Atop Lookout Hill, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

cropped-caafrica2.jpgAlthough gathering photographic reference–especially of animals in motion– is of paramount concern while on safari, the chance to sit and sketch offers multiple rewards. Doing so forces me to slow down, encourages me to become more attuned to my surroundings, and, most importantly, helps me to identify interesting shapes, patterns, and motifs everywhere around me. A single sketch completed in the field is indelible– much like writing something down is an aid to memory. I treasure the opportunity to field sketch in Africa, particularly in the Masai Mara in Kenya. The Mara is a combination of very seductive elements– wide-open landscapes, the migration crossings at the Mara River, the abundance of big cats–that make it an incomparable field of exploration for the artist.

Sketching in the wild: this is uhuru, this is freedom. Just to sit and be still long enough to allow the senses–especially the eye– to awaken…this is when you begin to notice the miniature worlds underfoot, the brown lark in the grass, the textures of ancient rock, the subtle shadings of the atmosphere on a clear and brilliant day…

Advertisements

3 replies »

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s