Yesterday I returned from a trip to George where again I stayed on the Touw River in Wilderness. As usual I was much preoccupied with preparing for the coaching I was doing but after our session on Saturday I had a good snooze and had a morning next to the river. The trail on the Eastern bank of the river is closed off with a wooden fence. The path leads up to the fence – and around the river-side end – in a tight U-turn! you would think a sign would be enough. Anyway I also added my prints to the path and found a wonderful ledge of rock overlooking the river where I had a cup of tea from my stove (in my bowl cause I had forgotten to bring cups) and some rather dry hot cross buns.
As I sat there the cormorants worked up and down the river catching fish and I saw the Giant Kingfisher catch a fish too. The wind dropped for a minute and the water turned glassy. I saw a shoal of large fish cruising up the river. Looking down I saw a shoal of small fish below my rock shelf. Then I saw a cormorant swim around them and launch through the shoal catching a fish. Then it saw me and took off out of the water and flapped to the other side of the river.
Then I sat and did this painting:
Although it takes a bit of juggling I took a video of the work. Although, I forgot to hit “record” again and so only captured the work after the first few washes. I will try to put in a cutting from this onto the YT. I will have to see if Ethan can do some editing for me.
I thought of Linda Halcomb’s Chinese brush exercises as I painted the tree in the foreground – I could do with some practice with this too.
I then set up again and did this watercolour:
It was noisy on the river. A family crowd sat for ages on the other side adding a lively component to the scene. Songs from a local church service floated down from the hills and some canoeing ladies stopped to chat. The sun was warm and the birds got a few calls in edge-ways. All really quite pleasant. Some guys passed by on the path above me… a lovely lazy Sunday morning.