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Author: Jan Raats
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Sweltering days. Sea mist making for a cool walk along Buffs beach. Storm clouds filling the sky. Thunder and lightning, not the best for a Border Collie. His mobi-kennel the sanctuary. An amazing painting from my time in South Sudan 'Displaced' heading to its new home in Switzerland. So thankful for the support, and the privilege to share my emotional adventures. Looking to continue the

Kei River Mouth Recycled Plastic Water Bottle Butterflies on canvas 100cmx100cm A tad dehydrated after the ride over the Brenton Hills. Chaffing an issue in the humidity, so definitely need to use anti-chaffing cream to my prep list. ‘Brothers’ a new scarf design completed and on order (hopefully in the Studio at the beginning of March). The hectic increase in shipping and general COVID global inflation

‘Kei River’ 100cmx100cm Recycled plastic water bottle butterflies on canvas. Can’t get the ‘guerrilla’ glue I use for attaching the butterflies to the canvas. A tad stressful! Particularly, with shaking hands for the ‘instant’ glue version. The Estuary feels as though it has filled with yachts. An armada of masts against the sunset. Forest and beach walks on gorgeous summer mornings. Our wild Border (Bur) Collie not

‘Fireflies’ SOLD Oil on canvas 76cmx104cm heading to its new home. Type 1 Diabetic Half Iron Man Experiment. The decision. Holiday lunch craziness? 70.3 Mossel Bay Half Iron Man, throwing out a few curved balls. How to keep my insulin cool over the cycle/run leg when my blood sugars could be a tad crazy? Never mind, the refueling on an endurance multi-event! Terry found a 'smart' case for

Oil paint on the plastic water bottle butterflies not a success. The oil paint too heavy for the salt-bush twigs I’m using to create the abstract mark-making. Taking a bunch more care to determine which part of the plastic water bottle I need to move the reflected light around the painting. Christmas eve dinner, on a perfect summer evening. Terry found the Worlds best Christmas crackers from

Nyathi Series 2 Acrylic on canvas 2,1mx1m The first 32 paintings for the Nyathi Series 2 art work are done, from our trip to Addo Elephant Park. I will do another 8 or so for greater impact. Goukamma to Buffs trial run with Prince. Short. Fierce. Humidity in the Forest section punishing. As were the hills up the sand dunes. Only fell once, with a strip

‘Lotus’ Acrylic and recycled plastic water bottle butterflies on canvas ‘Artistic Merit Award’ at the 2021 Luxembourg Art Prize. The painting has also been selected for the 2022 Artbox.Project.World.2.0 exhibition to be held at the Urbanside Gallery in Switzerland next year. Multiple insulin jabs keeping my blood sugars into some, sort-of, ‘green’ range. Not, quite on-top of the food-carbs, or the exercising trashing of blood-sugars. Ride over

'Mongoose' Acrylic on canvas 20cmx20cm The paintings in the Nyathi Series progressing. Each small work, it's own character. I'm now 'chipped', a continuous blood sugar monitor with a new insulin treatment regime to bash me back into the green zone. Added risk of hypoglycemia (particularly on long rides) so an emergency glucose pack, and baby-steps in the introduction of the additional insulin. Quite a job keeping

'Bo-Kaap' Acrylic and marker pen in 425g paper 18cmx29cm   Hi   Jan here With inspiration from the paintings of Alexander Rose-Innes, the street leading up from the deli, with the mosque on the right. I was very conscious of respecting the privacy of the residents, but managed to include a dashing man in his beret and white slacks. So different to the traditional Muslim dress associated with Bo-Kaap. Cape

The first paintings from the 'Nyathi Series' of small works (20cmx20cm) in their new home. 'Rhenosterbos', recycled plastic water bottle butterflies that has been on show at the Imibala Gallery is safely back in the studio. Relieved that it has survived two trips with couriers without damage! Perfect weather for a runout along the Estuary. Quickest I have run for ages, and no blood! The underpainting