In September 2018, PleinAir Publisher Eric Rhoads will take a special group of 50 painters to South Africa for a once-in-a-lifetime plein air safari. Accomplished painter Katerina Ring, who offers a similar painting tour in Zambia, has some encouraging thoughts about why you need to take advantage of this opportunity.
Not only is Africa the land of wild animals and safaris, it is home to some of the most beautiful landscapes on earth, including Victoria Falls — the world’s largest and most spectacular waterfall. From September 14-23 (with an extra option of September 23-25) of 2018, you could be part of a historic group of painters to attend a trip with Publisher Eric Rhoads to South Africa, where you’ll embark on game reserve tours with luxury accommodations, day and night safaris in open vehicles, intimate interaction with a local tribe, and lots and lots of painting, of course.
Also available is a post-tour of Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World. The falls are a spectacular sight of awe-inspiring beauty and grandeur on the Zambezi River, forming the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Artist Katerina Ring recently concluded a trip she organizes for painters in Zambia, and is excited to share the unique benefits of painting in Africa. To begin, artists will spend hours peacefully painting in the middle of the wild in untouched landscapes, creating memories that last a lifetime. With the help of rangers and guides, attendees can encounter and interact with big game animals with safety. During the safari, painters can sketch animals from life in their natural habitats. Even for studio painters, the chance to take rolls of photographs for future reference is important. “Traveling to a country radically different from our own opens our minds,” Ring suggested. “It increases understanding and caring on a global level. We note similarities, learn from differences, and create bonds that destroy an ‘us and them’ mentality.”
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