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Hey! No Hitch Hikers Allowed

Just had to paint this little guy, I have a fascination for the gracious creatures. Here is just one of the many thousands of Zebras we saw on the plains of the Masai Mara. The young Zebra has an Ox-Pecker on its back in search of parasites and insects, its a mutual living arrangement with benefits to both parties. The Ox-Pecker gets everywhere, all nooks and grannies and on most animals in Africa.
We were very privileged to see vast amounts of Zebras during our trip along with many many more species large and small.
The little guy really caught my eye as you could see he was aware of the Ox-pecker rummaging in to his hair, tugging away at the fluffy mound on his rear. The photo I took just prior to the one i used as reference for this painting, had the young guy with head turned right back on himself looking a little disgusted, the bird had a beak full of hair, he wasn’t really amused at all but then thats part of the deal…….

Painted in Acrylics, size 400mm x 500mm

Up above!

  Up above the sky so high…….. I been having some fun experimenting with fluid painting  (water and acrylic paints) its quick, easy and very very messy! Anyone can do it, just let yourself go and chuck some buttermilk consistency paints on a wet canvas. Choose colours that you think will work together and mix […]

The Ever Changing Pattern of the Paua Shell

The Paua shell is a variety of Abalone which there are over a hundreds, but the Paua is the only found in the coastal waters of New Zealand and is considered the most beautiful and most sought after due to its vibrant and iridescent colour. Haliotis iris is the name given to the shell by […]

‘Oh So’

Its been awhile since I last posted on my blog and feels like ages since I last painted…………good to be back! Its been just over a year since we started renovating our new home, foundations to chimney pot, such a big job but at last I can get back to the small paintbrushes instead of […]

Unconditional Love, to the MAX!

Sadly we lost our dearest dog Max in July, it was unexpected and far too early for our liking. I suppose with Max being a big dog his time would end soonish, he was coming up to 11 but  acted like a youngster, they say all good things come to an end. Max died in his sleep while with […]

Precious First Moments

We’ve had a lot going on these past few months along with the the big 50 birthday, a trip of a lifetime and becoming grandparents – on top of that we are in the process of moving its said to be one of the 3 most stressful events in your life, not sure if I’d go […]

Wall to Wall Animal

Ian and I have just had an amazing week in the Masai Mara, Kenya brate my 50th birthday. The trip was run by two world renowned wildlife photographers, Daryl and Sharna Balfour – you may remember the television programme ‘Big Cat Dairy’ well these two were some of the guys who brought the series to our screen. I […]