On Monday night I did a talk to a group of people in Hout Bay about workshop facilitation. A fun event. Hout Bay is over the other side of the peninsula. Friends invited me to stay over in their guest cottage, to save me the trip back to Somerset West late at night. I thought how great it would be to have some time that side so I took them up on the idea. I painted a watercolour at Hout Bay beach the next morning. Painting on the beach was great and I had a nice chat with a sweet British lady who spends a few months of the year in Cape Town (we call them ‘swallows’). I was also accosted by swarms of vagrants who tried to sell me garish flowers made of glass beads and knotted leather keyrings. Fortunately the tide came in as I painted and the peddlers didn’t want to get their feet wet. Though one guy stood for ages watching me before moving off .
This painting is 260 x 380 mm on 300gm Arches Cold Pressed
There is bronze leopard on top of the rock in the middle ground that would make a great painting. And Chapmans peak drive goes around mountain across the bay. In the far distance is the town of Kommetjie and Slangkop lighthouse (I think it is called).
It really does feel to me as though I am on a plateau with these paintings. I stand there and do one after another and I don’t see improvement. This is a general rule in development and my intention is to push ahead. As Julia Cameron says, “turn up at the page everyday”.
On the way home I stopped in at Muizenberg for a bite to eat at Knead Bakery. I sat out on the pavement in the rising, chilly South East wind and did this sketch and painting.
While I was painting two friendly Norwegian school-girls stopped to chat and they liked it which great.
The watercolour is 190 x 280 mm on 185 gm Arches cold pressed.