Sunrise and Egrets; Memories of the Old Year, Hopes for the New Year….

Hope, Serenity, Love, Family, Grace and Faith, all these we take in part from the old year past, and transition into the new year ahead….

Day by Day all we can do is learn from the tough lessons life throws at us and appreciate the beauty all around us.

So, here’s my painting in celebration of Hope! …. my reflections on taking Flight!

Lin Barrie, “Sunrise and Egrets”, acrylc on stretched canvas, 78 x 165 cm 

Lin Barrie, “Sunrise and Egrets”, acrylic on stretched canvas, 78 x 165 cm 

This painting arose from a winter walk that Kelli and I took early one morning in 2021, through the misty cold fairways of the Borrowdale Brooke. 

dew dripping from Phoenix reclinata leaves

The large dam below the Borrowdale Brooke clubhouse reflected stunning wintery clouds

At the dam, stunning wintery clouds

offering pink refuge to hundreds of egrets…

Egrets at dawn, taking flight….

That view of course sat gentle in my mind for the rest of the year of 2021, until a painting recently happened!……

Detail from “Sunrise and Egrets”

The resident family of Egyptian geese sailed through golden light in front of us as we walked, (who needs a goose that lays a golden egg when we have these beauties every day?!)……,

golden geese!

They had many goslings during winter, and were a delight to watch.

(We counted recently on a walk that they had reared more than half of those to nearly full size…a good job of parenting)!

Waterlilies glowed as we walked on and the sun rose

lending me with more painting inspiration… “Waterlilies”, acrylic on loose canvas, 94 x 104 cm

Lin Barrie, “Waterlilies”, acrylic on loose canvas, 94 x 104 cm

Sunrise, waterbirds and of course waterlilies made up an ethereal start to our day on that winters day, memories to treasure …

…and now the painting hangs in the entrance to the Golf Club

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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