We have had some blazing hot days and with the school holidays in full swing, I am off the teaching hook and merrily trying to paint the days away. Unfortunately yesterday and today, cricket interfered - the first three days of the first 5day test against England. So very little was done.
But I have been trying (again!) to do the plein air thing. Some time ago I did a watercolour of our special Table Mountain from a friend's upstairs lounge, and last week did the same scene again, this time in oils.
Then I was very brave and went out into the open (yes Rob Ijbema, I am trying to let Mother Nature teach me!), armed with sunhat, sun lotion factor 40, water and painting paraphernalia! Went with a group of regular plein airheads to Oude Molen, an eco village/farm/horse place with an incredible history, that overlooks the Liesbeek River and M5 highway, but more importantly, has an incredible view of Devil's Peak, the part of Table Mountain on the left hand side. I will try and paint the mountain, probably next Tuesday when we go out again, but last week did the back of the eco shop/restaurant whilst standing amongst the strawberries.
And the week before, as a test run, just sketched this sunflower in full bloom.