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Author: Jan Raats
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Last of the 800 recycled plastic water bottle butterflies cut out and painted for the large ‘Lotus’ painting. A few concerns about the muddle of what butterfly goes where, amongst the 32 rows and 25 butterflies in each row. Underpainting of the canvas started. Testing greenish, grayish, blueish sections to see if any work better than white. Fabulous time on Buffs beach at sundown

‘White-on-White’ Acrylic and recycled plastic water bottle butterflies on canvas chosen for the digital collection on the pandemic. COVID-19 DIARIES GARDEN ROUTE GEORGE MUSEUM Captivating COVID -19 Art. From the kitchen of Chef Hirsch. Zucchini cannelloni with cashew nuts on a Pomodoro base. Basil and sunflower seed pesto. Delicious. Oak Vally, Sounds of Silence, Pinot Noir. Perfect. Glorious afternoon for a sundowner boat trip with Pete

A small recycled plastic water bottle butterflies art work commission, with the Lotus flower as inspiration. Didn’t think it would work as well as it did at the small size. The large work still progressing, although I wasn’t expecting that it would need an additional 200 butterflies! Italianalicious dinner. Charcuterie, Melon caprese salad, Keto Gnocchi in sage butterGamberi alla Busara. Also tried the pork

‘Dancer’ Oil on Italian linen (35cmx50cm) Increased the tonal contrast of the painting, strengthening the white areas and saturating some of the black bits. Trying hard not to overwork the painting or loose the spontaneous mark-making. Came across a painting I didn’t recall doing a few years ago of Wild Peacock (60cmx60cm), our fabulous deli in Stellenbosch. It’s painted in oil on a cotton canvas

Started a small study (35cmx50cm) for the dancer, on a previously used Italian linen canvas, which adds an extra dynamic. Painted in black (actually a dark grey mixture of Ultramarine Blue and Burnt Umber). The small size a tad challenging. Hoping to achieve a dramatic painting that bursts from the canvas. Not often that I have multiple paintings going on at the same time.

Herb pot, recycled plastic water bottle butterfly (Photo credit Clare Bosman) Forest walk, with mist and a touch of rain to start, before the sun turned the heat up. For a Border Collie, the puddles irresistible! As are the single tracks. Pathways, of adventure, made to tear down. Slightly larger butterflies from various different plastic water bottles to see how the colours, or white change.