On the train

We took a train trip to the Cherry Festival in Ficksburg. It was a great way to get there and the accommodation was sorted.  If you love cherries and fresh green asparagus then this is the place to be in November of each year. You also have to be an afficianado of the most horrendous kitch.

I think the best,  was the planters made from old clothing. Imagine a pair of kids jeans that had been petrified with resin, standing up, full of soil, with an alarmingly phallic cactus growing out of it. I think I cracked a rib trying not to laugh out loud. The rest of the stall section of the festival featured equally heart stopping paraphenalia. Worse than these.

It was a long train ride home… but I soothed my overstimulated senses with a bit of sketching!

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6 thoughts on “On the train

  • September 23, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    Did you get any photos of the “alarming cactus”? – If not could you please draw it for us … somehow i can’t picture it …


    great portrait

    • September 23, 2009 at 1:56 pm

      One of my biggest regrets was that I did not get a pic of the amazing kitsch – there would be content for about a zillion blog posts. The alarming cactus will just have to stay alarming in your imagination I’m afraid…. Thought you were artistically inclined, dude! LOL

      Thanks for the compliment – great subject!

  • September 23, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    Lovely Portrait I really struggle to capture that spark that brings a great portrait to life. Oh how I miss train commutes a they’re great places to observe people and practice economy in your sketching.

    • September 23, 2009 at 2:05 pm

      Thanks – I am sooooo rusty. It’s a skill you have to keep up. Life, the universe and kids got in the way for a long time. So it’s back to the drawing pad and getting those old skills up and running! I recently illustrated a book which was the scariest challenge, but was incredible fun. Will post some of those soon – keep checking!

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