Skyscapes, cloudscapes; mindscapes and byscapes; The stuff I dream into……

Lin Barrie

In all my travels and wandering there is one constant, one inspiration… The all encompassing African sky above me, here in Zimbabwe…….

I’ve looked at clouds

From both sides now…...

From Up and Down…..

And still somehow

It’s clouds illusions I recall.….

I really don’t know clouds,

At all.

Sunrise, sunset, starry skies and full rising moons, the landscapes of the Save River below Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge, Gonarezhou National Park and the horizons around my Tsavene Bush house in the Save Valley Conservancy are prime inspiration.

But the world is my oyster, clouds are my starting point and my point of departure, because without clouds, big skies, moody moons and sunsets just could not be the same!

From my homeland Zimbabwe, but also from the aqua and cerise skies of Thailand, the roseate skies of Florida, the warm and spicy skies of the Mediterranean and from the looming skies of wet season Kalahari, I draw amazement and inspiration.

So, this little A3 size abstract is from my “Serendipity” series…

As is this…

This is my wallpaper, Night Sky….(see the Clouds of Magellan)?! created in collaboration with Robin Sprong Wallpaper.

I have linked some of my large abstract paintings with similar sky photographs that I have taken on the banks of the Save River, below Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge, on the edge of Gonarezhou,  and at my bush house in the Save Valley Conservancy– browse on!

Big Sky with clouds of mysterious hue, on the sands of the Save River….

Kgalagadi Pan , acrylic on stretched canvas, 3 x 2 feet
Pan, by Lin Barrie
Impressionist delight

and my painting, Sunset Impression, acrylic on loose canvas, 102 x 78 cm

After the Storm, acrylic on stretched canvas, 2 x 3 feet

After the Storm, acrylic on stretched canvas, 2 x 3 feet
big sky big clouds…

Big Sky, acrylic on loose canvas, 101 x 178 cm

Skyscape, acrylic on stretched canvas, 2 x 3 feet

Skyscape, acrylic on stretched canvas, 2 x 3 feet

inspiration is never ending….

Strange new dawn, acrylic on loose canvas, 85 x 180 cm
I’ve looked at clouds…

I’ve looked at clouds

From both sides now……

From Up and Down…..

And still somehow

It’s clouds illusions I recall…..

I really don’t know clouds,

At all.

About wineandwilddogs

Lin Barrie: The Save Valley Conservancy stretches along the upper reaches of the great Save River in the south east of Zimbabwe. The Gonarezhou National Park laps against the southern banks of the Save River and between these two nestles the Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve. These three celebrated wildlife areas form part of the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area, (GLTFCA)- a unique wilderness jewel which is home to the “Big Five” (endangered Black and White rhinos, elephants, buffalo, lion, leopard) and the ”Little Six” (Klipspringer, Suni, Duiker, Steenbok, Sharpe’s Grysbok and Oribi). Endangered African wild dogs, Cheetah, Brown hyena, Bat-eared foxes and a host of special birds and plants contribute to the immense variety of this ecosystem. Communities around the GLTFCA contribute to innovative partnerships with National Parks and the private sector, forming a sound base on which to manage social, economic and environmental issues. This is home to artist and writer Lin Barrie and her life partner, conservationist Clive Stockil. Expressing her hopes, fears and love for this special ecosystem with oil paints on canvas, Lin Barrie believes that the essence of a landscape, person or animal, can only truly be captured by direct observation. Lin Barrie states: “Through my art, and my writing, I feel an intimate connection with the natural world, and from my extensive field sketches of wild animals, people and landscapes, I create larger works on canvas. Lin’s work is in various public and private collections in South Africa, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Australia, England, Canada, Sweden and the United States of America. She is represented by galleries in South Africa, Zimbabwe, England, Kenya and Florida, USA.
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