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Kite Runner

Oil on canvas 60cmx50cm

From my Afghanistan Series

Pallet knife scraping away the mush of paint, as I wrestle with the portrait on the easel. Slowly evolving out of my incompetence.

Shaking hands adding their own complexity to the painting.
Kind of heading to the geriatric FKT’s on our usual running and cycling routes. Relieved that limb, or mechanical breakdown, are balanced by the joy of seeing the sunrise, the mountains, forests and farmlands. That, end of craziness cappuccino. Staggering.

Parking area garden outside the studio, needing a spot of attention. Japanese Anemones split into separate pots, which will hopefully survive my ham-handiness. Adjustments to the clivia pots and watering system, with a layer of bark-chip edging.

Studio closed early. Howling wind ahead of the storm. Delicious Keto Cottage Pie with caulimash, perfect for the chilly evenings as winter tries to force its way into the glorious days. Wine. Books. Fire time.

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.


  • Love the Kiterunner! Colour and jagged mountains. Nice to see new (old) paintings. x

    May 21, 2021

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