No now it really is time for me to start posting my work here again. This has been a hectic year but, it is time to go again.
This is from the stoep of Smitswinkel – between Oudtshoorn and Calitzdorp.
I spent the weekend with friends in George as I met with a new client there. On Saturday morning Ted and Sue decided to head out to Calitzdorp to pick apricots on a farm there. Apparently the farmers allow the public to come and pick every year. So I joined them.
On the way back I persuaded the guys to stop off at Smitswinkel – a roadside coffee shop to have a pancake and a cup of tea. Also so I could do a quick sketch. I knew I would not have much time so I went as fast as I could. There was quite a bit of detail what with the pillars holding up the roof and the fences and plants – and all the rafters – too much so I could not put it all in. They had a brightly coloured geranium in a pot on the wall just next to me and there was a row of spekboom (Portulacaria afra) planted at the edge of the stoep. They call it elephants food in the Eastern Cape. A pleasant little scene.
The sound of the cars passing on the road reminded me of my hitch-hiking days and I just plugged along at the painting. The lady in the shop showed us a painting someone had done of her. We all agreed did not do her or the place justice.
As I worked some farmers pulled up in bakkies and sat on the stoep drinking beer. How did I know they were farmers? They were talking shop. Some guys Bonsmara bull – “een van die oue tipes met lig bruin…” heh heh – it was so pleasant. Apparently they were gathering for their year-end function where they were driving up in to the hills in the picture to have a braai and kuier for the evening.
All too soon the spell waned and we had to go…