Diary of an Adventure

Wilderness Adventures

 

Roger here from Switzerland and Dad and Mary down from Montagu for a family get together in Wilderness. The house in the nature reserve well appointed and spacious. The covered braai area perfect in the damp weather.
Pharaoh gallery, the paintings humming with energy from the walls. Bold sweeping strokes from the pallet knife on the large canvases, applied with precision, create minimalist portraits full of movement. The use of bright, surreal colours serve to arrest the eye and emphasis the beauty of the women in the paintings.
With rain threatening we stopped at Pomodoro for a light lunch. We could only manage to share the cheese and meat Antipasto, which the knowledgable, and attentive waiter, assured us would be perfect. The relaxed atmosphere ensured that a second glass of their generous house wine became necessary.
Face pink, sunny day exploiting my sunscreen lapse.
An unusual painting commission for the Knysna Antique Wooden Boat Festival poster, with precise guidelines that didn’t easily fit into my impressionistic, finger painting, style. The colours, vibrant. The setting, with the Knysna Yacht Club as a backdrop, special. The painting, challenging.
My painting, ‘Walking with Giants’, selected for the South African Charity Auction in London, crated and ready to be collected. My DIY limitations being tested as I look to keep the crate light but ensure the safety of the painting.
The studio has received 17 excellent reviews on TripAdvisor pushing us closer to the top 10 ranked attraction (ranked 17 out of 77) in Knysna. Currently, we are ranked 3rd out of 17 best shopping destinations, with the number 1 and 2 both in Sedgefield.
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Diary of an Adventure

Harbour Town Adventures

Ash settling everywhere from fires burning in the dry conditions. Overnight rain a welcome respite, with spring starting to push its way into longer days.

Determination and vulnerability. Characteristics uppermost in my head for the portrait of Harry (based on an excellent photograph by Liliy), to acknowledge his journey as he fights his way to health.

In looking at the paintings of babies by the Impressionists, the innocent, romanticism in Renior and Morisot’s paintings didn’t convey Harry’s bravery. However, my impasto technique felt heavy and as the portrait started to feel overworked, I stopped, not sure that I had done him justice. I used a small canvas as I wasn’t sure of the space available in their home, which was probably a mistake as I feel it needs room around the portrait.

A stop at The Daily Coffee Cafe, a new coffee shop at Woodmill Lane. The coffee is excellent, the service good and while the breakfast didn’t inspire, the carrot cake was delicious.

My Achilles unhappy with my decision to take it out for a jog. Despite the weeks of resting, even the short loop seemed too much. Not impressed.

Enjoyed my quiet wonder around the Knysna Fine Art gallery that was hosting the Sanlam Portrait Award works. I was particularly interested to see what compositional elements had been used by the artists, and whether societies tension, as reflected in the media, could be felt in the exhibition. 

The artistic excellence, with superb drafting skills, carried through the works. The charcoal and pastels were beyond my abilities, with few water colour works. Compositional elements were orthodox, with only a couple of the works breaking traditional compositional rules.

The feel was gentle, rather than tension filled, and mirrored many of the people I pass daily on the streets of Knysna.

Diary of an Adventure

Harbour Town Adventures

Restlessness stirs. Sea siren, driven on the silhouette of a wooden cutter that sailed through the sunset. Carefree child, and her dog. Oblivious to the world outside her paddle board. Adventure beckons.
Terry improving slowly. Stubbornly high blood pressure still a worry. The key, not trying to do too much.
In my painting, elephants in the forest at Hoekwill Forest Station. Colours of tree lichen, that touch of Cezanne. Turquoise a more contemporary approach. I simplified the painting with an increased focus on tonal aspects to add mystery and allow the mind to determine shapes in the forest.
Joubert-Tradauw Pinot Noir is not a typical Pinot. It’s as if someone decided to take the traditional PinotNoir expectation and let it bake in the Karoo for a few decades. There is a hint of ‘renoster-bos’, infused with the timeless complexity of the Karoo. Delicious.
An excellent olive and chorizo dish cooked on the Webber, pure decadence. Smokey olive oil caught in crusty bread. Only knowing that Clare had prepared a bunch of other food kept me from scraping the last bit of flavour from the dish.
Illustrations from Juba, South Sudan, featured in the Kalahari Review
A Pokemon stop outside the studio creating all sorts of mayhem. Kids on bicycles and skateboards swerving wildly about the place as they focus on the images on their phones, rather than chairs, tables, easels, people or cars.
Messing About with Paint

