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Wildlife Art: Field to Studio at the Flinn gallery, Greenwich, CT, with artist Alison Nicholls

An Exhibition in Images: Opening Reception

Part II of an exhibition in images features the Opening Reception. The exhibition is Wildlife Art: Field to Studio at the Flinn Gallery in Greenwich, Connecticut, which 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 at the Flinn gallery, Greenwich, CT, with artist Alison Nicholls

The fun begins… (l to r) Susan Fox, David Rankin, Karryl, Sean Murtha, Alison Nicholls

Wildlife Art: Field to Studio at the Flinn gallery, Greenwich, CT, with artist Alison Nicholls

Pre-opening photo shoot…

Wildlife Art: Field to Studio at the Flinn gallery, Greenwich, CT

Guests start to arrive…

Wildlife Art: Field to Studio at the Flinn gallery, Greenwich, CT, with artist Alison Nicholls

Alison Nicholls with Ambassador & Mrs Ntwaagae of Botswana…

Wildlife Art: Field to Studio at the Flinn gallery, Greenwich, CT

More guests arrive…

Wildlife Art: Field to Studio at the Flinn gallery, Greenwich, CT, with artist Alison Nicholls

Another pre-opening shot, in front of work by Carel Brest van Kempen…

Wildlife Art: Field to Studio at the Flinn gallery, Greenwich, CT, with artist Alison Nicholls

A few words by one of the curators, Lillian Lum…

Wildlife Art: Field to Studio at the Flinn gallery, Greenwich, CT

The guests listen to the brief presentation…

Wildlife Art: Field to Studio at the Flinn gallery, Greenwich, CT

Stripes are in… (artwork by David Rankin)

Wildlife Art: Field to Studio at the Flinn gallery, Greenwich, CT

Seeing the exhibit…

Wildlife Art: Field to Studio at the Flinn gallery, Greenwich, CT

Sculptor Karryl explain her work to a young visitor…

Wildlife Art: Field to Studio at the Flinn gallery, Greenwich, CT

Pinnacle, sculpture by Karryl, presides over the reception…

Over 260 visitors attended the opening reception and the evening was a resounding success. But this was just the start of a busy weekend of events. Next time I will show you images from the Children Sketching Animals!

Wildlife Art: Field to Studio is curated by Lillian Lum, Claudia Schipper & Alice Sherwood. It is on display until May 4 at the Flinn Gallery in Greenwich, Connecticut.

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

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So here are my Seasonal Offers #4 and #5.
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My usual donations to African conservation organizations apply to all purchases. Browse or graze your way through my offers then find one that works for you!
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3 prints for 300 by Alison Nicholls

Buy any three 11×14″ Limited Edition Reproductions and pay only US$300. Although you are receiving a discount, my donations to African conservation will be made as if you have paid the full price. This offer will expire after 10 buyers have redeemed the offer or on 12/31/2014. Free Shipping Offer also applies (see below).

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Free Shipping on all artwork mailed to a destination within the lower 48 states of the United States. Half-price shipping on all artwork mailed elsewhere, including Internationally. Combine this offer with any of the other offers shown below! Offer expires 12/31/2014. My Last Shipping Date will be Wednesday December 17 (with guaranteed delivery within the US by December 24).

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PleinAir Today

PleinAir Today

In the US, plein air events (painting in the open air) attract numerous fantastic artists and produce some of the best art I’ve seen. Although painting in the open air is exactly what I do when I’m field sketching, I don’t generally think of myself as a plein air artist because plein air is very much dominated by landscape artists. But I’ve decided I need to stop thinking this way. So I’m really pleased to be featured in PleinAir Today – the weekly email you see above (click the link to read the article).

Find out more about PleinAir Today, Plein Air Magazine and Outdoor Painter.

And, if you would like to hear more about my plein air painting (!) and conservation-themed artwork, join me as I speak at The Explorers Club in New York City on September 29. Reservations are required.

Until next time…
Alison

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Milking Time Field Sketch by Alison Nicholls © 2014

Milking Time Field Sketch by Alison Nicholls © 2014

Milking Time was the 2nd of 3 sketches, created in just a few minutes while the Maasai women milked the cows in the morning. I asked them not to pose but just to go about their usual milking routine, so my time was limited for each sketch. I confess I had no idea that they could milk a cow so quickly, but lack of time is a great motivator and the sketches really did flow from my pencil.

