Four Faces of Cape Town – Travelstart Blogger Experience Competition

Having given up the formal 9 to 5 office routine, I now work from home, building an online global business in the field of Personal Development

This means I sit in my home office all day every day, (often longer than 9 to 5). And, while I love what I do, and love being at home, it can sometimes become tedious being home 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. After a month or so, I decided to do something about it and made a commitment that on weekends I would completely switch off from work and would immerse myself in non-work related pursuits and creative activities.

I started dragging my husband to the shops for weekend shopping trips, we started going out for Sunday lunch once a month, and I’ve taken up some hobbies.

I started reading again, and I’ve also committed some time each weekend to art or craft projects.

I’ve always enjoyed travelling and visiting new places, and I love Cape Town.

V&A Waterfront, In Love In Cape Town

It is probably my favourite city in the whole world. It has an atmosphere, energy and vibe all of its own. So when I saw the Cape Town Blogger Competition by Travelstart, I knew I had to enter.

The gist of the competition was to 1) Create Table Mountain 2) Write a Blog Post about your artistic process, and what you love about Cape Town & Table Mountain, and 3) Share your post

There were a couple of additional rules, but I was already hooked and got straight to work.

My brain was working overtime, and I had some great ideas and so much I wanted to try that I found it hard to settle on just one concept.

Although I worked in an arts and crafts shop for several years, I am NOT an artist, so I decided to keep things fairly simple.

The challenge with this is that Table Mountain (one of the 7 Wonders of Nature) is something you just have to experience it for yourself! How do you do it justice as unskilled, amateur “artist”?

Eventually, I decided to create a series of pictures in different forms and combine it as one big artwork showing some of the many beautiful faces of Table Mountain.

Planning & Preparation:

My first steps were to decide how I wanted to create Table Mountain and to gather together all the necessary supplies.

This necessitated a trip to my craft cupboard and a visit to my nearest art supply store.  So, on Saturday morning, I dragged my husband, Neil, to the nearest Shopping Centre to gather some art supplies.R200 and one disgruntled husband later, I returned home fully equipped.

R200 and one disgruntled husband later, I returned home fully equipped!

The Process:

Picture One: Cape Town Collage

As this is a 4 part picture series, I needed to create some continuity.

I did this  by creating a cut-out silhouette of Table Mountain to use as a template.

For the Collage, I cut out pictures of Cape Town and Table Mountain from a variety of magazines,

and created a triple silhouette in collage, silver, and black.

Picture Two: Inspired by an art class from Trindad

Sip and paint birthday gathering offered by Simone Browne at “C”spot, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad

 

 

This is the effect I was going for, but I had no idea how to go about it, other than to roughly follow their inspiration.

This necessitated another trip to the shops. This time to purchase paintbrushes. Fortunately,  I was able to pick up a bunch of cheap brushes at my local Chinese shop for a bargain price.

Using Acrylic Paint, I first created the background. Then I painted the Table Mountain Silhouette, followed by the lights of Cape Town and the Moon and Sea.

And, finally, I finished it off by adding some tree silhouettes in the foreground.

It may not be perfect, but overall I was very pleased with the result.

Picture Three: Watercolour: Table Mountain by Day

For this, I used white card, the same silhouette and watercolour paints.

I’ve worked with watercolours before, but only at school and playing with my kids. In school we always used a big thick round brush and painted black outlines around everything!  I have no idea of paint techniques, colour mixing or even which paintbrush to use, so I just bit the bullet and went for it.

I started with the background, painting the sky and sea first, followed by the mountain, before adding in some contours and finer details. Although my detailing is very amateurish, I’m satisfied with the overall outcome.

I will definitely use watercolours again, learning the tools, techniques and finer details, especially the use of paintbrushes and strokes!

Picture Four: Table Cloth Silhouette

Initially this was intended to be a simple silhouette in black and white or navy and yellow, but in the end, I decided it was too simplistic and wouldn’t complement the other 3 pictures in the series, so I decided to create a picture of Table Mountain with its famous Tablecloth.

I cut out a silhouette in black, pasted it onto white poster board, added some blue sky, drew in and painted an aeroplane and banner and topped it all off with cotton wool clouds and a Tablecloth.

THE END RESULT: FOUR FACES OF CAPE TOWN

I had such fun taking part in this competition! I would love to win it, and if I do, I will taking my trip to Cape Town just in time for this year’s Cape Town Carnival, but whatever happens, I enjoyed taking part and I wish my fellow bloggers and competitors Good Luck!

I look forward to seeing your entries too!

If this post has inspired you to take a trip to one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Travelstart should be the first stop in your search for affordable trips to Cape Town!

Happy Travels!