Oil on Canvas 124cm x 91cm
Indigenous Erica’s growing at J9, with a touch of artistic license.
The painting has a strong masculine left, with a gentler feminine right has side. The red flowers, smaller to balance the dominant colour, especially with the orange gold underpainting. Pink Erica flowers gentler against the softer pastel like green and blues. I used stronger pink sections to link with the red flowers.
To move away from the botanical feeling of the flowers, I used slashes of background colours to break through the flowers.
Oil on Canvas 91cmx122cm
Security issues that have dominated the past weeks, replaced by people issues. Staff stranded in various parts of the globe after having documents and money stolen. One of the engineers admitted to the UNMISS clinic in Malakal with suspected heart problems and unfortunately not recovering. Special flight organized to get his body back to Juba and get the information to his family.
Transit Guesthouse, where Jogchum has turned a blank wall into a feature by having granadilla plants create vertical lines of green. Simple, and stunning, particularly with the shadows of the foliage. The subject for a small painting.
House is quiet after the departure of my staff. The mess is under control and the storm that has been threatening all afternoon continues to rumble like a bad tempered old man with gas!
Around 27 people were here for the braai that Edit and Sher did all the hard work for. At one point we had 11 cooks around the fire from 8 nationalities and not a single South African or Australian interfering! Sher marinaded his meat in a special Afghan, or LA, receipt that involved lots of bits, including Tabasco. Tasty it was. There was a bit of concern about the lack of kitchen implements, however, Simon did a great job of putting out a whole range of salad bits, of which there were no leftovers.
I don’t think anyone went home with paint on them!
Juba Style, a small painting (15cmx15cm) for Van of a view over a green Juba Town from the top of Jebel hill.
The design for the National Archive has been released. Very pleased that its the design that I liked the most. Hopefully it won’t change too much from the original concept as it goes through the detailed phases.
My jog around the Juba 3 circuit, with more wild flowers out after the rains. Seemed like an impossibly long way.
Painting for Aly packed for its trip to France, fridge emptied, coffee machine cleaned, linen changed, ironing sorted and suitcase packed.