Watercolour done on Visual 140gsm watercolour paper – 18″ × 14″
I see in your eyes
the roads left to travel,
long past the mountains
that kneel to the sea;
far past the desert
of total surrender,
up from the valley
another shall be.
This is Chrissie, my gardener here in Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa, and she is from Pedi stock. She has got such a wonderful face full of character and life’s journeys that I just had to paint her!
Pedi, (also known as Bapedi, Bamaroteng, Marota, Basotho, Northern Sotho) – in its broadest sense, has been a cultural/linguistic term. It was previously used to describe the entire set of people speaking various dialects of the Sotho language who live in the northern Transvaal of South Africa. More recently, the term “Northern Sotho” has replaced “Pedi” to characterize this loose collectivity of groups.
Estimated at 7 million, these Sotho speakers are the second largest African language group in South Africa. Three million Sotho and other closely related groups live outside of South Africa, the majority of who are in Lesotho.
(Done from a photograph taken late 2009)