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Sunday, April 10, 2011

Khwa Ttu # 2: Admin Buildings




!Khwa Ttu is the San Culture and Educational Centre. It concentrates on their oldest history and culture, but also, most importantly, on their place in modern society.

The San (hunter-gatherers) and the Khoikoi (herders) are the oldest indigenous people of South Africa. They were here thousands of years before the black nations moved down from the depths of Africa and before the monarchs of Europe sent ships around the Cape of Good Hope and the Dutch started the refreshment service at the Cape to provide for these ships.

My previous post awoke in many readers the sense of longing one feels when approaching !Khwa Ttu. I was happy when fellow blogger Kelley Carey McDonald used the word "evocative" in her comments. We are very aware of this feeling when we enter a walkway made of a lattice of saplings. It leads to a large cleared circle in echo of the antique San encampments. Here, in my painting (a large 24 x 18" oil painting) you can see the info and admin centre, shop and restaurant housed in a friendly building.

Am I going slow? In the next post you will meet the San at last! And after that, another interesting walkway! In coming posts we'll also see some ancient tools and hear of the miraculous talents of survival of these people. I am even one day going on a tractor ride to learn more! My children will "test" this ride to see whether mom's back can survive it! If all else fails, it will have to be a walking tour after the winter! To be continued......

14 comments:

  1. Hello! Dis so interessant - ek was nog nooit by hierdie plek nie. Dankie vir die info - ek sal tog eendag daar 'n draai moet maak. Vrot van die verkoue, so dis maar goed ek het by die huis gebly :-)

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  2. The walkway and the shadows calls for another painting?

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  3. I love how your paintings have developed! So nicely done. I always enjoy your commentary and find them intersting and ispiring.

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  4. I think I already told you on FB, Marie: But I'll say it again--this one is so lovely! Keep 'em coming!

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  5. I always love reading your commentaries and of course your paintings! What I always find interesting is that although the sun is scorching hot in summer you are always able to create a sense of calm and gentle lightness!

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  6. This is great Marie, love doing the shadows on white buildings! And the 'latte' walkways are just gorgeous!

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  7. As much as I love the sea and paintings, I must say that this piece is beautiful, Marie. Makes me long to visit!

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  8. Dankie Ilse, jy sal dit vind op R27 naby Yzerfontein. Get well soon!

    Diana, I was tempted to do that walkway, but I should hurry now and get some history down. Thanks for the visit.

    Linda, the West Coast can be a bit forlorn sometimes, but when you scratch around, there will always be facts and stories. Thank you for having been with my blog for more than two years!

    Kind of you, Diane! I hope to go on for a long time!

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  9. Thanks for the visit, Angelique! Yes, I tend to blend tonal values into softer tones. The little boat a few weeks ago was too stark because of the dark shadowing!

    Yes, they are fun and you do them well, Maree. It is strange that such simple materials like latte can be so effective!

    Thank you, Sherry! I must admit that I feel safe when doing the ocean, but must look around for other themes too!

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  10. Marie, both the painting and the story behind it is very interesting..your posts are always informative!

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  11. What a fascinating journey you're taking us on Marie. Your own discoveries and the joy with which you share them makes them come to life for all of us!!
    Thanks!

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  12. I can say the same of your paintings and stories padmaja!

    Thank you, Marian, these words are very precious to me! I feel good now, spinning like a cat!

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  13. fantastic post...so interesting! The sky in your painting is magnificent..the whole painting feels cohesive. Bravo!

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  14. Thank you Celeste! And I love that amazing painting of yours! Will still go and read your post!

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