So, as promised in this blog last week, this weekend I have worked up my little sketch into a finished, more considered painting, entitled On the banks of the Nile. Click the image below to enlarge it
Iâ€™ve had terrible trouble getting the contrast and colour balance right in the scan, so as you look at it now youâ€™re not seeing the picture at its best. Itâ€™s very frustrating!
In On the banks of the Nile I have tried to compose just a few of the many things we saw into one image. If you have had the good fortune to travel on the Nile, Iâ€™m certain you will understand this painting.
Anyway, because itâ€™s quite a large painting with a lot of tiny detail (which I thoroughly enjoyed painting) I thought Iâ€™d point out some of the bits I am most happy with.
The cattle for example.
As we sailed down the Nile, we were impressed with the number of cattle and water buffalo grazing on the fertile river fringes. Some tethered, some herded, some just apparently doing their own bovine thang.
We were also gobsmacked at the number of egrets:
The most common species being the Little Egret which has lovely greeny-yellow feet. We watched them soar and float above the river, apparently making a very good living.
Of course there was much human activity on the river; fishing, farming and lots of women using the river as a laundry, carrying their loads back in great shiny bowls on their heads as they walk through the fields back to their homes: