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Zambia – Thornicroft Lodge

Thornicroft Lodge is where we stayed for our art safari.  A short 10 minute drive to South Luangwa Park, the staff was friendly and helpful, and our individual huts were clean and quite comfortable.

The main lodge had an interesting carved statue of a woman feeding a baby, and when I sat to sketch it, Marisa (she ran the lodge) told me that there was a second statue of a man.  She said that a certain part of his anatomy 😳 had broken off, but she would be gluing it back on.  After it was repaired, I was able to sketch that one as well.

A little more about a few hut visitors in my next post!

Carved statue - the lady

 

Carved statue - the man

Zambia – inspired

Hello!  More than one person has asked me if this trip was “worth” it. Not sure how you could put a price on seeing elephants in their home, and not in a zoo.  If the leopard in the nearby tree doesn’t make your heart skip a beat when he stands up to check out your vehicle, then I have to wonder if you are even alive. Or how about seeing exotic birds that aren’t caged?  Hippos in the river next to your lodge?

Yes, it was more than I normally pay for a vacation, but hello, it’s AFRICA, and who knows if I’ll ever get back? (Although, I’m definitely hoping for a return visit!)

One thing I can say about this trip is that I came home truly inspired.  The experience seems to have opened up some creative faucet, and I hope it doesn’t turn off for a while!

Here are a few of my recent works:  Recent paintings

Top left:  Yellow- billed stork. Top right: Helmeted guineafowl. (With one of their feathers!) Middle left: Kingfisher (grey-headed?)  Middle right: Hippo. Bottom: Little Bee-eater

These are all ink and watercolor on Arches 7×10 cold pressed paper

Zambia – what an adventure!

With Zambia temperatures in the high 90s, the heat and dust made me wish for cooler weather. Waking up back home in upstate NY, the cool rain was exactly what I needed.
But – Africa, right? It’s now in my heart and in my dreams.

There is a lack of focus in these posts, so let’s blame it on jet lag, okay?
I’m not sure where to start, to share parts of this experience. It feels like words aren’t enough to describe it.  Well, of course there are sketches, but maybe I’ll start at the beginning.

When you’re my seat mate, or in an airport, know that you are fair game to be a sketch subject.  Asleep on the plane

Arriving at Thornicroft Lodge near Mfuwe, we had a perfect view of the river, with hippos and various birds.  View across Luangwe River

Our safari rides into South Luangwe Park started on Tuesday. My dream on this trip was to see elephants, and they did not disappoint!  So as not to overwhelm you, I’ll only post some of the sketches today. There were many fantastic opportunities to sketch, and we took advantage of them!
2017 Z Elephants 1    elephants 3  elephants 4

2018 calendars are here!

Hello!
A month respite in Italy this year allowed me to relax, savor the food, enjoy the scenery, and focus on my art.
Some of that art has been incorporated into a new 2018 calendar! Instead the usual quotes, this calendar will have song lyrics with the images. I sincerely hope you don’t need to be “older” to know most of the songs, but if you don’t recognize any, let me know and I’ll happily sing one for you!  Just don’t laugh at my efforts, please!

Here’s a few selections from the calendar, drop me a line if you’d like to order one, or visit my Etsy page:
2018 calendar cover  2018 calendar February

 

2018 calendar back

 

Trip prep

Yes, I’ve been busy, buying special clothes and repellant and whatnot for the upcoming Zambia trip. But on a quiet night recently, I thought it might help to practice sketching elephants, so I turned on a documentary, and here’s the result:

Elephant sketches

Pasted the stamp that arrived on my Zambia info packet, then realized I had plenty of room to sketch!

I also thought I’d try on an “outfit” while holding a sketchbook, and did a selfie sketch.

Bernadette's selfie

Yep, I’m a nerd! But you probably knew that.

I really should be practicing other animals, but… I have no idea what we will end up seeing!
For now, I’ll just practice sketching – anything, just to keep the pen and pencils and colors moving!

On to a new adventure!

2017 has been a heck of a year so far – a year of events that make you think about life and why we are here and for how long. That’s why I decided to not delay this next trip because, who knows what next year will bring?

Elephants are beautiful creatures, and it has been a longtime wish to see them in the wild. So when I saw that Art Safari had a trip named “Large, Grey and Unmistakeable”, I knew it was meant for me.

Very soon I will be headed for Zambia with Art Safari  to hopefully see some of these majestic creatures, as well as other wildlife.
I will guess that most of you do not know exactly where Zambia is.  I certainly didn’t, so I’ve made this map to help.

Thornicroft Lodge is where we will stay, traveling each day to South Luangwa Park, hoping to see big game like lions and elephants and so many other exotic creatures that I’ve only seen in zoos!
I’d hoped to have you join me on this adventure, but wifi will be very limited.  Stay tuned for updates!

Zambia adventure

Sneak calendar preview for 2018!

Hello!
I’m back from a respite in Italy. A whole month allowed me to relax, savor the food, enjoy the scenery, and focus on my art.

Some of that art has been incorporated into a new 2018 calendar! Instead the usual quotes, this calendar will have song lyrics with the images. I sincerely hope you don’t need to be “older” to know most of the songs, but if you don’t recognize any, let me know and I’ll happily sing one for you!  Just don’t laugh at my efforts, please!

Here’s a few selections from the calendar, drop me a line if you’d like to pre-order one:2018 calendar sample

2018 calendar sample

2018 calendar sample 1