Monday, December 18, 2017

One for the Bucket List


"Born to Run" / Watercolor Batik on Rice Paper / 12 X 16in (30.5 X 40.6cm)


Animals, especially African animals, have always been favorites to paint for some reason.  
It is heartbreaking that many of the animals we typically associate with Africa have been placed on the endangered species list:  lions, elephants, cheetahs, rhinos, the mountain gorilla (don't get me started).

Anyway, a painter who shares my love of African animals is English artist Hazel Soan. This gifted woman has studios in London and in Cape Town.

Hazel even offers a Kenyan workshop:  Wildlife Painting Safari.
 At about $12,000.00 (euros 11,000.),
this holiday is definitely one for the bucket list.



52 comments:

  1. This is just beautiful!
    I found your blog via my blogfriend Rike and am thrilled about your fantastic watercolor batik style! This zebra is amazing!
    Happy Holidays - I will definitely visit you in the future!
    Greetings from Austria
    Susi

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    1. Nice to meet you, Susi, and thank you for your lovely comment.
      Your blog is very inspiring and I look forward to getting to know you better!
      Hoping you have a wonderful, safe week.

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  2. waue this is faboules I love it, your sooo so great at watercolour batik style..

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    1. Thank you, Dorte. It is a technique that is easy to learn.
      Have a wonderful week!

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  3. What a fabulous painting, Chris! I know, it is heartbreaking how many animal species are endangered. I love Hazel Soan's work. I can put this workshop on my bucketlist as well.
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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    1. Thank you, Judy. Since you are a gifted watercolorist, I figured you would love Hazel Soan's work, too.
      Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you!

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  4. Hazel Soan is a wonderful artist - love her. And LOVE this painting - light, beautiful, a sense of rhythm but also perhaps a "faded" look as if it, too, is fading into our past? Beautiful!

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    1. I think the painting is fading into "high key" world, Rhonda, but thanks for your lovely comment.

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  5. your Zebra is adorable, Chris! It looks as if I could feel the warmth of its body
    when put my hand on it and feel its haertbeat....
    and actually I couldn't resist to put my hand on the screen :) Silly I know, but I
    had to do that.
    I followed your links a well and could started to dream...

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    1. Oh, thank you, Beate.
      Hey, we could meet at Hazel's workshop someday; someday when we both have a lots more money. Well, yes, we will have to dream for now.

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    2. Thanks for that! We will dream about it and one day it will be reality!!

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  6. wonderful the zebra, i love africa animals.
    Merry Christmas!
    greetings Elke

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    1. Thank you, Elke. They are easy to love.
      Merry Christmas to you, too! Stay warm.

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  7. I want to go so bad but the heat would kill me lol

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    1. Oh, yes, the heat. Well, we would have to find a big tree & put one of those silly battery operated fans on our hats - there you go!
      Nah, we'd probably scare the animals...

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    2. or they might want to steal the fans :p

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  8. So beautiful, Chris! Yes, it's a very sad situation all of these wonderful creatures are in. I love all animals. I had never seen Hazel's paintings before. She does lovely work. Thank you for posting the link.

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    1. Thanks, Candy. Love them, too!
      Glad you like Hazel. I have a handful of her videos. She is a good teacher, too!

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  9. Bonjour chère amie,

    Magnifique peinture... Je suis très sensible au sort de ces pauvres animaux !... Ils sont si majestueux. J'ai découvert avec ravissement les oeuvres de Soan Hazel.
    Ce serait aussi un rêve que de partager cet atelier en pleine immersion... au contact de la faune et de la flore.

    Gros bisous et joyeuses fêtes ❄️❄️ ☃️☃️ ❄️❄️

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    1. Merci beaucoup, ma chère Martine. Je suis si contente que nous partagions notre amour pour ces magnifiques animaux avec Hazel Soan. On peut aussi rêver de partager l'atelier. Ce serait une expérience agréable.
      Hugs & Joyeux Noël à toi, Martine!

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  10. Dear Chris,
    fascinating this zebra. I could never draw or paint such a thing;)
    Unfortunately, there are more and more species that are threatened with extinction.
    I wish you a wonderful day.
    Best regards.
    Sadie

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    1. Thank you, Sadie.
      Yes, you could draw a zebra. My father taught me how to draw the profile of a horse with circles and rectangles when I was a little girl. Drawing is easier than you probably think it is...

