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Detail of ‘Rhenosterveld’ in progress.

100cmx100cm. Acrylic and recycled plastic water bottle butterflies on canvas.

We are watching, with a touch of alarm, the spike in Covid cases along the Garden Route. Of more concern are the number of people who we know who are infected. So far, while they are ill, they are recovering.

My blood sugars. For whatever reason, out of kilter. I haven’t changed anything. With my diet still strictly controlled and daily vigorous exercise. Nothing too hectic, but it throws my eyesight out, and adds a few extra tremors to my hands.

Fortunately, the mark-making on my recycle plastic water bottle butterflies, with saltbush (spekboom not as effective) already uncontrollable. So not being able to see, or control my shaking hands, doesn’t change very much in the art-work!

So far, having Chocolette here in the studio is working out. Still very few people walking about so little foot traffic. Hopeful for a busy holiday season.

Frantic cycle up Phantom Pass and through the farmlands. Roads trashed by the rains, with cow-patty landmines everywhere. Corrugations not the best for my shoulder.

The gardens in the pretty Belvedere Village spectacular after the rains. Agapanthus in their glory.

Outside the studio

Clare made a fabulous baked hake with a lemon-cream sauce, with a few tweaks. To cater for my diabetes, she used spring onions and left out the mustard. Capers, cooked bacon pieces and lots of Parmesan on top of fish were extra additions. You do need a crusty bread for the sauce!

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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