A New Broom Sweeps Clean; A Blank Canvas…

My Mutsvairo …

Taking palm fronds.
Sweeping the earth free of footprints
free of yesterday.

Gone are thoughts …
worries, regrets.
creating a blank canvas potential just for today

Lin Barrie

Working towards an exhibition is always energizing

Sweeping Clean!

Burnt Offerings is a recurring theme for me..

I have always been fascinated by fire. 

It has a terrible beauty; it’s dual nature is destructive and creative at the same time…

For years, since we suffered two successive domestic fires in our lives, one in Harare and one at our bush lodge, I have been driven to collect the burnt memorabilia of my life; to create an offering of artworks in response to that experience….. Burnt Offerings.

Sweeping clean, using a traditional broom, a mutsvairo, made from Lala palm fronds, to clear my hearth, my canvas, to create new work- lay down some fire….

Of course there’s no smoke without fire so I start with flames – acrylic and oil bar – abstract expression of my creative fire burning ..

I cut and tear palm fronds from my mutsvairo to create calligraphic pens to write with – such satisfying scribing tools

Asemic writing, secret writing- it means whatever you want it to mean- and I find it deeply relaxing and empowering as I write thoughts deeply hidden without having to actually form words!

Scraffiti, graffiti, calligraphy- Secret stories laid at my feet, fueling my creative fire !

My canvas is #onfire #flaming and #makingmarks #writing #scripting #scribing with #palmfronds from my #mutsvaire #broom makes me happy!

Of course there’s two sides to every story and this huge canvas I am working on has a flip side- two sides to every coin and no smoke without fire- so the second side of my canvas will be smoke (and mirrors?!)

The full fire painting -180 cm wide

How will I display it?!
watch out for the next post…..

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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3 Responses to A New Broom Sweeps Clean; A Blank Canvas…

  1. Deryn Van Der Tang says:

    I love this, what a marvellous idea, cant wait to see how you will display it!

  2. wineandwilddogs says:

    thanks Dderyn, so inspiring and thank you for your follows always…

  3. wineandwilddogs says:


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