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, British Virgin Islands ~ Caribbean Member Since November 2006 Artist Statement I'm inspired by nature, wildlife, travel and ancient cultures; creating art while traveling and living in Honduras, Belize, Australia, Thailand, Egypt, and now the British Virgin Islands. SavannaRedman.com
Artist and author, may sound like an odd combination but like most creatives, my muse hand delivers inspiration to be modeled or hatched in several mediums. Some find their muse delivers music and poetry. Mine delivers stories in an image to paint or draw, like a scrap of film on the cutting room floor, via dreams and lucid daydreams. Each story comes with its own medium, paint, ink or sometimes sculpting in various media. And always, I’ve written creative stories along with the painting. But I didn’t take it serious, my paintings and ink drawings were my focus, until I moved to Mae Nam Thailand for a year and my box of art supplies took a solo tour of Asia. So with only my carry on and notebook in hand, words became my new creative medium.
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