Friday, May 18, 2012

Sunset,dust and cattle


After the last painting of Sue, which was very detailed and required plenty of attention,I wanted to do something which was simple and easy.Once again I have used a couple of different photos as reference material.I even threw in my sisters dog Patrick.

Now Patrick has a story, he is a real bush breed, and came to us 11 years ago when his mother decided to have her puppies under our caravan.She was no ordinarily dog ,she was a stray and had terrible wounds on her body which caused her to yelp and scream.It was a sad situation because at that time there was no active SPCA or animal welfare group in Maun who could help.Anyway after she decided to give birth under our caravan we tried feeding her but she was very frightened,and would often leave the pups during the day.One day she decided not to come back, and after two days my mom and sister decided to remove the puppies and give them needed attention.It came as a shock to find 4 scrawny puppies that were covered in fleas and maggots.And so started (operation puppies) which include weekly washing's, treatments for the fleas , maggots,and frequent feedings.
We found homes for all the pups,and since our sister had fallen in love with puppies we had to keep one as well , and so that is how Patrick became our dog. He seemed to have inherited from somewhere a special ability to warn us when there is a snake around.Living here in Botswana we have had numerous experience with cobras and puff adders.Unlike other dogs ,especially fox terriers which will rush in and attack the snake, Patrick would keep his distance and bark in a very strange way.We called this the snake bark,and each time we heard it we would go and investigate and sure enough every time there would be a snake.
Aside from surviving snakes he has also survived being hit by a car,gored by a buffalo and narrowly escaping a leopard attack.He is truly an African dog and that's why he probably looks at home in this painting.

7 comments:

Marja's Stamp Addiction en Marja's Creativity said...

Roger you call this painting simple and easy I will cal it: brilliant. So full of feeling, beautiful.
Lovely greet
Marja

ondedacqua said...

i told to my fox terrier Pippo the incredible history of Patrick and his mom.now Patrick has two fans.It's very interesting hear history abouth lands so far.thank you for it
gloria

Roger Brown My Botswana Art said...

Thank you both for your comments,I also enjoy reading about other places and the different type of lives people live.

Studio at the Farm said...

Roger, I truly love this painting with its implied forms seen through the dust and sunset. As for Patrick, he has certainly led a charmed and exciting life. Thank you for telling his story.

Roger Brown My Botswana Art said...

Thanks Kathryn!

Karen said...

I love this painting, it really gives the feel of Africa.

Yvonne said...

We remember Patrick and it was heart-warming to see him included in the picture! I particularly like the dust in the picture.