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Pottery Shards

Pottery Shards

The mystery painting that held my attention for many weeks finally reached its new home!  Patricia Adams Farmer gave readers a sneak peek in her amazing feature, “The Totalmente Zen Art of Lisa Brunetti”  Thanks again, Patricia, and thanks to all of you who visited her column and left such thoughtful comments.

Detail Mano Swirl

Detail Mano Swirl – collection of Museo Bahia de Caraquez – 2012

New clients from the Jama area especially liked my graphic six-foot tall painting, Mano Swirl,  that belongs to the Museo Bahia de Caraquez (Ecuador) and depicts a pre-Columbian relic from the area.   Anyone who walks the beaches of the Jama area, will come away with pottery fragments from the Jama Coaque culture.

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Museo Bahia de Caraquez (Ecuador) – Jama Coaque Culture

Jama Coaque Culture - Museo Bahia de Caraquez

Detail/Artifact/Jama Coaque Culture – Museo Bahia de Caraquez

The  Jama Coaque Indians left behind a legacy of amazing artifacts. The  hand and the swirl patterns are often associated with their culture.

Sellos were most likely usedfor rolling designs on textiles and/or skin.

Sellos were most likely used for rolling designs on textiles and skin.

The inspiration for the current painting came from a small  “sello” artifact from the Casa del Alabado Museum collection in Quito Ecuador.   The Indians most likely used sellos to stamp patterns onto bodies and textiles.    We decided to go with a scientific likeness for this  “Jama Coaque” painting.

Jama Coaque SelloCasa Alabado/Quito Ecuador

Jama Coaque SelloCasa Alabado/Quito Ecuador

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I often placed the painting on the floor and my computer on the painting for easy reference of the museum image.

Using watercolor techniques with acrylic paints, I slowly added layers of color and shadow.    Shown below is the hand as a photo op for “Lentil Cakes” that I took to my friends’ home one evening.  (I usually don’t cook when painting, as I forget about the simmering food and then remember when I smell that lovely aroma of burned food!)
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Anyone hungry?!

Anyone hungry?!

Although the borders of my mola paintings are deliberately black and uninteresting, this one called for a perimeter of shards typically found on the nearby beaches.    Several hours into the border, I wondered if I’d lost my mind.    (That also happened a few years ago in Belize, when I added a border around a hand-painted floor!)   Like in Belize, I knew that the border might take as long as the subject, but it was worth the effort.

Nice painting environment, don't you think?

Nice work environment, don’t you think?

We transferred the painting to its new home on New Year’s Eve.   Patricia’s story (Here) captures the mood of that lovely gathering of people who helped with the border!

(Thanks, Lesli, for the following photos that captured the synergy at work!) The painting was commissioned by friends Lesli and Becky, who live in the petite community of El Matal, Ecuador.  Click on any image below for a slideshow.

After the New Year’s Eve group-painting session, I worked another week on border details.  Here’s another peek at a few of those details:

More Shards!

More Shards!

Detail: Mano Fuerte

Detail: Mano de la Paz – Original Painting influenced by an artifact in Casa de Alabado/Quito Ecuador.

Muchas Grrrrrrrrrracias, everyone, for your beautiful comments on the last post about the painting; thanks also, for spending time on Patricia Farmer’s column.   She’s a very talented writer and deserves a great audience!

Like a proud parent, I present to you the first of the new series.   Mano de la Paz  takes the stage in its new home!

Mano Fuerte  - Home Sweet Home (4' x 6')

Mano de la Paz – Home Sweet Home (4′ x 6′)

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