It’s funny how smells bring up vivid memories. The scent of freshly cut grass recently reminded me of the end of the rainy season in Malawi when the tall grass along the roadways was cut by men swinging pangas. During that time of year, the air is still clear, the sky bright blue, and the grass an intense green. If the rains are good that year, the maize fields are bountiful, and the meadows are lush. All that intense color is even more enhanced by the turquoise waters of Lake Malawi.
I recently spent a day painting, recreating the typical scene of grass cutting along the road near Mangochi along the southern end of the lake. The photo on the left is a typical scene from the Mangochi area. The second watercolor is one I painted awhile back. It’s from Cape MacClear and shows a traditional dugout canoe, the type still used by many Malawian fishermen.
This is a village near the southern edge of Lake Malawi. We used to buy beautiful red bead jewelry here.
On the left is the Shire River, south of Lake Malawi. Next is a baobab tree near the Lake. Malawi is so beautiful and during the rainy season from December to March, it is as green as Ireland. In fact, Blantyre is named after Blantyre, Scotland. The surrounding hills look like the Scottish Highlands. I think the area around Ntcheu looks like Ireland. On a future post I'll add pictures of Ntcheu.
This is actually Lake Malawi near Salima. These boys saw me with my camera so they decided to come over and show off their karate moves.
I am an artist who specializes in watercolors. I also love to travel and find inspiration in those special places and with the interesting people I meet along the way.