Man oh man, what a crazy year it has been! Apart from political ups and downs across the globe, war, global warming and the list goes on, nothing could have prepared Rena and myself on how much these two little critters, Anna and Lily, would change our lives. From a very casual discussion, “should we have a baby?” (over a Scottish malt) two years ago, until now, life has been one serious roller coaster! I must admit, it has all been wonderful, and we feel truly blessed!
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A new discovery!
As it happens to all of us who have new additions to the household, at some stage the in-laws will demand to see the babies.
Rena’s folks live in the heart of the Little Karoo, well known for it’s ostrich farms. She’s got really cool parents, but, I can get a bit bored after a while of just lounging about. So, prior to our trip out there, I started surfing the internet for any possible fishing in the area around Oudtshoorn, and came across the Koos Raubenheimer dam. After reading a couple of reviews and fishing reports, it seemed to be worth my while to go and check it out. The dam has Largemouth Bass and I was keen to see if I could trick them into eating a fly.
It turned out to be a very pleasant day indeed. The water was crystal clear, cool, and with a lot of structure. Most impressive to me was the setting. Not far from the famous Kango Caves, it lies in the fork of two beautiful valleys, virtually untouched by man. I was also pleasantly surprised by the amount of birdlife in and along the banks of the waters.
I didn’t catch many fish, but spending half a day bobbing around in my float tube, just absorbing the peace and quiet of the area, was more than enough to recharge my batteries.
I modeled this shark after a Raggy called Maxine some years ago for the Two Oceans Aquarium in the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town. Maxine was an iconic shark as she was the first to be released by the aquarium after living in captivity for 8 years. Prior to her release she was fitted with a pop-up satellite tag and within six months after release, data showed that she had swum an astonishing 600 km up the East coast heading towards Mozambique.
Size: 120 x 70 x 60cm
Bronze on Wood Base
Size: 68 x 48 x 58 x 58cm
Bronze on Wood Base
56 x 26 x 60cm
Bronze on Granite Base
Miniature sculptures – Bronze pendants
I have always enjoyed sculpting these little pieces. Maybe its got to do with instant gratification, as I sculpt them in wax, and cast them directly in bronze.
It was not my intention to go into production, but every time people saw these pieces they would ask me if they could buy them, and I would have to answer – sorry, they are not for sale. Pressurized, I eventually gave in, and here they are…