Kogel Bay is one of False Bays not so best kept secrets.
I have been going to Kogel Bay from the time Aura and I settled here in The Basin. This is the place where I first decided to take my kit and sit in the place and paint. Although I was not happy with my first attempts, I still have them and they bring back some of the memories.
I think this is my first ever painting out in the field. I was down at Caves Beach and as I started my watercolour these two cyclists came down chatting and shared a joint sitting on the rock I wanted to paint. mmm – I still had some work to do to paint these fractured, folded quartzites.
A while later I went down to do this watercolour. I sat on the rocks above the sand-line.
I wanted to capture the rounded pebbles, the jagged outcrops and Cape Point across the bay. But as I worked I became aware that something nearby was rotting. When I got up to leave I saw I had been sitting next to a dead seal covered by a film of sand.
I did this watercolour in my studio. This is the high energy coastline next to Caves Beach at Kogel Bay.
This is the view up towards where I was sitting next to a dead seal, from knee deep in the bay. Also painted in my studio. The cliffs are full of colour and texture.