December 16, 2013

November Holiday 2013

I have recently returned from my annual leave and was lucky to have had a camera with me. I intended to do plein air studies and only managed a few, although I was very inspired by the trip and being able to afford this time out for myself. Allot was gained least of which I would manage conveying here and now. I consider myself very fortunate to be one of the citizens of this beautiful country, for now that is contenting.

 We drove from Cape Town stopping in Worster to collect a friend of my fathers Margret who thoroughly loves to drive and had jumped at the opportunity to get a lift with us. She is a dear lady who has spent most of her life in the Karoo. I love the place, it is greener at this time of year than usual I hear. First travelling through drier parts, Boufort Wes and before that Laingsburg. We pass these and make it to Aberdeen by the end of the day. Aberdeen has the 2nd tallest church steeple in SA or some such claim. In the photo it doesn't appear too tall, as I have captured the entire building, but up close it is an impressive construction, unlike the beautiful church in near by Graaf Reneitte this one has a plaster finish, and I believe has had some restorations done on it. Its hot for the few days I am there but the clouds blow in too, by the time I am leaving the continent is being drenched.. which made for a very exciting bus trip to East London, my next stop.

The usual road was closed at some point and we ended up on a detour through muddy wilderness on a space ship it felt like, although perhaps the sleep deprivation matters in this regard. Honestly it was quite invigorating and I sketched studies of the land as we passed.

The eastern Cape is wonderful. It was so nice to be in completely different surrounds, the rock and plant life, everything new. I spent time with family and was well looked after. Thanks!

I also made my first really decent long run one day, totaling 8kms, which I was proud of. I am intent on doing more of this and will be investing in a proper bag that I can run with and in what to put all my tools. I do hope I can return again one day soon.

  Painted on and of a street in Aberdeen, on Fabriano watercolour paper. 

Painted outside a spar looking across at the hillside just before Sunrise on Sea, in my moleskin book.