Another update for you on progress for the exhibition in September (click here for details). There’s another finished piece (see below) inspired by one of the last wildlife encounters we had on the Ugandan trip. We had returned to Entebbe, ready to fly home the next day, but having a bit of time, we went for a walk around town and on Lake Victoria (the worlds second largest fresh water lake, a massive 37,249 square miles!). One of the first things that struck us were the sheer number of marabou storks there were around the place. They were everywhere! I have to be honest, I’ve always thought they were pretty ugly, but they have a unique character that’s synonymous with Africa. As a result, I wanted to feature them in a piece of art, but had struggled to work out how to do it. When we got to the lake, we were greeted with a stunningly beautiful scene of marabou and openbill storks on the water. We’d seen a huge amount of openbill storks on our trip, so it was perfect that they were together in the scene.
The second, is a work of a leopard in a tree. It is a bit of a cliché, but it was a wonderful encounter we had, watching this stunning animal for a long time. She was asleep in a candelabra tree (a very large succulent) when we first found her and were lucky enough to be there when she woke up and had a look around, seemingly very interested in something off on the horizon. I’ve tried to move a bit away from the cliché by making the leopard relatively small in the picture and also making it a bit of a landscape piece.
As I’ve got a pretty hard deadline to meet, the next piece has already been started, which is of a grey kestrel on a smaller candelabra tree. So, I’ll send you images of that, once it’s more advanced, if that’s ok with you?
Thanks once again for your interest and I wish you all the best,