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“Africa,” a painting by Barbara Kenny


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Barbara Kenny, a well-recognized artist who has exhibited her paintings extensively in the Maryland/Virginia area, has given me permission to use reproductions of her painting “Africa” to obtain donations for the well.  The original hangs on our family room wall and the colors, as in all of Barbara’s paintings, are magnificent.  She has never been to Africa but was inspired by reading my biography of the Leakey family, the mental pictures that came to her after listening to Carl and me talk about Kenya; the interest and involvement with Kenya of mutual friend Mary Fletcher; and another friend’s intent to go there. Barbara told me, “I can’t really say it is a Kenyan painting — it just came to me as so many do — and looked like Africa to me.”

You see a small image that I know won’t do justice to the original painting, but will give you a taste of what I plan to reproduce on note cards. Thanks so much, Barbara!

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6 comments to “Africa,” a painting by Barbara Kenny

  • Judy

    The colors are gorgeous! So vibrant! Technique reminds me of Van Gogh. I definitely want some of the notecards. Have you thought of selling these through eBay? I bet lots of people would like these. Wonderful post.

  • Wonderful idea Mary. I love the painting too. I like the looseness and shivering paint strokes that provoke a warm hot climate area in Africa, where most likely they need a well. I also have another children’s picture book called. “A Tug of War” that is an old African Folktale. Not yet published, but would consider in helping the cause some way. It’s done in woodcuts and watercolor images and shows the warm climate, vegetation and African animals, an elephant, hippo and tortoise. Love the work you do for those needy people and like Judy, will get some note cards. Best wishes, Carroll

    • Judy

      I didn’t know about this work, Carroll. My mom raved about your woodcuts in the pirate book. You and Mary need to get your heads together! Something good will come of that collaboration!

  • Thanks to both of you for the positive comments. And Carroll, I especially appreciate what you, as a published children’s author and supervisor of art in a big school system, wrote. Wow, I’d better to get to work having those note cards printed!

  • Mildred Ingram

    Colors in the “Africa”, a painting by Barbara Kenny are striking.
    Like Judy And Carroll I want to get some notecards.
    Also, Bookmarks would be nice.
    Dig This Well !!!!!
    Dickie

    • There is a debate among writers who want to spend their publicity money wisely whether note cards, postcards or bookmarks are most effective (i.e., used). Any thoughts from anyone here?