The Pallet Wood Christmas Tree and the Art Studio re-invented…..

Our Christmas tree, at my restored and repainted Harare house and Art Studio, (214 Brooke Drive in Borrowdale Brooke Estate), is a painted re-cycled pallet wood tree -

the tree set up at 214

the tree set up at 214

……made by The Framing Centre, experienced Zimbabwean timber picture frame manufactures and suppliers of art material- check out their site for the great re cycled pallet wood furniture that they make!

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Framing-Centre/695807913771954

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I used various decorations including these cut out metal stars…..

Christmas Star

Christmas Star

and angels….

Christmas Angel

Christmas Angel

and these cut out plastic bottle bases which make lovely translucent floral and star shapes….

Christmas dangles

Christmas dangles

These are made by the Sunshine Zimbabwe Project…a heartwarming vocational training centre offering skills and sheltered employment to adults and adolescents with special needs, whose motto is:
“PUTTING A LITTLE SUNSHINE INTO SOMEONE’S LIFE”

https://www.facebook.com/SunshineZimbabweProject

Sunshine Zimbabwe Project

Sunshine Zimbabwe Project

These pretty cut-out angels have travelled from Harare to Binga, Australia, Mutare and the Save Valley Conservancy! Given to family near and far so that even if we can not be together at Christmas, we can all hang our angels on our trees and remember each other year after year at Christmas time…..here is little Ethan, receiving his angel in Australia….

Ethan and his African Angel

Ethan and his African Angel

Here is little Ethan hanging his Christmas Angel…….

Ethan's Angel

Ethan’s Angel

The wooden tree fits right in with the re-cycled plastic cup lampshades which hang in the living area of my Harare house, and which I obtained from Shingiririai Trust just after my house fire….I decided to add the translucent floral and star shapes made by the Sunshine Zimbabwe Project, as dangling chandeliers beneath the plastic cup lamps…creating a glowing jelly fish shape- I am sooooo pleased with these!

Re-cycled Chandelier

Re-cycled Chandelier

Founded in 2003 when sixteen concerned women met under a tree in a church yard to talk about ‘doing something for orphans’, they are producing innovative household and fashion wear from everyday debris!

shingirirayi trust

shingirirayi trust

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Clive and I are at Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge for Christmas, hosting lovely guests in a lovely place…….wherever you all are we wish you a peaceful and special festive season……..

christmas greeting card

christmas greeting card

 

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Baobab Christmas Tree and Festive Season at Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge

What a pleasure it is for Clive Stockil and I  to arrive at Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge, rain imminent, ground steaming in anticipation!

Afternoon tea on the deck brings a stunning sight…

Chilo Gorge view from the deck with late afternoon tea

Chilo Gorge view from the deck with late afternoon tea

Out of the thick green canopy that lines the swelling river, come the seven naughty bull elephants who recently trashed our gardens, before being distracted by the green offerings of the newly rain-washed grass in the bush…! What a pleasure it is to watch them wallow for more than half an hour in the river below us, playfully tusking and shoving each other in the slippery delicious mud of the foreshore…endangered for their as-yet immature tusks, our challenge is to keep these youngsters safe from the threat of poaching, in this pristine Gonarezhou wilderness…more so than ever at Christmas time, since  poaching is an ever present threat regardless of season or holidays….tourism, Game drives and walks, and presence of people in these wilderness areas is one of the best safeguards against poaching activity

…..my musing brings to mind the Baobab tree ornament for sale in the Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge shop, festooned like a Christmas tree with little locally-carved animals, many of which reflect vulnerable species…including the elephant…the African wild dog…

baoabab tree of life

baoabab tree of life

 

and the rhino….

By supporting local artist in the sale of their art, much is achieved in reducing the likelihood of poaching by people who are desperate to earn a living….for example,Chilo Gorge stocks delightful caved wooden rhinos,  created by master carver Lambert….

Rhino carved by Lambert

Rhino carved by Lambert

Now for the actual Chilo Christmas Tree!

A happy result of creative collaboration between Cathie, (who manages Chilo bookings in Harare and is ably holding the fort together with Chief Guide Thomas Mutombeni, at Chilo during the festive season), and who bought the wire tree from a roadside artisan, myself, who sourced some of the re-cycled ornaments, and Nadine, who collected pods and decorated the lovely tree…..

