Near Graaff- Reinet

Bruce Backhouse
Near Graaff- Reinet
watercolour on fabriano
56 x152cm

If you’re driving between Graaff-Reinet and Aberdeen, after about 50kms look to your right. I found a farmer who showed me the incredible vistas from near the top of one of his mountains.
I spent three days perched next to a perennial fountain that fed the valleys below. It had not stopped pouring out sweet water “since my great grandfather settled here” the farmer said. “This fontein is the source of the Sundays River and eventually flows into the ocean at PE.”
In those three days, I painted on location, my biggest watercolour to date. It was a story that I had to record.

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