Streets full of athletes as the Oyster festival gets underway. Days of sunshine between the storms ensuring challenging conditions without mayhem. Magnificent beach run for the Featherbed trail run. My bum a tad unhappy after the hills. World peace must contain a distillation of good friends, laughter, the aroma of 3-day ox-tail dinner in the apartment, with a healthy jolt of good jazz and
'Schools Out’ Oil on canvas 20cmx20cm A small study of the adventures that lie beyond the wall at Kuilfontein Farm in the Karoo. Afternoon sunshine, a civilised time to be out cycling through the Forest. Particularly civilised as after the ride, it’s possible to stop for a beer. Or rather a glass of white wine. Actually, a glass of chilled red wine. What was I thinking? Not
First dinner out as a diabetic, gently managed by Clare and Terry. Tablets and insulin injection packed with the mineral water. A tasty starter of salmon with a spot of grapefruit and crème fraîche (designed for pairing with Steenberg Sauvignon Blanc) on segments of cucumber to accommodate my carbohydrate intolerance, with a fillet on the braai and salad. A handful of blueberries my
The house, suffused in the rich smell of oxtail in its three day stock that has everyone passing the house salivating. Craig and I, the lucky ones to enjoy Terry's stunning dinner. Polly, didn't miss out, and after her beach play, is groaning in dream-world. Beach Party, a painting of girls on the beach. School is out and with the weather remaining sunny, if
Candle light. Dancing flames. Window reflections. Mirror smooth waters. Wine glasses, full of mystery. Taste miraculously altered with food combinations. Alchemy under star filled skies. Moon edged against ultramarine blue skies. Morning mist, soothing wine monsters. The restaurant at the Turbine did a fabulous meal, paired with wines selected with a magicians art. While the lamb was disappointing, and the beef cheeks cried out
Oil on Canvas 40cmx50cm Lines of fire in my painting, inspired by curved aloe leaves, and primary coloured flowers. Cerulean Blue and Chrome Oxide (Richardson Shiva), with Venice Red and Ultramarine Blue (Lucas 1862) mixed for the grey in the background. Indian yellow deep, and Chrome Yellow (Windsor and Newton Artist), with Red light and Permanent Red Orange (Maimerie) for the flowers. Cadmium Yellow
Oil on canvas 20cmx20cm The flowers within the forest walks have been a revelation, with a profusion of aloes, purple and yellow blossoms, against a cascade of blue-grey foliage. Mineral Violet Light and Deep (Van Dyk No. 46 and 47) for the flower, together with an almost turquisegreen, Veronese Green (Van Dyk 67), from my magic box of paints.