In my previous post I described the beginnings of this very satisfying project. Here is the final painting.
The border was by far the most challenging and rewarding part of the project. In order to get a sketchy feel to the critters on the “pages” I decided that black would be too harsh, so opted for a soft grey. And of course it all had to be transferred from pencil sketch into paint – which means working with a very thin liner brush and hoping that my fine motor skills would not spaz out on me at crucial moments. They have been known to do this – you only have to look at the many attempts at wild dog drawings in this post.
Above are some of the details of the border.
I had enough time to add in one last critter – a winged visitor to the map.
My thanks to the amazing duo from wild revolution films who hosted me (aka cousin Jess and her husband Pat), the team from the Lapalala Wilderness School for putting their faith in the virtually unknown crazy woman bearing paint, the Lapalala management for providing positive feedback and encouragement, my patient son, who did not complain when a week in the bush was not as exciting as he expected because everyone was working and lastly, the Nyalas, occasional visitors to my outdoor ‘studio’ (a.k.a. the large table on the verandah). Your comments, criticisms and rude interjections, dear Nyalas were much appreciated.