Innova Art 'Person of the Forest, Borneo' The Penan people and Orangutans in the Borneo Rainforest
“Orangutans share 97% of their DNA with us making them our closest relatives. They really are the people of the forest, but just like tribal peoples we are destroying their habitat and we need to find a new way forward before we lose this amazing animal and the forests they live in.”
“The hunter-gatherer Penan in Sarawak, in the Malaysian part of Borneo, are battling to stop the destruction of their last remaining forests, and their way of life. Their forests are being cleared for logging, oil palm plantations and hydroelectric dams, robbing them of their means of survival.”
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Day 1 – Person of The Forest Hello everyone and welcome to our second chapter of Last Chance to Paint, “Person of The Forest”! We have been looking forward to this chapter and are delighted to say that we are LIVE NOW! After a very long day with some hair-raising near missed connections, travel time […]
Today we woke up refreshed after an excellent nights sleep. Even though it took until after breakfast for me to realise my shirt was inside out, much to my embarrassment, we set out for an exciting day. At “promptly” 8am, which turned out more like 8:30, we took a taxi to Batu Bungan, the village […]
We are currently on the world’s third largest island in the rainforest of Borneo. Find our exact location via our Iridium satellite via this link: http://map.iridium.com/m?lat=4.057700&lon=116.049200 P.S. there is a large thunderstorm just starting with lightning and thunder booming over the rainforest!
First painting completed! 12×12 inches acrylic on canvas. This one is of the bat exodus from the caves in Mulu. I included a couple of Hornbill birds that we heard high in the rainforest canopy and some of the amazing butterflies too. Hope you like it. We are off up river later. John.
Today was hugely fun and hugely busy! This morning started with a boat ride, our final destination set as Clear Water Cave. En route we took an unexpected detour, a walk through Batu Bungan, the Penan village. The reason for our detour was due to low water level in the river meaning our boat was […]
After a very busy day exploring two tribal Penan villages and the largest cave system in South East Asia I decided to paint the beautiful sight and experience of the crystal clear water bubbling up from underground from the Clear Water Cave where Martha-Lilly, Robin and I took a well deserved swim surrounded by rainforest, […]
HEAD OVER TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL TO WATCH ALL OUR VIDEOS SO FAR. DAY 4 VIDEO TO BE RELEASED 9am UK TIME 10th SEP (if all the tech works!) We had another fairly early start this morning to ensure we kept to the plan to leave camp at 8am. This morning we went to Deer […]
After visiting the amazing bat cave (Deer cave) at Mulu, I returned to base and spent the afternoon painting my experience of visiting the long house at the Penan village of Long Iman. We arrived at the village by motorised canoe and headed straight to the long house. This is the narrative in my painting […]
Today is our last day in Mulu before we fly to the very southern tip of Borneo , Lamandau Wildlife Reserve. Sadly we said goodbye to Robin today, who took a flight back to the UK. We’ll really miss him as we continue our travels south but it has been so valuable having him on […]
Hello! Today we left our hotel to take the journey to our next destination. This week, we are working with the Orangutan Foundation in Lamandau Wildlife Reserve, Kalimantan, the very south of Borneo. Our journey began with a flight from Jakarta to Pangkalan Bun, which unfortunately was delayed by nearly two hours. When we eventually […]
Today we woke up in Lamandau Wildlife Reserve, excited for what was to come. It’s all about Orangutans here! It was an early start, around 6am, to ensure we didn’t miss anything. This early start also meant that we were able to release our video via satellite! Yes it works! At 7am the first set […]
It’s all about the monkey business today! We woke up nice and early again, ready for the day ahead, to the sound of Gibbons calling to each other across the forest. We’ve been told that most mornings they call to each other, and it was incredible to hear them. After posting yesterday’s video, via satellite, […]
We woke up this morning to find the atmosphere filled with smoke from the forest fires which are burning across Borneo. The fires have a number of causes, natural, small holder farmers clearing forest and land, hunters and large scale deforestation for crops like palm oil. More that 4000 fires or ‘hot spots’ have been […]