This afternoon I had the best of fun. We stayed over with friends of our in Betty’s Bay. In the morning Calvin and Jonty asked me to take them down for a surf at the local break. It was a very beautiful morning with a stiff Northwest wind a blowing directly offshore as we paddled out. The tide was out and the waves were breaking fast on a shallow sand bank. The boys had some great waves – out of the pages of surf magazines. It was too fast and steep for me but I loved being out looking at the mountains and the clouds billowing through the gap at Luiperds Kloof (Leopard ravine I guess). People sometimes see leopards around there still. There was one that got quite friendly until some ignorant idiot shot it. But – I digress.
I was just going to go out and get my stuff and do a painting when Calvin broke his board in half! So I took the boys home. As we drove back the rain came in and by the time we got to the cottage it was chucking down.
I really enjoy the paintings of David Bellamy who does the beautiful watercolour sketches in the most extreme conditions. I have always wanted to do the same so I got warmly dressed with my waterproof gear and went back to the beach. I found shelter from the wind and did a quick painting with my squirrel hair mop – it must have taken about 2 minutes at the most. As I finished the rain started and I just had time to take a photo before the downpour cleaned up:
I decided to sit and wait for a break in the rain. It was just so beautiful. I was warm and mostly dry sitting in flip-flops and rain gear. Eventually I realised the rain would not stop so I found another place to sit under a slightly overhanging bush at the top of a dune. The rain moderated a little and I was able to do another sixty second watercolour. I could not actually see the mountain but as I finished it cleared enough for me to get a bit of the shape in. And that was it. Last night I was reading a book about the teaching of Edgar Whitney – what a guy! He used to say “if you feel afraid – do it! Morale is more important than success” I like that. And so I did it. And this is how it looks:
The paper was too wet to do more and I began to think about how I could prepare to do this better. I knew if I tilted the paper all the colour would run off so I carefully lifted it off the surface of my paint box and put it inside. I loaded my palette on top and covered it with a plastic bag (thanks K for the suggestion – it came in V. handy). I put the painting the back of my bakkie (truck) and stood under the beach shower to wash off all the sand. (o:
Then I took off the wet stuff and shot home – what a cool way to spend a couple of hours.