Before I began sketching I did attempt to milk one of the cows myself. As I expected, it shied away from me. After all, I do look & sound completely different to the Maasai people it knows. But the reaction of that cow did save me from being exposed as being completely incompetent in the milking department. I think I’ll stick to sketching…

Thanks go to the African People & Wildlife Fund in Tanzania for arranging this sketching opportunity for me. I was visiting APW for the 3rd time, learning more about their work with the communities of the Maasai Steppe. I’ve just sent copies of all my sketches back to Tanzania for the people who featured in them. To find out more about my visits to APW and to hear about my conservation-themed artwork, join me as I speak at The Explorers Club in New York City on September 29. Reservations are required.

Until next time…
Alison

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New Limited Edition Giclées by Alison Nicholls

New Limited Edition Giclées by Alison Nicholls

Sometimes I’m contacted by someone who loves a particular painting but the original is already sold. Or maybe the person wants the piece but doesn’t want to pay the price of the original. In either situation, having reproductions available for sale is a great help. I can only create a limited number of original paintings during the course of a year, so it essential for my business too.

My original paintings are professionally scanned or photographed and the resulting high resolution digital file is used to create the reproductions. Both Prints and Giclées are Reproductions. The term ‘Print’, although commonly used, has become associated with low quality reproductions or posters, so I try to avoid using this. A Giclée (pronounced jik-lay) is a French word meaning ‘to spray’. It refers to the fact that most reproductions are created on ink jet printers which spray the paint onto the paper, canvas or other surface. An Edition of Giclées is a set of the same size and printed on the same surface. A Limited Edition is a set where the artist decides to only print a certain number and each will be signed and numbered by the artist. If the edition is only 10 pieces, the pieces will be numbered 1/10, 2/10, 3/10 etc. After all 10 are printed and sold, the artist will not produce any more in this size on this surface. For this reason, Limited Editions are more valuable than Open Editions, which are not numbered and where the artist can produce the same piece any number of times.

My reproductions are all Limited Edition Giclées, printed either on watercolor paper or on canvas, using archival inks. My Field Sketch Limited Edition Giclées are reproduced in editions of 10 or 25, on watercolor paper. The Limited Edition Giclées of my large acrylic paintings on canvas are generally available in editions of 100, in 2 options:

  • printed on canvas at the same size as the original painting (eg. 24×30″)
  • printed on watercolor paper half the size of the original (eg. 12×15″)

The issue of reproductions can be confusing but it is always worth asking questions if you intend to buy them. Limited Editions can be a wonderful way to build a collection of art at an affordable price.

See Limited Edition Giclées of my Paintings.
See Limited Edition Giclées of my Field Sketches

Until next time…
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

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Once a month I will be showcasing the talents of colleagues in the art world, and I am very happy to introduce you to Tony Fredriksson. We have not met in person, but Tony is from South Africa and I found his amazing wood sculptures online. I’ve always had a soft spot for sculpture and Tony’s work immediately caught my eye. I hope you enjoy it! 

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Tony Fredriksson Humpback Whale

Tony with his son Shaun who helped him on the 6 week project. All the wood was collected from
the 15km shoreline around the island to produce the 14meter Humpback Whale.

Open Sky Woodart – Driftwood Sculpture by Tony Fredriksson

You can give an artist a piece of clay and within minutes they can produce something that you can recognize. As a 5 year old I made my own play world from plasticine and that was the best toy my parents ever gave me. I believe we are all given some gift in life and I was fortunate that mine was discovered at a young age and art became my chosen path.

After starting out in commercial art and all the disciplines of the printing trade, I ended up doing resin castings of animal sculptures and wore myself out. After producing close to 7000 limited edition sculptures, all hand painted, I ventured into driftwood sculpture for my first ever solo exhibition in 2010.

The Adventure – My theme was fish, as our family is fishing mad. The exhibition was close to being a total sell out and a hotel group commissioned me to make a life-size Whale skeleton on DesRoches Island in the Seychelles. The hotel group also purchased some of the fish sculptures to decorate the private villas on the island and took a liking to my working sketches and commissioned a number to decorate the rooms.

Just collecting the wood is an adventure in itself. My bakkie (pickup truck) always carries a shovel, saw and axe just incase I see some wood on the side of the road – which happens all the time.

Coelacanth by Tony Fredriksson

“Old Four Legs” – a sculpture of the famous Coelacanth, which was discovered near Port Elizabeth

Treasure Hunt – What I have found to be a rewarding part of this kind of sculpture is the exploration and discovery of the weathered pieces of wood. I get so excited when I unearth a special piece from the middle of a dead tree or digging out termite eaten pieces on a game farm, or recovering an old stump from the bottom of a dam on a fishing trip.

