On Friday I drove up to George to work with a new client. I left Somerset West just after 05:00 and just made it to my 09:00 meeting to begin the work. I was too tired at the end of the day to drive home so I slept over at Ebb and Flow – the Nature Conservation campsite at Wilderness, the next town East of George, after a pizza from the good people at Pomodoro they make quite the best pizza – if you ever pass through Wilderness have a Qattro Stagioni – mmmm mm. However – on with the post.
This morning I did two watercolours looking up the Touw River from the campsite and then walked up the other side of the river to a picnic spot and did two watercolours looking downstream.
The sun was just coming over the mountain in the background when I did the second painting:
The wind dropped as I started and for about 10 minutes the river was like glass, showing all the reflections. But as I started painting it came up in the other direction.
I walked up a trail on the other side of the river and did this watercolour looking down-stream, after a cup of hot chocolate:
I felt I was getting the hang of the colours and textures and was about to pack up and go when I thought I would give the reeds one more shot. So I did this painting:
As I was painting the birds were calling all around me. I saw a few Malachite Kingfishers and Giant Kingfishers flying up and down close to the water. And a few times Knysna Loeries flew across the river into the massive Milkwood underneath which I sat. They have the most beautiful red flash under their wings. It was a very special morning. Just what I needed to prepare for the drive home.