Here are the lines and colours left on my mind from the people I've met, and the places I've been, both online and off.
Monday, April 20, 2009
The exchange was called Out of Africa. I did not sign up for it, but I kept looking in to see the vivid African images that were being posted. Then I saw that one of the participants, an artist from Sudan, couldn't receive mail from the U.S. and Australia, and those countries couldn't get mail from Sudan. So I offered to act as go-between, and the cards started pouring in. People who were from other countries not affected by the postal stand-off also routed their cards through me. And, most of them included an ATC for me too, for acting as go-between. The first lot of cards took an age to reach Sudan, but did finally arrive. The second lot will also eventually reach. Meanwhile, I couldn't resist painting a few African faces myself.
Zulu Dancer Masaai Woman, from photo by wwarby on Flickr Creative Commons Masaai woman, from photo by steve withers on Flickr Creative Commons, Masai child, from photo by Stevie Weaver on Flickr Creative Commons.
Masaai woman, and elder, from photos by wwarby on Flickr Creative Commons.
Masaai tribesman, from photo by The Dilly Lama on Flickr Creative Commons.
I paint people, places and things in watercolour, but I also use other media occasionally. In the few years that I worked as a freelance illustrator, I found pastels really useful to saturate my pictures for kiddies with colour. These days, however, it's mostly watercolour and sometimes charcoal that I use. Here are my paintings, a lot of them from art exchanges that I've been on, some of them from notebooks that I carry with me when I travel. I'm waiting to see what journey through art they will finally plot.