A Wild Dog takes to the air!


A Wild Dog takes to the air!

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Months ago I was tickled to receive a request from Dora and Vaughan in Zambia for artwork, to transform their Britten Norman Islander into a flying wild dog!

Of course I said Yes!  What else would I say…

imageI did rough artwork, which looked doggy enough!

front view

This project ticks all my boxes:

*It is public and interactive art, (loving street art and graffiti as I do…)

*It is art that will stimulate discussion and promote tourism and conservation awareness in Southern Africa

*It is art that will indirectly but meaningfully support community development in a Zambian Game Management Area

*It is art in celebration of my favorite animal, the African Wild Dog!

The Islander will fly between Kantunta Lodge, a unique and beautiful spot on the great Kafue river, and Livingstone.


katuntaKafue Wild Dogs….

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So, a few months later, here we are on the runway at Executive Air, Charles Prince Airport, in Harare…..towing the unsuspecting Islander to her painting hanger…


Javinos, the master spray painter at Executive Air, has matched a beautiful semi-metallic gold for the first coat of  the Britten Norman Islander..


We complete the first masking, using thin masking tape, torn brown paper and torn strips of wide masking tape, allowing for the wonderful semi-metallic golden coat colour, and saving for the striking white markings that so many of our Zimbabwean and Zambian dogs have…


Javinos and I have been high on a scaffold masking the tail, and I have been on my back on a mechanic’s trolley underneath the plane masking the tummy area. Quite a task. (I want her tummy to look as good from underneath as her sides do…)

Javi does all the bigger areas I have marked-the tail being a special challenge…eventually wrapping the plane totally in brown paper, like a little boy’s dream present! Hard work for the team!


Javinos starts spraying smoothly from tail to nose tip…two coats of deep dramatic gold on each side of our wild dog plane.


I can’t wait to eventually unwrap her, but we have to let her first colour dry for more than 24 hours to be sure the base colour is well set for the next masking session by Javi and I …Patience is a virtue…Hunter, the Hanger Cat, hangs out on a tractor seat and waits with us….

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At last, I am able to mask for the black areas…This next masking is a two day marathon…

I have to do lots of CAREFUL planning of the black patches in our dogs coat, thinking about the lie of the fur- (and fondly remembering the gorgeous silky feel of a real wild dogs coat when I helped Clive and Graham remove a wire snare from the neck of our female dog ‘Snare”.….)

I lay torn masking tape strip by strip to get the effects I want (hopefully), and the plane looks like a huge golden parcel – no detail to be seen under the gold spray and the masking!


The tail masking is very involved…


Then comes the jet black spray coat. Javi works on high, and Rob Demblon and I plan the flying flag of the dog’s tail!


Black spray painting done…

The masking comes off…a long and careful process,


So exciting, as the dramatic black and white doggy shapes emerge out of the gold…


We have done a softer gold colour on dogs head and neck – looks perfect!


the tail looks magnificent!

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I have allowed nice large eyes for our wild dog since she is a girl…!


Choosing a gorgeous deep red background for the eyes, I want them real, but DRAMATIC!…

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revealing the eye, very pleasing…




and I am happy with the nose as well….


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Our wild dog exits the spray painting hanger, ready for her next adventure…


She’s off to the main hanger for her final fittings….


The plane is owned by four lodges: Kaingu, Kantunta, Konkamoya and Mukambi.

Check out SafariTalk for more on the lodges…

The main flying routes will be Lusaka – Chunga, and Livingstone – Ngoma/Chunga. But it will be available for other routes (Lufupa for J&M Safaris) and Busanga for the plains camps. On demand it will also be available for other routes on a charter basis.

The owners of “Wild Dog” are involved in the Kafue Conservation Hub , which seeks to develop the Kafue National Park through a sustainable development strategy that incorporates social and economic development with environmental sustainability. The greater Kafue National Park is one of Africa’s last remaining great wildlife wildernesses. So she is going to have many many adventures……

Kafue Conservation Hub

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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6 Responses to A Wild Dog takes to the air!

  1. Sally Mucklow says:

    Cool Lin …. keep us posted

  2. Simply magnificent! The next project a Rhino but how do you incorporate the horn?

  3. paul and Jean Gray says:

    An excellent achievement, well done Lin. Every effort that conserves that which is precious to caring folk locally and worldwide is of immense value.

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  5. HI Lin,
    I’m Laura from Konkamoya Lodge (we share the properties of the Wild Dog Charter Company with the other lodges. We love your work, It looks Great. We have the chance to pubblish some pictures and news about that on the magazine of our UK agent Kamili Safaris. Maybe do you have some high Res of the craft and your artwork to send me for that?
    Here my email address Laura.sommariva@konkamoya.con
    Thanks for your help and We wait for you in Konkamoya of course

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