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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Hi John, it's great to see your progress in creating this beautiful artwork. The end result is amazing. Well done!

Hi Mary so lovely to see you here my friend.

  Charcoal on Mi Tientes sanded paper 

Hi my friend, Now she is a beauty, and so well done too, .  Your details are fantastic.  Beautiful work. Gives you a leopard growl of pleasant.

John this is amazinnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnng. Absolutely love it.

Mountain Gorilla

I'm only a Pussycat.

Hi Ted I heard the lion roar and a baboon go mental and so I came to see just to see what was happening down here between the trees.  It seems to me that the Baboon is not at all happy with the lion being so close to where is sitting, and the lion is not happy to have a baboon staring at him.  They both want the same thing, peace and quiet.

The lioness looks like she is wanting to hunt and the baboon is not interested in being the dinner to the lion.

I laugh as we sit watching the pandemonium going on with interest.  What do you think is going to happen next Ted?

Pastel, "Wet Whiskers." He must be enjoying a cool swim. 

Absolutely love this, Sandy !! I haven't been interested in digital art up to now but this painting inspires me to look closer. I also like David Hockney's i-pad art. 

Sandi Vince said:

So this Safari is not doing so well, but I did notice on my way to the waterhole that there was some wild dogs or otherwise known as painted dogs lying in the grasses with fat full bellies.  They are struggling to sleep today, because they so full and also the hippos are not at all happy with their presence and constantly grumbling at the dogs.  The hippos sound like motorbikes when they get going.  Here is what a wild dog looks like .  I do hope you will join in and have a go at painting or drawing one for your collection.

Love all your big cats,Mary !!

Mary Rogers said:

Pastel, "Wet Whiskers." He must be enjoying a cool swim. 

Very interesting painting. How is this made? I love animals of all kinds and understand wild nature well but I would be the one with my eyes closed during all the bad bits.

Sandi Vince said:



Sandi Vince said:

The waterhole was now such a sight for all of us in the jeep.  Someone even made the comment of going for a dip in the waterhole.  Suddenly there was a gasp as a 12ft crocodile head ascended from the deep and moved up onto the riverbed.  

The family of Egyptian Geese and their goslings scattered from the edge. A giraffe and her small baby were not as fortunate as the geese.  I said to those in the jeep to shut their eyes if they were sensitive to such scenes, but to remember this is the wild and all creatures big and small need to survive in this very hard world.  It was not pretty. The mother fought hard to save her baby.  She kicked as much as she could but it was too late.

We all sat in a moment's silence, bereft with sadness in what had unfolded in front of our very eyes I started the jeep and reversed, the corner of my eye catching site of the two leopards each slinking away knowing well the moment of a hunt at the water's edge had passed and each would need to re-plan their next hunt.

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