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

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The Place Of Salt Pans

Original Impression Painted By Julie A M Edwards

 

Title: “The Only Spring”

Medium: Windsor Newton Professional Acrylique on Cotton Canvas

Status: SOLD

The Place Of Salt Pans

There are enormous salt pan located in beautiful Botswana,  and for much of the year remain dry and desolate until the annual rains arrive. The pans then transforms into an expansive shallow lake no more than knees deep. This attracts an array of bird life including flocks of flamingos, pelicans, and animal life. The migrating zebra and wildebeest from the north utilise the grassy plains which provide good grazing.

Much of the region has been set aside as a National Park and bird sanctuary to protect this magnificent landscape.

I have spent more than 30 years exploring this area. The expansive grassy plains dotted with Baobabs and acacias along the fringes of the salt pans provide a place of reflection, isolation and incredible beauty. I love it so much I even spent my 40th and 50th birthdays camped on the fringes of the pans.

The cycle of life continues with the rainy season coming to an end and the pans begin to dry up until  all that remains is a few perennial springs for the wildlife to drink.

Traditional people residing in the surrounding area bring their domestic cattle to share the same springs with the wildlife.

 A story of the waterhole, this is the most important place on the dry African plain.

Above is my own impression of a moment in time I attempted to capture onto the canvas. I have tried to create a story of “Pula”, “water”, is life,  and unites us all, here is a tranquil scene, domestic and wild animal life around the waterhole. In the far edges of the vast you can see an odd Baobab Tree dotted in the fringes of the pan.

I hope you enjoy this scene as much as I enjoyed painting it.

Lets help protect our wild areas for future generations!

Zambezi Sunset

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Zambezi Sunset Impression Original Painted By Julie A M Edwards

Title:”The Promise”

Medium: Windsor Newton Professional Acrylique on cotton canvas

Size: A3

Status: Dissappeared

The Zambezi is one of the most beautiful rivers in Africa, well known for its prolific wildlife and the traditional homes of many indigenous tribes who reside along it s banks.

I have traversed this river on foot, horseback and by 4×4, including working as a safari guide for alot of my life and know it well, including some good fishing spots alongs its banks.

The inspiration for this painting came from a photograph from my  special cousins Kingsley and Ria Edwards,  who kindly gave me permission to use for reference, as they lived and worked on the Zambezi. This picture really inspired me. Thank you so much.

I like to  go exploring normally on foot and take photographs with my eyes and camera, make sketches of things or to paint in situ. It’s good though to paint in your studio away from the wind and dust.

This region of the world has endless beautiful sunsets and every single one is always different never the same.

The Magnifcent Zambezi River!

Mosi Oa Tunya – The Victoria Falls

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 Impression Original Painted By Julie A M Edwards

 

Title:  “Mosi Oa Tunya”, The Smoke That Thunders

Medium: Windsor Newton Professional Acrylique on cotton canvas

Staus: SOLD

 

The African Continent is  a diverse and beautiful wild place to explore, especially on foot or horseback.

World Heritage Sites claim a number of places along the Zambezi including the Victoria Falls, “Mosi Oa Tunya”, The Smoke That Thunders!

This commissioned impression was a challenging painting for me in the sense that water study had to be in great detail…. and how to capture the values and textures of the water falling. I enjoyed this painting experience and have spent many moments observing the falls in their great mighty flow, as the Zambezi River thunders into the basalt chasm below.

I invite you to follow my personal journey as I walk and paint
Africa.

 

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