Here are three watercolours of the beach at Noordhoek, looking across to Kommetjie. I have spent the last three days on a workshop at Monkey Valley which is a great place to work with a group. A few of us stayed in rooms way up the hill overlooking the beach. I had to focus on the work but when it was over I sat on the deck and did these three paintings. The weather changed from sunny to stormy over the last couple of days and everynow and again the rain came pouring down. The beach changes continuously. It would be great to spend a whole day sitting doing watercolours of the same scene. I would have taken some photos but my camera batteries were pap. Anyway – the priviledge of painting is that I get to really see what is there. There are such beautiful patterns in the sand on the beach. Here is the first:
Halfway through the painting the wind blew the paper of my board and it landed upside-down in a puddle. Some of the paint washed off and it was all to wet to rectify so I just completed what I wanted to do and stuck it to the floor next to me.
The second watercolour is of the same scene:
Towards the end of the painting, the wind blew some rain, making some blotches on the paper, which is always quite fun.
The last watercolour is the scene looking up the valley towards Fishhook. That is Elsies Peak in the distance where I once spent a night to get over my fear of the dark (long ago). The bushes were reflected on the wet deck.
On the way home I stopped off in Muizenberg for a surf. I wasn’t going to because I was feeling exhausted after the session. But the sea looked so inviting. Sitting waiting for the waves I looked at Elsies peak. That view would be really beautiful, especially with the mountains above St James and Kalk Bay. One calm day I am definitely going to try sitting on a board to do a painting. Next summer maybe. Right now we are preparing ourselves in Cape Town for a massive storm. The weather chart made the front page of the news.