The African BirdFair; A Feast of Birds and Art…

Covid and lockdown does not stop birding!

Birds still fly, wings still beat….

Hornbills I, by Lin Barrie, acrylic on loose canvas, 104 x 179 cm

I still sketch and paint,

Giant eagle Owl, by lin barrie, charcoal on handmade paper

and birders take flight onto the internet airwaves, going virtual!

ground hornbill flying, by Lin Barrie, acrylic on craft paper, 46 x 64 cm

Rooting around cyberspace clues, digging into virtual exhibitions and online zoom chats and podcasts, happy birders find fascinating birds, information and art…

Guinea fowl III, by Lin Barrie, acrylic on brown craft paper, 30 x 42 cm

I have gladly contributed to the Virtual Bird Fair run by Birdlife South Africa,

Carmine season, by Lin Barrie, acrylic on stretched canvas, 90 x 90 cm

My art reflects the diversity of birdlife that surrounds us in Africa, and my field sketches try to capture the movement and character of whatever I see around me, in this case Birds Birds Birds!

Corvus sketch, by Lin Barrie, charcoal, A2

Experimenting with charcoal handmade from my mopani wood fire, I sketch the characterful crows that occasionally visit our bush house…

Cape Parrots in our Zimbabwean Lowveld are now called Brown Necked Parrots…

The wonderful feisty Cape/Grey Headed Parrots in the Save Valley Conservancy and Gonarezhou Park, in our Zimbabwean Lowveld, are now called Brown Necked Parrots…

Brown necked parrots, oil on canvas, framed/glassed, 61 x70 cm

Flight and movement fascinate me as I try to capture the expression, the immediacy of that buoyant feeling…

great egret, by Lin Barrie, acrylic on canvas board, 46 x 61 cm

Flight entrances man always, and my experiences of flight, observing and feeling at one with birds in flight, remain forever seared in my mind, such as my experiences with Pennant Winged Nightjars in the Mukuvisi woodlands

“Pennants I, II and III”

pop over and view my full bird art catalogue at Lin Barrie Bird Art…

And lets hope that preservation of our unique birding systems, whether in suburban gardens or protected wilderness, whether on mining dumps, open seas, sandy shorelines, in wetlands or on alluvial river banks, remains a key concern for all thinking people.

Water is Life, Life is Culture, by Lin Barrie

Pomona Art Wall in Harare displays murals by some of Zimbabwe’s artists, one being our late and dear Daryl Nero. Empowered by Miracle Missions, the wall reflects some of our concerns about wetlands, water and eco systems, here is some of my art from that ….

Water is Life….

I leave you with my large painting, titled Hornbill and Diamond….. it poses a large question, currently very pertinent as diamond mining seems to be edging its way into our protected areas within Zimbabwe…….mining activities over fragile ecosystems?

Hornbill and Diamond , acrylic and oil pastel, by Lin Barrie

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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