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  11. Hello Chris,
    This is fantastic. What a great work of art.
    So nice to see this result. Big compliments. I like this so much.
    I have a canvas 3 hatch with zebras in black and white hanging in my bedroom.

    Sweet greetings,
    Marco

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    1. Thank you so much, Marco. I know you share a love for animals. It is obvious in your outstanding photography!

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  12. Gorgeous painting Chris - yes do put that on your bucket list. I know it should be on mine. Take care and have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Hugs!

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    1. Thank you, Debbie. I'm sure Hazel would feel honored to be on our bucket lists.
      Have a safe, wonderful Christmas and a blessed new year!!

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  13. Love the painting and your comments too. Have a wonderful holiday season!

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    1. Thank you, Pat.
      Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year filled with happiness!

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  14. Ooo, Chris - I love that eye color and glimmer and that hint of brown with the black and white - what an outstanding piece - love, love, love animals!

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    1. Thank you for your lovely comment, Pattie!!

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  15. This is PERFECT in every way, Chris. I truly love it.
    The elephant is an amazing animal with an incredible mind and when one died at the Topeka Zoo this month
    I really was upset for days. I love the way you paint the elephant - the Flashback one is an example. Your love and respect for all wildlife shines through in your work.
    Hope you, and those you love, enjoy a beautiful Christmas and I thank you for all the pleasure your blog has given me throughout the year.

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    1. Thank you, Julie.
      And I am so thankful to have found your blog. I have been a member of your fan club for quite some time now.
      Merry Christmas to you and your family. Hoping 2018 will be your best year ever!

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  16. I love your way to paint an animal with such a real expression, the eye of the zebra (and the whole zebra too) is full of life!
    Years ago I bought the book "Watercolor Step-By-Step" Hazel Harrison (in German 1998), there Hazel Soan painted some examples with instructions - I like this book yet! Now I have to look at your links.
    Wish you a happy Christmastime!
    Rike xx

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    1. Thank you, Rike.
      I have a few of Hazel's books also, and some of her DVDs. She is a delight.
      Merry Christmas to you, Rike. Wishing you a very happy and safe new year.

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  17. Hope you are having a pleasant Holiday Season. She is simply gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you, Carol.
      Wishing you a safe, joyful transition into 2018. Hope the new year exceeds your expectations.

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  18. Lovely, lovely painting! The eye captured me right away. This is stunning!
    Merry Christmas!!!

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    1. Thank you, Debra.
      Merry Christmas to YOU!

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  19. Your paintings are stunning and inspiring, will take me weeks to go through all your posts, but looking forward to absorbing it all. Any chance of your sharing where you get your rice paper from. Trying to order online is frustrating at best.

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    1. Thank you so much, Tom & Cheri. I currently order from Hiromi (hiromipaper.com) in California: Kinwashi white 30 g/m roll, $69.00. I used to get a paper from a shop in NYC, but they closed last year. This paper works great for batiks. I would not order a lighter weight paper if it is going to take a "beating."
      Thanks again for the lovely comment.

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  20. This is so gorgeous, Chris! I love your painting style and you're so talented! It's so sad that so many wonderful species are endangered. I wished mosquitos, ticks and fleas would be endangered animals. Unfortunately, that's not the case.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family! Have fun kitty-sitting! :) I send some belly-rubs for your friend's furry babies.
    xo Julia

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    1. Thank you, Julia. Yes, I agree there are exceptions to the list.
      Merry Christmas to you and your family! Missy will gladly accept & appreciate those belly-rubs!

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  21. Love this! Can I join you on the workshop I think it would be great fun.

    Popped in to wish you a happy holidays and my best wishes for a healthy, happy and successful 2018 x

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  22. Thank you, Lisa. I will meet you at the airport!!
    Merry Christmas to you, and wishing that 2018 becomes your best year ever (so far).
    Hugs.

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  23. Hi Chris, thanks for your visit and kind words.. I do wish you a very Happy New Year.. !
    Lets all do a lot of painting and creating. !!!

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    1. Sounds like the best resolution!
      Happy New Year, Barbra Joan.

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  24. I always recognize your love for the animals in your pictures!
    The zebra has become incredibly beautiful and I see the movement in the mane!
    Quite wonderful, Chris!

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    1. Thank you, Ulrike. Appreciate your lovely comment!

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  25. Yowsers this is a beauty! I love the techniqued you have developed.

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    1. Thank you, Carmella, for your lovely comment.

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