Watercolour sketch in my Moleskine Watercolour Sketch-book
Ancient Bushman paintings like these can be seen in many parts of South Africa, especially in the Drakensberg mountains. The Bushmen, or San, are thought to have been the first modern human inhabitants of Southern Africa. Only a few thousand survive today, living mostly in the desert regions. Their art tells of their ancient lives, with particular emphasis on hunting and the animals around them.
During a visit to a rock painting site not far from where I live, located north-west of Klerksdorp, North-West Province, South Africa, I did a couple of sketches in my Moleskine Nature sketch-book and since then I've painted a couple of these on the walls in my house.
A couple of 'rock paintings' on one of my bathroom walls
The Bushmen are a hunting and gathering people of the Kalahari Desert in Southern Africa. There are many interesting aspects of their culture, but their connection with the natural world is mostly expressed through their rock art and healing/trance dances. The healing dances and the Bushmen’s rock art are both central to the Bushmen’s way of life.
Bushman rock art today is widely threatened by erosion and vandalism. Some of the best known examples are under protection in South Africa’s parks.