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Too early for the market to be functioning, which was my planned breakfast stop as Terry was heading out for her Street Food tour, while I messed about with paint. That my stomach has decided at this point to rebel, a coincidence.

Hopefully the eggs from market shopping don’t have chicks in them! We whizzed through the list that Terry had with the various stall holders patient with what we were looking for. A gazillion too many prawns, and enough pineapple for a year. The banana flower, pork and bamboo salad with rice paper, omelette, lettuce and prawn spring rolls were works of art and delicious. Missed a good bottle of wine!

Frustrated with my painting that didn’t have the lightness and vibrancy I had in my head. Perhaps an ‘out-of-sorts’ shot of day, with an unfamiliar painting medium and challenging subject? The ‘engineered’ scooter ended up being the bit of the painting I was most happy about! An old lady playing cards to be tackles after the small sketch of lotus flowers.

Almost sorted the next bit of our trip to Ha Long Bay, which have become complicated with unpredictable travel times, unknown conditions, luggage and the onward flights to Hoi Ann. A few ‘Lost in Translation’ moments.

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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