Sunday, February 23, 2014

The Sandbar


The Sandbar
Oil painting
6x8 inches 
Starting bid $60


As the tide recedes, hidden sandbars are slowly revealed. Perfect place to search for seashells, and other objects that may have come to rest along the shore.  A beachcombers, dream.








Friday, February 21, 2014

Mozambique sunset

Mozambique sunset
Oil on board
6x8 inches

A pair of Mozambican fishermen and their boat become silhouettes against the setting light as they prepare to anchor.The view from our bungalow was a great vantage point to observe the changing scenes along a  peaceful stretch of Mozambican coastline.


Thursday, February 20, 2014

Pulling in the rope

Pulling in the rope
Oil on board
6x8 inches


One of the fishing methods along the coastline of Mozambique is to set a drag net out at sea using a boat. Immediately it has been set, the the ropes attached to the ends of the net would be brought to shore.At shore a number of people sometimes 5-15 people would start pulling in the rope, effectively bringing in the net.Not surprisingly there are kilometers of rope that have to be stored away once it is brought to shore.Here you will find that this task is assigned to a number of boys who would pull in the rope for hours until all of it has been neatly stored away in their dhow.


Wednesday, February 19, 2014

A horse named Sahara

A horse named Sahara
8x6 inches
Oil on board 


Many domestic animals here in Botswana roam freely around.I remember some friends who had just arrived from Canada,excitedly telling us to stop the car and to find the farmer as they had just seen about 20 cows grazing next to the road.After having a laugh at their expense,they explained that back home they would never see any domestic animals outside a fenced enclosure.If a stray animal was seen they would phone the local farmer who would thank them and proceed to catch his errant animal.I would say 99% of cattle,goats,donkeys and horses are freely wandering around our local town ,Maun. 

It was while having a picnic with friends along the river some months ago, that I came across this nameless horse who was contently eating the sweet green grass along the river.Since painting it ,I have decided to name the horse Sahara,which is better than being nameless.





Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Stranded boat

Stranded boat
Oil on board
6x8 inches

When the tide goes out a number of fishermens boats become stranded along the beach.Up close one can see that each boat has been handmade,with only the most basic tools.You would imagine that due the the large amount of patches and loose caulking between the planks the boats would battle to remain afloat.However despite looking unseaworthy,they are actually quite well made considering that the builders did not have any access to electric tools.Many of the boats have been painted vivid colours which certainly adds to the beauty of the Mozambican coastline.


Monday, February 17, 2014

Across the green sea

Across the green sea
Oil on Board
6x8 inches

It has been my dream to visit the coastline of Mozambique again for a long time.Last year September I was able to do so.The two week trip was one of the best I have enjoyed.Nothing could beat waking up to the sound of the waves on the beach,only 50 meters away from our balcony.Although the small town of Vilanculos was quite a distance away we still had the local  people sailing their dhows,and pulling in their nets.All this activity added to the atmosphere and which I am now able to share through a few of my paintings such as this one .


Sunday, February 16, 2014

Chasing Shadows

Chasing Shadows
6x8 Inches 
Oil on board

Chasing shadows was inspired by a local, annual horse race that takes place here in Maun.It has become quite a big event among the locals ,who flock in large numbers to the event to cheer their favorite horse.There are no permanent grandstands or seats,so most people stands along the edge of the dusty track watching and cheering.

After selling two small paintings last year on this blog,I realised firsthand that it was possible to sell artwork online.I have therefore decided to sell my smaller works such as this painting online at www.dailypaintworks.com / Roger Brown Gallery. I really hope this endeavour works out since I hate chasing shadows.