Back to the Cedarberg

I was lucky enough to be invited on another hiking trip to the Cedarberg last month. We went back to the remote area near the village of Heuningvlei. There was a huge difference compared to last year’s trip in March when it was very dry. This time the landscape seemed much more alive as the streams were running strongly and there were plenty of flowers about.

Pool at Boontkjieskloof

From the Heuningvlei hut we climbed Middle Krakadouw and then went on to the Boontjieskloof hut.


Flowers next to the path

We had quite a relaxed time and I managed to do two sketches.

Sketch of Boontjieskloof Hut

Our last night was spent at the backpackers lodge at Heuningvlei where we enjoyed the hot showers and comfortable beds. Our dinner was prepared by ladies from the Heuningvlei community. It’s a picturesque old mission village and most of the houses have thatched roofs.

House at Heuningvlei

I took a lot of photos of the village in the evening and early morning.

Morning in Heuningvlei

UK Holiday Sketches – Cornwall and Devon

I did a few sketches while on a busy visit to the UK in May and June, more than I did on my last visit – see blog post

My sketchbook was made with half smooth paper and half Bockingford watercolour paper in a square format. I also took along a “Sketchpack” for tiny quick sketches.
The trip started with a week in Looe, Cornwall, with visits to St Ives, Penzance, and Polperro.

St Ives

Quick sketch of a street in St Ives.

St. Ives

It’s a magical place, full of quaint narrow lanes, beautiful views and plenty of art galleries. There were some open studios and  exhibitions at the St Ives Arts Club and the St Ives Society of Artists’ Summer Exhibition There was some lovely work on show.

St Ives Society of Artists Exhibition


An old fishing town with houses on both steep sides of the tidal river, Looe is a visual delight. The sketch below was done sitting on the back of a bench half way up a hill and looking up river towards the bridge. The seagull posed obligingly for quite a while.

A view of Looe with Seagull.

East Cornwall Society of Artists Exhibition, Polperro

We walked the magnificent coastal path to the quaint town of Polperro. Popped in at the East Cornwall Society of Artists Annual Exhibition there. As well as paintings, they had some really nice ceramic pieces on show.


In Penzance I visited the Penlee House Art Gallery: and saw the exhibition ‘Bringing Home the Catch: Art and Fishing in Newlyn 1880 – 1940’. Afterwards I sketched in the Garden of Remembrance next to the Gallery. Open Studios Cornwall was on at the time and we popped in to see the exciting work of Glyn Macey,

Garden of Remembrance next to the Penlee Art Gallery, Penzance.


At the end of the trip we visited Kingsbridge and Salcombe in Devon.  While in Salcombe I looked at the Salcombe Art Club Summer Exhibition, which was very good. I also had time for two quick sketches of views from the window of a pub in Salcombe.

Quick sketches done in Salcombe.

Tiny Treasures Exhibition

Four landscapes exhibited at the Tiny Treasures Exhibition at the ArtB Gallery, Bellville, in July. Each one is 20 x 20 cms and are painted in oil on canvas. This is an annual event organised by the Belville Art Society as a fundraiser. There were many beautiful little works on the exhibition.

Sketching at Club Mykonos

At the beginning of May I went with two friends to Club Mykonos, a Greek style resort on the Cape west coast. We had a lot of fun and sketched at a few scenic spots in the area. It’s an attractive spot for artists.

Jacobsbaai. Linda Howe-Ely

View from Club Mykonos

The wreck at the Langebaan Yacht club. Linda Howe-Ely


Cliffs at Old Harbour, Hermanus – A5 – Watercolour & Ink – Linda Howe-Ely

My husband and I spent two nights in this lovely Western Cape coastal town last week, and I did this sketch from the Old Harbour, which is a landmark and tourist attraction in Hermanus.