Thursday, August 18, 2011

Showcasing Maun Artists Exhibit

This Art Exhibit which was held at our small local museum was largely organized by us, the artists.That meant that the advertising, search for sponsorship, and installation of the art work was overseen by the artists .This was the first time I have done a group exhibit like this and I have learnt a lot from the whole process ,and have seen first hand how much work is actually involed in setting up a exhibit.I worked on the installation committee and so had the enjoyment of hanging paintings,setting up sculptures and pottery.The opening was last night,unfortunately I was busy and was not able to attend.However it was a great success and apparently it was packed full of people,a number of works have already been sold.Although I have not sold anything on the opening night I hope I might still sell something during the rest the Exhibit since it is running from 17 August-9 September 2011.

For some more info on this exhibit you can visit fellow Maun artist Legodile Seganabeng at Showcasing Maun Art.See also the write up of the Exhibit at The Midweek Sun also very interesting is our Local Maun Newspaper about Okavango floods and escaped crocodiles, as well as a Picture of one of my paintings at  Ngami Times

Monday, August 8, 2011

Sunset at Seronga

Sunset at Seronga is my latest painting, I started painting it last Friday, and finished it on Saturday.The village of Seronga is located in a very isolated  part of northern Botswana.I traveled there last week on work,its about 450 km from were I stay in Maun.The Journey involves using a ferry to cross the main river that feeds the Okavango Delta at Mohembo.The ferry can take about four cars at a time and the trip lasts about 10 minutes.Since we were pulling a trailer we also had much fun and games trying to reverse our way off the ferry, and ended up unhitching the trailer just to get it off.

Once we we were on the other side of the river we still had 110km to travel before we reached the village of Seronga This was no smooth going ,the graveled  road was so badly corrugated that I was only able to drive 40 to 60 km per hour .It took us almost 3 hours to travel what should have taken an hour .We eventually arrived late in the evening and after searching awhile around the village ,and getting a bit lost we finally found the place where we would spend the night.

We were very happy to have arrived, and to have a safe place where we could sleep the night ,we even had running water and electricity from a generator.(In Africa this is a big plus).But the memory that really remains in my mind from that trip, was watching the setting sun in front of our thatched and reed chalets.It was not only the setting sun that made it special, but it was also the relaxed peaceful atmosphere.Even the two boys who were fishing couldn't disturb the peace, in fact they just added to it .

Sunset paintings

Monday, August 1, 2011

Little Girl and her cat.

What on earth is a painting of a little girl doing among all my wildlife paintings it seems a little out of place.Well you see this painting was done 3 years ago while I was staying in South Africa .I was staying in a small town called Montagu ,where I continued to paint.But I quickly found out that the local people were not very interested in buying paintings of lions or elephants.So I had to change my subject matter and paint things that were around me like the people ,farms, houses etc.So that's how this little girl came along together with her cat.It was one of those paintings I really liked and almost kept however someone liked her and so it found a new home.

Children paintings