Buffelsbaai is a little settlement just west of Knysna on the Southern Cape coast. It is in the middle of a nature reserve so has not been over-developed. Yesterday I had a chance to sit on the beach dunes to paint a watercolour of the town. A ‘buffel’ is a buffalo and a ‘baai’ is a bay. So this is Buffalo Bay and a ‘skuld’ is debt and a ‘bult’ is a ridge (pronounced skiltbilt). There were beautiful ocean swells rolling in to the beach.
I had time to take photos as I worked to record the progress of the watercolour. It was a lot of fun. Here is how the painting progressed. Here is the initial sketch and first wash:
I wanted to leave some of the houses on the skyline white but got carried away with the sky- wash. The grass shapes on the left are the dune grasses, or shadows of.
Here I worked on the beach. There were so many shades in the sand. I took my time to build up the colours.
And here I worked on the town. There were so many different colours and shapes and because I was working on a larger sheet than usual I was able to capture quite a lot of detail.
Here is the detail of the town
And here is the sea.
Here I put in some of the vegetation. Again there was a lot of detail which I wanted to suggest rather than record. I was also running out of time so did some work with my one inch flat.
And that was that – I am quite pleased with this painting. I painted on a half sheet of Arches 300g cold press. I am not sure of the size but will put it in later.