Artist Tip! Script Brush

Walk & Paint Africa Art Tip:  Script Brush

An example of how to use your script brush is when painting a branch of a tree. You use your script brush for this purpose, make the paint liquid – not heavy on tip of brush – then move the brush upwards moving from thicker to thinner lines and remember thin at the end being flexible in the movement of the wrist in drawing the twig!

Have a wonderful painting day!
Walking out in the African bush is an inspiration so keep walking and looking!

From Julie Edwards @ Walk & Paint Africa

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Hokoyo Wildlife!

An Original Impression Created and Painted By Julie A M Edwards 

 

Title: Hokoyo Wildlife!

Medium: Sennelier Acrylique On Italian Linen Canvas

Size:90x90cm

Status: SOLD

I created this impression to make a statement related to elephant conservation.

I live close to elephants and their migration routes are under threat as they continue to be poached for their ivory.

 

 

Artist Tip: Organisation

 

Artists Tip:  Organisation

Organisation is really important and to be able to move remotely fast! Maintaining order in your art studio and when out in the field on mobile painting locations can get hectically chaotic. One day after travelling far into the bush to a painting spot, as I begin painting I realised I had left my palette and brushes behind – going into the bush to paint remote site there are a lot of things to plan for – food supplies , shade structure , spares etc.  So, I now have everything in a box – paint I require for the trip , brushes and equipment all organised into draws it makes life much easier – as I say having a bit of discipline to be organised allows you to then be as chaotic as you like on the canvas – we will talk about canvas freedom another day !

Have a wonderful painting day!
Walking out in the African bush is an inspiration so keep walking and looking

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Julie Edwards @ Walk & Paint Africa

Artist Tip – Paint Organisation

 

Artist Tip: Paint Organisation

I made this  – I am an artist who likes rigid order around me so I can focus on creative work on the canvas – a way to help having your paint tubes organised is set them out like you see in the picture – then you can easily reach and know exactly what you have in case you have to ship paint in – you see, where I live my professional paint has to be shipped into the bush and takes several days – I have elephant and leopard walking around here!

Have a wonderful painting day!
Walking out in the African bush is an inspiration so keep walking and looking.

From Julie Edwards @ Walk & Paint Africa

Artist Tip: Cleaning Acrylique Brushes

 

Walk & Paint Africa – Artist Tip: Cleaning Acrylique Brushes

Art equipment is expensive and once you into your art journey you will become quite fussy about what brands you use.

How you store your equipment etc.

Today I wanted to share a tip and product that will help looking after your brushes – this is related to Acrylic painting.

Tip – Never leave your brushes standing in water – this damages the brush tip.

Tip – After cleaning don’t stand them upright but store flat – otherwise the water runs down into the wood of the brush damaging it.

Tip – Regularly Clean your brushes after a painting session- a painting session can go on for six to eight hours so always good to clean after each session.

Here is an example of a good soap brush cleaner and some very good brushes

Have a wonderful painting day!
Walking out in the African bush is an inspiration so keep walking and looking.

From Julie Edwards @ Walk & Paint Africa

Artist Tip – Mall Stick!

Walk & Paint Africa – Artist Tip: Mall Stick

I often get asked what is my mall stick used for ? Well, here is a practical example – it is used for detail work, to assist to steady the hand. This avoids smudging and contact directly on top wet paint!

Have a wonderful painting day!
Walking out in the African bush is an inspiration so keep walking and looking.

From Julie Edwards @ Walk & Paint Africa

An African Salt Pan – Moonlight Stormy Skies

Original Impression Painted By Julie A M Edwards

Title: Moonlight Stormy Skies

Medium: Professional Acylic on canvas

Size:

Staus: SOLD

Northern Namibia also has one of the largest salt pans that  extends for more than 120 Kim’s and mostly a dry lake bed forming part of the Kalahari basin. Etosha and its surrounds are protected as a National Park sanctuary, preserving habitat for wildlife.

Gemsbok, Oryx gazella, have their home ranges extending for much of the Kalahari including Etosha. These animals are perfectly adapted to survive in the desert and have the ability to withstand very hot conditions. They have a special maze of blood vessels that work as a cooling devise. Warm blood passes through the network of vessels and cooled through the nasal area.

