-  Diary of an Adventure   -  Leisure Island Adventure

Yacht Club for lunch, perched above the waters of the lagoon. Although with the high water from the full moon tides, it feels like it’s floating on the water. It’s pleasantly difficult to concentrate on the food with the distraction of the water activity. Great service and end of stock wines meant that we were still there after the staff had left for the day. Didn’t quite manage to stay for the sunset.

All sorts of squeaky muscles, and a stiff bum, from making the new storage racks for my canvases. Only a small amount of blood shed in the process. The whine of power tools driving the neighbours crazy.

Disturbed nights with storms thundering across the lagoon. Winds driving rain under the roof tiles. Water running down inside the area where we are storing the boxes waiting for the move to the apartment. A mission to move them and check for damp before mould becomes a problem. Fortunately, no damage.

Duttons Cove, overlooking the sea at Herolds Bay, our airport waiting spot. On grey, wet days, the cozy interior of the restaurant with its smoke, infused, timber ceiling and red brick fireplace, allows for easy conversation while watching the endless breakers roll into the bay. For sunny days, the terrace beckons. The service is friendly. The food uncomplicated. The wine list, affordable. Particularly as driving doesn’t allow for indulgence! 

I gravitate to Monet’s painting of Irises whenever I visit the Met. There is something in the loose style, on such a large canvas that captivates. With blue irises in season, I decided to brave a larger canvas, with a focus on the architectural character of the flowers. An under painting of equal amounts of raw and burnt sienna with white to allow for the loose painting in blues and purples. A touch of carmine, with lemon yellow touches in the petals and stems. I have a fear of Phthalo blue that I find dominates the painting. Again I found it overpowering where I tried to increase the blue value of the flowers.

After a struggle, the last tenant is out of the downstairs studio space and we can begin the tearing out of the front walls to increase the light in the studio. With the Knysna Art Festival scheduled for the 7th, we will probably wait until that is over before we start.

At the studio apartment, the floor is almost down. The glass wall for the bathroom has been installed and the finishing is progressing at a pace. Another week to completion?

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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