Thursday, July 26, 2012

Serendipity and the 3 Princes

Africa Journal/Sketchbook entry;  7/25/2012

"Once again I have found another instance of serendipity while planning for my Africa trip -- A trip that almost didn't happen...”

While planning and preparing for my Africa trip I have had several incidents of serendipity which led me today to looking up the word and also its origin. Serendipity means: An aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident; good fortune;  luck.”  There have been many incidents that have happened that led me to believe that I would not be going, in fact for about 3 weeks I had officially made the decision that I wasn't going. Thankfully I have had several moments of serendipity that have turned everything around.

Serendipity simply means “happy accident” and was first noted by Horace Walpole (1717-1797) who said he formed the word from the Persian Fairy tale “The Three Princes of SerendipThe Princes of Serendip is the English version of an Italian version by Michele Tramezzino (1557) who heard the story from a Christophero Armeno who apparently translated it from the Persian Fairy Tale.

The English version of the Persian fairy tale basically is about a powerful king with three sons who tries to endow them with great power and virtues but in the end sends them away  from his land because he believes that they may have been too sheltered. The three princes arrive on a foreign land and identify precisely a camel they have never seen, accused of stealing  the “Lost Camel” they then explain how they were able to identify the camel by clues that they were observant enough to see.

So the three princes “made desirable discoveries”  that led to a situation of “good fortune” and they came from Serendip... which leads us to Serendipity!

I now have my first painting that I want to find and compose while I am in Africa... I would like to find three young bull elephants that I can make into my “Three Princes of Serendip”. Hopefully luck and good fortune will continue to give me an aptitude for making desirable discoveries.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Summer 2012 Studio Newsletter

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Exotic Vacation, it is not

Africa 2012 Journal/Sketchbook Entry:

"Today I received my passport! This is basically my green light to offically move forward with all plans. Booking the flight and paying for the Safari. What a major weight off of my shoulders."

Well it has officially begun, Africa 2012! With today's mail came a highly enticapted delivery... My passport! This was the missing piece of the puzzle that I have been scrambling to fit into place. This posting also marks what will be the first of many that will document my journey to Africa. There is a lot more than just buying tickets and jumping on a plane. Proper planning and prep work will go far on a research trip like this.

Although it may seem like this is an exotic vacation, it is not. The several months leading up to my departure will be filled with intense studying of the wildlife that I am likely to encounter. Things like animal behavior, their markings for proper identification, when and were to observe them are all highly important.

The most important issue that I came across so far was, "What animals am I likely to encounter in Tarangire National Park?" Thankfully my friend and fellow artist Jan Martin McGuire sensed my anguish on a Facebook post and has thankfully sent me a list of what I am to likely see, and its a long list!

So it is with my copy of "The Safari Companion: A Guide to Watching African Mammals," plenty of "durable tabs" and Jan's list that I leave you now to go and mark the places in the book and start my studies.