Author: Jan Raats
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My Studio and Gallery has a new home at Kupenda (Love in Swahili) African Art Gallery, which is a few minutes walk up the road from the apartment.   It’s a stunning space, in a newly renovated building that was part of the KWV warehouses sitting amongst the historical part of the town. The courtyard is till under construction so a back to a building site

An interesting few days participating in the Montagu Tourism Indaba, with its focus on introducing tourist venue, suppliers and destinations to each other. I was partnered with Kupenda African Gallery, which is five minutes walk up the road from the apartment, situated in a renovated KWV building. Quite splendid. Fortunately the wind behaved so were weren't chasing canvases across the golf course! Zandvliet ensured

The wind, that has been howling for the past few days. Unexpected. Clouds building over 'Bloupunt'. Storm hurtling in. A week since the professional move by Albertina Vervoer, offloaded the house into the new apartment at ' Les Presoir' in Montagu, and my paintings to the storage in Robertson. Rainbow Glen, our sanctuary as we settled Prince into a new home. Open stairs that creak

A fabulous exhibition held at Hudson Manor of Henri Lamy’s work from his Art Residence at Entabeni Farm.   Henri is a French figurative painter who uses large gestural marks to create his impressionistic acrylic on canvas works. Intriguing slices of the landscape and people of Knysna were beautifully painted in diverse sizes that stimulated  the imagination of the viewer. His Capoeira ‘Fast Art’ painting exhibition

I was first exposed to painting with beeswax and Damar Resin during our trip to Tasmania a million years ago. Tasmanian artist Philip Wolfhagen was painting large wild landscapes using beeswax as a medium, giving the paintings a rich, smooth texture. Encaustic art is a painting technique that uses hot wax, to which colour pigments are added. The heated wax is added to a specially prepared wooden board, and

‘Reflections’ Acrylic and Recycled Water Bottle Butterflies on Wooden Block My submission to the Art Society '30 Shades of Green' Exhibition. The small butterflies a tad trying to cut out and paint. A fair bit of mess. Fabulous evening at Cloud 9 for Tim’s birthday celebration. With the weather turning chilly, as winter started to flex its muscles, grateful for the thoughtfully designed terraces and dining

SOLD From a photo by Terry at Sedgefield AfroQuartez Opera Group at Freshline made for a great evening out. The weaving of traditional language into classic opera, the highlight. Terry took the Ottolenghi cauliflower creation to another level with ‘Piment D’espelette’, a red chilli pepper that hails from the Basque region that is not screaming hot, but packed with flavour. The pepper was first brought to

'Brothers', 100% silk scarf, the latest addition to the Jandreart Wearable Art range, has arrived in the Studio. They are simply, amazing. Lotus 2Acrylic and Recycled Plastic Water Bottle Butterflies on Canvas 200cmx150cm The light stretcher-bars holding the canvas meant that there was quite a lot of flex across the length of the canvas adding a different dimension to keep the geometric lines of

‘Left over Palette’ Acrylic on Canvas 200cmx70cm From the large ‘Lotus’ Commission. the residue of paint, smeared about the canvas. Privileged to be included in Chef Stuart’s dinner at A1. The midnight, 9 course, wine-pairing dinner (that catered for my diabetic restrictions) incredibly special. There have, only been, 15 finishers. Against the chaos in Ukraine. Russian family finances destroyed. Children's lives obliterated. The 2022, Bracleys Marathons

Butterflies. The last of the recycled plastic water-bottle butterflies painted and ready for the commissioned painting. My shaking hands meant that trying to flip the keto-crepe's resulted in piles of mushed mess. Fortunately there was enough mixture to develop a double handed flip, with the crepe sliding up the back of the pan to have enough space for the lifter to operate. Not pretty,