Inspiration – comes from the pieces themselves, some have passed through my hands dozens of times while I search for that one missing piece. Some sculptures I have abandoned ‘till I can find something on one of my journeys that will complete it. Some have changed shape completely from a cat to an otter a year later. I am learning every year about different woods and the creatures that shape them or the way the wood weathers in different places.

Hippo by Tony Fredriksson

The texture of the wood is important when deciding what one wants to portray. I have managed to find white wood that resembles ivory.

A History – Many of my friends now have second thoughts when they are about to toss a piece of hardwood onto the fire for a braai (BBQ), and wonder if they should rather give it to me. I have indeed had many pieces brought to me. One was washed up on the beach in Mozambique after it had traveled down a major river, and it ended up as the tip of the trunk on a swimming elephant. I am able to tell the public where each piece has come from as they all have their own history.

Swimming Elephant by Tony Fredriksson

A swimming elephant designed as a fountain feature or water feature for a rim-flow pool.

Endless Variety – On the farm where we live the tractor had eroded away some old roots. One piece inspired me to make a roast chicken. I then took it further and added numerous dishes of food, deserts and a tea set. Once you set your mind in a certain direction the possibilities of what you can sculpt are endless. I have enjoyed making abstract objects, anatomical studies, people, insects, birds and mammals. Many are so popular that I get repeat orders but each one remains an absolute one-off as the found pieces determine the outcome. The size, expression and posture have to be worked out from a dominant part of the subject.

Vultures by Tony Fredriksson

Three vultures all one-offs, just by coincidence they were brought by attorneys and lawyers.

The Source – I have been privileged to teach my own children art in junior school. All five grades would run to my class for every lesson, eager to discover something new that they could do. From baking a cake, building a wall or just playing with the food on your plate, we are all creative in some way. According to the Bible we are made in God’s image so we shouldn’t be surprised at how fulfilling the creative process is. I certainly feel I get some help from the Lord as some of the pieces seem to fit together miraculously, as if they belonged together.

Ballerina by Tony Fredriksson

This Ballerina was inspired by her torso, she to spent years underground till the road wore through and the old roots of a Silver Oak appeared.

You can find more of my work online:

Website: www.OpenSkyWoodArt.com
Facebook: Tony Fredriksson Driftwood Sculptures
Pinterest: Tony Fredriksson

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Thank you Tony!

Until next time…

Alison

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Leopard Field Sketch, 11x14" by Alison Nicholls © 2013

Leopard Field Sketch, 11×14″ by Alison Nicholls © 2013

During my last trip to Mashatu Game Reserve in Botswana I saw numerous leopards. The only problem was that I wasn’t feeling great, having had a terrible cold for about a week, so sketching was not going incredibly well. But here is a sketch I managed to do in between sniffs!

I find leopards one of the more difficult cats to sketch. They don’t have the bulky muzzle of the lion or the more delicate, angular head of the cheetah, both of which allow you to instantly identify the cat from a sketch. Often, with a leopard, adding the spots makes all the difference (as you would expect). The trouble is that often I only have time to sketch the outline of the cat before it moves off, which means no time to add spots. So when I see a sleeping leopard I’m very happy. My photographer husband was less happy because this leopard had a single thin branch crossing her face and ruining his photos. That’s where artistic license comes in very handy – you’ll notice there is no branch in my sketch!

Until next time…
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Alison Nicholls gives tuition during the 2013 Africa Geographic Art Safari in South Africa

Alison Nicholls gives tuition during the 2013 Africa Geographic Art Safari in South Africa

Recently Southern African Tourism Update asked me to comment upon Art Safaris in Africa and my views on the advantages of such trips. You can read the article below, but I think the photo above sums it up perfectly. What could be better than coming home with your own completely unique sketchbook from your travels?!

Read the article here.

Read more about my Africa Geographic Art Safaris.

Until next time!

Alison

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Penguins Field Sketch by Alison Nicholls

Penguins Field Sketch by Alison Nicholls

Penguins really need little description. On land they are amusing. In water they are astonishing.

Here are some African (Jackass) Penguins I sketched at Boulders Beach in South Africa. There are no underwater sketches to show how astonishing they are!

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Join me on March 15th 2014 at the Mamaroneck Artists’ Guild in Larchmont, New York as I teach a Children’s Sketch Workshop. I will use my photos and video from Africa as I demonstrate and teach how to sketch wildlife using simple shapes. The workshop is open to children Grade 5 and older. Please call or email the gallery to reserve a place.

