We spent the morning at a winefarm near Stellenbosch where I did these three watercolours. The first painting is of some of the people sitting around the picnic. Heh heh – if they are looking a bit stiff, it is because I wouldn’t let them get up till I had finished ‘them’ in the painting. The mountain in the background is Drakenstein which means ‘Dragon rock’ one day I want to sit and paint this mountain, which looks just like the spine of a dragon.
The second watercolour is of Nicole, the daughter of the friends I painted at the first adventure race.
I think my people paintings are coming along.
After I had finished the second painting my friends started telling stories. One lady grew up in Kakamas in the Northern Cape and went back to teach there after her training. She told hilarious stories about life in a small town community. While they were chatting I sat and painted this watercolour of the mountain and the vineyards on the hillside. I wanted to capture the Autumn colours in the vineyards as the vines are turning.
I was pleased with this painting even though the reflections in the dam in the foreground could be improved. I loved sitting and capturing the colours in the hillside with the row of trees cutting down from the skyline.
A lovely afternoon. The grass in the foreground really is grass. I took a photo of each watercolour and gave them to my friends.