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The Rest of the Story…an Unimagined Adventure

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Sketching Meerkats in Namibia

Twenty years ago if someone had asked me what I’d be doing today, I wouldn’t even come close to describing my life. I had just started a full time career as a wildlife artist and was about to embark on my first trip to Africa.  I didn’t know what the future would hold. I did know that I loved wildlife and traveling to wild places and I was ready to take more steps in that direction…..and share what I loved through art.

What started then as a once in a lifetime trip to Africa as an artist has turned into many life changing journeys. There have been all kinds of encounters with animals over the years, including a few close calls, and it’s ignited a passion to help secure a wild future for them all.

I’m now networking with conservationists who have dedicated their lives to protecting our planet.  But there was one I could only observe from afar. . . a trailblazer I had been reading about since childhood who has been an inspiration to me as a woman, a scientist, an explorer and a UN Messenger for Peace – Dr. Jane Goodall. She seemed unreachable.

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With Dr. Jane Goodall at Wildlife Conservation Network

 

That changed 3 years ago when I met her for the first time at a Nature Conservancy Event in Seattle and then on two other occasions at the Wildlife Conservation Network in San Francisco.  Meeting her was something I had dreamed of – and held onto as a possibility –  and it was as exciting as I imagined. But that was as far as I had allowed myself to imagine. Who could ask for more?

My steps in the world are like the dots I place on paper as an Artist – one following the other, not knowing for sure what the end result will be, but remembering that as long as I follow my heart, everything else will come. And come it did.

Dr. Jane turned 80 on April 3rd and my husband and I had the honor of being with her at her birthday celebration.  I was a child in a dream.  Formal photos were taken but my favorite will always be this Selfie I took of us – poor quality and all.

Selfie with Dr. Jane at her 80th birthday

Selfie with Dr. Jane at her 80th birthday

 

 

And now the rest of the story……the unimagined adventure. I’ll be meeting Dr. Jane in the Republic of Congo at her Chimpanzee Sanctuary early next year. And, safety conditions allowing, assisting her with the relocation/release of one of the orphaned chimpanzees. There’s a Selfie somewhere in that experience!

What captures your heart? Reach for that. That’s your connection to an unimaginable life. And it will come – in ways you never thought possible.

Until next time,

Becci Crowe

Signature Member Artists for Conservation

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The Unknown Calls…Will you Answer?

Stepping into the Unknown transformed my life. I shared my journey during my recent TEDx talk now posted on YouTube. I was given 10 minutes. Here it is…Feel free to share and let me know your thoughts…

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How Many Dots? Are You Crazy!?

Working in my studio

As an artist I’m most known for a technique called Pointillism, or maybe more accurately, Stippling. In this technique I use Rapidograph pens with tiny points to create images in ink literally one dot at a time. Dot after dot after dot ……….. Although this allows for intricate details it can take weeks or months to finish a large piece.  

People often ask how I can sit and layer in dots for such long periods.  (They wonder if I’m crazy) This dot dot dot dot dotting creates a rhythm . . . and when I’m relaxed I’m not consciously placing single dots but watching as my hand movement creates a pattern of layers.  As I watch the image materialize, the act of laying in the dots takes on a life of its own.  It feels like the image is emerging from the paper and I’m simply an observer. 

Pointillism details of elephant ear and tusk

Pen & Ink Pointillism “Testing the Air”

I encountered this curious Bull Elephant on one of my safaris in Botswana. The background of this original is watercolor but the entire elephant is created – yes – dot by dot. If you look closely you get a better sense of how the dots are layered to create the textures, details, and values from light to dark. It took several weeks working many hours a day to complete.

Then people want to know how many dots are in my pieces.  There are thousands  – although I’ve never actually counted every single one. That would be crazy!  Following is a video clip giving you a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the making of this Elephant in my studio. Take a look. What’s your obsession? Join me on my journey.

Becci Crowe

Adventure Artist

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If I’m not Living on the Edge I’m Taking up Too Much Space

Becci with Painted Dogs in Africa
Surrounded by Painted Hunting Dogs in Africa

I don’t remember who first said this but it struck a cord with me. My passion for the wildlife and wild places that inspires my Art also compels me to travel and explore remote parts of the world. I’ve often found myself entirely out of my comfort zone – but loving every minute of it!  I thought I was learning about the world when I traveled but the real surprise was  how much I learned about myself. And living on the edge – as in getting out of my comfort zone from time to time – is not only stimulating but opens up all kinds of new possibilities.  Try it!

     Start by changing one thing in your daily routine or do something you’ve always wanted to do but have hesitated simply because it’s new. You may learn “I never want to do that again” (been there – done that) but chances are just the act of doing something new will energize you to try other things which in turn lead to wonderful experiences.

     Challenge yourself and share what’s worked (or not) for you. I’ll be sharing my journeys in art, travel, and conservation here.  Join me!

Becci Crowe 

Adventure Artist

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