March 15, 2014

10am – 11.30am

Mamaroneck Artists’ Guild,126 Larchmont Avenue, Larchmont, NY 10538

Call 914 834-1117 or email mag2120@verizon.net

I hope you can join me!

Alison

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At last a storm has passed us by! As a result, my reception and talk this evening will go ahead as planned.

Hope to see you there!

Maasai acrylics on canvas by Alison NIcholls

Maasai acrylics on canvas by Alison NIcholls

Please join me on March 3rd at 7pm at the Bronxville Women’s Club to hear about my visits to the African People & Wildlife Fund (APW) in Tanzania. I have visited APW twice (with another visit planned this year), in order to sketch on site and learn about their work with the mostly Maasai community of Loibor Siret on the Maasai Steppe.

During the talk, I will show my field sketches, studio paintings and video as I discuss my work as an artist in Africa and explain how my visits to African conservation projects have inspired the creation of a body of conservation-themed art. This talk is in conjunction with my exhibition, Lions, Livestock & Living Walls, which will be on display for the month of March at the Bronxville Women’s Club. APW and BWC will both receive 20% of sale proceeds from the exhibition.

The Bronxville Women’s Club is located at 135 Midland Avenue, Bronxville, NY 10708. All are welcome.

I hope to see you there!
Alison

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Join me on March 15th 2014 at the Mamaroneck Artists’ Guild in Larchmont, New York as I teach a Children’s Sketch Workshop. I will use my photos and video from Africa as I demonstrate and teach how to sketch wildlife using simple shapes. The workshop is open to children Grade 5 and older. Please call or email the gallery to reserve a place.

March 15, 2014

10am – 11.30am

Mamaroneck Artists’ Guild,126 Larchmont Avenue, Larchmont, NY 10538

Call 914 834-1117 or email mag2120@verizon.net

I hope you can join me!

Alison

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At last a storm has passed us by! As a result, my reception and talk this evening will go ahead as planned.

Hope to see you there!

The Herd, acrylic 24x20" by Alison Nicholls

The Herd, acrylic 24×20″ by Alison Nicholls

Please join me on March 3rd at 7pm at the Bronxville Women’s Club to hear about my visits to the African People & Wildlife Fund (APW) in Tanzania. I have visited APW twice (with another visit planned this year), in order to sketch on site and learn about their work with the mostly Maasai community of Loibor Siret on the Maasai Steppe.

During the talk, I will show my field sketches, studio paintings and video as I discuss my work as an artist in Africa and explain how my visits to African conservation projects have inspired the creation of a body of conservation-themed art. This talk is in conjunction with my exhibition, Lions, Livestock & Living Walls, which will be on display for the month of March at the Bronxville Women’s Club. APW and BWC will both receive 20% of sale proceeds from the exhibition.

The Bronxville Women’s Club is located at 135 Midland Avenue, Bronxville, NY 10708. All are welcome.

I hope to see you there!
Alison

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Elephant!, acrylic 20x30" by Alison Nicholls

Elephant!, acrylic 20×30″ by Alison Nicholls

Elephant!

Acrylic 20×30” by Alison Nicholls

Elephants provoke strong opinions. Tourists want to see them on safari and usually encounter calm, relaxed elephants in protected national parks, viewing them from the relative safety of a vehicle. However, rural-dwelling Africans are more likely to encounter elephants on foot, outside protected areas, in places and situations where elephants are more wary of, or aggressive towards, people. Children who have to pass elephant herds on their walk to school, or families whose crops are trampled and eaten by hungry elephants may feel fear and distrust rather than admiration and wonder when they see elephants.

Elephant! resulted from a conversation I had with Maasai men in Tanzania, while I visited the African People & Wildlife Fund (APW) for my 2nd Conservation Sketching Expedition. The men looked through my sketchbook, seeing sketches of people, cattle and homesteads, but their first question to me was ‘are you afraid of elephants?’. The question made me think more about their encounters with elephants and resulted in this painting, which illustrates two contrasting views. The large head on the left of center is an elephant cow, painted in a relaxed pose, with her long, gently curved trunk leading to smaller images of the herd and a safari vehicle containing tourists. The washes of color used on this side of the painting have soft edges and there is a circular flow, down the elephant’s trunk, around the herd and towards the vehicle. In contrast the large elephant head on the right is an agitated bull. His ears are raised and his trunk curled, while his upturned tusks point towards 2 more bulls in similar poses, and a man attempting to keep the elephants away from his maize crop and home. On this side of the painting there are stronger reds and hard-edged washes, while the smaller elephants are angular and facing opposite directions.

