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Artist Alison Nicholls

2016 Art Safaris Fully Booked!

There have been no flurries of snow here but there have been a flurry of bookings for the Art Safaris I teach for Africa Geographic!

Artist Alison Nicholls

Artist Alison Nicholls

We advertised 1 safari in September 2016, then added a 2nd, also in September. And as of today, they are both fully booked!

Its a great start to 2016, although I apologize to those of you who may also have been thinking of joining me. In the middle of the year we will start to think about the 2017 safaris, so let me know if you’d like advance notice of the details. And don’t wait too long!

Happy New Year!
Alison
Africa Geographic Art Safaris
www.ArtInspiredbyAfrica.com

Lion Pride Field Sketch © Alison Nicholls 2015

African Wildlife Sketch #19 – Lion Pride by Alison Nicholls

This sketch was created, as a demonstration, during the 2015 Africa Geographic Art Safari in Kariega Game Reserve, South Africa. It was a cloudy day and we were watching a lion pride, when suddenly a mother warthog and her brood came trotting out of the bush, straight at the lions. One of the lionesses gave chase and they all disappeared, only to reappear a few seconds later, clattering down the track, with the lioness on the tail of one of the piglets. The chase ended in success for the lioness, but the male lion soon appeared to steal the kill from her. After the commotion died down, they all emerged from the bushes and lay in the open, where this sketch was created. The watercolor was added back at camp, as a demonstration of how I add color to my pencil sketches. It was an exciting start to our Art Safari!

Lion Pride Field Sketch © Alison Nicholls 2015

Lion Pride Field Sketch, watercolor by Alison Nicholls

All my field sketches, are created in Africa directly from life, or sketched back at camp purely from my memory of sightings. They are completely finished in Africa and I use no photos or video reference at any time in their creation. It is always tempting to add finishing touches back in the studio, but I avoid this to ensure that my field sketches really are field sketches. 

The Original Field Sketch is watercolor & pencil on watercolor paper, 11×14″, priced at US$300. Limited Edition Giclées are available, priced at US$120 each. Only 10 copies are available, printed using archival inks on watercolor paper, 14×11″, all signed and numbered by me.

A donation will be made to African conservation from every sale.

Until Nov 22, I will be sharing 1 of my new African field sketches every day. The new sketches are shown to my newsletter readers a full day before they are shown here. Click here to Join my Mailing List and see the sketches as soon as they are released, or see them here 1 day later.

Wherever and whenever you see them, I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed creating them.
Tomorrow’s sketch is of a pack of painted dogs.
Until then…
Alison
www.ArtInspiredbyAfrica.com

Atka, the Arctic wolf

October Wolf Sketching Session

This post was supposed to invite you to join me for my next wolf sketching workshop at the Wolf Conservation Center​ in South Salem, New York, but it turns out that the workshop is already fully booked.

Atka, the Arctic wolf

Atka, the Arctic wolf

I just returned from Africa, where I was fortunate to see and sketch several packs of painted dogs (African wild dogs). It will be great to continue sketching canids, and to compare their different body shapes.

My next wolf sketching session will be in the spring. Hopefully you can join me then!
Alison

www.ArtInspiredbyAfrica.com

Howling Wolf sketch by Alison Nicholls

Wolf + Sketchbook + Spring = Art Safari!

My next Wolf Sketching Workshop at the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem will be May 3rd from 9am – 12 noon. Join me and learn how to capture a live wolf in your sketchbook! Any level of sketching experience (or none!) is just fine.

Howling Wolf sketch by Alison Nicholls

Howling Wolf sketch by Alison Nicholls

In addition to sketching several of WCC’s ambassador wolves, you will have a chance to see the critically endangered red wolves and Mexican gray wolves. Please contact me if you have any questions, or use the link below to sign up for the workshop. Spring is finally here, so join me for a wonderful morning watching and sketching wolves!

Atka, the Arctic wolf

Atka, the Arctic wolf

Atka (above), Zephyr, Alawa, Nikai and I, hope to see you there!
Alison

Wolf Conservation Center
Wolf Sketching Safari, May 3, 9am-12noon.
$70 per person. Pre-Registration is Required.

Atka, the Arctic wolf

Join Me To Sketch Wolves!

My next Wolf Sketching Workshop at the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem will be May 3rd from 9am – 12 noon. Join me and learn how to capture a live wolf in your sketchbook! Any level of sketching experience (or none!) is just fine.

Howling Wolf sketch by Alison Nicholls

Howling Wolf sketch by Alison Nicholls

In addition to sketching several of WCC’s ambassador wolves, you will have a chance to see the critically endangered red wolves and Mexican gray wolves. Please contact me if you have any questions, or use the link below to sign up for the workshop. Spring is finally here, so join me for a wonderful morning watching and sketching wolves!

Atka, the Arctic wolf

Atka, the Arctic wolf

Atka (above), Zephyr, Alawa, Nikai and I, hope to see you there!
Alison

Wolf Conservation Center
Wolf Sketching Safari, May 3, 9am-12noon.
$70 per person. Pre-Registration is Required.

