-  Diary of an Adventure   -  Harbour Town Adventure

Laboured through my jog, the various parts of my body not working together. Think I left some of them sleeping. 

Outside the studio, life on the estuary, constantly changing. A yacht poorly positioned is careened as the tide goes out. Frantic activity to move it before it’s damaged. Firefly spots of brilliant colour from kite surfer sails in the afternoon sunlight. A visiting yacht escorted by the pilot boat to its berthing in the harbour. The launch of a new Knysna 500 catamaran, ‘Second Chance’. 

‘Erica’s Dance’, a painting of iIndigenous Erica’s growing at J9, with a touch of artistic license.

The painting has a strong masculine left, with a gentler feminine right has side. The red flowers, smaller to balance the dominant colour, especially with the orange gold underpainting. Pink Erica flowers gentler against the softer pastel like green and blues. I used stronger pink sections to link with the red flowers. 

To move away from the botanical feeling of the flowers, I used slashes of background colours to break through the flowers.

Trying to sort the struggling herbs on the patio. Managed to knock a full pot of potting soil off the edge. No blood!!

A bunch of interesting people through the studio talking about painting, art, life and experiences. A challenge to get my Afghanistan diaries onto my web page. They can be found at

Afghanistan Adventure

Came across an amazing painting by Monet of Argenteuil. ‘Flowers on a Riverbank’, that I used as the inspiration for a painting of the gardens and views out across the Dry Mill on Harbour Town.

New stock of paint arrived. Charvin from France, with interesting versions of the traditional pallet I use. French yellow, rather than the Cadmium Yellows and blues and greens that give new options for water. We were able to visit their beautiful shop in Paris a few years ago, which was impossibly imposing. 

‘Hobie 16’, a commissioned piece for a chap who comes past the studio every morning with his dogs. Probably will never get paid for it, but enjoyed the challenge as I struggle giving life to commissions. Used the vibrant colours of the Hobie sails to depict the waves.

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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