Preacher Man

Oil on Canvas 67cmx102cm

Structured on the Fibonacci spiral to give the portrait its focal point, and to cocoon the portrait. An ethereal protection of the priest, whose soul has been ravaged by war.
His Indian heritage gave direction for the colouring used in the painting, with a subtle yellow undertone, contrasted with black hair, and beard. Red from the fires of burning ships, and the blue-grey of the sea to highlight his life in the navy, dominating the palette.
However, despite the past and being homeless, with all its hardship, he is at peace. Mesmerized by the shifting tides. Sunsets and sunrises and his prayers for a gentler world.
Diary of an Adventure

Harbour Town Adventures

Terry in hospital with viral encephalitis on lots of pain meds. Days revolving around visiting hours, medication and daily chores squeezed between fragments of time in the studio.
Lights across the lagoon. Windows spattered with rain. Red glow of the fire. Lemon grass scent. Meals, being my responsibility, dominated by the braai fire.
Grilled avo, with salmon and lime under blue skies. Simple. Brilliant.  My knife skills managing the lime segmentation, while the Teflon bbq sheet on the Lotus Grill did a superb job of grilling the avo’s and heating the salmon.
A slow jog that had my Achilles a tad unhappy. The first in nearly a month that resulted in a bunch of stiff muscles I never knew existed!
Portrait of ‘Preacher Man’ on the easel. Structured on the Fibonacci spiral to give the portrait its focal point, and to cocoon the portrait. An ethereal protection of the priest, whose soul has been ravaged by war.
His Indian heritage gave direction for the colouring used in the painting, with a subtle yellow undertone, contrasted with black hair, and beard. Red from the fires of burning ships, and the blue-grey of the sea to highlight his life in the navy, dominating the palette.
However, despite the past and being homeless, with all its hardship, he is at peace. Mesmerized by the shifting tides. Sunsets and sunrises and his prayers for a gentler world.
Terry home and on the slow road to recovery. Each day, a step forward. Energy pouring into the apartment, which has been transformed into a floral delight, from across the world.
Studio Exhibition AugNew exhibition of paintings up in the studio in recognition of Women’s Day. Paintings from Rwanda, Botswana, Tanzania, Afghanistan, South Sudan, England and South Africa. I used an innovative hanging method for the paintings that I did on Canvas board. Sticking the paintings onto a stretched canvas with double-sided tape. Simple, effective.
Movie night in the studio for the screening of American Splendour. One of the people watching is a comic strip artist which added an interesting dynamic to the evening.
Grilled Salmon Stuffed Avocado with limes 
Ingredients
  • 1lb Wild Sockeye Salmon
  • 3 teaspoons Williams Sonoma Potlatch Season Rub
  • 2 large Avocados,
    halved with seed removed
  • ½ lime, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon pure raw honey
  • 3 tablespoon Shallot, finely diced
  • ¼ cup cilantro , chopped
  • Citrus beads from 6 Finger Limes
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Prepare grill for medium high direct heat
  2. Season the salmon with the potlatch seasoning
  3. Place salmon on the grill and cook 4 minutes per side. Remove from grill and set aside.
  4. While the salmon is resting drizzle the Avocado halves with olive oil, lime juice and a pinch of salt. Place on the grill flesh side down. Cook 5-7 minutes until charred but not too mushy. Remove Avocados from the grill and set aside
  5. Whisk lime juice, olive oil, rice wine vinegar, honey, shallot, and cilantro together. Add a pinch of salt.
  6. Remove the citrus beads from the finger limes into a small bowl
  7. Stuff the Avocado halves with flaked salmon and top with the cilantro and shallot mixture.
  8. Top with a teaspoon of the finger lime citrus bead and serve.
  9. ENJOY!