily half booked! Lara@larawaldburger.com .
Happy Friday & enjoy the tennis! Come on Fed! .
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  • In the shop right now, so many beautiful pieces! @lime_and_roses @vincent_reid355 @nixstanton1976 @kerrymichau_artist 
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  • Been thinking a lot about the words contentment & simplicity lately .. I read this stunning little story last night, surprised I haven't heard it before, brilliant!
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"An investment banker was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a little boat with one fisherman docked. Inside the boat were a few large yellowfin tuna. The American complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them.

The Mexican replied, “only a little while. The American then asked why didn’t he stay out longer to catch more? The Mexican said he had enough to support his family’s immediate needs. The American then asked, “but what do you do with the rest of your time?” The Mexican fisherman said, “I sleep late, play with my children, take siestas with my wife, Maria, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine, and play guitar with my amigos.  I have a full and busy life.” The American scoffed, “I am a Harvard MBA and could help you. You should spend more time fishing and with the proceeds, buy a bigger boat. With the proceeds from the bigger boat, you could buy several boats, eventually you would have a fleet. Instead of selling your catch to a middleman you would sell directly, eventually opening your own cannery. You would control the product, processing, and distribution. You would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Mexico City, then LA and eventually New York City, where you will run a successful, expanding enterprise.” The Mexican fisherman asked, “But, how long will this all take?” To which the American replied, “15 – 20 years.” “But what then?” Asked the Mexican.

The American laughed and said, “That’s the best part.  When the time is right you would announce an IPO and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich, you would make millions!” “Millions – then what?” The American said, “Then you would retire.  Move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take siestas with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos.”
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Original iris painting sold #watercolour

Custom Designs

I love to paint designs especially for textiles and ceramics. My work has been used by brands such as Free Range Interior and Clothing; Lime and Roses of Nottingham Road; Michele Fortune Interior Designers; Rayne Ceramics and The A Store.

Artwork Commissions

It is always an honour to be commissioned to paint something unique and meaningful. Original paintings might then be scanned and edited, allowing colours to truly pop, and then printed to exact, specified size, for a contemporary feel, and to work in unique spaces or to celebrate meaningful occasions.

Workshops

I absolutely love encouraging others to express themselves creatively, particularly through the medium of watercolour. I enjoy leading a small group, in a relaxed environment and would love to host a watercolour workshop for your specific group of friends or colleagues.