Thursday, 27 April 2017


In Africa this week.

'Another meerkat sentry,' wax crayons, 12 by 9 ins., paper.

'Botswana girl,' acrylics and collage, 12 by 9 ins, paper.

Susie getting ready for a sleep.

I was 'in Africa' for my art  this week.

1. Wax crayon girl.

I did this girl to figure out how to render a darker skin with wax crayons, using my usual colourful style.
I like the way she is smiling in this image.  I would smile too... if I had a meerkat perched on  my shoulder!!  

(P.S., Forgot to mention that this girl was inspired by one of the photos of Botswana ladies posted in workshop by Annie Hamman.).

2. Botswana girl with turban.

One of the portrait lessons in the 'Let's Face it' online art workshop was painting a Botswana girl in acrylics, with collage for her turban.  The lesson was by South African artist, Annie Hamman.  She used dark purple and browns for an under-painting and then added several layers of different brown hues to get a wonderful finished result.  She used collage for the head gear.

I enjoyed using collage to simulate the cloth of the head gear.  It was interesting to paint in reasonably realistic colours for the skin tones.  I stopped when I was getting tired and a bit bored...maybe when I am fresh again next week.... I will adjust bits and pieces in this one.  I only did about 3 layers...but you could do many  more layers.

3 Susie's news.

I saw a pink pet stroller on 'the dog whisperer' (on TV) , I loved it, and ordered one for Susie from Amazon.  It came yesterday.  I'm going to use it to take her for a walk outside in the summer. I live in a flat and its not suitable for her to roam outside on her own.  Lots of traffic and dogs outside.

Its May bank holiday in UK this weekend.  I hope the sun shines!  

I hope you have a lovely weekend.

Bye for now.


Valerie-Jael said...

Wonderful African art, I am most impressed, FAN*TAS*TIC! And Susie is gorgeous as always. Love the idea of a pet stroller! Hugs, Valerie

Jan said...

WOW!!! June your African art is simply stunning in its beauty and colors!!!
Happy walking with Susie in her new pink stroller :)

denthe said...

Gorgeous art. I love your Botswana girl and the way you used collage!

Jackie P Neal said...

Absolutely GORGEOUS June!!! I would love to have a piece of your art!!!
Jackie xx
ps Susie is too sweet!and what a long tongue! lol

sirkkis said...

Gorgeous art, June. Love it ❤

Jennifer Rose Phillip said...

the paper collage works really well to give a fabric effect :) love ll the colour in the first one :)

Gibby Frogett said...

Wow these are really, really lovely June and the second piece especially - fabulous collage work.
The pink stroller sounds very intriguing (and fun) I hope we get to see Susie enjoying it :)
It's been sunshine, rain and breezy down here in Essex - a typical bank holiday weekend - hopefully better up at your end of the world.
Gill x

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Amazing African girls - gorgous and unique is your style June!
Lovely Susie!
Happy rest of the week!