On Thursday I traveled up to George with a friend of mine who owns the business with whom I have been working there. He had a 09:00 meeting so we left Somerset West at 04:00 which is nice and early. Dick is a farmer and a hunter so the trip is always very different. While I am composing watercolours he is picking out all the game. The last time we saw a small herd of fallow deer. And this time, on the way up we saw elephant! How about that? There are not many people I know who can stop to view elephant on the way to work. They are in a reserve on the route.
I was up in George with clients over the last weekend. I had a meeting on Friday afternoon and spent the morning on the Giant Kingfisher Trail painting the river. It was a beautiful blustery morning following a night of hot dry winds in front of an approaching cold front. I had a great morning filming my walk-in, set up and painting process. All this work has been lost but here is the painting.
This was painted on a half sheet of Arches Rough (560 x 380 mm). It has a beautiful tooth. Because it was so thick the page curled off my board as I painted, in the hot dry wind.