Included with this letter will be the initial itinerary, the relevant information and costs. Most meals and dining experiences are now included in the price (drinks excluded) and cannot be left out. The retreat has been extended with one day. You need to book for 8 nights.
Arrive in Paternoster – all restaurants close early on a Sunday, the Lodge is open until 6pm – with a beautiful vista across the Atlantic. If you drink white wine – try the Harold’s Bay Sauvignon Blanc. Food is good. Unwind.
Oysters and Champagne (MCC) Breakfast at Reubens, Bekbaai side. We will meet and start the chain reaction of good food for the week at this beautiful restaurant. Meet Dianne, Hesther and I as well as all the other participants. I will go over the weeks program and explain the area and schedule to you.
First session at the studio – drawing basics as reflected by our environment – what to do first, what to see and what to omit, proportion, tone and simplification. I will only teach what you need at Paternoster. The session will be light and easy. Throughout the duration of the retreat I will be responsible for any drawing problems.
Lunch will be in picnic form at the fish market with Sally-Jo
Afternoon session will be in painting basics – oils. In our classes we teach people to interpret rather than experiment, to stay safe through investigation. I teach you to see colour and to create harmony and not a circus. This is done by simple exercises.
Dinner will be at Voorstrandt, on the beach, watching the sun set.
Drawing session on the beach, early to capture the shadows when they are at their best. We will only be here for an hour, capturing simple shapes and composition with pencil on canvas and camera, then we will go to the studio to discuss, mix and apply colour. The technique will be underpainting and overpainting.
Ouma se kombuis will prepare you some local cuisine.
We he afternoon session will be at the same venue and I will teach you alla prima – direct painting. It will most probably be a little boat and will be pre-drawn. All these paintings are planned in succession to prepare you for your plein air at Tietiesbaai.
Dinner with Uro. We will go to Uros’ place for a sumptuous Italian dinner. You can also participate if you wish making antipasti.
One of my favourite days. Another early rise, followed by a drive to Tietiesbaai, a demo by me – finding a composition, planning and creating a painting plein air. Then it will be your turn, finding a brilliant arrangement to paint, recording it on camera and paint.
Lunch will be on the rocks created by Ursula, our local wonder woman – think seafood on the coals, homemade bread and salads.
Your afternoon and dinner will be free for exploring at your own pace.
You will spend this day with Dianne. You will have two sessions, one in the morning, and one in the afternoon. Dianne will explain and take you through the process of sculpture art making – yum. She is especially good with newcomers, and you will use paper clay to create your own masterpiece.
Lunch will be next door at Square Spoon with a sumptuous finger lunch.
Dinner will be at Noisy Oyster. The restaurant boasts a great ambience and a great chef!
Mixed Media day – In the morning a demo first – exploring mixed media and its versatile nature of experimentation, working from dark to light. Then you will create an easy painting using oils, diluents and dry media.
Lunch at Gaatjie – experience another of my favourite at the sea.
Afternoon – we will paint at Gaatjie using Impasto – thick pasted paint with brush and a little palette knife.
You will be free for Dinner
Drive to Langebaan. Session on the beach with breakfast. Today I’ll take you through some loosening up exercises and include some perceptional and observational workouts. Most people focus on detail instead of the parts that can bind and make a painting special and harmonious.
Drive through West Coast National Park to Preekstoel and more
Geelbek Lunch – not included, I will not be able to join you for lunch.
Dinner at Leepos next to the beach Paternoster.
Breakfast at my place
Last session – today you will bring all your art work that you have done to complete them. When you arrive, we will first do some more observational exercises. It will be a long session that we can interrupt for lunch, maybe grab a pizza. But don’t eat too much because you need to line yourself for the ultimate feast with Suzi tonight.
Suzi Haultshausen You don’t want to miss this one – a feast of local cuisine done at its best – my personal guarantee. We will end the retreat on this high note either at Sea Shack, but if not available I will find another location.
All meals exclude drinks and some gratuity.
I prefer places around Mosselbank and Voorstrand, avoid Kliprug unless you like noise. Look at reviews when you book. Many places show the beach as close when it is not. It’s worthwhile spending a little extra to find a good safe place.
Please enquire for a booking form – I only take 12 persons, if more we add another week.