-  Diary of an Adventure   -  Leisure Isle Adventures

Mum here for the week, forcing us to move beyond the confines of Knysna. Scones at the Plettenberg watching the endless waves, looking for whales.

A bunch of yellow paint getting everywhere. Doesn’t quite explain how my hand managed to get full of blue paint!
‘Dogs Life’ (From a photo by Berend) Oil on Canvas 76cmx101cm. I wanted to catch the movement of the dogs with minimal definition. Sculpting them with blocks of paint. I kept toning down the pallet, to convey the gentleness of the light across the lagoon. Burnt sienna for the dark areas, which I scrapped through to the yellow underpainting to breath light into the silhouettes of the composition.
Dogs Life Detail
A touch of Colmont for sparkle, with the rounded Three Graces Shiraz, contrasted with an usual Karusa red, full of the mystery of the Karoo, and the stunning Lismore Chardonnay, to accompany Terry’s Boeuf Bourguignon that had filled the house with aromas of simmering herbs, woven within red wine. Iceberg lettuce transformed with dill, lemon and avo. A delicate balance to the creamy cauliflower bake. Chocolate mouse made from French Valrhona that touch of decadence.
At the studio apartment, the steel beam is in place, the roofing over the new kitchen is sorted and the additional electrics and plumbing have been installed. The slab over the garage has been cast and we are ready to tile the shower and toilet area.
The painting for Brisbane has started its journey to its new home.
Under the canopy of trees, heavy with moisture from the mist that cocoons us, the first of the spring flowers. Forest dwellers pick the flowers and sell bouquets alongside the main road. Their faces, elfin featured, are animated and bubble with life.
Our first Thesen Harbour Town meeting with other commercial owners to look at the concept for a Master Plan. A whole new raft of terminology, where we are referred to as ‘bulk’ (increasing development on an existing space), with ‘spillover’ (using the walkway and street for business). Parking places are currency, and nodes delineate usage areas. We are becoming the art gallery node!

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.


  • Ann Raats

    Dearest Jan and Terry, Amazing what happens when I turn my back. Gone just two days and the whole world of Knysna seems to change. Great news with the apartment progress, I’ll follow it with interest. Thank you too for picking up the socks I foolishly left behind. Here the day has been busy with Daniel in the garden and lots of cutting back, weeding etc being done. So much more I wish I had the energy to continue for a few more hours.

    Lovely to enjoy Benjamin for the hours I spent there. Nik and Staci seem to be doing well and adjusting to theirpride and joy. Staci taking the usual Moms strain when he won’t settle but that will pass.

    Thank you both so very much for my wonderful few days of being part of your home and lives. It was wonderful and I enjoyed it so much. Gail and Richard were so easy to be with also setting aside the days to ensure I had a wonderful time. The flowers were an added bonus that I hadn’t even thought of. Lots of walks too so I’ve continued my exercise to make me strong again.

    Must get the washing cleared up and things put to order. Take care of yourselves.

    Dearest love and blessings


    August 24, 2015

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