2016 November 13: Koeelbaai Day: #290


Sunday was a blustery cold day with a promise of sunshine (which did not materialise).

I took off up the False Bay coast and found scrambled down to where I had painted on the 23rd (check it out at:  https://www.instagram.com/p/BL6WM_5BCx_/).  There was a big swell running and where I sat the last time was being drenched by some big waves.  This painting was done sheltered beside a rock.  Every now and again I was sprayed by waves breaking up wind from me.  Not a wild day – but certainly wooly – onbeskof as they say here.

I wanted to capture some more detail on the rocks which was a little difficult because the wind was pushing by board around.  The round boulders are quartzites (from the Table Mountain Group which makes up the mountains all around.  The dark rocks are shales of the Malmesbury group that provide beautiful jagged alternatives to the rounded boulders.

This whole side of False bay is extremely high energy – as you can see by the rocks.  There are some beautiful low energy beaches like Caves at Kogelbaai.  But for the most part the coastline is hammered by big waves.  All along the drive you can see crosses on rocks where fishermen have been washed off and drowned.  Every now and again we get ENORMOUS waves coming through.  Then you better be able to head fast to higher ground.  But they give very little warning.

The painting is on Fabriano Cold Pressed (300gm) and is about 250x 190 mm

This painting is for sale on my Gallery Page.



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