Wire baobab tree

Wire baobab tree

This is a joyful local creation, and is a happy memory of dear Nadine, who, sadly, with her partner John Laing, have left Chilo to move to a job where they can more easily school their little daughter. Sculpted wire forms into a funky baobab, dripping with local hand-crafted ornaments …such as this beaded “ndoro”

Ndoro decoration

Ndoro decoration

and this hand painted bottle top and cd disc decoration!

Re-cycling rules!

hand painted bottle top and cd disc decoration

hand painted bottle top and cd disc decoration

Baobab pods and glitter go well together!

Baobab Pods decoration

Baobab Pods decoration

These festive holidays we really are celebrating the Baobab tree- tree of life, our Christmas Tree at Chilo…..we are lucky to have wonderful specimens of these giants around the lodge, framing our views of the Save River…

baobab tree and rainy sky

baobab tree and rainy sky

The ethereal white blossoms appear fleetingly…

baobab flower on tree

baobab flower on tree

and drop to the wet ground in splendid decadence…

baobab flowers and pods

baobab flowers and pods

A special season, time for giving thanks to nature’s bounty, and for planning exciting safaris for lucky guests..here is Thomas, Chief Guide, just in from checking the river crossings and now working at his desk. Framed by a sparkly festive tree, he is busy  putting together great ideas for drives and walks…..!

Thomas and tree

Thomas and tree

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How Whales and Wolves Help Save the Earth – Saving Wild

How Whales and Wolves Help Save the Earth – Saving Wild.

Visit these links for amazing video of Whales and Wolves….what a lovely and thought provoking “Saving Wild” blog Lori Robinson writes….about some of my favourite animals…

Lori Robinson...

Here below is a Blue whale painting that I did after staying at Kalk Bay, Cape Town, one August with dear friends..
I walked on the shore every day and had Southern Right Whales breaching and rolling before me, some mothers clasping tiny babies in their fins…the gentleness of a “Whale Hug” has to be seen to be believed……bliss…
But I digress…this painting of mine is of a Blue Whale- inspired by the book “Elephantoms” by Lyall Watson, who proposed synergies between Whale and Elephant communications. fascinating…the blue whale has the most powerful and deepest voice in the animal kingdom, and its low-frequency sounds can travel in deep water over hundreds of miles. So, similar to elephants, animals which may appear to us to be alone may actually be talking to others hundreds of miles away……
“Whale Song”, by Lin Barrie, oil on canvas board, 91 x 61 cm
Whale Song, acrylic on canvas board

Whale Song, acrylic on canvas board

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“In Celebration of 2014, the Chinese Year of the Horse”

 

"In Celebration of 2014, the Chinese Year of the Horse,"

“In Celebration of 2014, the Chinese Year of the Horse,”

“In Celebration of 2014, the Chinese Year of the Horse,” is  a group show comprising thirty-four artists, to raise money for the Zimbabwe Equestrian Society. I am excited to be participating, using semi-burnt items from my house fire, to re-create energy and positive statements….

Participants in "In Celebration of 2014, the Chinese Year of the Horse,"

Participants in “In Celebration of 2014, the Chinese Year of the Horse,”

 

I am soooo excited to be exhibiting with diverse and inspiring fellow artists….and I know that Helen Teede’s curatorship will result in a thought-provoking and inspiring exhibition!

2014 is the Year of the Wood Horse….

Since 2014 is a Wood Horse, the Wood element is about reaching onwards and upwards, planning ahead. Will grand plans come to fruition? Be somewhat circumspect when it comes to formulating your blueprints for the year ahead. Whilst the Wood element may influence you to move forwards, the Fire in the Horse, which sits beneath the Wood, can burn up some of your designs, if you are not careful.

Whew….!

I have direct experience of the destructive force of fire after our house fire earlier this year, when much of our art and possessions were burnt…

Wood energy is renewal, flexibility and boundless creativity. Together with the energy of the noble, powerful horse, this combination is an unstoppable force- in my work I hope to  harness and experience the energy of the horse as a creative urge.

My painting, “Zebra Energy, Baobab Burnt” is a powerful zebra, horse of Africa, rearing within the embrace of a gigantic baobab tree….
This is painted on a canvas rescued from the flames of my burning house by brave friends.

“Zebra Energy, Baobab Burnt” , acrylic on canvas, 150 x 200 cm, by Lin Barrie.

Zebra Energy Baobab Burnt

Zebra Energy Baobab Burnt

 

Here is detail from that huge painting….

Detail of "Zebra Energy , Baobab Burnt"

Detail of “Zebra Energy , Baobab Burnt”

Zebra,
striped horse of Africa.
You are power,
dynamic force,
uncorked enthusiasm.

Baobab,
iconic tree of Africa.
You are stability,
flexibility,
vulnerable earth-force.

 

My installation, “Zebra Portal” is created from one of the burnt doors of my home, rescued from a recent fire. The power of that African horse, the zebra, is dynamic, dramatic, even though constrained by the charred frame of the door……
“Zebra Portal”, Acrylic and wood, mixed media installation, 200x100cm

Zebra Portal - acrylic and wood - 200 x 100 cm

Zebra Portal – acrylic and wood – 200 x 100 cm

 

From flames ,
Burnt wood,
And destruction
Comes new hope,
Energy
Resilience

Zebra Portal detail and Lin Barrie signature

Zebra Portal detail and Lin Barrie signature

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Gentle Killers

African wild dogs are not generally aggressive to man, very unassuming in fact…
I call them ‘gentle killers’ in homage to one of the first amazing books written about them by Jane Goodall and Hugo Van Lawick, so many years ago…..called “Innocent Killers”.
What an amazing book it was to read, documenting years of research, and personalizing three fascinating predators: African wild dogs, Spotted Hyenas and Golden Jackals.

These photos, taken by friend Melanie Anderson Gardener on a game drive near to Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge, with guide Thomas Mutombeni, really capture their mood, relaxed yet very inquisitive…..

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Half grown pups are nurtured and protected within the pack…this is a pup on the left….

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Gorgeous coats , a painter’s dream in gold, black and white!

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The glowing late afternoon light of Gonarezhou National Park echoes the gold in the dogs coats,

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I am thrilled to note that each of these photos shows a different pup…plenty of new blood to carry the fortunes of the pack! …here is another pup…

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And another…note the differences in coat markings which make these spectacular animals so easily identifiable in the field…
This pup is eagerly following an adult, anticipating the late afternoon hunt…..

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Malilangwe Magic; Crocodile Mothers…..

In September, we shared crocodile love and Malilangwe Magic with our dear friends……Ian and Jane Craig of Lewa Conservancy and Northern Rangelands Trust, Kenya, and Willy and Sue Roberts of Sirikoi Lodge, Kenya.

Driving first to our Senuko home in the Save Valley Conservancy, Clive, Ian and all of us shared laughs, wine and stories and caught up on events since the Prince William Award for Conservation was presented to Clive in London last year.

As usual, the talk was of rhinos, elephants and all things pachyderm, from Senuko all the way to Malilangwe!

bull and Mopani leaves

bull and Mopani leaves

Wherever we are in Africa, preservation of our glorious rhino and elephant populations is paramount to all of us…..

mother and daughter

mother and daughter

Malilangwe was a delight as usual, the last Bollywood colours of the season, pink Sabi Stars and orange aloes, greeting us at Singita Pamushana…

bollywood colours

bollywood colours

Game drives were spectacular, hosted by the resident klipspringers!

tip toes...

tip toes…

Closely observed by the new mum in the area, a hyena queen who was rescued from a snare years ago by the Malilangwe team…visit the  Malilangwe link for facebook updates…..

hyena mum guarding her den

hyena mum guarding her den

and driving through fabulous Acacia woodland..

acacias and buffalo

acacias and buffalo

to watch the great and gentle bull elephants of Malilangwe have a drink …

elephant reflections- a painting by Lin Barrie

elephant reflections- a painting by Lin Barrie

and throwing mud at the local pan…

bull ele mud bath

bull ele mud bath

An afternoon boatride on the Malilangwe Dam was a perfect end to the day…

Ian and Jane in rare relaxed mode!

Ian and Jane in rare relaxed mode!

lots of birding…..

Jane loves her birds...

Jane loves her birds…

and as the sun began to set……

Malilangwe sunset

Malilangwe sunset

a contented crew of friends….

Ian, Jane, Sue and Willy

Ian, Jane, Sue and Willy

who looked forward to Gin and Tonics expertly prepared by professional guide and friend, Tengwe….

