JAN FORDYCE PAINTINGS
NEW FROM THE LUANGWA RIVER
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©2017 Colliding Swirl, 40x60 oil on canvas
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New from the studio!
©2018 Jan Fordyce, Luangwa Remembrance, 36x48 oil and resin on canvas
New from the studio!
©2018 Jan Fordyce, Luangwa Radiance, 40x60 oil and resin on canvas
The Luangwa River
The two new paintings; Lauangwa Radiance and Luangwa Remembrance, are inspired from our trip to Zambia and time spent by the Luangwa River. We spent a week by the Luangwa and crossed the river multiple times. What struck me most was the serpentine flow of the river from the air, and the curvilinear shapes of its banks. The colors of the Luangwa and surrounding bush were a palette of neutrals: grays to beige tones. That all changed when the sun set in the evening. As we stopped each night to see the sunset, the African sun became a big orange ball that reflected on the river and then become tones of oranges, reds, magentas and purples. The color palette of the river has influenced my current body of work especially, a complete change from the blues and turquoise of other water sources. Look for the curvilinear shapes in the paintings reflecting the river.
The Lauangwa River crosses Zambia and where we visited, at the South Luangwa National Park is a major water source for the wildlife. We watched as elephants, lions, impala, zebras and giraffes made their way down to this important water source each day. Hippos spent the day day in the river as protection from the sun. It is also a rich environment for birdlife. It is truly the lifeline for the animals for their very survival, particularly in the dry season when we visited.
The Luangwa River eventually flows as a major tributary into the Zambezi River- the river that goes over Victoria Falls. As I continue this series of work inspired by the water and the river in Zambia, the inspiration of Victoria Falls will also make an appearance as will more paintings from the Luangwa.
Above the cover of, Denver Life Home+Design Fall Winter 2017, featuring a wonderful article about Mirada Fine Art Gallery and some artists from the gallery including a painting of mine!
Finally some good snow for skiing! Ellie loves the new snow and a ski at the nordic track at Devil's Thumb Ranch, Colorado.