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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

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

da Ferdinando’s

Enjoyed several hours on several days at this welcoming, relaxing restaurant on Fornillo beach.
Visit Da Ferdinando’s on FB!

To have some fresh zucchini, maybe you can just pick it off the vine here!  ferdinandos

ferdinandos zucchini

 

While sitting here, we could watch the planes land on the sea to fill up with water, then leave to put out more wildfires in the mountains.

sea plane