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Thrilled that my portrait of the ’Fisherman’ received an Honourable Mention, for ’Art of Outstanding Quality’ at the online 10th Annual Light Space and Time Figurative Competition. Chosen from 623 entries, from 27 different countries.

The list of neglected jobs trimmed as the lock-down runs its the course. Pots of succulents on the patio table one of them.

A new recipe book from Terry’s birthday by Jan Hendrik, the opportunity for Sunday breakfast of eggs benedict. While his recipe called for rosti and trout, my diabetes doesn’t allow for rosti, and I couldn’t find trout. A courgette bellini and salmon the alternatives we used.

Also tried his avo terrine, which served with a salmon parcel made a scrumptious starter.

Action Ads newsprint over oil paint. Not sure if it will remain on the canvas as the paint dries? A touch of red in the underpainting. A selection of Kendtridge’s use of red, adding drama to the composition. I looked for aspects that highlighted the Coved-19, Knysna reality, while still capturing the essence of William Kentridge.

Think the canvas, at 150cmx100cm, is too small for the enormity of the situation?

For the woman, enraptured in the painting at the Zeitz MOCAA, I took inspiration from Kentridge depiction of figures in black and white. Outside. Yet, within the composition.

The ‘black’ mixture of Madder Lake and Ultramarine too purple for the charcoal look I wanted. Burnt Umber and Ultramarine Blue a better mix. Struggled with the proportions (kept getting a dirty grey colour) using a new tube of French Le Franc paint.

I used a pallet knife to carefully scrape away paint, so as not to damage the newsprint, from the sides of the jar that was out of proportion. Still a tad chubby for taking the eye up the composition, but it will have to do.

The apartment running loop has 210 corners and 112 stairs per Km!

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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