-  Diary of an Adventure   -  Thesen Harbour Town Adventures

Translucent sails against the shimmering water. Slow cooked pork belly (the Voignier, Weber grilled type), with green beans and Mum’s crunchy Tai green salad, overlooking another stunning sunset across the lagoon. Ateraxia Pinot a stunning accompaniment. Especially when combined with a taste of Vosges Pink Himalayan crystal salt, caramel chocolate.

Muscles weary from carting the boxes of books into the apartment. Treasures from our travels uncovered, bringing their memories. Mold a bother on clothing used as wrapping on fragile bits.
Kirsten introduced me to Alexi Von Jawlensky, who painted with Kandinsky which inspired the colours of his portraits. While primary colours predominate in much of his work, I used his colour contrasts as a basis for a much gentler portrait of Guy. The turquoise, raw sienna and blue of the waters outside the studio, to capture his carefree spirit.
The eyes, where it all starts. Did chicken out with the background, going a conservative route, rather than the dramatic one I had in mind.
With the wind taking a day off and the sun out to play, we closed the studio and headed to the Peroni beach bar in Craig’s boat. The colours of the waters magical, if a tad too chilly to swim. Wakes from every direction brought a mishmash of craft to the beach. A spot of Pinot and Champagne at J9, seemed to demand that we finish the day at Chatters for one of their fabulous pizza’s.
The cry of birds in distress woke me as day was breaking over the lagoon. Owls out hunting, the cause. Their hooting, menacing in its finality.
Outside the studio, the new light boxes have been installed finalizing the branding, and ensuring that the studio is unmissable. Inviting. Intriguing. Stylish. Impressive.
Studio lights 2
First tour group visiting the studio. Did the photograph pose bit and demonstration painting. As the group consisted of a couple of Japanese media people, it will be interesting to see what coverage the studio gets.
Sold a small painting, which was important as it was also a test run for the card machine.
New paintings from the studio
Oil on Canvas 20cmx20cm
Pilot Boat
Oil on Canvas 20cmx20cm

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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