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Harbour Town Adventures

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The last of summer afternoon jazz at Blend. Bougainvillea flowers sparkling in the sunshine. The cool wind kept away from the cozy seating by the screen of trees and the pizza oven.
Oyster Catchers preening in the morning light. The wet beach sand a mirror for their ‘runway’ strutting. Feet a tad frozen on the cold beach sand.
Hopefully there are not too many gaps in the last of the picture books of my paintings that have been sent to the printers. The correlation with stock lists and prices sorted for the most part. Good to have some of my paintings out that have been hidden in storage for awhile.
The light dazzling. Spectacular reflections. Last of the full moon sliding below the mountains. The owl hooting it’s morning greeting. Fingers chilled. Lungs fighting for oxygen. Hills, ever steeper. Shoulder protesting. My thumb unhappy after being closed in the kitchen…

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Harbour Town Adventures

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Magrets de canard with cassis and pears for our anniversary dinner on the patio.

Sage leaves fried in duck fat, and a citrus salad with asparagus, a visual and culinary feast. Good Hope Pinot and Mailly Extra Brut champagne superb.
Blues Festival. A tad noisy for my taste. However, Ann Jangle was a revelation. Fabulous company made up for the lousy wine on a stunning summer afternoon.
Took my bothersome Achilles out for a slow jog as the sun was getting up. The pathways and roads already busy with runners, walkers, cyclists and jet-lagged holiday makers. The cappuccino at the end most welcome.


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Sculpting with paint. Minimal, bold strokes. ‘Homeless’, my portrait of a man at Wit-lokkasie. The angular contours of the face reminiscence of a sculpture. His dark skin, and the composition in profile, strengthening the angles. Staring at the world through vacant eyes, he is absorbed in…

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Pirate

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Portrait of Anton.
The engineer in me wanting to control the lines and proportions of the face to follow the rules. However, his face had its own planes, and quirks that were, his character.
‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ type colours of treasure.
I used Permanent Madder Deep, with Ultramarine blue for the dark colour. To break the high translucency of the madder and blue, I used Burnt Umber as a contrast. Burnt Sienna and Yellow Ocher for the skin tones, with a hint of rose madder. For the grey, green eyes, I used Cobalt Blue, Indian Red and Chromium Oxide Green. this was used in layers, with Cerulean Blue and Indian Yellow. The rich colours of the hat were Indian Yellow and Alizarin Red.

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Day 13 30 in 30

How alive this painting is!!

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Cascade of Colour
Oil on Canvas 20cmx20cm

The triad of secondary colours (Violet, green and orange) from colour theory basics, appeared naturally in the spring garden of Heather’s House at the Village.

With the profusion of colour, the challenge was to find a balance and adjust the composition to ensure there was a focal point.

Used a slightly larger canvas to give me a bit more freedom, and reduce the contortions of my fingers on the 15cm canvas.

Van Gogh Indian Yellow has a high transparency which I used for the orange bougainvillea. For the violet flowers, I used Maimeri Ultramarine Blue with Windsor & Newton Quinacridone Magenta, both of which also have high translucence.

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