This afternoon I took a drive out to Muizenberg to pick up my board having confirmed with the good people at Lifestyle Surf Shop that it was all done. They brought out the board and the bag and said they were only charging me for the repairs to the bag. Thanks guys.
When I arrived in town the sirens were going and the shark flags were up. And there was no-one in the water. Later they put up a red flag which is an all clear of sorts and the surfers went in again. I had not brought a wetsuit so I sat down and did what I really came to do… heh heh – guess what that was???
Here is how it started:
Well not really – actually it started with me trying to tape a sheet of Arches twice this size to my book. Then I just thought “this watercolour business is hard enough as it is…why am I trying to make life so much more difficult?????” and then taping a smaller sheet on. It was quite windy and I sat with my legs over a low wall above the sand.
Here is the next stage:
That is the same cottage I painted in the last post. And there are pylons next to the railway. Here is the next bit or work:
The light was changing all the time as the clouds blew over. Now and again someone would stop and chat. All very pleasant really. I met a young guy who was selling his own paintings on the beach who stopped by. I also watched a lady teaching her daughter (I think) how to fly a kite. “put yourself between the kite and the water – keep the tension…” Here is the next phase:
At this point I thought it was pretty much done. Then I decided to add a few more darks. Then Ed came up and chatted for a while after his swim. He spoke of his idea of setting up a blog with video clips of hikes in the mountains about Muizenberg which I think is quite a cool idea. I put in a plug for WordPress at this point, so we shall see… I forgot to take a photo of the last stage and packed up and left.
Here is the final version of the watercolour – photographed here in my studio.
I was keen to have another go at the smitswinkels scene but am bushed.