Thursday, March 11, 2010

Scorched Earth

I'm really enjoying my landscapes at the moment. It's always good to try out new things and subjects, in fact it's quite refreshing.Landscapes have never been my strong point, but I've recived wonderful positive feedback regarding the few that I've done.

This one is a light sketch of  the Namib desert in Namibia, north of South Africa. With it's vast open thirsty plains and dunes, it's surprising how much life lives there. The rains frequent only every 10 years or so, but the flora and fauna which thrive there are all accustomed to the scorching heat.

Game is plentyful, from the little speckly patina (lizard) and meercats to big cats like the leopard and lion. Each has their use and purpose in the dusty plains of Namibia.

The plant, Welwitschia grows quite easily there, and is considered to be a Fossil. It has a 20m (60ft) taproot burying into the ground. Most of it's moisture is derived from the early morning dew or mist coming in from the coast. Two long leaves grow constantly and fray at the ends from the wind. They are quite spectacular to see! Welwitschia. Camelthorn trees and some acacias are also inhabitants of this arid thirstland.

          The Welwitschias growing in the thirstland of the Namib desert


martinealison said...

Hi Debbie,
It must be very amazing to meet Welwitschias among thirsty plains.
I like very much your painting.
And more and more i would like to know your country. You're attracted me ! See you soon!

Debbie said...

You are very sweet following my blog MartineAlison. Thank you for all you wonderful comments!!!!! Good I hope this means you will really come at some stage to South Africa... we have a World Cup coming soon... maybe then?


Melissa Fischer said...

I LOVE this painting! It is so simple but draws me right in and makes me want (actually I'd say makes me long) to be there and see this place. So does your description. I love how your blog is sharing the beauty of where you live. I just added South Africa to my list of places I want to go someday.

Debbie said...

Thank you Melissa. I think every body should add South Africa to their 'bucket list', not just because I live here, but it's diversity is plentiful.. specially to an artist.