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17 January 2011- Gareth Cliff


Tafadzwa Mukwashi and Gareth Cliff

“I think the real miracle isn’t what happens after life, the real miracle IS life… In 2011, live.” – Gareth Cliff

There is something very cathartic about the advent of a new year. 2011 is, for me, the year in which to, very simply, live. This is perhaps one of my better resolutions, and one that is actually possible to carry out – the only barrier to contentment is very often just ourselves.

And so I begin to see the beauty that has always been around me, and to laugh and to dance, and to breathe even more colour than ever before.

The John Smit Portrait was handed over to the proudly South African Springbok Rugby Captain, husband, father and supporter of Operation Bobbi Bear at the Sky Bar, Cape Royale’s stunning rooftop bar, during the holidays.  This past weekend the Gareth Cliff Portrait finally made it into the hands of its owner too.

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14 October 2010 – GOLD Peer Education


GOLD Peer Education

“One ought to hold on to one’s heart; for if one lets it go, one soon loses control of the head too.” – NIETZSCHE

So in the beginning there was the Goldfish Portrait, Facing a Century(thank you Dom and Dave! – and the Fishies are currently showing the people in Brazil how to Get Busy Living). And recently, Goldfish, turned into thoughts of GOLD after a conversation with a man called Anthony, who has an inspiring wife, Susannah Farr, who led the founding process of the GOLD Peer Education Development Agency. The vision of GOLD is to see a generation of young African leaders confronting the root issues of the AIDS and HIV pandemic, through uplifting their communities and imparting vision and purpose to present and future generations.

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6 September 2010 – Bob Skinstad


Tafadzwa Mukwashi & Bob Skinstad

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.’” – RADMACHER

The last two months have been challenging to say the least, but to give up on that grid of 100 squares is not something that is going to happen just yet. The hope is that it will not actually take a literal century to paint 100 moments. The idea and motivation behind Facing a Century, how it came to be and why it is, is something I need to continually revisit. And by doing this, I believe the courage I need to continue on this trail I have chosen will quietly come.

The trail does continue, and today it took me to Newlands, Cape Town to meet with Bob Skinstad, the legendary former Springbok Captain, and Ron Rutland. The two are lifelong friends and the inspirational co-founders of the Bobs for Good Foundation (www.bobsforgoodfoundation.org).

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17 July 2010 – Ard Matthews


Ard Matthews & Tafadzwa Mukwashi

“Music, the greatest good that mortals know and all of heaven we have hear below. ” – Addison

Just over two weeks later and the third painting of Facing a Century is complete and in the hands of its owner – Just Jinjer’s Ard Matthews. And as predicted, I did like this one madly. Classic grisaille paintings in a paynes grey monochrome are a personal favourite of mine and this was the perfect way for me to reflect the peaceful simplicity and positive emotion behind the man that is Ard Matthews.

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01 July 2010 – Goldfish


David Poole, Tafadzwa Mukwashi and Dominic Peters

“Those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.” – NIETZSCHE

It feels wonderful to be painting again. When I removed the dust off my easel, and took the brushes and paints out of their boxes, I knew that my path had become confused, muddy and had reached an impasse. It was time to strike out in any direction. It didn’t matter if I failed, again. The key was just to move, and to keep moving.

And a new trail presents itself, and it is Facing a Century

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