Many of Africa’s elephants live or spend time outside protected reserves, alongside a growing human population, and as competition increases between people and wildlife over access to natural resources, human-wildlife conflict increases too. It is African people who will ultimately decide the fate of Africa’s wildlife and determine whether to accept the hazards of living beside Earth’s largest land mammal, so finding solutions that allow people & wildlife to share natural resources amicably is a high priority. Part of APW’s mission statement is to “support the collective management of natural resources for the mutual benefit of people and wildlife” and with the majority of their staff being residents of the local area, they are well placed to assist the community with plans to alleviate poverty, conserve biodiversity and reduce human-wildlife conflict – outcomes which will benefit both people and elephants.

The original acrylic painting of Elephant! is available for sale, priced at US$3200. If it is sold privately I will donate 30% of the sale price to APW. If it sells during an exhibition where the venue collects a commission (usually between 10-40%), APW will still receive a minimum of 10%. Limited edition giclées are also available with a 20% donation to APW from the sale of each piece.

Learn more about the African People & Wildlife Fund.

See my Field Sketches from Tanzania.

Until next time…

Alison

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January 23, 2014, 7pm

Remember to join me on January 23 as I talk about my Conservation-Themed Art and Africa!

On The Edge acrylic 24x30" by Alison Nicholls

On The Edge acrylic 24×30″ by Alison Nicholls

As part of the Green Speaker Series, I will be interviewed by international documentary photographer Daryl Hawk and will then talk about my conservation-inspired Art. You will see field sketches, studio paintings and video as I discuss my work as an artist in Africa and will explain how I turn a complex conservation issue into a finished painting. I will also discuss the work of the Painted Dog Conservation project in Zimbabwe and the African People & Wildlife Fund in Tanzania. All are welcome.

Advance Registration Preferred

Alison Nicholls & Daryl Hawk

Alison Nicholls & Daryl Hawk

Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road Wilton, CT 06897. This Green Speaker talk is co-sponsored by Wilton Go Green and Wilton Library.

I hope to see you there!
Alison

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Elephants near Kasane, Botswana (photo by Alison Nicholls)

Elephants near Kasane, Botswana (photo by Alison Nicholls)

In some parts of Africa towns happen to sit on or beside routes used by wildlife, and the town of Kasane in northern Botswana is an example I know well. Kasane sits on the banks of the Chobe river and many species, including elephants, not only drink from the river but also cross it on a regular basis. This might be a novel sight for tourists, but it can be a nuisance and a danger to local people, leading to human-wildlife conflict.

Elephants Without Borders have set up ‘urban corridors’ and have found that animals are using them on a regular basis, thereby reducing the potential for conflict with people.

You can see photos of elephants using the corridors and  read more about this innovative idea here on the National Geographic website.

Elephants outside Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe (photo by Alison Nicholls)

Elephants outside Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe (photo by Alison Nicholls)

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Until next time…
Alison

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Lion Field Sketch by Alison Nicholls ©2013

Lion Field Sketch by Alison Nicholls ©2013

Here is a very simple field sketch I created in Kruger National Park, South Africa, last September. This male lion was mating and as a result was following every move of the lioness he was with. But he had an injured front paw and seemed torn between mating and resting his leg. He looked exhausted, but every time the lioness got up and moved, he followed. I have a feeling that when they finished mating, he was planning on a very long sleep to rest his injured paw!

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Cheetah Trio Field Sketch by Alison Nicholls Purchased by Bennington Center for the Arts

Cheetah Trio Field Sketch by Alison Nicholls

Towards the end of last year I was delighted to hear that my Cheetah Trio Field Sketch had been purchased for the permanent collection of the Bennington Center for the Arts. This piece was created in Botswana and was part of the Society of Animal Artists Annual Exhibition in October, also at The Bennington. I attended the wonderful opening weekend activities for the exhibition and I’m extremely happy to know that my cheetahs have found a great new home, although they may need a period of adjustment to the Vermont climate!

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Alison

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January 23, 2014, 7pm

Come and join me on a cold January evening to talk about Africa!

