Description'Virgin IslandsChart of U.S. and British Virgin Islands. Anegada to St Croix.Drawn and painted by hand. Using India ink layered with a watercolor wash.
Ive repeated a style - I created for my Thai chart - two side columns; allowing more depth for the artwork, while still playing within the boundaries of cartography.
Ive included; the Tortola Sloop, sailing ships, most all the bays - especially old favorites like, 'Throw Away Wife Bay' off of Great Camanoe Island (some names just make you wonder).
For the trade wind, I have drawn a misty Saint Ursula with a lamp for her virgin followers.
I've included; reefs, shoals and drops; Pelicans, Magnificent Frigatebirds, game fish, sea turtles, a Nurse Shark, a Spotted Eagle Ray, a Bottle Nose Dolphin and more sea life mixed in with my mermaids and sea monsters.
Click on the Gallery tab to see my other charts; Islands of the Bahamas and West Indies, Ambergris Caye, Mundo Maya Belize and my Thai chart. *The Imagekind watermark is not on the print. To view my artwork without it - you may visit my website savannaredman.comThis artwork is also available as custom murals on kiln fired tile. Visit savannaredman.com for more information on tile paintings.
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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