Description Ambergris Caye, Belize Nautical ChartDrawn and painted by hand, with India ink and watercolor on DArches paper.
This ink drawing was the beginning of my charts, mermaids and sea monsters. At the time, there were no maps of Ambergris Caye available to the public. So, I talked with the local fishermen to obtain the names of the bays and small islands surrounding the caye. And for details, a commander in the RAF procured a satellite map of the area for me. Still, with this birds eye view, I used a bit of artistic license in the lagoon and mangrove areas up the west coast. The mangroves are a web of canals and not a solid shoreline but look solid from space. Canals were cleared through the mangrove to harbor ships during storms and cut by pirates to hide their ships. Many are in use today to bird watch and see the American Crocodiles.
Mr. Woods, a local historian, provided me with information on the old merchant ships and schooners that plied the waters off the coast, and a list of known shipwrecks. The two scrolls (center left) are a record of historical events and a list of a few of the known shipwrecks along the reef. I was so into the history: I created this map using a crow quill pen. Modern tech pens seemed taboo.
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Savanna Redman, Caribbean Member Since November 2006 Artist Statement Nature Junky
I absorb nature, through every sense. Traveling, diving, sailing, and hiking through rain forest and exploring ancient cultures; their arts and ruins. It fills my mind and soul.
I work daily from nature, a leaf, a landscape, a green iguana, an orchid - there is beauty in the smallest things. It is the process, the focus of attention to detail, that enriches my soul, not the finished pen drawing or watercolor in my sketchbook. Recreating what is before me, in a simple sketch, anchors it in my mind forever.
When I am observing nature on location, I paint in watercolor or draw in ink. When I'm in my studio it all changes, sometimes only to do a rework in the same medium, but more often I wait and let the fresh sketch filter through my dreams and evolve into a completely new composition and different medium, more surreal but no less detailed. That process I cannot explain, it is an amazing metamorphoses. My sleeping self is much wiser and in more control of the medium and composition than my conscious self, which is a bit disappointing but a fact I've come to accept. I simply paint what and how my sleeping self has dictated - and it all goes smoothly.
While living in the Cayes of Belize and Honduras. I was wholly immersed and in love with the turquoise sea and all of the marine life there. I could have turned into a mermaid; it was not for lack of sea time. Dives filled with wildlife filter into dreams, and dreams morph into a Night's Tale, then into a painting. My encounters with wild dolphins were days of life altering joy.
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