Ngweshla Pan RESERVED
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Ngweshla Pan RESERVED
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Oil on Canvas
W: 2500mm x H: 1000mm x D: 25mm
W: 98" x H: 39" x D: 1"
Approx. Weight: 5kg
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Sometimes you just have to be there to see it - , the intense oranges of an African sunset as the last light caresses the trees and the shadows begin to relax into the dusk, it seems like the everything breathes again after gasping in the sweltering October midday heat.
Its business as usual on the pan , groups of Elephant coming and going in a seemingly organized and yet completely disorganized fashion approaching the water sometimes quietly , and sometimes at a run as the scent of water becomes irresistible- and then leaving so that others may drink.
Pans like this one have provided refreshment for countless generations of elephants and wildlife over the years. They beckon as a meeting place -and there is a sensation , an intoxicating blend of elephant dung , mud and Africa ,that infiltrates your sense ,combined with an intense feeling of freedom and wonder as we watch this incredible interaction a feeling of Now . And then there is the noise , oh the noise is incredible as the groups of elephant meet , greet and gather .
Whilst this is reality to me and some of you in that we have been there and witnessed this , to many now and to the generations beyond us it is and will be legend and fantasy , they are and will be stories and tales that are in their imaginations spinning like dried leaves on a breeze they settle in the minds of only those who are aware ,some of whom will never witness such a spectacle whilst we we have the incredible privilege of being there , of watching and trying to understand , where we come from , because this the earth , she is our Mother , and where we come from !
I believe strongly , that as a species we have a duty to preserve , and protect this , and most of all learn from it Through awareness -we have the power to assist and nurture this so that the generations from now ,they too can also learn , how its supposed to be , and where we come from
This Painting is 2.5 m wide , and tells the story of Ngweshla Pan , a meeting place of Elephants and many other species .Painted with Oil on canvas , it captures that almost unbelievable show that takes place daily on this pan and many others like it .
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There is something about Africa that catches us all for me its the harsh beauty and reality of it all ,there is a special energy that exists here , its tough , and wild like it should be .
Growing up on a farm here had its benefits , my father was a PH in the early days in Tanganyka , so we grew up amongst the animals and were enthralled by the tales of Africa , the legends ,the myths and above all that special energy that Africa invokes in us all .
My Uncle was well known Artist ,author and illustrator Astley Maberly , who wrote books such as Animals of East Africa ,Animals of Southern Rhodesia ,illustrating books such as TV Bulpins the Ivory Trail and Memories Of a Game Ranger by Harry Wolhutter etc , his ability to bring to life on paper with some lines of ink always fascinated me , and perhaps molded my future
Art has been truly rewarding for me , giving me perspective -in fact Life is very like a painting , in a painting, we form an end result in our mind, we may even sketch it but how we get there with the brushstrokes, the blends of color, the textures and the directions of the strokes are what forms our ultimate piece
So to does everything we do in life, the way we behave, what we say, the way we make people feel - like the blends of color, and strokes of different sizes of brush we become what we are! We are perhaps the artist of our own lives!
My passion for Elephants amongst other species goes back as far as I can remember , perhaps from the stories of old tuskers on the slopes of Kilimanjaro and the Selous - their intelligence as a species and the deep sense of knowing they portray , has led me to often refer to them as old souls .
My love for these creatures is what started me sketching and then painting ,and yet its the incredible symbiosis that is nature that has been my inspiration that feeling of intelligent energy that overwhelms me in the presence of this magnificence .
Behind each Painting there is a life a story about that special connection , the heightening of the senses and the realization that we are undeniably a part of a higher more organized order
I found that , whilst I loved sketching , Oils became my medium of choice as I am able to more accurately represent the deep colors of Africa , Oil paint can have a unique texture that allows the artist to push the boundaries of the norm there are always new ideas and techniques as a medium I find it open ended and that's why I use them , especially on large Canvas there is nothing more impacting than a large Canvas of Africa !
Soon if we ignore the plight of Africa this will exist no longer , the rate of organized poaching is accelerating , Unbelievably there will be no Elephants to speak of soon !I see that each one of us can impact on the future of the wild areas of Africa the drums are beating , and its time to listen
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