Tuesday, 28 February 2017
Sunset over the Kruger Park
Did I give myself a challenge! Sorry to those who also struggled!
I finally settled on putting something together which had an element of Hundertwasser in that my colour range would be kept simple along with the subject matter. Because of my title I also wanted to add animals in some quirky, naive, caricatured form. Hence the 'Tinga Tinga' style of the giraffe & zebra.
This is my finished piece. Whole cloth, painted & stitched.
This is the Hundertwasser that I used as my starting point.
Tinga Tinga is a painting style that developed in the late part of the 20th Century in Dar es Salaam by a local painter called Said Tingatinga. Today Tinga Tinga paintings are one of the most widely represented forms of tourist art in Tanzania and neighbouring countries. Here are some examples.
On reflection maybe I have kept it too simple. Possibly dividing the green areas left and right of the blue in half again and the lines slightly variable would have been a better option. You live and learn!
The best of all was visiting Kruger Park in January this year, having been there last January, and seeing a flourishing green park again. Last year it looked like a tornado had ripped thru the park, it was dry and barren. Now it is so green and lush. The rains have worked a miracle.