Tonight I took the boys down for a surf. I chose not to go in and decided to sit and paint where I sat the last time. It was a beautiful sunny still afternoon. I sketched the mountains and began to paint but soon got into trouble. The light was changing very fast so that every time I looked up there was a different picture. Then I made a mess and dumped my first attempt:
Now that I look at it I think it was going somewhere but I decided to tape a fresh page and start again. The splatters are from the second effort – this was lying next to me on the beach.
I got this far:
Then a friend of mine came up to chat. And she told me an interesting story. She had been on the farm Driehoek (Drie is three and hoek is a corner = triangle) which is just down the valley from where I had spent my first night in the Cedarberg. And she told me that Cape Nature Conservation had caught a leopard that had caught some turkeys and a goat, and had released it in the Welbedacht ravine on the afternoon before I arrived. Interesting how the connections happen hey? Anyway – as a result I did not finish the second painting although it was just getting interesting.