Diary of an Adventure

Thirty Paintings in Thirty Days

A collage of the thirty paintings that I did in the thirty days of January.

The paintings are of our everyday lives in the vineyards. A celebration of beauty, so at odds with the demanding years in South Sudan.

I will continue to paint these small canvases, for the pleasure they bring, and spend more time capturing illustrations in charcoal.

I have made the small paintings available for sale on my blog under the 15×15, 20x20cm headings for $100.00 and $150.00 respectively. This includes shipping.

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Diary of an Adventure

Knysna Adventures

Overcast, with rain over the distant forests. The water stunningly still. Dragon trail of fire as the sun toyed with the blanket of cloud.

In between looking at a multitude of housing options (unaffordable, smelly, lousy, unsuitable, stunning) that took us to various parts of Knysna we had never been to, I managed to do a couple of illustrations of the remnants of old foresters cabins that lead into the forests.

Despite the occupants being a tad strange, with an assortment of aggressive dogs, there is a certain aura emanating from the run down tin structures.

Wild oysters the size of side plates that I was assured are stunning, looking out to the Heads and mulling over the possibilities if the offer for the Dry Mill apartment is accepted. Close enough to the studio, with water access for toys it will give us a base from which to follow the opportunities around the globe. On three levels, it has a Boutique Hotel room feel. A decorators dream.

Walk with Polly out at Buffels watching an incredible sunrise. The water a tad too chilly for a swim, and too early for the sun to be warm.

The Thirty Paintings in Thirty Days challenge has passed. I managed to actually do thirty one paintings and illustrations during the month, which I will assemble for viewing at the cottage when we are back. While demanding, it has highlighted what is possible.

Revised proposal submitted for home-based work submitted, with Craig’s wine cellar beckoning.

30 Paintings in 30 Days

Day 29 Thirty Paintings in thirty days

Foresters Cabin
18cmx27cm Charcoal and Acrylic on 425g paper

Leading up the forests above Knysna, the remnants of old foresters cabins can be found.

Despite the occupants being a tad strange, with an assortment of aggressive dogs, there is a certain aura emanating from the run down tin structures.

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Vineyard Adventures

Deluxe Coffee Works. A new artisanal coffee roaster in Stellies. The fixed wheel bicycle and surfboard should have been an indicator. And if not, the portraits along the wall of guys sporting various strange haircuts should have rung alarm bells. This is serious coffee that explodes your senses so they vibrate with the steel guitar music.

Wind chimes, and pine needles, as the wind turns. Bringing some relief from the hot summer days.

An unusual wine and salt pairing dinner in the underground cellars at Bergkelder. Five artesian salts (Hawaiian – red one and a black one, Australian – pale pink, and West Coast – white, and Uppington – white) paired with various food and wine combinations. Some of the salts were flaky, some round crystals, some volcanic, some from sea water, some from underground sources.

For the first time I have seen mechanical grape harvesters at work in the Zevenwacht vineyards. No more basket wielding pickers, moving between the vines. A hum and lights at first light, with the smell of fermented grapes filling the air, all the indication that the harvest is underway.

The house transfer moving quicker than expected, prompting a trip to Knysna to see what our options are, as the studio won’t be ready for another year. To keep up with the 30 painting schedule, while traveling, I needed to get a couple done in advance. An overcast morning making it easier. My hand cramping with the contortions from the additional workload.