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Artists Susan Fox, Karryl and Alison Nicholls with an emerald tree boa

An Exhibition In Images: Children Sketching Animals!

Part III of an exhibition in images features Children Sketching Animals. Chris Evers from Animal Embassy brought scorpions, an African bullfrog, a monk parakeet, an emerald tree boa and a rabbit. 25 local children arrived to sketch and sculpt with tuition from artists Alison Nicholls, Karryl, David Rankin, Susan Fox and Sean Murtha. All in a gallery packed with the artists’ wildlife art from Mongolia, Africa, India, Central and North America.

What could possibly go wrong?!

Children sketching animals at the Flinn Gallery

An emerald tree boa fascinates a young visitor…

Chris Evers from Animal Embassy

Chris Evers from Animal Embassy explains the rules…

 

David Rankin demonstrates how to sketch a scorpian

David Rankin demonstrates how to sketch a scorpion…

Sean Murtha watches over children and a monk parakeet

Sean Murtha helps children sketching a monk parakeet…

Monk parakeet poses perfectly

The monk parakeet poses perfectly…

Susan Fox explains how to sketch a bullfrog

Susan Fox explains how to sketch a bullfrog…

Alison Nicholls helps children sketch a tree boa

Alison Nicholls helps children sketch a tree boa…

Karryl helps children sculpt a rabbit

Karryl helps children sculpt a rabbit…

Sketching and sculpting in the gallery

Sketching and sculpting in the gallery…

Emerald tree boa with art by Carel Brest van Kempen

At the end we get to have a little fun…emerald tree boa with art by Carel Brest van Kempen…

Artists Susan Fox, Karryl and Alison Nicholls with an emerald tree boa

Susan Fox, Karryl & Alison Nicholls hold the beautiful emerald tree boa…

It turned out that nothing went wrong at all. The sketching and sculpting session was a great hit and (as far as we know) the snake, scorpions, frog, rabbit and bird all exited the gallery with Chris from Animal Embassy!

Wildlife Art: Field to Studio is at the Flinn Gallery in Greenwich, Connecticut, and features field work and studio work from 7 Signature members of the Society of Animal Artists. Each artist works in a different region of the world: Alison Nicholls (Africa); David Rankin (India); Karryl (Rocky Mountains); Carel Brest van Kempen (Central America); Kelly Singleton (Alaska); Sean Murtha (Long Island Sound) and Susan Fox (Mongolia). The exhibit is on display until May 4, 2016. Wildlife Art: Field to Studio is curated by Lillian Lum, Claudia Schipper & Alice Sherwood.

Please come and join me for a guided tour of the exhibition!
Alison

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Alison-Nicholls in Tanzania

Alison Nicholls sketching in Tanzania

I recently joined the Creative Advisory Board of Pencils For Africa (PFA) and have just been interviewed by Chelsea, an 8th grader who is one of the Assistant Editors of the Pencils for Africa website. Here is her first question for me:

What was your early inspiration to become an artist?

And my answer:

When I was growing up I had no intention of being an artist. I enjoyed art but did not study it at school beyond the age of 13. Being an ‘army brat’ and having traveled widely at a young age, I was interested in international relations and history and these are the subjects I studied for my degree in the United Kingdom. It was when I moved to Zimbabwe in 1994 with my husband, that my interest in art was rekindled by the people, places & wildlife I saw around me. We moved to neighboring Botswana in 1996 and by the time we left Africa in 2002, I was well on the road to painting full-time.

Further on in the interview I explain why I use vibrant colors, how I would describe Botswana in one word and what has been my most interesting experience in Africa (a clue: it involves an elephant calf and a rope!).

Read the rest of the interview here.

Learn more about Pencils For Africa.

Until next time…
Alison

Art Inspired by Africa and Conservation
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