African woman praying

‘African woman praying’ chalk-pastel on paperΒ  11.69″ x 16.54″ (A3)

I remember growing up with this idea that Africa is a very dry place, brown, sandy, no water, lions, underfed children covered in flies, walking skeletons, mud huts, scary diseases..or the deep dangerous jungle with scary jaguars and man-eating tribes who dance into the night around a fire. That’s the stories we are being told, over and over again. Yes, there are many difficult issues on the continent of Africa but it’s beauty is undeniable. I am most familiar with West-Africa, in particular Senegal. The richness I have experienced there is amazing, the richness in community, culture and spirituality is incredible. It’s so important to travel and keep witnessing the beauty of our world.

I was listening to this music above whilst working on today’s blog-post

original chalk-pastel drawing without smartphone edit


I edited the final drawing on my Smartphone with the drawing tool in the photo editor, here you can see the process:


I love African Wax print colours, they are always so bold and powerful:

I have shared this short video in a previous blogpost. I’m sharing it again because it served as inspiration for today’s drawing. It’s about this beautiful eco village in Senegal called Ndem:


Thanks so much for visiting my blog, please feel free to leave me feedback below, I love hearing how my drawings/posts affect you.

Wishing you a great day! See you again on Monday πŸ™‚

Much Love, Salam



  1. Dear Isabella, I do love the boldness of your lines and color. I took a look at the African wax print images online and they are so colorful and striking. I can now see your inspiration. I like your process for today’s beautiful art. Thanks also for the interesting narrative about Africa.

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