My wife and I visited her sister and family in New Zealand in April. What a beautiful country! We were blessed with the best weather you could wish for, the weeks with hardly any rain – rare for the land of the long white cloud. On a clear day the sky is the bluest of blues, and the sea anything from turquoise to deep blue.
Stingray Bay is next to Cathedral Cove, one of the most visited natural attractions in New Zealand. Maramaratotara Bay is right next to Cook’s Beach. Muriwai has a large gannet colony; most of the migratory birds has already left by the time we visited. Muriwai lies on the rough west coast, while the other two locations are on the calm east coast, sheltered by numerous islands. This is very clear in the difference in the colour of the ocean.
It is time for my annual end-of-year exhibition at Roxanno’s in Stellenbosch. I always look forward to this event. Angus and his team does all my framing. I created a number of smaller paintings for this exhibition; come and have a look.
I am very excited about my current exhibition at Engel & Volkers in Stellenbosch. The venue, the Stellenbosch office of estate agents Engel & Volkers, is magnificent. The predominantly white interior, combined with the big windows facing two sides, ensures the perfect setting and optimum lighting. Back to back paintings, facing the street and inwards, hang suspended in the window openings. I had a good turn-out at the opening on Friday. Nelis Koegelenberg was the guest speaker; it was very special for me. The exhibition runs till Saterday 17 November.
18th July is International Nelson Mandela Day. On this day everyone is challenged to give 67 minutes of their time to support a charity or to serve the local community. The aim is to make the world a better place. My contribution was this painting of a woman doing her washing outside her home near Rouxpos, just south of Laingsburg, the proceeds of which I plan to donate to a charity in Laingsburg. I limited myself to 67 minutes to finish this painting – what a rush!