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Continuing my ' powerful places ' series of paintings. This painting draws on my memories of the Makgadikgadi salt pans in the Kalahari desert -Botswana.

It is claimed to be the world's largest salt pan. A dry white salty clay crust covers this area most of the year but it is seasonally covered with water and grass, when it is then a refuge for birds and animals in this very arid part of the world.

When I was there, the dead level white salt pans extended as far as the eye could see in all directions. It is important to keep to defined route of firm ground or your vehicle will almost certainly break though the crust into the thick mud below. I had read all the books on this .... but Martin our Guerba 4x4 Bedford army truck driver clearly had not because we did get very firmly bogged down and we were treated to a night in the middle of the pans.

This was before the days of mobile phones or anyone to call for that matter! We had to bury the spare wheel and winch the truck out very slowly with cables fixed to the front wheel hubs.

Luckily Ernie, had seen this done during his time in the army. 36 hours later, not having seen another soul during this time and having dug up and buried the spare wheel six feet ahead countless times we were exhausted but finally out ..and down to the last few litres of drinking water for 20 people. You could not make this stuff up. Sadly it destroyed the gearbox..but that is another story and another painting !

This painting depicts the dramatic pink and violet sunset that night and incorporates my characteristic use of reflective paints to capture the light. I have incorporated a range of sumptuous 'Golden' paints, iridescent pearl, ultramarine violet, interference violet, ultramarine blue and phthalo blue. Expensive but we are worth it ! Artificial light accentuates the reflective quality of the painting ( please see last image )

Created on a Reeves cross braced deep box canvas, painted white on the sides, so you may choose not to frame. However I believe that a plain white frame would be beneficial.The last image indicates an image of my recommendation for framing, which would be with an offset white frame.

Initialled on the front and signed on the back and supplied with a certificate of authenticity.

Corded and ready to hang.

I will only charge what the maximum of what the shipping costs state and if it is less than my shipping charges state then I will always refund the difference.

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Makgadikgadi Sunset-Large ( 40" x 30" - 102cm x 76cm) painting (2017)


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Paul J Best

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