-  Diary of an Adventure   -  Country Life

It’s the start of the season for things that bite. Most of them itchy. Some, like the mozzies that arrive to torment in the -wind still – early morning, a nuisance. Others like the bugs that come out as the sunsets are bites that are silent like a land-mine. Exploding into itchy welts after three days that drive you crazy for ten days or so.



Montagu Art Route. 3 days of open Galleries and Studios that was well supported. Kupenda Africa Gallery had a flood of foot traffic, and the Studio was continually busy with interested artists, tourists and local people.



I did a couple of painting demonstrations on the landscape painting I’m busy with. Amazingly, it’s a painting of Montagu, that I started in Knysna which didn’t progress with the Commissions I was busy with and now I’m in Montagu to paint it!



Having worked out how I think the new repurposed water bottle butterfly painting will work, I’m in the process of cutting enough butterflies to start the painting process.



Sunrise walks around town becoming easier as my hip injury settles. The light glorious, with a host of interesting features and colours in the architecture and gardens. Walks of discovery.



Brian with his Norwegian tour group stopping overnight at the Country Hotel gave us a chance to catch up with him. Terry did burger patties (Kirsten’s recipe) with brown mushrooms and the Epicurean twist of foie gras. Paired with the wooded Chardonnay from Farmer Redbeard and the Red blend from Running Stream. Two Ashton boutique wineries that were a great find.





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 photographs, Jan, particularly the unusual Kapenda angle and the white roses! Gorgeous. Serendipitous about the Montagu painting. I want a photo of your small black-and-white paintings, please! 🙂 xx

    November 14, 2023

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