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November 2016
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Oil on canvas 76cmx102cm Portrait of a homeless women in Knysna. Perhaps a fitting title on the eve of the American election that is reverberating around the planet??. Her gentleness, and beauty shinning through the hardships of her life. A glimpse of what could have been. In a different world. Based the portrait on Bertha Morisot's work that she did on brown paper. Naples yellow, and raw

It's been a long time since I was in a kayak and it showed as we fell out almost immediately. However, we managed the paddle around to the yacht club without further mishap, despite the water chop and power boat wakes. Fun ahead. Curiosity, settling into some form of understanding. Appreciation of incredible amount of work taken to generate the volume, and complexity of

Oil on canvas 122cmx41cm Streaks of colour, an abstract expression (Action Painting) of quickly rendered gestures, capturing the essence of emotion, painted directly from the paint-tube onto a horizontal canvas on the studio floor. The bending over playing hell with my back! Being less than comfortable at what I was doing, and even less sure as to the result, I used paint that was still lying in my

Portrait of 'The Fisherman’ finished. Tossed on the sea of life. His hoody, a halo of protection, insulating him. Retreating into the anonymity of its darkness. Within which his eyes stare unwaveringly at the hostile environment within which the homeless exist. Raw Sienna mixed with rose and a touch of Naples yellow gold as the base colour for the portrait, with shades of Indian

JANDRE RAATS ART STUDIOHis work is expressionistic, inspired by impressionism he sees in the surroundings he's in. http://knyslifestyle.com/jandre-raats-art-studio/ A different meal, 'Township eating' at Usatsho. Melvin prepared a three course lunch for 12 of us with the most basic of facilities. The roosterkoek with his homemade chakalaka was excellent and the chicken fillet moist. We were entertained by a kids group doing traditional dances. A

Held the last demonstration of the Knysna Arts Festival week, putting the finishing touches to the painting of 'Feeling the B', before showing the technique I use for painting the eyes of portraits. The hands of the guitarist in the painting proving a challenge that may be a tad beyond my skills. A few deft strokes to finish the face, before looking at where

Harbour Town Adventures A hole in the palm of my hand from falling over the gabion as my cycle trashed legs didn't quite coordinate with my brain. An out-of-proportion amount of blood. Thrilled that the painting of 'Joseph Jazz' was selected as a Special Merit Award Winner and 'Sinni' was a winner of an Honourable Mention at the 2016 LST Open Art Exhibition, Florida USA,