Since my last newsletter, things certainly haven’t been dull. We took the twins to the Cederberg to visit some friends, not knowing how they would take to the rugged mountain terrain, being ‘beach babies’. Much to our pleasant surprise, they loved the new adventure and spent days on end exploring the countryside with all its new delights. We enjoyed hiking in the mountains, admiring ancient Khoisan rock art, and I even had a chance to try my luck at a bit of flyfishing in a stunning river with beautiful pools. Evidently, there are Clanwilliam yellowfish (one of my favourite freshwater species) in the system, but I failed to produce anything. I’ll need to spend more time there to try and work out how to catch this special fish.
Sadly I’ve had to find myself a new art studio, as the building where I was renting in Kalk Bay has been sold. After 14 years in the same premises, it was no easy task. Fortunately, I found a building not too far away – a bit more industrial, but with a massive upside! I can produce larger pieces and make a lot more noise! I’m sharing the space with Mike Doyle, who is building a new bronze casting foundry there, so I’m excited about what the future might hold. More about the studio in my next newsletter…
Lily and Anna enjoying the outdoors!
Khoisan rock art
A stunning pool in the Twee Riviere river
The beautiful Cederberg mountain range
I’ve always wanted to do a triggerfish with a realistic patina. Usually I finish my triggerfish with a whitish or green patina, so when a client from England requested a triggerfish with a realistic surface finish, I jumped at the opportunity. Here is the finished product – yellowmargin triggerfish.
Yellowmargin Triggerfish with realistic patina
Edition of 15
43cm x 24cm x 43cm
In my previous newsletter, I mentioned that I was preparing work to take part in a group wildlife sculpture exhibition hosted by Cristopher Greig of the Charles Greig Gallery in Hyde Park, Johannesburg. Much to my delight, it was a great success, with many pieces finding new homes. Here are photos of some of the works sold.
From my fly-tying desk
A good friend recently invited me to join him on a fishing trip to a very remote island, Astove atoll, which forms part of the Aldabra group of islands in the most south-western part of the Seychelles Islands. Astove atoll is an incredible fishery, with bonefish, permit, triggerfish, giant trevally, milkfish and a host of other gamefish abundant in its waters – truly a fly-fisher’s dream!
Sadly I had to decline the offer as family and work took higher priority, but fortunately, I have been there twice before. And because I’m such a nice guy, I decided to tie my mate a handful of flexicrabs to cast at those very grumpy permit.
One of my good memories of Astove – a milkfish
Keep an eye out for my next newsletter, in which I’ll be showcasing my jewellery range of mini sculptures.