-  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.

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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