Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Thursday, 31 October 2019

Happy Halloween

I have been experimenting with coloring images digitally. There's a bit of a learning curve involved...


Pencil drawing; color added with Gimp.

Monday, 16 September 2019

Red-billed hornbill

Acrylics on Masonite, 20 x 15 cm:


The hornbills have a rather strange system of breeding. They breed in hollows in trees. The opening is mostly blocked off with a plaster made of mud and droppings, leaving only a narrow opening through which the male feeds the female and her chicks. When the hole becomes too small for its occupants, the female breaks out; the opening is then resealed as before, and the chicks fed by both parents until they are ready to leave the nest.

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Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Caracal

Acrylics on Masonite, 20 x 15 cm:



I am not overly fond of painting predators. When I do, I decidedly prefer the smaller, lesser known ones, rather than the big glamorous ones like lions or leopards. Caracals are medium sized cats, and quite common throughout much of Africa, the Middle East and India, but are elusive and seldom seen.

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Monday, 9 September 2019

Three springbok

Acrylics on Masonite, 20 x 15 cm:


The name springbok is from Afrikaans, meaning "jumping antelope." These medium-sized antelope are found in suitable habitat through much of the western half of southern Africa. They get their name from a curious behaviour known as "pronking" (from the Afrikaans, meaning "to show off"), in which they jump into the air in a stiff-legged posture. It is not clear what the purpose of this behaviour is.

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Friday, 6 September 2019

Bullfrog

Acrylics on Masonite, 10 x 15 cm:


The Afrikaans name for these huge frogs is "brulpadda" ("roaring frog"), and refers to their raucous calls, which can be heard from a very long way off. It is a common night sound after good rains, when the females lay their eggs in temporary stands of water.

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