Due to slower than expected recovery from a recent falling accident,
Sherry has had to cancel her participation in the 2014 Ruidoso Art Festival.
She will miss seeing her many friends and wishes them well.
The good news is that I am slowly healing, and the even better news is that my unsuccessful attempt to nosedive out of the attic occurred after our Botswana Safari. Recovering from bruised ribs, 2 black eyes, multiple cuts, ear re-secured, and a broken ankle should be nearly complete by the end of July for the Ruidoso, NM Art Festival.
Our safari to Botswana, my first to the region, was filled with beauty and new discoveries. While the weather was perfect, the game viewing was much less intense than I had expected. But, watching families of Elephants cavorting in the Boteti and Chobe Rivers, looking all the world like Disney cartoons as they snorkeled along, became a daily delight. Having huge Bull Eles eyeing us as they swam directly toward us, ivory gleaming above the water, and then rising to their full height above our truck as the water streamed from their bodies was a thrill not to be forgotten. Perhaps the leisurely pace gave me more time to savor the magnificent skies reflected around me in the waterways of the Okavango Delta. And, sketching Eles and Hippos in the river beneath the viewing deck at the Chobe Game Lodge, glass of champagne in hand, may have spawned a new ritual for my daily entries.
Among the other good news is the completion of my newest piece, “Let Me Call You Sweetheart”. The first rays of sunrise let me sketch this pair of Grey Crowned Cranes as they began their courtship dance atop an acacia tree. Feathers flared, the two would touch beaks, dance, and come together again in another kiss. Life-long mates, the rays from the rising sun turned their golden crowns into spun gold as they consummated their bond. Mixing the inks to capture these indescribably exquisite creatures put my pens to the test as feather after feather was layered in. Both the dance, and the piece it inspired, became a work of love.
For those of you who have not seen the complete article about my work in the March/April 2014 issue of “Safari” magazine, Safari Club International has given me permission to reprint it here on my website. Far from the usual repetition of my biography, it is an insightful look at my journey and my work. I hope you will take the time to read it.
My Turkey, “Something To Strut About” appearing on the front cover of this issue has generated a great deal of interest from both existing collectors and new ones. Sales have been “over the top”, and the piece is destined to become my best ever. Thanks for liking it!
Sherry Steele was featured in the March/April 2014 publication of the Safari Magazine. Her turkey, “Something to Strut About” took the cover of the magazine, and they did a three-page article about Sherry and her artwork.
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