Showing posts from April, 2024

Sowing and Reaping

  Gardening is a most rewarding endeavour. When you plant a herb or a flower or a vegetable, you are creating a living thing that grows. You have to take special care of it to ensure that the plant survives, gets sufficient water, sunshine, and plant food to enable it to thrive. If you have done your job well and are diligent, you will reap a reward and receive what the plant produces - flowers, herbs, or vegetables. We have successfully grown all sorts of fruit, vegetables, and herbs which we picked just before eating. That way we get the freshest fruits that keep us healthy. I am in the process of painting the picture above with watercolours. The same applies to life! Work is therefore necessary and is a good thing.

Hurly Hills Private Care Hotel

     Inspired by the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles the Hurly Hills Private Care Hotel was created. Located in Hurlyvale in Edenvale this modern, spacious private care hotel was built with a Hollywood retro look. From concept to finished product, the buildings and furnishings started to take on a movie scene appearance with large pictures of actors as part of the décor. This was never overdone. Just a hint of Hollywood here and there, enough to give the place that special nostalgic feel. When it comes to activities for the residents they are not compelled to participate. They are, however, encouraged to take part in group activities. There are games like Sunset Boulevard Chess, Hollywood Hills Bridge, Las Vegas Meccano Building, and Puzzle Building activities. There are many more fun activities. Recently, they had a special birthday party celebration for one of the senior residents. All the staff joined the fun and it was a jolly occasion to the delight of the birthday boy. It just

Watercolour Sketchbook Trials

 I love Pinterest because that is where I find inspiration from very talented people. It's a place where everyone shares their work. Since I am still learning how to create art I feel very humble being in the presence of others with amazing talent. I salute you all. The topic of today's blog post is sketchbook art. Since this is my very first piece I am submitting it not as a work of art as such but an exercise that I performed to see if I could produce a double page spread item and paint it with watercolours. I primarily just wanted to see whether or not the paint would show on the other side of the paper. One thing you have to understand is that we can look at what other people are doing but only through trial and error will we learn what works and how they created their work of art and what materials they used. That sounds simple but in reality it is not simple at all. I go through a whole learning process trying to emulate other artists. Sometimes I succeed when I make the

Karate Memories

 When I was very young and still in primary school we lived in a small mining town in the northern Cape. Once a week we used to go to the club and attend classes in different sports. On one of those evenings, I walked into the large hall and was amazed to see that there were karate classes on offer. I immediately enrolled. First on the agenda the instructor started teaching us some basic moves which he called katas. From there on it was a regular thing, katas, and more katas. It was quite enjoyable, and I was getting quite good at it. I can’t remember what happened but after a while those classes stopped.  It was some time after that that I went to the movies and saw how the guys were using karate to defend themselves. There were the Karate Kid, Rush Hour and Shanghai Noon by Jackie Chan, and Enter the Dragon by Bruce Lee. Who could forget seeing Chuck Norris?  Yesterday, I was browsing You Tube and noticed a video about Chuck Norris who was commenting on Bruce Lee’s death. Chuck was a