Jambo(Hello in swahili) friends of Art Colony,

I am Sandi your Game Guide and we will be heading out on a Wild African Safari, where you will meet the Birmingham Coalition of Lions, Thandi the leopard and her cub Tlalamba and many other wonderful animals of Juma in Southern Africa.

Only one two cautions.  Do not hang your feet outside this jeep and absolutely no swimming in the dams.

We will also be travelling to Maasai Mara and enjoying  the migrations and animals, the Cheetas and and plethora of other Wild and wonderful animals.

All you need to bring on this Safari, is your paints, pens, pencils, pastels, brushes, scrap metal, digital and a lot of Mosquito spray.

A little inspiration for your journey( you may use the snapshots, they are my own), you will meet Thandi and her cub.  This was taken in January 2018.

So to start the Safari, we will be going by the Dam where I am sure we will see, Hippos, Elephants, Giraffe and Big cats.

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Just for interest, the way to identify the different leopards in a nature reserve, is to look at the different spot patterns just above the upper row of whiskers, so for the real Thandi, she has 4 spot pattern.  Also on her right shoulder her rosets take the shape of an arrow facing toward her neck.

hi Friends, 

Hope you are all having a good Monday morning or afternoon, evening?  I am going to post a video here so that your creative juices can become excited with all the excitement and you hurry to get your pencils and and paints, pastels oils to start a new masterpiece to grace your walls and to thrill us here at the Art Colony.  This program runs live everyday but this is a recap of the week's excitement.

As you can see this Safari I am having here is based on myself driving the jeep and you all in the jeep.  So far we have had really wonderful postings.  We would love to see all 19 members wonderful works.

 I hope you will find some inspiration.

Snarling Leopard in stages.  Drawn with charcoal on Canson Mi Tientes sanded paper 



Great going here John, this is looking good so far.

Wow it is absolutely fantastic John, fierce and striking love your work my friend.

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