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Messing About with Paint
  -  Messing About with Paint

J9 afternoon. Salmon, crunchy Asian salad, fried capers and crustless tomato tart. Fabulous wines, with the Delair Graff Cab Franc Rose in the sunshine, special. Although, the last touch of Raats Cab Franc was deliciousness. My portrait painting. Agonizing. Proportions not working. The idea of the painting. In my head. Bogged down. In detail. Rather than fluid strokes of, perhaps. Different. Endless possibilities.

Great exhibition ‘United Emergence’ by the Knysna Arts Society for Freedom Day. A good selection of art, across a diverse spectrum. Beach walk (dog play) on a wind free morning. Courgette bilinis topped with cream cheese and sweet peppers. Grilled chicken breast, anchovy dressing Caesar salad with hot smoked salmon. The Peter Goff Wood’s recipe for chicken and leak pie filling sensational. A small artwork

Sad to hear that one of our characters in town has passed away. Joseph ‘Jazz’ Booysen was an amazing subject for my award winning portrait painting. Chilly. Well, cold! For us. 6 degrees! Dog, walk around Leisure Island. Windless, silence, that touch of mist over the low-lying grasslands. Sorting the crate for packing the paintings accepted for two exhibitions. My recycled plastic water bottle butterfly

Japanese Anemones Acrylic on canvas 20cmx20cm Home. A tad stressful, with pilot having to ‘thump’ the plane down in poor visibility and rain. The runway in Jozie, flanked by drifts of pink and white cosmos flowers. A sure sign that autumn is approaching. Painted a million times, I’m always a tad apprehensive about finding something new to say. However, the architectural stem shape and archetypal

‘White-on-White’ Acrylic and recycled plastic water bottle butterflies on canvas received a Special Merit Award for ‘Art of Outstanding Quality’ at the 12th Annual International Abstracts Exhibition, chosen from 1,206 entries from 34 different countries. Underpainting for the ‘Lotus’ art piece using a light gray mixture of Cobalt Blue and Burnt Sienna. The 2mx1,5m canvas fun to work with. Thunder driving Prince demented. The Commissioned work

‘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