-  Diary of an Adventure   -  Harbour Town Adventures

Magic blue tape, and my calf resembling a hedgehog as the Physio does her best to sort my problematic Achilles. 

For my painting of a vase of pink flowers and a sugar bowl, I wanted a loose, abstract feel to the painting. The flowers (NERINE bowdenii) are made up of spikes of starry delicate petals. A medium sized canvas (60x90cm) gave me room, without the painting needing to be viewed from across the lagoon. I used a background of predominantly Ultramarine blue, broken with Cobalt blue and permanent madder.

Splotches of paint, sculptured the vase and sugar bowl, with the delicate flowers etched against the blue background. Not quite the Japanese simplicity I was hoping to achieve.

Clare made us a starter from their trip to New York City of dates with almonds and gorgonzola, wrapped in bacon and grilled until crispy. Amazing. 

Pretty run along the Gouna River road, from the Terblans (named for the Terblanz Beech tree) Grootdraai picnic spot, where we met up with Craig who had started some 12km down the road at the Big Tree. The last hill a fair challenge which my Achilles didn’t enjoy.

Portrait of Donavan ‘Storyteller’ handed to him at Easthead on a beautiful day. Thrilled he was.

Between days of sparkling sunshine, storms tear across the lagoon, battering the studio. Windows turned into salt encrusted misery. Such is life at the sea. Cleaning the windows a series of deductive approaches and techniques. Particularly perched on a 6m ladder!

The start of the winter Artist movies in the studio program was well received and the next scheduled movie is almost full. 

Small painting of a rowing boat. Howling winds across the lagoon, toss rowing boats in wild abandon.

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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