Art Safaris with Alison Nicholls

2015 Art Safari with Alison Nicholls Fully Booked

I’m pleased to report that the 2015 Art Safari I am leading for Africa Geographic in South Africa, is fully booked!

Art Safari © Alison Nicholls 2011

Sketching after lunch on the Africa Geographic Art Safari with Alison Nicholls.

Details for the 2016 Art Safari in South Africa will be available soon. You can also contact me, or Christian Boix at Africa Geographic, to arrange your own custom Art Safari, in a destination of your choice, for your own sketch group.

Art Safaris with Alison Nicholls

Sketching elephants on Art Safari with Alison Nicholls

I hope to see you on Art Safari in Africa soon!
Until then…
Alison

Read more about Art Safaris, including guest testimonials
Christian Boix: Africa Geographic.
Email: christian@africageographic.com Telephone: +27 (0)21 762 4974.

1 minute life drawing sketch by Alison Nicholls

Life Drawing is the Best Teacher – by Alison Nicholls

For many, many years I didn’t draw, sketch or paint people. Now I do, and I’m really enjoying it. Obviously my preference is to be sketching in Africa (see some of my African Sketches), but when I’m in the US I like to attend life drawing classes at the Mamaroneck Artists Guild in Larchmont, New York.

1 minute life drawing sketch by Alison Nicholls

1 minute sketch by Alison Nicholls

I have to confess that when the model turns to the longer poses of more than 10 minutes, I tend to pack up and leave, because my interest is in the very short poses that help me when I’m working  the field.

1 minute sketch by Alison Nicholls

1 minute sketch by Alison Nicholls

The life drawing sessions are open to non-members, there is a small fee to attend and there is no instruction. It is a very friendly group. We usually start with several 1 minute and 5 minute poses before moving on to 10 and 20 minute poses. The model is clothed, due to the window exposure. If you would like to join us, please contact the Mamaroneck Artists’ Guild for further details.

Mamaroneck Artists’ Guild
914 834 1117
mag2120@verizon.net

5 minute sketch by Alison Nicholls

5 minute sketch by Alison Nicholls

Until next time…
Alison

www.ArtInspiredbyAfrica.com
Donating to African Conservation from every sale.

Family Diabetes Day at the Bronx Zoo with The Children's Hospital at Montefiore

Family Diabetes Day at the Bronx Zoo with The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore

I was delighted to join the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore for their Family Diabetes Day at the Bronx Zoo last week.
The weather was not particularly kind, with thunderstorms threatening, so we sketched indoors. Even so, it was great fun and the children had created a large pile of great sketches by the time the morning ended.

Thank you to Dr Rubina Heptulla for the invitation, to Jeniece Trast for all her help and to the friendly families and children who attended. I look forward to meeting more enthusiastic young artists next year!

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Learn more about the great work of The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore.

Until next time…
Alison

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Howling Wolf sketch by Alison Nicholls

Howling Wolf sketch by Alison Nicholls

Recommended for adults and children aged 13+.

Date: May 18, 2014

Time: 9AM-12PM

Fee: $70/person

Join me for a unique workshop at the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem, New York! We will start the morning with a brief discussion about my Conservation Sketching Expeditions and how I use art to support conservation projects like the Painted Dog Conservation project in Zimbabwe and the African People & Wildlife Fund in Tanzania. I will explain some of the special challenges faced when sketching wildlife in the field and will talk about how to overcome these challenges, whether you are sketching wolves in Yellowstone or elephants in Africa. Then you will be able to try your own hand at sketching WCC’s ambassador wolves! You will also have a chance to see the WCC’s critically endangered Red wolves and Mexican Gray wolves.

The materials listed below are my usual field sketching supplies. They dry easily, can be packed away quickly and (apart from my sketchbook) all fit inside a long pencil case. I do not work from an easel. You are welcome to bring whatever you like, but I highly recommend dry materials like pencils and pens or pastels. You will be doing a lot of short sketches as the wolves will be moving around. The idea is to capture the movement and simple shapes, not to complete a finished painting or drawing.

    • 11×14″ sketchbook with at least 20 sheets.
    • 2 or 3 pencils (HB, 2B, 4B) plus eraser.
    • Sketching pens (black or brown or grey looks great) or pastels or colored pencils.
    • Bulldog clips to hold paper down in case it is windy.
    • (optional) Field box of watercolors, plus small water container plus 2 or 3 brushes of varying sizes.
    • Hat, sunglasses, sunblock, raincoat, waterbottle etc to suit the weather.
    • (optional) If you have them you can also bring binoculars & a folding chair, although these are not essential.
 
Recommended for adults and children aged 13+.

Date: May 18, 2014

Time: 9AM-12PM

Fee: $70/person

I hope to see you there!

Alison

Art Inspired by Africa and Conservation
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