This is Temba
Watercolour on 300gm Bockingford 560x380mm
Yesterday I spent considerable time building an afdak over my verandah. NOT playing to my strengths and sensibilities. At all! But this is a task I have taken on to please my wife who I love and cherish. However yesterday I got very frustrated. Then I realised. Building a roof with warped timber is not like painting a portrait. It has to work, but perfection is not called for in job I have undertaken. In a portrait, everything has to work or the portrait doesn’t work. It just doesn’t. But this work – well it is not so – I am measuring each intersection, clamping and hammering in posi-screws. Overkill!
After a while I could not continue and took my watercolour material down to the corner of our road where all the day labourers wait for work. It was late afternoon and there were a few men waiting for work. I went and asked if anyone would like to sit for me. Temba volunteered and sat with his back against a tree. I sat on a little folding stool and did this drawing and painting. I contracted for two hours but completed the work in one. I did not nearly capture all of the interesting shades and shapes in his weather-worn features. However the likeness is not bad and I look forward to doing this again.