A journal is a funny thing. Half musings, half recollections, it is a blend of experience.
Time constraints will not allow me to make entries everyday, but I will be making them from some exciting locations. This artist will endeavor to share the journey that takes me to the bush, sketchpad in hand, facing the wild models that inspire me as well as the people who share that amazing environment. Sometimes we'll have photos, "worth a thousand words" and sometimes a sketch. In any case, I hope to illuminate a process akin to that of the artists who traveled with Lewis and Clark , or Charles Darwin on the HMS Beagle, and others- except probably funnier.......
OUR 2013 AFRICAN EXPEDITION
AFRICA! -It's very name connotes an epic journey!
Sharing Dylan's art with our friends was wonderful and learning the "inside scoop" on Cape life was fascinating
Jubalani School-Begun 3 years ago by a local woman who dreamt of a place where local kids to go to school.
Since the school has only 2 classrooms made from mud and thatch- classes are taught outside under trees
This is Sefiwe Nd'lovu, the inspirational woman who started the school in 2003 in a borrowed tent with 3 children in her hut.
New Heights Garden party
Our ART FOR ANIMALS Project
We are very excited about our newest project-" ART FOR ANIMALS".Close behind my love of animals, is my passion for teaching children. In our minds, the key to someday halting animal poaching and protecting the most endangered species in Africa, will be to educate the children of Africa of the importance of their wildlife.
Combining those elements into one program, I hope ART FOR ANIMALS will" connect creativity with conservation". On our annual trips to Africa, we will bring drawing kits and paper to remote schools in Botswana and Zimbabwe.
We designed a poster to demonstrate to students how to draw three important threatened species. Elephants, Rhinos, and Cheetahs. Utilizing our drawing tools, this instructional poster and lesson plans developed to help local teachers,I hope to link art lessons with conservation messages.The " theme" behind the art lessons will be " OUR WILDLIFE-OUR HERITAGE-OUR FUTURE". We are also donating some of my most striking artworks to the schools for inspiration. Since some of the schools are in very remote, primitive areas, we are mounting the art on Vinyl so that they can even be used in "outdoor classrooms". I am really enthusiastic about this program and even hope to involve the friends we bring to africa with teaching the kids.
We will introduce this program on this year's African Safari, so tune in to this journal later to see photographs of our 1st classes........
UNDER WESTERN SKIES
Early August is when we turn our minds to the beauty and diversity of the Western United States. During this trip we exhibit at the Bellevue Art Museum show in Seattle and the Kimball Art Center show in Park city Utah. While out West, we visit our galleries in Jackson, Wyoming and Aspen ,Colorado.
The Columbus Art Festival was great fun! We enjoyed getting to visit all of Anne's old buddies and catch up on their lives. The weather was beautiful and the sunsets were gorgeous.