‘On The Verge’ – Day 83/365 – R2335

‘On The Verge’ – Day 83/365 – R2335

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Derivative work created with permission from the photographer


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I left this painting a little late today (thank you other deadlines and procrastination for handing me my ass on a platter). Merrily painting away, thinking about my last trip to Kgalagadi National Park and these stunning Gemsbok sightings, I nearly forgot about the darkness I would soon be plunged into. Photographing paintings at night is no fun. So this Gemsbok was literally painted in a race against the sun. .
Quick – Sunday night smarty pants points (No Googling) for anyone who knows the other name of this beautiful buck? And the delicious sustainable SA product that goes by the same name?

‘Matriarch’ – Day 77/365 -NFS

‘Matriarch’ – Day 77/365 -NFS

When I hear the story of Dr Tererai Trent, and I think of what she has done for her village in Zimbabwe, I think of elephants. I think of their matriarchy and how gentle, slow yet steadfast their leadership is. And I think of their ability to pick up the subtle vibrations of the Earth.

And then I wonder, why do we humans look so hard for how we are different from animals than for how we are alike?

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Derivative work created with permission from the photographer


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I was recently reminded of the incredible story of Dr Tererai Trent, scholar, humanitarian, motivational speaker, educator, author, and founder of Tererai Trent International. She is a beautiful voice for women’s rights and educational equality and her own story of self-actualisation and achieving her own dreams is unlike anything I’ve ever heard. All that she has to share is profound, but to me, her story (and children’s book) of burying her dreams in a can, like a prayer message written to the universe is like a mantra of hope and inspiration. .
When I hear that story, and I thought of what she has done for her village in Zimbabwe, I thought of elephants. I thought of matriarchy and how gentle, slow yet steadfast their leadership is. And I thought of their ability to pick up the subtle vibrations of the Earth.
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And then I wondered, why do we humans look so hard for how we are different to animals than for how we are alike?
I hope Tererai’s story inspires you as much as it did me. I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy of her ‘The Awakened Woman’!
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And again, thanks to @joehanlyy for capturing this elephantine beauty in Zimbabwe.

‘Last Of The Sun’ – Day 76/365 – NFS

‘Last Of The Sun’ – Day 76/365 – NFS

‘You have no power over what does not belong to you’. – Shona Proverb
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Derivative work created with permission from the photographer


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There’s a Zimbabwean proverb from the Shona tribe that goes ‘You have no power over what does not belong to you’.
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It warms my heart to remember this, that you can belong someplace but that it will never belong to you.
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Inspired by another beautiful @joehanlyymoment in the African bush of #hwange

‘Sacred’- Day 75/365 – NFS

‘Sacred’- Day 75/365 – NFS

Until the day I can explore it by foot, I will explore it by paint.

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Derivative work created with permission from the photographer


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Yoh, some days life offers you your creative energy on a platter and other days you have to hunt it down with a bow and arrow.
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It’s no coincidence, I believe, the constant calling to a land, the attraction we feel for a certain place. Do you find that the more you acknowledge it, the more it comes your way? It taps you on the shoulder through the stories of many people and many varied journeys.
From the friend you once knew who has a way with plants, to the books, artists and speakers who’s work all call to you, and then the man who wanders across the desert born in that very land. It’s no coincidence, I know.
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One of those places for me has always been Zimbabwe. And until the day I can explore it by foot, I will explore it by paint.
This is a moment captured by photographer @joehanlyy in #hwange. A moment of sacred Ibis, but a moment in a sacred place all the same.
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Zimbabwe, I hear you calling. I hear you. And I’m coming.

‘Buck Your System’ – Day 41/365 – NFS

‘Buck Your System’ – Day 41/365 – NFS

There’s merit to be had in every approach – as long as it’s working for you. When I Buck my system that’s when I remember to play.

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I tuned a mate of mine recently about not keeping a spreadsheet for all the data they’re gathering in their catering gig and that having to refigure out the numbers and quantities every time is madness. He just laughed and told me ‘shooting from the hip keeps things fun’.
This approach seemed nuts to me at the time (because yes, in my past years of business-y exposure I’ve become an artist who enjoys the odd spreadsheet). But every now and then I remember there’s a free-spirited creative lurking in me who just wants to go with the flow and who was actually pretty good at functioning that way. So, it stands to reason that just when I admit to how much I gravitate towards creating structure and sets of three in my paintings, the whole thing gets under my skin and suddenly feels like confinement. Haha. You’ve just gotta laugh at life (and yourself!)
So I Said to my better half last night in trying to figure this all out: “hey bokkie, I no longer give a fokkie!”
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There’s merit to be had in every approach – as long as it’s working for you. When I Buck my system that’s when I remember to play.
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Painting from photography of @chaitdeshphotography

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