-  Diary of an Adventure   -  Juba Adventures


Oil on Canvas 60cmx50cm

A wonderful early evening at Juba Bridge next to the Nile, with the team. We managed to secure a spot next to the water, which is in flood after the rains. It didn’t seem to phase a fishermen, who stood nonchalantly in his dugout, casting his net. Almost a cliche with the setting sun throwing the cloud formations into billowing colours.

On the easel, the view of Vivier from the harbour in the afternoon sunshine. Being in France, in summer, with the sunflowers out was extra special, in this part of the world where so many of the Impressionists created their masterpieces.

I was going to add more detail to the sunflower field, but decided I liked its vague suggestion, that didn’t distract from the buildings. Will need to do something about straightening the tower as the problem with painting with my left hand is that the lines tend to curve to the right.

On my jog around the UN House circuit, the cloud formation above Rock City hills, displayed the limitations of the sky I painted. In a friendly sort of, this is the creator, sort of way.

At the Bishops residence in Viviers, beds of delphs in harmony with the pale stone walls. I had to finish my painting under lights which was a new challenge. A bit like painting without my glasses.

Started the day by locking my keys in the house, after a disturbed evening with rain hammering on the roof, thunder crashing and frogs in full croak. The storm left the patio flooded and the skies are still dark and heavy with more rain potential.

Ethiopian version of espresso doing its best to burn a whole through my feet, sitting next to the Nile river waiting for the meeting to start. The wind, on a stormy day, almost cool!

In his time Jan has been an electronics, nuclear and power system engineer, a strategist, a humanitarian and an artist. A career path linked by creativity and innovative thinking. Initially trained at the Johannesburg College of Art, Jan has won numerous international awards and has exhibited nationally and internationally. He can be found in his studio ‘Jandreart’ located at Thesen Harbour Town, Knysna.


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