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Looking for gift ideas? How about a calendar or a children’s book?

You’re in the right place! I now have three new items for sale.  These were all inspired by my recent trip to Zambia. A 2019 calendar, a perpetual calendar, and my first attempt at an illustrated children’s book!

First, the book- I made a custom one for my granddaughter, and posted a video of it.  It got so many nice comments, I decided to recreate it.  The book consists of 24 full color pages of animals seen in Zambia, 8.5”x8.5”, and is available on Amazon.  I do have a limited quantity of advance copies available for sale at $10.00 each.Book If you went on a Safari Cover

Book If you went on a Safari Sample

 

Second, a 2019 calendar. ($12 each) The same format as past years, 8.5×11, spiral bound at the top, with each one individually wrapped for easy gift giving, using my art inspired by Zambia combined with new quotes.  Calendar 2019

Calendar 2019

Finally, a new perpetual calendar, 5.5×11, spiral bound at the top, with each one individually wrapped for easy gift giving, using the same art and quotes as the 2019 calendar. ($12 each)   Keep this one and refer to it for years to come for important birthdays and other dates.  Calendar perpetual

Calendar perpetual

Note: Prices do not include shipping. Please email me here for total cost.

Finally, if you’re looking for more of my art, some are originals, some are prints, and they’re available here on my Etsy page!

Going on a Safari!

I recently completed a children’s book for my granddaughter,  using my Zambia trip photos and sketches for inspiration.  These are all original ink and watercolor sketches, then I used a finishing spray for protection.  Here’s a link to a short YouTube video.    Link to video

So many have said they’d like one, I decided to recreate it in a format that can be published. I know, I know, it’s a bold step for me!

But sure enough, I have been slowly made progress on the new, improved version.  Here’s a shot of what I have so far…  These images will be scanned and I’ll create a pdf in Indesign to submit for publication.Work in progress

I’m hoping to complete this and will try using Amazon for print on demand publishing, but I’m open to any suggestions for publishing it!

Art on display!

Lost Dog restaurant art display

15 pieces filled these two walls!

I’m rather excited to let you know my Africa paintings are now on display at the The Lost Dog restaurant in Binghamton, NY.

Stop by to check out these matted and framed paintings inspired by my trip to Zambia last year! Then stay to enjoy drinks and their delicious food! (My favorite is always the Greek Chicken.)

If your favorite one is already sold, you can always order a high quality print, signed by the artist!

Thanks so very much to everyone who encourages me to make art and to share it.  You are all the best! ?

Catching up

Not sure how all of you (in the U.S.) are dealing with this cold snap. It’s sounds like we’ll be seeing warmer temperatures very soon, thankfully!
Meanwhile, I’ve been inside as much as possible, trying to stay busy. Lots of organizing, minimizing and cleaning out the old. Some art, and here are a  couple of recent ones…
Locally, a visit to the farmers market got me a couple of delicata squash. Cut and roasted, these make a delicious snack.  Delicata squash

An impulse purchase of a dozen quail eggs led to this sketch.  I was given instructions on how to break the eggs (tough shells!) or how to hard boil, which is what I did. After boiling, the inside of the shell is a very pale blue. They didn’t seem to taste much different than chicken eggs, but it was fun to try something different, and of course, get a quick sketch out of it too!  Quail eggs

One of my recent gifts was this adorable set of 3 photo holders, inspired by my travels.  They have the curly wires on top (not shown) to hold a pic.Jungle photo holders

Finally, I am very happy with the results of these two wrapped canvas with my art printed on them. They come ready to hang, no framing needed. They will be going to their new homes tomorrow.  2 elephant paintings

If you like these, or want a paper or canvas print of any of my art, let me know!  Even though I haven’t quite finished with sketching African creatures, I’m working on matting and framing my originals, and will have some prints available for sale.

Warm hugs to all of you and thank you for stopping by! ?

Zambia – Elephants

The creatures I most wanted to see, who made me tear up when we saw our first herd, and they are so beautiful that I wonder – how can anyone even consider shooting one?

The elephants.  We were quite fortunate to see many herds, although I’m sorry to say I have no idea which ones we may have seen the day before.  These magnificent animals were described in the brochure as “Large, grey and unmistakable”.  I can’t put it into words any better,  so I’ll just post these 2 sketches.

 

Splashy Elephant

Splashy Elephant

elephants - river crossing

River crossing

Zambia – more art!

Not sure if you’ve seen enough, but here’s some more art made from my trip photos and sketches. I haven’t even gotten to the elephants yet, (my favorites, you may recall!) I’m saving those, and I may shed a tear or two while sketching as they are so dear to my heart. ❤️

Red-billed Hornbills

Red-billed Hornbills

Hyena

Hyena – I wondered what he was looking at?

Giraffe

The giraffes were very tall!

Zebra

Zebra – their black and white stripes were quite vivid.

Hippos

The hippos are cute, but very dangerous!

 

Zambia – lions

With minimal access to wifi, this trip was a relaxing vacation from social media. The unique environment (which consisted mainly of riding to the park, finding big game, sketching, then returning to the lodge, where I sketched some more) has truly inspired me to create as much art as possible to remember this trip by.

The lions are SO majestic! I doubt I’ll ever enjoy going to a zoo again after seeing them wild and free.

Lion sketch 1

Lion sketch 2

Sketched from our vehicle

Lion - watchful

Ink and watercolor done from my sketches

African lion

African lion – 11×15″ ink & watercolor

Zambia – guests at the lodge

Our huts were mostly quite clean, and (I think I mentioned) the beds were quite comfy.  But somehow, these little guys (or gals, not sure) managed to enter and keep me company every day!
I even did a photo album titled: “There’s a frog in my …!”  And of course, one of them got sketched.

Tree frog

One of my guests – a brown tree frog

A sketch done inside South Luangwa Park-

Zambia Landscape

Zambia landscape

 

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