Author Archives: Mark Wallace’s Africa

About Mark Wallace’s Africa

I am a keen painter, lover of Africa and filmgoer in my spare time. This blog is dedicated to my art and my painting journey.

Africa, my Africa

The Africa I remember had a six month dry season where, in early November the thunderclouds built and a heavy deluge would descend twice a day, punctuated by hot humid temperatures. The dramatic sky in this piece gives a feeling of the sultry conditions and the lush greenery only a few days after the first rains. 


Within a month the transformation to the savannah  is startling with colour and rich greenery erupting everywhere. The animals disappear within the deep undergrowth, glimpsed briefly as they move within it grazing on its abundance.


New York moods

Travelling to New York on three separate occasions I experienced the city pre and post 911. Displaying so many different moods, the feeling of the city 17 years on is of positivity mixed with the darkness of the events. These works depict the vibrancy and darker side reflecting the courage of the people and resilience of the place.


Memories of Central Park, and it’s vast area of green in the heart of all the concrete, canyons of Manhattan.


Empire State in the early morning mist of a chilly October day.


The iconic yellow cab and high rise concrete sprawl, it’s vibrant colour amongst the glass and concrete.

Misty London series #4

This week I have been working on an additional landmark for the London series. I’ve been looking at the process and recording various points along the way. It’s been great to work in this way, adding to the piece section by section. Here are some early stages using some photographic reference as a guide.



After adding the paint to the composition I was ready to work with the sky and add details to the buildings as well as light and shade to various parts of the painting.

Finally I created atmosphere in the image to tie in with the other pieces in the series by adding a misty foreground and some in the distance. Watch this space for #5, coming soon.

Futher mixed media cityscape and tapestry landscape

Hi everybody. I’ve been working further with mixed media in November and early December.

After some very encouraging feedback in October from the black and white cityscapes, I tried mixing oil and wax crayon on a similar rough canvas. The addition of the oils and some colour resulted in a dramatic moody feel and once again I received lots of likes and one or two great comments on Behance


Futher to this I decided to create some lighter landscapes and started with a fairly abstract coastal estuary scene based on views I’d seen on my Australian trip in September. I got some good feedback from friends which has encouraged me to take this further with woodlands and cityscapes and some favourite landmarks too, going forward.



Cities and new media

Hi everyone, it’s been a couple of months since my last post and during that time I’ve been trying out new media and working in a more abstract way which has been great.

In August I went back to my city theme after the London series of paintings had a great reaction on Behance from some great artists who reside there. 

This piece was created using of all things wax crayon and a palette knife which always works well as a blending tool for any medium. I let the cityscape develop in its own way and stopped pretty early on after adding a pale cloudy sky. This inspired me to try other mediums and I tried charcoal again on the A-sketch app which though a bit flaky at times produces some amazing results especially for landscapes. 

This piece I titled Dark Mountain city and again I posted it to Behance with several likes and a generally encouraging reaction there. Further exploration on various media is ongoing with this theme and I will keep you posted on progress, watch this space.

London landmarks series

Tower Bridge step by step

Recently I’ve experimented with different colours and landmarks rather than purely imaginary scenes. Ive substituted greys for the brighter blues of the skies and darker muddier greens for trees and shrubs. Ive focused on London and have tried to evoke an atmosphere of the old victorian city with additional fog and mist giving the scenes a sinister feel. Ive looked at adding yellow to the cloud laden sky to add a bit of warmth overall. Starting with a rough sketch I’ve added warmer colours to bring out the shape of the bridge from the angle of a boat on the Thames.

I decided also to insert a colourful aspect to the piece in the form of a bus initially as an abstract blur then later experimenting removing it then re-inserting it with more detail and bright lights.


The bridge sketch 6


Another lady in white

Last week I created another piece in this series, the first of which had featured a rainy Scottish scene, somewhere in the Highlands. 

This time I’ve chosen a brighter sunny scene based on the warmer, gentler terrain of Hertfordshire. 

My main aim with this piece was to make use of the stronger summer light of late afternoon casting dramatic shadows and warm yellow glows on the trees, as well as depicting a dramatic sky with plenty of interesting light and dark with the typically varied and splendid cloud formation we get here in the UK. More of this theme will no doubt follow.