Original Impression Painted By Julie A M Edwards
Title: Moonlight Stormy Skies
Medium: Professional Acylic on canvas
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.
“A Great Thirst”
An Original Impression By Julie A M Edwards
Medium: Professional Windsor Newton Acrylique
on Cotton Canvas
Original Size: 1m 12cm X 72 cm
My first visit to the then Wankie Game Reserve, today known as Hwange National Park, was when I was a very tiny tot, we lived in the bush south East of the border of the Park.
Hwange continued to be a favorite safaris spot throughout my life and in my mid thirties I came to live in the park with bedroll in hand and took up a position working as a Professional Guide. I had undertaken a six year apprenticeship in the parks estates of Zimbabwe.
It was a daily occurrence to spend the day with several herds of more than a hundred elephant at a time all gathering round the waterhole, relieving their thirst in the dry African sun. In very dry years these numbers would increase to a thousand elephant a day and surrounded me, often a bush traffic jam.
The great herds of Africa’s elephants unfortunately are being plundered and their very survival depends on us as custodians to protect their home ranges from poaching. If we don’t protect them these home ranges and the elephants these incredible Pachyderms will be gone forever.
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