Over the New Year weekend, I was lucky enough to be invited up the West Coast to a town called Velddrif.
Velddrif is 60 kms before Piketberg, the town that Marie Theron paints and writes about - she is incredibly knowledgeable about this part of our country.
The West Coast (or Weskus in Afrikaans) is a rather harsh, windswept coastline, but has many beautiful parts to it. Velddrif is situated on the coast at the mouth of the Berg River and although not the prettiest of towns, has many charming plein air places. I stayed at a friend's holiday home on a small holding overlooking a tidal estuary of the Berg River and thank goodness for the wind. It is so incredibly hot there that by the time 3o'clock comes round, you are totally knackered! Anything for a swim! Luckily there is all that lovely cool water around.
I only managed to do one painting early on New Year's day before the heat set in - this is from top of the bank overlooking the Berg River as it makes it's way towards the sea.
We are planning for our Friday painting group to go through maybe over Easter, so will bring you more of this part of the world then. In the meantime, check out Marie's blog for more about the West Coast.