Monday, December 27, 2010

Delta Twilight, oil on canvas, 24 x 44

This is a very evocative piece for me. One of my favourite places on the planet is the Okavango Delta in Botswana, nothing can beat, in the still of the evening, watching one of these wonderful animals going about their lives. I added some Sacred Ibis flying over as in the evening the Delta sky is alive with birds returning to thier roosts, and the composition seemed to need it. This piece also allowed me to use some slightly different colors, a cadmium yellow sky and cerulian blue reflection in the elephants bow wave.

Neck n' Neck, oil on canvas, 40 x 19

Even in combat giraffe are wonderful graceful animals, the curve of their necks as they try to establish dominance I felt made for an interesting composition.

Bad Boys, pencil 14 x 26

These are the bad boys of the African veld, I was fascinated by their individual expressions and the rhythm of thier curved horns. I felt a perfect subject for a pencil drawing.