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Painting demonstration, streamed live, a fantastic opportunity to be part of the Virtual Knysna Oyster Festival, with an estimated audience of 450,000 on various social media platforms. The cheetah cubs painting coming alive during the process of smearing paint about. 100 days of lock-down, 10km run. Probably not the cleverest idea to head out on Knysna Forest Marathon day. Even if I kept to

Fortuitous that our Leisure Isle run coincided with the Comrades Marathon Legends virtual route. Which meant we had runners and spectators cheering us along. While my Comrades Marathon run was some 25 years ago, it’s 90km camaraderie, still remarkable. I’m on the far right! Large canvases arrived. The Cheetah Cubs painting the immediate excitement. However, the painting of the kids in Khartoum, needing attention. The rich

‘Rain Day’, 60cmx50cm. Khartoum, Sudan. Children reveling in the uniqueness of a rain shower. I wanted to capture the happiness of celebrating the small stuff. Particularly at this time of disquiet and upheaval. The acrylic for the dark background, frustrating. Dull and lifeless. My worst! Shoulder trashed slicing chocolate for a Tarte au Chocolat, https://janraats.com/tarte-au-chocolat/ something I haven’t done since I smashed my collar-bone. The texture,

Incredible to receive a Special Recognition Award for ‘Excellence in Art’, ‘Hold the Open Heart’, Created in Isolation Art Exhibition. Erica’s, sensational in the sunrise as we hammered along the Ridge Road. Tai Chi, silhouettes. Fascinating. Unexpected. Friendly faces in an unfamiliar part of our town. Biscotti, that end of day indulgence. Keto, for my wildly fluctuating blood sugars. The charts, off the scale. Yellow Ochre

Terry's sister Jenny. After a massive stroke. Has passed on. Unfathonable. And so it begins. Canvas stretched on an old frame for the study of Cheetah cubs from a photo by Hirsch (https://www.gravelroadadventures.co.za/). I’m leaving a 45cm border, and will use acrylic paints, so the painting can be stretched properly once it’s done. That will also take care of all small tear in the canvas.

Thrilled that my painting ‘Hold the Open Heart’ was selected as a Finalist, from 1,356 entries at the international online ‘Art in Isolation’ Exhibition. A special painting at this crazy time. Heading out for my run, with the sounds of the pounding sea. Mouthwatering smell of freshly baked bread across the town as more places open. Sadly, not for me. Final assignment submitted for the

’Field of Dreams’ A small 20cmx20cm painting from a photo that felt as though it should be a painting. While it's the yellow wildflowers that are the essence of the composition, I over emphasised the spectacles a tad to enhance a focal point for the painting. The daughter of one of my collectors in Ireland was recently doing a school exercise, where one of

Hot-cross buns, an Easter staple now an option, even with my diabetic dietary constraints. The fluffy Keto version from gnom-gnom might be a mission to make, but they are delicious. Incredibly, I found all the bits even with the lockdown supply chain disruptions. The cross bit, far too sweet, and unnecessary as I wasn't going to share it with anyone. Important if you

Hot-cross buns, an Easter staple now an option, even with my diabetic dietary constraints. The fluffy Keto version from gnom-gnom might be a mission to make, but they are delicious. Incredibly, I found all the bits even with the lockdown supply chain disruptions. The cross bit, far too sweet, and unnecessary as I wasn't going to share it with anyone. Important if you

Hot-cross buns, an Easter staple now an option, even with my diabetic dietary constraints. The fluffy Keto version from gnom-gnom might be a mission to make, but they are delicious. Incredibly, I found all the bits even with the lockdown supply chain disruptions. The cross bit, far too sweet, and unnecessary as I wasn't going to share it with anyone. Important if you