NAMIBIAN TOUR 3 – WATERCOLOUR SKETCHES

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So on to the Etosha pan and the Okaukuejo waterhole. Our room was yards from the actual waterhole which to my dismay was artificial, but boy did it attract some wildlife. The others went off on a game drive but I just sat in the shade and  watched the animals come and go throughout the afternoon. I sat and sketched them in pencil, somewhat difficult as they kept getting spooked by flocks of birds flying off the trees. A couple of the pages are below.

I then did the watercolour at the top.

After this we went to another waterhole at Namutoni, this time real, but it only seemed to attract birdlife, so I decided to paint the old German fort, incongruously next to the waterhole.

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It was very sad that they were doing very little with the fort, as opposed to the old German Police station at the Waterberg Plateau park which was used as a restaurant and had a very elegant veranda running around it and where you could breakfast. Why they needed a police station in the middle of nowhere was beyond me.

I quickly did a view of the sandstone cliffs you had to climb to get onto the plateau. It needed to be fast as a patrolling baboon was

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likely to return after inspecting the rubbish bins for food and make off with my painting. Unfortunately for you readers  he wasnt successful.

Anyway next stop Cape Town and, hopefully, a little less rushed itinerary, which may improve the sketching.

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5 thoughts on “NAMIBIAN TOUR 3 – WATERCOLOUR SKETCHES

  1. I like the one around the water hole (it doesn’t look so artificial in the painting) – the white background gives a nice, arid-looking contrast. By the way, I’ve been to Cape Town and it hosts its own troops of baboons, so please beware! It’s sad that some humans feed baboons for fun, which attracts them to raid humans, which in turn makes them pests to eradicate in the local community.

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  2. Thanks Yul, the waterhole was well disguised compared to some with watertanks and pumps. It was fascinating watching the animals warily approach.
    Now we are in Cape Town. Not seen any baboons yet.

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