Every time I ride Kilimanjaro Safaris in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, I get a taste of Africa. This painting was partly inspired by the ride and entirely inspired by God’s wonders in that far-off land. I never cease to be amazed at the beauty of the zebra, the majestic elephant, or the kingly lion. Disney’s rides may be impressive, but they can’t compare with God’s ingenuity in His creatures.
Nothing is as beautiful as an evening safari, so I used orange and yellow hues for a sunset feel, with teal for contrast. I purposely added hints of blue, yellow, and orange to the animals to give them a warm glow.
I’ve never been to Africa, but I’m grateful that God has allowed me to travel there in my imagination. I hope my painting will take your thoughts on a safari full of ideas and wonder.
Mariposa Aristeo is a self-taught artist and aspiring children’s author who captures the glories of God’s creation on paper. She is a graphic designer and the Instagram manager here at Story Embers and desires to encourage other storytellers in crafting novels that ignite the imagination and warm the heart.
If you ask her what her favorite things are, she would probably say nothing, since she scores a staggering 88 percent on introversion. However, if you ask her to write about it, she’ll give a five-page treatise on palm trees, chocolate-covered pineapple, and plumerias. Her favorite pastimes include card-making, baking, hiding Easter eggs in her art, exploring Disney World, burning spiders at the stake, perusing the works of John MacArthur and Charles Spurgeon, and reading every dinosaur book she can get her hands on. Her assistant, Aberdeen the Authorosaurus (an ink-drinking, book-eating dinosaur), helps supply her with ideas, taste-test her pages, and get her back to writing by threatening to sit on her. If you want to read about his exploits in her office, writerly dinosaurian advice, or nonsensical sense, please visit: DinosDigest.com.