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White on White

100cmx100cm Acrylic and recycled plastic water bottle butterflies on canvas

First attempt at sticking the recycled plastic water bottle butterflies to the canvas a failure. At least, neither the canvas or the butterflies were damaged. Worked out a system to keep them in straight lines using a wood strip secured with clamps as a guide.

Finding gaps in the mark making butterflies amongst the completed ones during the assembly process. Fortunately saltbush easily available, and no end to plastic water bottles.

The UV mark making on the butterflies that touch of craziness.

Wet, wet, wet. Dripping after a run and walk with Prince around Leisure Island. Didn’t need to look for puddles to stomp through. The wind smashing. Not helped by that extra bit more red wine.

Terry’s duck confit, sensational. A gazzilion flavours of deliciousness. L’Aqueduc Cotes du Roussillon a prefect pairing. Despite the howling wind, a braaied pork rasher and boerie starter, something every Michelin Chef could learn from.

Forest ride, muddy after the rain. Spectacular with mist in the valleys. Only a bit of blood.

Studio clearing to get rid of the accumulated clutter that was starting to drive me crazy. With ChoColette setting up in the studio, it’s also deadline driven!

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.


  • Even without the UV light the butterflies are beee-ooo-ti-ful. I could have that hanging in my house. But Jan, when you submit for the competition you need to lighten the shadows on the blue UV image so the saltbush pattern is clearer. Clare will teach you!!! 🙂 Awesome painting unveiling on Thursday, though!

    November 2, 2020

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