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A glass of wine overlooking a troubled sea. The smell of Jasmine mingling with sea spray.

Jam Jar Rally. A spot of craziness in Knysna, passing the studio. The cars as colourful as the occupants in some sort of throw-back to carefree adventure. If you are a guy that is, as only teams of four men are allowed to enter in this event, where the vehicles need to be older than 30 years and be cheap. There is some sort of points system for doing community activities along the route.

A sunny morning found us walking along the beach at Brenton. Polly managing the steps and a longer walk on her wobbly legs. Life with pharmaceuticals! Howling winds and thunder making Polly’s life miserable.

Picnic on the balcony menu. Carpaccio, with olive oil, parmigiana and fried salted capers. Caprese skewers. Salmon and cream cheese Blini. Fresh strawberries and chili chocolate. Pinot, Chardonnay and bubbles with a drop of Shiraz to round out the evening.

The forests are bursting with spring flowers. Yellow, purple and white blossoms. I wanted that slightly misty, ethereal quality to my painting of the Forest. Summer lightness, and brilliance. Without being insipid. 

For the small square paintings, we are having presentation boxes made by a small business here in Knysna called Wrap-it. Perfect gifts and easy to transport the paintings safely.

The painting has arrived safely in Brisbane and Shelly is happy with it. Great to see how it fits so perfectly into her decor.

At the apartment, the last doors and windows are being installed. The laying of the wooden floor has started and the garages are almost complete. The last of the tiling is being finished and the electricity outlets are in. There is a problem with the down lighter holders and the LED globes that don’t fit snugly. Retrofit issues, or low cost fittings? Replacement fittings sorted. 

Jog along the edge of the lagoon still cool, despite the sunshine. Joints a tad inflexible. The Kilometer markings feeling like they were stretched as I struggled to get my pace above that of a shuffle. Spots of brilliance, the spring flowers in the gardens around Leisure.

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.


  • Complicated, complex and totally draws me in because of the trunk into the water the lines and colors are perfect!

    September 19, 2015

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