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‘Archer’, a companion painting to ‘Fly Fisherman’. I used the same Naples Yellow underpainting and the grey mixture of Cobalt Blue and Burnt Sienna. However, the painting approach and feel for the painting is very different. Beach walk on a stunning, sun-filled day. J9 for Coreta’s Marsala braaied chops, served with a touch of boerie, curried cauliflower, creamed spinach and oodles of green salad. After

My recycled plastic water bottle butterflies on canvas artwork ‘Rhenosterveld’ can be viewed at the ‘Coming Home’ exhibition at the Imibala Gallery in Graaff-Reinet. Clear and cold after the storms for my run up Welbedacht hill. I certainly need calf compression socks to ease into the cooler weather. The wonder of a fire, with baked Brie in its ceramic container, before slow roasted lamb, served

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

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