Alison Nicholls & Daryl Hawk

Alison Nicholls & Daryl Hawk

As part of the Green Speaker Series, I will be interviewed by international documentary photographer Daryl Hawk and will then talk about my conservation-inspired Art. You will see field sketches, studio paintings and video as I discuss my work as an artist in Africa and will explain how I turn a complex conservation issue into a finished painting. I will also discuss the work of the Painted Dog Conservation project in Zimbabwe and the African People & Wildlife Fund in Tanzania. All are welcome.

Advance Registration Preferred

Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road Wilton, CT 06897. This Green Speaker talk is co-sponsored by Wilton Go Green and Wilton Library.

I hope to see you there!
Alison

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African Wild Dogs Find Good Home in India - by Artist Alison Nicholls

On The Edge, acrylic 24×30″ by Alison Nicholls

Recently I showed you On The Edge, my painting based on the doctoral thesis of Dr Esther van der Meer. Her thesis examines why Painted Dogs (African wild dogs) are choosing to move out of the relative safety of Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe and live instead in the buffer zone around the park where they have frequent fatal encounters with people. Read further details here.

I received a wonderful response to this painting and I’m very pleased to tell you that it now has a new home with a collector in India who has an interest in Africa and conservation. I donate a percentage from every sale towards conservation, so the Painted Dog Conservation project will be receiving US$1225 to help make the buffer zone around Hwange National Park safer for Painted Dogs!

On The Edge is also available as a limited edition reproduction. Please contact me for details.
A donation is made towards conservation in Africa from every sale.

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Alison

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Young Male Lion Seeks Good Home by Alison Nicholls

Young Male Lion seeks good home. Prefers to sleep in a quiet spot on a well-lit wall out of direct sunlight. No food required (has just eaten, see large belly). Purchase of Young Male Lion will support African conservation so that more lions may sleep peacefully when they’ve eaten too much!

Available as an Original Watercolor Field Sketch or as a Limited Edition Reproduction.
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Until next time…
Alison

 

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Colorful Friday is Here!

Art by Alison Nicholls

Here in the US it was Thanksgiving on Thursday. This is one of my favorite holidays because there are no gifts to give and no cards to send. Of course it is followed immediately by Black Friday, the 1st official shopping day of the Holiday Season, apparently named by police departments in dread of the massive traffic jams and sometimes violent incidents caused by the huge volume of shoppers. Ugh!

Art by Alison Nicholls

Black is a color I never use in my work (even on Black Friday) because deep blues, browns, greys and greens create more interesting darks in a painting, especially when layered on top of each other. So, from now on, I will be changing Black Friday to Colorful Friday, which is a far more appropriate name given the nature of my work!

Art by Alison Nicholls

If you are in the US, I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! And if you are not, wait until Colorful Friday then browse my website for holidays gifts from the comfort of your home or office (colorful attire not compulsory), knowing that every purchase allows me to donate a percentage towards African conservation!

Alison

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From The Rocks by Alison Nicholls

From The Rocks 30×20″ acrylic by Alison Nicholls

If you go on safari to Africa and visit well-known game reserves or national parks, there is a very, very good chance you will see lions. In fact you may even see plentiful lions. This was the case on the last Art Safari I lead for Africa Geographic magazine in Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa. I believe we saw 30 different individuals in 4 days. I came away with an inordinate number of lion sketches. By the end of the safari we were actively searching for zebra because we hadn’t sketched those!

It is wonderful to see so many lions but it also gives many visitors the false impression that lions are numerous and there is no need to worry about their conservation. (Incidentally, there are many other aspects of a typical safari that can give visitors a very, very skewed idea of what real life in Africa is like, but that is for another blog post!)

Lion numbers (like those of many other African species) have declined precipitously across most of their range, particularly outside protected areas, even though many of these unprotected areas are vitally important for hunting, breeding and dispersal.

A century ago there were approximately 200,000 lions in Africa. Today there are less than 30,000.

There are now only 7 countries in Africa which have a population of more than 1000 lions.

Many of the lions I sketch are snoozing but we can’t fall asleep on our watch. We need to ensure that people and wildlife can successfully share the land they need in order to thrive. Its a huge task but there are some wonderful organizations working in the field towards this end. I have spent time with one of them – the African People & Wildlife Fund in northern Tanzania. Their Living Walls program protects livestock (from predators), habitat (from deforestation) and lions (from conflict with people). If you are looking for a worthwhile organization to donate to, you might want to check out their website!

Read more about the African People & Wildlife Fund.

From The Rocks (above) is available for sale as an original or as a limited edition reproduction. A percentage from each sale will be donated to the African People & Wildlife Fund. Please visit my Original Paintings website page for details.
Until next time…

Alison

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