The First Study of our Silvermere Meerkat Family

Watercolour & Gouache on Grey Canson Pastel paper.   620 x 430 mm.

Meerkat Family, Watercolour & Gouache on Grey Canson Pastel paper. 620 x 430 mm.

‘Meerkat Manor’ on Animal Planet has been my favourite Soap Opera on TV for as long as the series has been running. So you can imagine how delighted I was when our own nomadic family of Meerkats set up home ( for a short while) behind our farm shed. There is a small broken window at the back of the shed, just big enough for my camera lens. I could sit there on the Lucerne bales, with my camera positioned through the hole in the window, and the meerkats were totally oblivious to my presence. So I spent many a happy hour photographing the antics and dramas of our own little meerkat family. It was very entertaining and I am delighted with the good photos I was able to take. There hasn’t been much of an opportunity to really explore them with my paints, but since the pressure of the exhibition is over, I have done a few paintings and sketches. Needless to say many more will follow, but here are the first ones:

Three Meercats 2, Watercolour on Saunders Waterford, 340 x 250 mm.

Three Meerkats. Watercolour on Saunders Waterford. 340 x 250 mm.

Three Meercats. Watercolour on Saunders Waterford. 340 x 250 mm.

Three Meercats. Watercolour on Saunders Waterford. 340 x 250 mm.

Meercat, pen & wash sketch on cartridge paper. 290 x 210mm

Meercat, pen & wash sketch on cartridge paper. 290 x 210mm

Meercat sketch 2, Pen & Wash on cartridge paper. 290 x 210 mm

Meercat sketch 2, Pen & Wash on cartridge paper. 290 x 210 mm










Meercat Sketch 3, Pen & Wash on Cartridge Paper. 290 x 210 mm.

Meercat Sketch 3, Pen & Wash on Cartridge Paper. 290 x 210 mm.

Meercat sketch 4, Pen & Wash on Cartridge paper, 290 x 210 mm

Meercat sketch 4, Pen & Wash on Cartridge paper, 290 x 210 mm























Each day is a new canvas to paint upon. Make sure your picture is full of life and happiness, and at the end of the day you don’t look at it and wish you had painted something different.– Author Unknown



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