Gin and tonic preparation

Gin and tonic preparation

what an end to a perfect day…..

juvenile fish eagle on his nest

juvenile fish eagle on his nest

But just the beginning of our fun together, as we pressed on into the gorgeous scenery of Gonarezhou National Park, passing groves of  Lala palms, so similar to the Doum palms of Northern Kenya, when they grow with split stems….

lala palms sometimes grow split stems

lala palms sometimes grow split stems

and camped at Chitove on the Runde River…graced by Tabernae montana elegans bushes, gorgeous green against the cobalt sky…

cobalt sky and elegans leaves

cobalt sky and elegans leaves

 

Chitove…a camp filled with happy memories of many trips for me, and some fun fishing memories this time…(many Tiger fish got away to tell the ‘tail’…!)  but what impressed me more were the giant Mummy crocodiles who slithered and slipped all about us as we walked along the river bank, guarding their nests of precious eggs deep in the sand, and leaving their belly prints pressed into the sand all around us…

croc prints 1

croc prints 1

abstract design, unbeatable beastly beauty in the sand…

croc prints 2

croc prints 2

Moving on  at the end of our trip…through stately stands of baobabs between the Runde and Save Rivers….

baobab ridge offers multitudes of these trees

baobab ridge offers multitudes of these trees

and at last to special  Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge on the banks of the Save River, high on a cliff with views forever and a wonderfully peaceful place to finish our trip with these, dearest of friends…

Phoenix reclinata palms at Chilo Gorge Lodge

Phoenix reclinata palms at Chilo Gorge Lodge

 

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Going Wild in Mana Pools!

Going Wild in Mana Pools!

zambezi river sunset from Mucheni 2

zambezi river sunset from Mucheni 2

My mind drifts Mana Pools…where we recently shared a Safari with various dear friends, including  Gwen Wawn, and travellers extradordinaire Brian and Dee Keating, of Going Wild, Canada.

Brian Keating and gentle Bull

Brian Keating and gentle Bull

All around our Mucheni 2 camp, gentle elephants wandered and browsed the albida pods, a staple diet at this dry time of the year, parched earth holding its breath before the first rains…

feeding elephant

feeding elephant

 

the hippos too were desperate for sustenance, no green grass to be found for miles, and this resident ‘hippo-podamus’ frequented our camp daily…

hippo-podamus

hippo-podamus

 

the sweet scent of minute trichelia flowers filled the air at Mucheni 2…dropping delicately  into our laps from the evergreen shade of the stately tree above us……

trichelia treat

trichelia treat

 

What a treat for our eyes…’carmine candy’ filled our vision just upriver from the camp, a constant visual delight…and inspiration for me to create some Lin Barrie artworks on handmade paper…

carmine candy

carmine candy

 

African wild dogs lay in our laps…(well, nearly!)…bloated  after a successful morning hunt which saw them bloody necked and contented.

Brian and Dee Keating spent many happy hours watching, photographing, day-dreaming with the dogs!

The best thing when watching resting wild dogs…

The best thing when watching resting wild dogs...

The best thing when watching resting wild dogs…

is to lie back and relax with them….

is to lie back and relax with them....

is to lie back and relax with them….

but to be ready for action when they stand up….

Mana dogs

Mana dogs

and head out….!

mana dog moving fast

mana dog moving fast

 

Elephants were the order of the day, filling our eyes and minds with numerous looming images, sometime humourous, always fascinating…

Here is a baby rushing after Mum…..

baby at full speed

baby at full speed

 

Catching up…..

baby catches up

baby catches up

 

and happily finding the milk bar!

baby gets a drink

baby gets a drink

 

gorgeous jewel coloured kigelia flowers littered the earth like persian carpets…inspiration for an abstract  painting, I think!

kigelia fruit and flowers

kigelia fruit and flowers

 

As was  the dry gold and red Mopani woodland…a visual delight for my artist’s eye…

mopani leaves and trunks

mopani leaves and trunks

 

baobabs everywhere , of various form and great character…

mana-bab

mana-bab

 

sad to leave, yet the road out provided baobab vistas aplenty……

the road out of Mana

the road out of Mana

and gorgeous combretum flowers and pods against a cobalt sky….

combretum beauty

combretum beauty

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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