Day 2: 30 Paintings in 30 Days

Shanty Town Energy (Watercolour 25 x 25.5 cm) Artist: Vandy Massey
Shanty Town Energy (Watercolour 25 x 25.5 cm)

This is my Day 2 painting of Leslie Saeta’s 30 Paintings in 30 Days. I spent some of today looking through those old paintings which weren’t complete and putting the finishing touches to them. This painting reminds me of the shanty towns outside Johannesburg where electricity is a major issue.

The shanty towns are notorious for hijacking their power by illegally tapping into the grid. Obviously this is a cost to all the utility company’s paying customers, but aside from that, there’s a deeper social cost to shanty towns. Without proper infrastructure, the residents are at risk from bad wiring, pollution and crime.

Education is the solution to the world’s poverty. Until we create opportunities for the poorest communities to build businesses and progress, the shanty town problem isn’t going away.

The pylons standing tall above the home-made shacks dominate the landscape. Their untidy structures contrast with the sort of slick modern equipment found in the developed parts of the country, and the smoky air leaves an orange haze suspended in a thick blanket.

Shanty Town Energy is available on my website.

7 thoughts on “Day 2: 30 Paintings in 30 Days

  1. Recently we had one of these very similar towers snap in half when a tornado hit. Love the mood you’ve created with your palette too. A nice painting, Vandy!

  2. Dear Vandy – the atmosphere you captured here really tells the story so well. Thank you for sharing. Hope you have a wonderful new year creating. Good luck with this challenge.

  3. Interesting, evocative colors in this one. So many of my favorite bloggers have joined the 30 days, 30 paintings challenge = more wonderful artwork for me to see!

  4. Brings back memories Vandy. I admire SA lots and have done so for years for achieving so much but this is a side of it that perhaps gets overlooked by outsiders with all the euphoria about unification. So thanks for highlighting the shanty towns. Your painting is quite moving together with its tale.

    1. Thanks Laura. I know it’s not necessarily a pretty painting, but sometimes a painting kinda paints itself. This one did.

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