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07-01-2012, 08:16 PM


Title: afRiCA
Year Created:
Medium: Acrylic
Surface: Canvas
Dimension: 14X24
Allow digital alterations?: No, please :)

Not sure on the dimensions, something close to what is marked though.

I wanted to pull all the ideas of what we think of when we all hear Africa. From the wildlife, to the homes, to the red/orange sunsets. I used a bit of my abstract to tie into the mix to really put my mark on it.

What do you think?

07-01-2012, 10:38 PM
Africa the second largest and second most populated continent after Asia, ancient and extinct civilizations, gold, oil and diamonds. Probably the place of the origin of the human species. From the Carthaginians ( where we get the latin word Afri), the past power of Egypt through the Roman conquest, the slave trade, colonialism to the struggles for independence which continue into our modern days. A little more than red / orange sunsets and wildlife.

Which part of Africa did you have in mind when you were painting?


07-02-2012, 04:34 AM
I realize Africa is a lot more than red and orange sunsets. I was going for the beauty of Africa. No certain part, just the country itself. (Hense why there is an outline of Africa)

07-02-2012, 08:40 AM
I see, ok

07-02-2012, 12:35 PM
I think it's too skimpy. You need to set up a composition, use some references (photos) to help you depict aspects of the story you wish to tell and then put a lot more time and paint into it.

07-04-2012, 05:41 AM
Thanks guys.

07-05-2012, 02:47 AM
Do you use stencils and sponges?
I agree with TG, you need to fill the canvas with your thoughts of Africa
More people, faces maybe, animals, bit mountains - Kilimanjaro! the biggest mountain in Africa and it is a volcano - the summit is also further from the center of the earth than Mt Everest - true, beats it by 0.2 of a mile.

07-05-2012, 09:07 AM
You have a good start with the colour scheme, and I agree that it could be improved with more detail and substance! I would like to see a transition scene from caveman to present day man, also maybe a lions head largely done against the sunset with detail in the eyes and mouth, perhaps an african tribal hut more detailed and more detail to a tree maybe larger than the others. I like the idea, it just needs a bit more planning and time spent on it to really get your message across! Cheers and good luck. Debs. =))

07-05-2012, 06:57 PM
I didnt use stencils, or sponges. I'm an abstact painter for the most part and like to see what I can paint using other things than the normal brushes, etc. I have used, plastic, a fork, cardboard, etc. I find it interested to see what you can make as a painting with such odd items.