Category Archives: Art & Photography

Reflection

Reflection

Posted on: 4th April 2019| By: Marielle

Reflection … the projection of mirror-like images … alternatively, careful/long consideration or thought. The two don’t appear to have much connection, do they? South Africa is engaging in much serious reflecting right now, since our national elections are just around the corner. Maybe it’s about thoughts being so long and considered that they’re eventually reflected back…
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Knysna graffiti II

Knysna graffiti II

Posted on: 13th March 2019| By: Marielle

Following on from my recent story about Knysna’s street art, I got really excited when I subsequently passed a graffiti’d wall that seemed to suggest famous street artist Rasty (left) of Johannesburg had visited. It was a simple tag in black letters (at which I was a teeny disappointed because some of his more elaborate…
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A little art, a little wine

A little art, a little wine

Posted on: 1st March 2019| By: Marielle

Having got off my high horse (as per my previous post) and stepped down to street level in Hermanus, I was simply thrilled with what I saw. Hope you get a little thrilled yourself. And then there was our arranged tasting to get our wine-stomping boots into, at Hermanuspietersfontein (well, there’s the Kaalvoet Meisie [barefoot…
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Hermanus has grown up!

Hermanus has grown up!

Posted on: 28th February 2019| By: Marielle

I admit it. I’ve been guilty of not being very nice about Hermanus after its rapid overdevelopment and rampant commercialisation across the years. Memories of ‘varsity days in a once-charming seaside hamlet and all that … Well, as one of our wayward willing friends said this last weekend (of a few of us in general):…
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Knysna also has Street Art!

Knysna also has Street Art!

Posted on: 21st February 2019| By: Marielle

Graffiti today — that is, the more polished creative kind — has been elevated to such an extent, it’s now called “street art”. Cape Town, Jo’burg, Durban, all have a slew of unbelievably talented spray-can artists, among them well-recognised names such as Faith47, Falko, Tapz, Kevin Love … and so, so, so many others. But…
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Inspired by Valentine’s Day

Inspired by Valentine’s Day

Posted on: 14th February 2019| By: Marielle

It being the 14th of February, these photos from travels all over the world show that love transcends borders, language, culture. Peep into the corners of any new country … there you will find love. Happy Red Hearts Day!   Brazilian street artist Eduardo Kobra, born in São Paulo, is famous all around the world…
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Balance, harmony

Balance, harmony

Posted on: 24th January 2019| By: Marielle

Balance and harmony … two qualities we all need to draw upon to get us through the next few months to Election Day. And how does one define balance? The tension between two opposites where, at a certain central point, a state of equilibrium is achieved. Looking at these sculptures, from all around the world,…
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Dutch Master Vermeer in Britstown

Dutch Master Vermeer in Britstown

Posted on: 17th January 2019| By: Marielle

Gorgeous silkscreen wall hangings of portraits by the famous Old Masters. On the left, I know not!, but on the right, Johannes Vermeer’s unmistakeable “Girl with a Pearl Earring”, painted in 1665. These beautiful luminous faces hang in the Transkaroo Country Lodge’s wonderful coffee shop (delicious breakfasts, home-baked cakes, and both buffet and à la…
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Food … ’tis the Season!

Food … ’tis the Season!

Posted on: 12th December 2018| By: Marielle

School holidays, wrapping up work, packing for the beach, going on a trip  … all anyone is thinking about right now is Shopping … and delectable, decadent, spoil-yourself FOOD for those big family-gathering days. So this Post is about Food. Gravel Road Adventures does sometimes take a break from planning trips to the gramadoelas, and…
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From Route 66 to Route 62

From Route 66 to Route 62

Posted on: 9th November 2018| By: Marielle

The USA had its Route 66, so why can’t the Karoo have its Route 62? It was American crooner Nat King Cole who made sure Route 66 was immortalised in the history books with his song of the same name. The Rolling Stones sang it, as did Chuck Berry, Ray Charles and a great many…
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