Before I get irretrievably back into city life, I wanted to carry on with the small (moleskine watercolour notebook) record of our trip to the coast that I was exploring. I don't know if it is a good idea - it may become tedious, but it can only improve my landscape painting - something I've never really taken to, but think I ought! My original plan, to paint as I travelled, was quickly ditched as lurches and bumps and speeding scenery made that effort laughable!
I sketched this tiny cottage with it's lollipop trees lightly in pencil in the car, and painted it later.
Driving through the Karoo - classified semi-desert, it was really green after lots of rain - it's always been the most boring, endless stretch - miles and miles of very little.
But this time there was more colour, and loads of cloud formations all the way there and back (all that water has been dumping on Joburg the last few weeks!). Little flat-topped mountains are typical all through the Karoo. This was on the way down to the coast - I took many more photos on the way back. You're in for a long ride if I keep this up.
Coming into the little 'dorp' - really just a filling station and a shop - called Three Sisters after these three koppies - former flat-topped hills that have been eroded away until just these 'little heads', which is what koppies means - are left.
Well these are definitely not works of art, but I still like the idea of a journey in a sketchbook, and am interested to see if my painting improves or gets more interesting as I go along, and will be a nice balance to the urban sketching I hope.
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