Piketberg

This is a watercolour of the Piketberg from near the top of Piekeniers Pass.  I have wanted to sit and do this for as long as I remember coming through here but of course I have always been going somewhere else.
I have taken a couple of days to fill the well.
There is a town called Piketberg on the slopes of the mountain.   The Afrikaans people have a story about the town drunk who took a short-cut through the grave-yard late one night after the usual.  He fell into an open grave and passed out.  He was woken late the next day by the sun shining in his face.  He climbed out of the grave thinking he must have died and this was the resurrection.  He looked around and said “Swak Piketberg”  (Swak means “shame, bad, fail, all wrapped in a word with a strong dose of contempt”.

This is a watercolour of the Piketberg from near the top of Piekeniers Pass.  I have wanted to sit and do this for as long as I remember coming through here but of course I have always been going somewhere else.

I have taken a couple of days to fill the well.

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There is a town called Piketberg (…OK…) on the slopes of the mountain.   The Afrikaans people have a story about the town drunk who took a short-cut through the grave-yard late one night in his usual state.  He fell into an open grave and passed out.  He was woken late the next day by the sun shining in his face.  He climbed out of the grave thinking he must have died and this was the resurrection.  He looked around and said “Swak Piketberg”  (Swak – pronounced “swuk”) means “shame, bad, fail”, all wrapped in a word with a dash of “stupid” and lashings of contempt.

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6 thoughts on “Piketberg

  1. Stephen, this is interesting because of the different shapes and the way nature gave you a balancing act of warm and cool colors. The sky looks full of moisture and I love what the water did to the distant mountaintops.
    Just for my own information about the place, Are the distant rectangles fields and what is that lage dark green in the lower left that has a river rolling through? Your paintings make me want to visit these places.

    • Ah yes – I should have explained. Those are square fields – they have something in the middle block with another crop probably on the edges – I am not sure why. This valley is a major wheat and barley area. The dark patch is the one of the few remaining patches of natural vegetation. This area is known as “swartland” or “black lands” – from a distance it looks black. I suppose there is a small outcrop of rock there or something.
      Oh yes and those are dirt roads between the fields. One day I may do this in the studio – it is a really beautiful valley.
      Cheers hey Leslie

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