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Escape to the Sun – South Africa and Mauritius

The beach at Wilderness on the Garden Route. watercolour 14 inches by 7.

While the chills of February continued in the UK we have been lucky enough to have been travelling , and mainly golfing, with great friends, in South Africa and then relaxing, with a bit more golf in Mauritius.

The weather, the food, the wine and the people were all fantastic and we all had a great time.

Now you can’t golf all day so I have had a few hours to paint some quick watercolours along the way. For the first time in many years I decided to take little sketch book of 9 inches by 7 watercolour paper to do most of the paintings. The book, made by Khadi Papers proved ideal and not too large to use sitting on the beach too! The larger painting are 14 by 10 on Arches Cold pressed paper.

So here are the best of the  paintings that I produced over the two and a half weeks away and I do hope you will enjoy seeing them. They were fun to produce, often only taking 30 minutes of so. You can see that in some of them!

First of all we were at a lovely Golfing hotel called Fancourt near George on the Garden Route in South Africa. A very nice place to stay and three lovely courses, so we played 5 times there.

In George and in Wilderness on the coast we found stunning restaurants. The Town House in George, probably the best steak I have ever eaten! The Fat fish in George, really good fresh fish and super wine, and maybe the best restaurant I have ever eaten in in our 4 visits to South Africa. It is called Serendipity it is in Wilderness on the coast. Truly magnificent and hosted by the most delightful  Rudolf and Lizelle! Go there is you can!!

Enough of food, here are some watercolours.

The Golf courses provide lovely views of the Outeniqua mountains  so here are my interpretations.

Early sunset at Outeniqua

 

Two holes, 5th Green and 14th Fairway on the Montagu Golf Course at Fancourt

 

The Heads at Knysna  on the Garden Route

 

Boats sailing in the lagoon at Knysna. Watercolour 14 inches by 10

After a week golfing at Fancourt we then drove to Franschheok for a few days before flying on to Mauritius.

Franschheok is a delightful town and in the heart of the wine region of South Africa. We did some tasting, and too much swallowing, the highlight being the small but beautiful Vineyard of Stonybrook. Again lovely meals in Franschheok where all the restaurants we tried were really good. (Ryan’s Kitchen, Grande Provence, and Monneaux)

So time for a few more watercolour paintings there too.

The immense mountains that surround Franschheok. Watercolour 14 by 10 inches.

 

Vineyard and Mountains at Franschheok

And so on to Mauritius. The climate in Mauritius is delightful, hot , sometimes sultry and warm seas to swim in. Once again we stayed at the Shangri-La Le Touessrok which has access to the Bernhard Langer designed Golf Course -Ile Aux Cerfs.

These watercolours were produced there, painted exclusively whist lying on a sunbed!

These sketchbook watercolours painted there from photos or memory.

Boats sailing on the East Coast of Mauritius

Sunset

More yachts sailing!

 

 

 

Yachts on the horizon

And so back home to the UK, but wait , in the meantime Spring has arrived in Kent, how good is that!

Happy Travelling

Brian

 

 

My Watercolour Highlights of 2016

Happy Christamas and Best Wishes for 2017!

It has been a great year for us and I hope you too have enjoyed the Year and also this blog.

Retired life is good and our now 4 Grandchildren and their parents are a continuous joy.

In this post I am revisiting some of my favourite watercolours of this year, which have originated in our travels around the World and visits around the UK. I have picked just seventeen, from around 50 paintings completed in the year.

Here is a reprise which I hope you will enjoy. For me this indulgent post is such a great reminder of the year.

I hope that you enjoy the Season and the New Year.

Many thanks for reading my blog, it is your responses and views that make it such fun.

All the best

Brian

January  — Crillon-Le-Brave in Provence

Although we travel a lot in Provence we have yet to visit Crillon, maybe in 2017. A bit of artistic licence in this painting!

Crillon Le Brave

February. The joy of some winter sun in Mauritius and the fun of painting while lying on a lounger at the beach at Le Touessrok Shangi La Hotel!

The Beach at Le Touessrok Watercolour 14 inches by 10.

The Beach at Le Touessrok Watercolour 14 inches by 10.

