Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Flying over the Chobe flood plains

Anyone who has travel to Namibia through the Ngoma border post from Botswana would have seen this Baobab tree over looking the Chobe flood plains.About 1Km away from this tree is also the two Baobab Safari Camps that belong to Wilderness Safaris.I was there for some work not long ago and I enjoyed my  visit with its stunning views .

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Lazy Leopard


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This is why I enjoy oil paints you can change paintings so drastically, and paint over areas that you didn't like.I was never quite happy with this painting and it went through 4 transformations before I was.I would be interested to know which one of these appeals to you.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Thapong Artist of the Year Award 2011

Well the Thapong Awards ceremony is over, and what a night it was. There was a number of people in attendance including reporters and photographers from the main newspapers as well as the film crew from BTV and Prime Time. There was also dignitaries ,artists , visitors and the sponsors in attendance . 

The main sponsor was the Diamond Trading Company Botswana  with additional sponsorship from Mascom, the French Embassy, the Chinese Embassy to Botswana, Botswana Tourism Organisation as well as the Department of Arts and Culture.
During the evening we were entertained by speeches, poetry, and a guitar player,so it seemed ages before they eventually reached the part where they announced the recipients of the awards.

 Abednico Sechaba was crowned the winner of this year's Thapong Artist of the Year Award, beating 104 other entrants to the cash prize of P25,000.He had submitted 2 pieces of Art work both of them in pencil in which he addressed the subject of child abuse in the tradition Botswana lifestyle.
The runner-up was Keatlaretse Kate Kwati ,who submitted a large and intricate piece of craft work and who received P20,000.
Surprisingly and happily I received the Outstanding Young Artist Award for the second year in a row which included a cash prize of P10.000 .
After the Award ceremony both BTV and Prime Time asked if they could interview the winning artists.I was totally unprepared for this, and am not exactly sure what I said it all went by in a blur.Most artists seem to have plenty to say about their art work,and can spend hours describing the whole creative process and what each painting actually means. I on the other hand ,simply enjoy painting and creating.They aired the interviews last Wednesday and again today. I didn't think much of the interviews until total strangers started to come up to me and ask if it was actually me they saw on TV,its kind of a crazy feeling especially since I don't have a TV.Anyway I hope it will boost my art sales . 

The following links are some newspaper articles that also covered the event.The Monitor  The Daily News The Sunday Standard

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Lost in thought

Here is a quick A4 size oil painting I did some time ago.I really liked the contrasts,and the abstract shapes in this composition and wanted to paint it.During our stay in Kasane I had many opportunities to collect reference material of elephants for future paintings.Since we had a  water hole only a few meters in front our thatched house, we were spoilt with many elephants visiting us.Some of the bull elephants got quite use to us and despite us moving around and talking they would remain nearby.It was only the breeding herds of elephants that would approach the water hole suspiciously  and when finished  would quickly melt back into the bush.Elephants are still one of my favorite animals.

Some would say that if you have seen one elephant you have seen them all.Such a person just hasn't been among elephants,and hasn't watched and studied them.If you get to know a herd of elephants or a few individuals,you will soon see that the all have different personalities.Also unlike many other animals, elephants are more like humans in the fact that they have emotions .Excitement, happiness and joy  can be seen when an elephant is reunited again with its companions,or stress ,and mourning when a elephant  dies.
Elephants at the waterhole.

Its always exiting to watch elephants,and their interaction with each other in the wild,I hope more people around the world get the opportunity to enjoy that.