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The Matriarch and Son

Matriarch & Son

The Matriarch and Son drawn by Chris with Graphite pencils.  I am sorry but the drawing will become very long when published, it is usually wider.

“I did this drawing for a special cousin who, when hearing that I was now drawing elephants, said she would love to have a sketch of an African elephant and calf.”
We went into a Limited Edition Reproduction Prints and the edition has now been sold out.  The only way to buy a print now is from a private collector.
This is the second African drawing after our trip to Africa in 1994 the passion continues 21 years later!  I will gradually re introduce Chris’s drawings to you.  He only draws about 4 to 5 drawings a year.  Please come and visit Chris in his Chris McClelland Gallery, 84 Lachlan Street, Hay, NSW Australia.  You will catch him drawing or teaching others to draw.

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.



Chris McClelland’s “Exuberance of Youth” on show Byron Bay – January 2012

THE 2011 MORTIMORE PRIZE
WINNERS AND SELECTED WORKS AT THE BLUE BICYCLE GALLERY,
CENTENNIAL CIRCUIT,  BYRON BAY
3RD TO 31ST JANUARY DAILY 10AM TO 4PM

Drawing finalists – “Animal Wildlife”
ChrisMcClelland’s “Exuberance of Youth”

Chris’s drawing “Exuberance of Youth” has been part of the travelling exhibition “The 2011 Mortimore Art Prize”.  It showcase realism in all it’s  art forms.  The exhibition is worth a visit and comes to your area sometime during the next six months.

African Elephant charging
 African Elephant charging

 Chris’s description of this drawing based on his experiences in Africa.

A typical show of bravado from a young elephant, full of libido, who breaks out of the family herd moving unconcernedly off a waterhole to charge a supposed adversary, maybe an encroaching Kudu or perhaps a safari vehicle full of camera clicking tourists.  In this case his bravado is short-lived as this enlarged beast, ears outstretched, comes to a sudden halt only to mockingly turn-tail and run back to the safety of the herd.  The knowledgeable driver leans back unmoving and chuckles after warning his passengers to remain silent and still.

 More of Chris’s adventures can be read on our web site under the “Newsletters” page.

Please leave a comment when you have read some stories, love to hear from you.

Enjoy!

 

 

Exuberence of Youth

A young bull elephant charging

 

I thought you might be interested in this bit of excitement when we opened our email this morning, see below. 

 Hi Margie and Chris, 

Just a quick note to congratulate you on winning the Judges Choice Award (as the work was way oversize
they did not feel it should win Best Fauna and asked if we would consider a new award).

The judges especially liked the use of negative spacing and light and shade.
 

 ( Have to tell you the kids love the elephants dangly bits…way before the adults see it 🙂 

It is a very dramatic drawing. This award is very special for Chris as he did this drawing especially for this exhibition. 

He is thrilled to bits with it.    If you have a chance go and have a look.  

 Queensland Wildlife Artists Society Incorporated organised the
Faber-Castell 250th Anniversary Exhibition
  at the Richard Randall Studio Gallery Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens,
Toowong, Brisbane  from 25 June – 3 July 2011
 

Chris’s description to go with the drawing

A typical show of bravado from a young elephant, full of libido, who breaks out of the family herd moving unconcernedly off a waterhole to charge a supposed adversary, maybe an encroaching Kudu or perhaps a safari vehicle full of camera clicking tourists.  In this case his bravado is short-lived as this enlarged beast, ears outstretched, comes to a sudden halt only to mockingly turn-tail and run back to the safety of the herd.  The knowledgeable driver leans back unmoving and chuckles after warning his passengers to remain silent and still.

Size of drawing unframed  63 x 66cm        Framed 102cm x 121cm

 

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