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Africa: An Artist's Journal [Paperback]

Kim Donaldson

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Oct. 5 2003
Zimbabwean-born Kim Donaldson grew up on a 150,000-acre ranch of unspoiled African bush country, traversed by rivers, hills and valleys, and teeming with game. It is this landscape which inspires Africa: an Artist's Journal. Kim soon swapped his hunting rifle for a camera and a sketch-pad and began to create some of the breathtaking images that are contained within this volume. Reflecting the author's lifelong passion for the wildlife of his native country, these stunning paintings and sketches have an intangible quality of atmosphere that can only be achieved by those who have spent many years in the bush. Crammed with fascinating information about wildlife, culture and history, the journal uses photographs, sketches, maps and excerpts from the author's notebooks and diaries to create a vivid and multi-layered impression of this beautiful continent.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Pavilion - Chrysalis (Oct. 5 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1862055793
  • ISBN-13: 978-1862055797
  • Product Dimensions: 27.4 x 27.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 Kg
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,728,493 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"- 'This is a stunningly beautiful account of a little-understood world' Books For Everybody 2002 - 'It is a treat to join such a sensitive and sympathetic companion on this journey which takes in Africa's history, culture and wildlife' Artist and Illustrator Magazine

About the Author

Kim Donaldson experimented with painting, drawing and sculpting from an early age, finally becoming a full-time artist in 1978. Since this time, Kim has made enormous progress in his work and is today regarded as one of the world's leading wildlife artists. Over the last 20 years, he has had 24 one-man exhibitions and has also participated in 28 group exhibitions in Britain, America and Southern Africa. His work has been published in four books of wildlife art, as well as numerous limited edition prints.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Little Piece of Majesty and Awe March 7 2009
By M. E. Wood - Published on Amazon.com
Africa, An Artist's Journal is my first experience with Kim Donaldson and from the first page I was thoroughly impressed by his talent and obvious love for the land and animals. He takes the reader on safari with him as he reflects on the countries of South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Kenya, and Tanzania with some comparisons on how the regions have changed over the last thirty years. The focus is on the national parks he has visited from each area and a few off beaten tracks.

Through his journal excerpts and comfortable narrative I read tales about lions, buffalo, roan, antelope, gemsbuck, cheetah, otter (I know, I was surprised too), springbuck, vultures, meercat, brown hyaena, oryx, giraffe, ostrich, zebra, wild dog, and elephants. Some were tranquil, others not.

He introduced me to the balance of nature, of life both interrupted and not interrupted by man. I cringed over the eminent danger in Chobe National Park when he and his crew inadvertently turned on a wrong road and he ended up at a military base with a gun to his head. I was in awe of his tale of being awoken "by the rasping of a lions breathing just outside".

Donaldson's ability to catch light and shadow are simply amazing. I fell in love with many images but in particular the lone zebra basking in late afternoon sun on page 29. A group of impala sharing the shade of a sparse tree on page 41. A cheetah on a slow prowl looks as if you could reach out and scratch the fur under his chin on page 43. On page 62, two old buffalo bulls, their textured bodies, amazing! He even makes warthogs seem beautiful.

Along the way he talks of many people (usually friends) that he respects and who have had an impact on the flora and fauna of Africa. Very little is said about the tribes until he gets to Kenya when they are mentioned almost in passing.

Africa is majestic and the experiences surreal. Surreal, like being stroked and sniffed by an elephant trunk in the dead of night. Kim Donaldson definitely brings the experience home both with commentary and the images. He wraps the book up by sharing his views on conservation, trophy hunting, poaching and land development giving me a different point-of-view to consider.

Despite this book's cumbersome size for reading I highly recommend it. Reviewed by M. E. Wood.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Both beautiful and inspirational June 2 2009
By sherri - Published on Amazon.com
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As a painter myself, one thing I often flick through is books by animal artists - and in my opinion, this guy is one of the best.
There are artists that are gifted technicians and there are artists that are just natural artists. Kim Donaldson is both. And in this book his work is displayed in page after page of gorgeous imagery.

A gifted eye for colour and light to add icing to the cake, and I recommend this book to anyone with any interest in realist art, animals, africa or even just travel journaling.

A real find and so far the best in this genre that I've seen on the market.

Highly recommended.

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