March.  Painting at home a favourite view from our many visits to Northern Ireland. Fair Head on the Antrim coast seen from the beach at Ballycastle.

Fair Head

April.

Near us in Kent is Rochester and the River Medway. This painting is a “time travel” painting taking us back to 1937 (even before my time!) when the Sunderland Flying boats were being built at Rochester. So here is a Short’s Sunderland flying boat over Rochester.

Rochester in 1937

May

With memories of a great weekend in Amsterdam with friends still fresh in my mind I finished these two paintings of  this fine and fascinating city.IMG_2653

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June

With the arrival of our new granddaughter in May local-ish travel led us to Malden in Essex. This painting , a new size for me is 19 inches by 8, but suits the scene quite well.

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July

Back in France and a chance to paint in the sun , from sketches and photos. The trip from St Maxime by boat to St Tropez is the best way to get there. Lunch at the Mazarin under the green awning and then a painting of this quiet back water of St Tropez. A delightful day out!

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August

More paintings in Provence An evening scene and big J Class yachts in St Tropez harbour.

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September

Two paintings for friends this month, one of Great Dixter in Sussex, and the second of J Class yachts sailing off the Isle of Wight. I am glad they liked them!

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J Class yachts racing at the Isle of Wight David and meg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October

A visit to Rye inspired this painting of Camber castle, built in the time of Henry VIII but now just a ruin. Rye in the background. Also locally the beautiful Leeds Castle here in KentCamber castle

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November

I like to read the excellent Bernard Cornwell historical fiction books, some of which feature Bebanburg Castle,now Bamburg Castle. Again in the wider format to highlight the vast beach and sky!Bamburgh castle

 

December

This month I have been painting some scenes of Venice from my photos and a painting from a photo taken by Mitch Zeissler ( thanks for the permission, Mitch) showing the Mission Mountains of Montana, which was the subject of my previous post.Della salute

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It has been a busy year painting ( and these are only some!) so I do hope you have enjoyed looking at some of my 2016 efforts.

Seasons greetings and Best wishes for 2017

Brian

 

 

 

 

 

It is January and 30 C — It must be — Mauritius!!

The Beach at Le Touessrok Watercolour 14 inches by 10.

The Beach at Le Touessrok Watercolour 14 inches by 10.

Hi Readers

We sometimes like to escape the winter in the UK for a week or two and so this year we have just been to Mauritius.

Mauritius has a lovely climate, with a little rain so the whole countryside is very green, but the beaches are beautiful sand and the sea is very warm.

Most days in January the temperature gets up to 30C and even in the evenings it is very warm.

For my watercolour paintings it isn’t ideal as painting “en plain air” is very tricky (at least for me) but nevertheless I have managed to produce a few paintings during our holiday.

Some of them are for me unique as I painted then whilst reclining on sun bed on the beach at our resort of Le Touessrok. As one passer by said “well I have never seen that before!”  Le Touessrok, now a Shangri-La hotel is on the East coast of the island of Mauritius, which is often described, especially by the delightful Mauritian people, as “Paradise Island”

At the end of this post I have added a couple of paintings that I produced on previous trips to Mauritius as they also give different aspect of the area.

We like to play golf there as well as soaking up the sun and the golf course, (which you get to on a boat!) is on Ile des Cerfs, and is very challenging, but beautiful. It was designed by Bernard Langer, a famous Golf professional.

Now we are back in the UK and it does seem cold here, but those 10 days in the sun will be good memory while winter is still here.

I hope you enjoy the paintings

Happy Travelling!

Brian

Sailing By

“Sailing By”. Watercolour 14 inches by 10.

Homeward Bound

“Homeward Bound”   Watercolour 14 by 10

Fishing off the Reef

“Fishing off the Reef”. Watercolour 14 by 10.

Grand Bay, at the north of Mauritius. Watercolour 14 by 10.

“Grand Bay, at the north of Mauritius”. Watercolour 14 by 10.

And a couple from previous visits

The 11th hole at Le Tousserok, Mauritius

The view from the Green at 11th hole at Le Touessrok, Mauritius

 

 

The Bernard Langer course at Le Tousserok from the air

The Bernard Langer course at Le Touessrok from the air.

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Brian

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