Sunday, November 27, 2011

Cape buffalo

Cape buffaloes (Syncerus caffer) are really fun to paint probably because they have some similarities to adult human, male facial features.  Another name for an old buffalo bull is “dagga boy”.  I don't really know the origins of that name although I do know dagga means mud in Zulu.  This is a painting of an old Cape buffalo bull, known to wallow in mud.  I saw a herd of these guys in South Africa's Kruger National Park and I specifically recall looking at a really majestic bull.  I hope I am able to capture that bull's intense look with this painting. "Old Cape", acrylic on canvas, 22"x12".

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