The passages were a-buzz with artists and volunteers eagerly wanting to get started on the project. The ease and prompt reaction with which artists and volunteers signed up this year to be a part of the project made it very clear how quickly Painting It Forward has become a much-loved community project.
The first task was getting everyone signed up, making sure the necessary indemnities were acknowledged and accepted as well.
And then it was off into the passage which the Karl Bremer staff had kindly (and most helpfully) prepped beforehand.
Next up was wiping down the walls, taping off the corners with masking-tape and then applying the basecoat.
Before too long the artists were able to start on their murals, while volunteers keenly took to filling up the bottom section of the walls.
An intrigued patient wanders out into the passage to observe the activities.
And the end of Day 1 drew to a successful close.
It was off to an early start on Sunday morning. Last year's project saw a few of the artists working right through into the early hours of Monday morning to finish their murals, but as the ward needed to stay up and running throughout the weekend, the artists had to work within a specified timeframe.
It's not often one gets to have a hospital-stay which is accompanied by such a colourful and exciting form of entertainment.
The enthusiasm, gratitude and excitement of Karl Bremer's nursing personnel brought an unexpected air of humility to this year's project, so there was no doubt that the walls needed their 'mark' as well.
Vanessa Speck from Quality Paint Supplies, who once again supplied all the paint for this year's project, popped in to see how the murals were coming along. Sister Nguta's grateful smile never left her face for a second and she was thrilled to pose for a snap.
Jampie Fourie from NG Kerk Oostersee kept our team freshly supplied with tasty hotdogs on both Saturday and Sunday (three cheers for Jampie - Thank You!)
Taking on a project of this nature would not have been possible were it not for the overwhelming generosity with which sponsors contributed, yet again. We humbly offer our thanks and gratitude to:
QUALITY PAINT SUPPLIES for, as mentioned, sponsoring all the paint needed for the project
FRANCO FRAZZITTA who supplied the brushes, paint trays, mutton-cloth and masking tape
IAN DICKIE GROUP who sponsored the food and refreshments
GLACIER (by Sanlam) who supplied the artists with Posca Acrylic Pens
STEPHAN DU TOIT PHOTOGRAPHY for offering up his entire weekend to take photos
PREMIER SCAFFOLDING & KONIC HOME BUILDERS who helped transport equipment
KENRIDGE PRIMARY & TYGERBERG HOSPITAL SCHOOL for the use of their projectors
CANDICE RODRIGUES PHOTOGRAPHY for her awesome donation of toys to the ward, as well as contributing to the photos on Sunday afternoon
One can look through the pictures and listen to the feedback given by those who took part in the event, but you really have to be a part of it to experience the incredible vibe upon which the project flows. Rest assured, there are many more Painting It Forward projects in the pipeline...watch this space! Of course we absolutely have to close out with some pictures of the murals. While it would certainly be wonderful to include a pic of each and every mural, practicality dictates otherwise. And so, as blogger, I have the awesome privilege of getting to choose some of my favourites. To everyone who contributed to the project, from the distributing of the paint and brushes to the painting of the magnificent murals, a super WELL DONE! You guys rock!
Elanie Bieldt's Bedtime Stories - what kid wouldn't want a mural like this in their bedroom.
Although it hardly seemed possible, Sandie Gie managed to outdo herself again this year with her exquisite mural.
In between offering some comfort and much-needed TLC to one of the patients, Brandon Challis managed to finish this brilliant Alice In Wonderland themed mural.
Chris Venter's awesome Pirate Maze inspired by one of his illustrated children's books, "Waarvoor is Seerowers Bang?" (written by Jaco Jacobs)
Elouise Milburn's mesmerising Rocket Spiral
Jodique Fontein's Alternative Earth
Maxine Koen's enchanting Pixie Forest
And Kim Mobey's breathtaking mural. All the murals can be viewed on the Painting It Forward Facebook Page
We were thrilled to have our very own DFF princess-warrior, Layla Loos, there on Sunday afternoon to add her contribution to the initiative.
And the only thing which could possibly have made this year's event any more awesome? A Painting It Forward event taking place in Tawain...at the exact same time!
In closing...a winning Painting It Forward 2016 Team
From left (back) Stephan, Chris V
(middle) Kate, Lianie, Chris L, Talitha, Nicky
(front) Anja, Sandie and Iqraam