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Tasting the Waters

Tasting the waters of the Zambezi

An elephant family coming down to the Zambezi  River to drink

 

I thought you would be interested to see how Chris’s passion to draw African animals developed since 1994.  This is his first drawing African drawing.  At this time Chris was a manager of a large sheep station in the western Riverina of NSW near Hay.  He would come in at night after a long day out and would draw to relax late into the night and was able to sleep.    I think he would forget all the worries of the Station as the African animals appeared on the page.

The first African drawing as Chris started to illustrate his book he had written of our trip in 1994.
“This drawing is based on our first sightings of elephants in the wild.  We saw a group of elephants drinking at a small stream off the Zambezi River while we were boating up river.  They paid little heed to our presence on the water. Little did we realise at the time of this first African safari, the truth behind the old African proverb “He who drinks at Africa’s wells will always return to drink again”.  We have many times.” quote from Chris
Graphite Pencil – Reproduction prints available
I will start adding some his drawing with his quotes and you will see with interest how his drawings have developed over the 20 years.



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