The inspiration for this painting is obviously having spent much time observing these animals in the Kalahari. It’s a stormy moonlit night and the gemsbok are out on the pan. Sparring occurs near a small spring of water.

The painting is to create an atmosphere with different movement of both sky and animal. It just an impressionist painting nothing more to create an atmosphere on a stormy moonlit night.

 

The Boer War

 

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Historical Impression Original Painted By Julie A M Edwards

Title: “The Boer War”

Medium: Windsor Newton Professional Acrylique

Size: A4

Status: SOLD

History is part of each of us and I have a great interest in the history of Africa which lead me to create this painting.

The Boer War was one such horrific time especially for the Boer farmers whose homesteads were burned to the ground and families placed into concentration camps under horrific conditions. Prisoners were shipped off to remote islands far from their homeland barely surviving the cruelty. These stories were passed down through generation and much of it has been forgotten about. I wanted to remind ourselves of this period of time.

This painting impression simply shows a stand against a British camp. It’s dusk and rain has fallen and an attack is launched on the British, you will see the flags of both sides, just as the last light catches the outlines of men making a stand from a kopje.

It was very difficult to create this painting and I just tried to create an impression from the Boer Farmers perspective who just wanted their freedom!

The Boer War initially began when conflict arose between the British colonizers and the Boers from the Transvaal Republic and Orange Free State. Diamonds and gold had been discovered, The British took annexation of the Transvaal and were determined to expand the British Empire. The Boer opposed British rule in the Transvaal who had settled there long before having  trekked by oxen away from the Cape to search for a new free life!

I am am not here to delve into every fact, however what I am saying here is that many people did not understand the Boer War. There was a lot of unjust cruelty to many innocent people living in on the land.

This simple painting is my own  impression and I want people to remember the resilance of the Boers who we fighting for their freedom.

There are a number of very interesting films available on the subject that you can watch to learn more, as well as visit battle sites and museums.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cape Dutch Homesteads!

A Historical Impression Original Painted By Julie A M Edwards

Title: “Reflecting The Past”

Medium: French Sennelier Acrylique on Fine Italian Linen Canvas

Size:  A3

Status: Available

These gabled houses are reflective of the past when settlers immigrating to Africa brought with them their traditional Architecture.

“Cape Dutch architecture is a traditional Afrikaner architectural style found mostly in the Western Cape of South Africa. The style was prominent in the early days (17th century) of the Cape Colony, and the name derives from the fact that the initial settlers of the Cape were primarily Dutch. The style has roots in medieval Netherlands, Germany, France and Indonesia.” (Source: Wikkipedia)

Title: “Old Farm Homestead”

Medium: French Sennelier Acrylique on Fine Italian Linen Canvas

Size:  A3

Status: Available

 Cape Dutch buildings, many of which have been lost to modern development, however, there are still many preserved. Nestled away in a remote spot in Zimbabwe, I drew some inspiration for this painting from Enkeldoorn, now referred as Chivhu, which was a predominantly Afrikaans Settlement. Generations of  families both English and Afrikaans farmed this region along the banks of the Umnathti River.

This scene is etched in my mind. What more can I say! It just came out of my soul!

May our history never be lost!

Langebaan Lagoon

 

Calm Water

Calm Water

Langebaan Lagoon

Original Painting Impression By

Julie A M Edwards

Medium: French Sennelier Acrylique

on Fine Italian Linen Canvas

Size:  A3

Africa is such a diverse place, and here is another interesting spot of incredible beauty. In early spring the area transforms into a magical paradise of wild flowers right up to the shores of the Langebaan Lagoon. This is a haven for marine and birdlife where. They are protected in the reserve.

“West Coast National Park are the Langebaan Lagoon and the offshore islands in Saldanha Bay, which together form the Langebaan Ramsar site, a wetland of international importance.

The lagoon has a rich diversity of marine invertebrates and seaweeds and supports approximately 10% of the coastal wader population in South Africa. The offshore islands provide jimportant nesting areas for several red-listed seabird species.
The Langebaan Lagoon was proclaimed as a marine reserve in terms of the Sea Fisheries Act in 1973 and later in 1985, was proclaimed Langebaan National Park with the name later being changed to West Coast National Park.  It was on 25 April 1988 that the Langebaan Ramsar site was declared.” Source San Parks.org