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Finished my new recycled plastic water bottle butterflies art piece ‘Renosterveld’ 100cmx100cm

Finalist in the International ‘Colourful Abstractions’ Exhibition from 601 entries. I hadn’t finished the piece by the submission date, so had to submit only a portion of the completed work.

Vegetation, unique to the Western Cape in South Africa, and sits with Fynbos as part of the Cape Floral Kingdom. With its profusion of bulbs, the dull grey summer look is transformed into a collidoscope of colour in late winter and early spring.

An abstract representation of the critically endangered Moraea Comtonii, often visited by the small common hair tail butterfly Athene definita (Lycaenidae).

Ad Reinhardt, abstract expressionist artist known for his Black paintings. I used different parts of the plastic water bottles in each of his different blocks of red-black, green-black and blue-black squares. The light moving differently on the various lines, and thickness of the plastic.

Katatara, seemingly innocuous after the ride through Homtini Pass, with its spectacular indigenous Forest, to the Trail Park.

Terry did tasty Keto, salmon – with a touch of chili heat – cream cheese wraps.

Outside the studio, wayward Brenton Blue butterfly attached itself to my shirt. The hectic winds?

So, the World Record for a Grand Masters 10km run is 32 minutes and 48seconds, and a Type-1 diabetic has run the 10km in the 29’s, which kind of ‘tsunami’s’ my pedestrian 50 minutes and 33 second run. That said, the extra effort, did push my heart-rate into the 190’s and certainly dumped a bunch of glucose to spike my blood sugars. ACL behaved for the most part, and running in the warm rain, with a cooling breeze, joyous.

Prince, ‘Oudrift’ picnic, in our part of paradise

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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