Background: A few years ago, I travelled to Namibia for a few weeks for one of those holidays that you will never forget. Namibia is full of amazing scenery landscapes and people. During our travels (we toured around the whole country), we drove in to the middle of nowhere to do some ‘wild’ camping at the base of the famous Brandberg Mountain. If you look of google maps at the aerial view of the Brandberg, you will understand why it is so interesting. It sticks out of the flat desert plains like a barnacle sticks of the back of a mussel shell.
It really is an impressive mountain especially when we were driving up to it, and even more so in the evening when the sunset and the light glowed and reflected of the red sandy coloured rocks giving the mountain an exaggerated orangey red colour and the sky tinges of oranges reds and pinks. The sky is something else, which is extremely beautiful in Namibia in the evenings, with there being virtually no light pollution; the clear night sky becomes a Christmas tree of twinkling stars.
Since this holiday, I have only done one piece of work based on the pictures of this trip (above and below – quiver tree 2012). The pictures I had of the Brandberg and landscape was perfect for what I wanted to achieve. Landscape is always been something that has interested me, but when it has come to screen-printing it has been something I have neglected, for some reason I have always chosen to do cityscapes rather than landscape. In the past when I did a lot, more painting it was the other way round, I preferred to paint the landscape.
Getting down to business for this print was easy, the design process was painless and I did not have too many problems coming up with my design and layers. I knew that this image would have a massive emphasis on the sky with most of the image using the gradient effect of that I have come to use to depict the sky. I wanted the colours to reflect the clear nights that we encountered, but also to help blend it in to the glowing red of the mountains. The mountains were composed of several layers built up on top of each other, the selection of colour, the mixing of colour was particularly important, and I wanted to exaggerate the reds and oranges to give a bold and vibrant feature at the bottom of the print. The stars I added were an afterthought, but were important as it reinforced the memories that I have of this particular place.
This print has taken over the beginning part of my year. Other projects that I have on the go have been put on hold whilst I have completed it. I haven’t printed too many images or variations neither, just a couple of small editions.