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’Morning Mist’

Acrylic on canvas 120cmx40cm
From a photo by Craig Smith, the ethereal beauty of the estuary covered in mist. I used grey’s of Ultramarine Blue and Burnt Umber and Cobalt Blue and Burnt Siena to create warm, cold tension. Permanent Magenta and a hint of Lemon Yellow and Cyan for effect.
World turned upside-down. Thunderstorms driving Prince demented. Sleep deprived. Garage flooded. Fortunately, no damage to the stored paintings.
The wet world, an opportunity for something scrumptious. Lamb shank moussaka. Deliciousness in spades. The sauce, another masterful combination of flavours from Marlene van der Westhuizen. Even on an ultra-thin wafer of week-old rye bread! De Grendel Merlot, perfect. As was the rich Bergsig chardonnay.
Different sort of day, sculpting from a live model. Particularly, as I have a portrait commission to paint. It was a great experience working from the live model, and I focused on ’looking’ at the model to determine volume. Realised that I had the proportions incorrect as the model was seated and I was standing, so looking ’down’ at him. Something that could have been adjusted with time, however, I was happy with the interpretation. I kept the sculpture rough, using only my hands, as I do with my painting. Might look at doing a life-size rhino head as a focal point outside the studio.

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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