The hardest challenge is to be yourself in a world where everyone is trying to make you be somebody else.
~E. E. Cummings
Watch the frog come to life! These photos show how a subject can seize control and affect the mood. Continue reading
“Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing.” Camille Pissarro
Hacienda Guachala, the oldest hacienda in Ecuador, provides endless subject matter, especially when the early-morning sun warms the gardens. Although dramatic shadows showcased the architecture of the two churches, my attention wavered to the subtle voice of the agaves.
Walk with me through the gardens, and hopefully you’ll agree with my choice for this (above) watercolor study. Continue reading
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I do not know myself how I paint it. I sit down with a white board before the spot that strikes me. I look at what is before my eyes, and say to myself, that white board must become something. (Vincent van Gogh)
Anyone who has spent time drawing or painting will remember times of awe, when one steps back from the work and asks, ‘How did I do that?’ Continue reading
Without underestimating the value of talent, it’s not the most important attribute you need to become a successful artist. It’s not even second. More important than talent is desire. (Harley Brown)
Drawing or painting in the outdoors challenges us to shift gears, absorb what’s in front of us and try to decide what to include and what to omit. One can find many excuses to procrastinate – the weather’s too hot, too cold or too windy. Perhaps there’s no good place to sit, or you’re an insect magnet!
If you don’t make an effort to start, you’ve forfeited the potential for growth as an artist! There’s a slight chance that your efforts are going to look horrid, and if so, call them exercises and toss them in the trash! There’s a great chance that you’ll be very pleased with the results, and you’ll wonder what took you so long to sharpen that pencil!
A few weeks ago I taped my watercolor paper to a board, gathered my supplies and journeyed into the garden. Continue reading
Thanks to all of you who have commented and given support over the past few months while I’ve been offline more than online. You’ve endured way too many slices of (my) silence, although I think/hope that I’ve read and appreciated most of the comments. (When in town, I load the pages during lunch at a restaurant with wifi, and I enjoy reading the comments offline at night!)
Several people asked about the paint used on the t-shirt; have you ever soiled your jeans when rolling latex (water-based) house paint on a wall? The paint rarely washes out of clothing – years later those drips and dribbles still hang tight – so why not use that same type of paint for decorative projects? Continue reading
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“Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain.” - Henry David Thoreau
One of September’s Timeout for Art posts (Find the Pot of Gold) tapped into the above quote, and hopefully many of you were able to “slow down and inspect what’s lurking nearby.”
This past week presented many opportunities to take an insect’s view of nature, and I never regret time spent at eye level and absorbing those details. Continue reading
“Keep a bad drawing until by study you have found out why it is bad.” (Robert Henri)
A watercolor instructor (Tony couch) once stated, “You should frame your worst mistakes and put them where you see them often. They will remind you to NEVER do that again.”
This week I’ve resorted to using a flimsy paper that was the best I could find almost a month ago in a basic art supply store almost two hours away. Fair for pencil, it does not serve well as watercolor paper. People have often stated that I’m a bit too hard headed at times, and after drawing the PEEPERS in pencil, I wanted to take it a step more with color. I KNEW that the paper was going to be difficult to use, but….. Continue reading
Can anyone have too many butterflies or beautiful flowers? When I am not painting, I sometimes work on the surplus of images and wonder what to do with them! When in a serious painting focus, I either tap into the sounds of nature that surround me, or I use a very select playlist.
One of my favorite artists is Dirk Maassen – (Thanks always, Argentina Carlos!) – and this video features one of his songs paired with butterfly images from the Mindo (Ecuador) area.
“Nature has been mastering itself for some time now, and it is an honor to be able to capture its beauty. (Justin eckett)”
In addition to sharing the progress on Trocitos, I thought that a bit of color might jazz up your day! Here are two attempts of capturing the beauty of nature. Continue reading
”Happy are the painters, for they shall not be lonely. Light and colour, peace and hope, will keep them company to the end of the day.” — Winston Churchill.
Although “Trocitos” has not progressed as much as I had hoped, it has a bit more depth this week. Set up on 2nd floor porch, I encountered a unique problem that forced me to move the table inside. Continue reading
Google Definition of Dud: “Noun - A thing that fails to work properly or is otherwise unsatisfactory or worthless.”
Ecuador – The claro USB modem internet system is a dud! It receives no signal at my friends’ property, and in “Mindo Proper” it receives a signal, opens pages slowly, but will not send an email! Sigh, Paradise DOES have its frustrations! Continue reading
“Let whoever may have attained to so much as to have the power of drawing know that he holds a great treasure.” (Michelangelo)
When I block out all distractions and stay focused on my subject, drawing is like breathing – or like taking a refreshing nap! After half an hour of drawing, I often trade my pencil for a paintbrush. I quickly wean into a never-never land, and time seems suspended until something pulls me back into the present. At times I am painting, and at times I am drawing with my paintbrush. Continue reading
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Ecuador’s archaeological museums showcase the many cultures that thrived before the European conquest of the Americas. The Valdivia culture is often described as the oldest urban settlement in the Americas and dates back to 3,500 or 4,000 B.C. Some suggest that the Valdivia culture came from Japan, and why it vanished is a mystery as well.
When I visit the Ecuadorian museums, I linger at the Valdivia section in search of my favorite Venus ladies.
While working on the painting of the magic carpet on the bodega floor, I dashed upstairs to send a quick email. There in the inbox was the WordPress challenge for ‘Color.’
I smiled and pondered,”Color? Me?” and then I smiled.
Hurriedly, I rejoice that my eyes see in full glorious color, and I am pleased to share a few splashes from paintings that color my life!
While scrolling through glimpses of some of my more-colorful works, enjoy a song by Don McClean that is often on my painting playlist. Continue reading
After six months of extreme dry weather, typical of this dry rain-forest climate, the clouds turned on their taps and kicked off the new year with slow gentle rain. And more rain. And more rain. And more rain.
Friends from Colorado are in town to check on their home that’s under construction in the area. I’ve upgraded from a life ankle deep in mud on the river to a short stay at a cute hostal while they are here. (The photo above shows the road between my house and town.) All’s fine here, though the internet has been painfully slow. I have had problems sending emails, commenting on other posts or replying to WordPress comments. Continue reading
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Frizztext’s Story Challenge brings us to the final letters of the alphabet. “Watercolor” shoves out other options for this week’s selection from my tag stats!
Water water everywhere… Many times I remind struggling watercolorists to remember that it’s ‘WATER’color. One wants the white of the paper to enhance the painting and make the colors glow! Continue reading
Ailsa, from where’s my backpack, asks for images of liquid. My first thoughts for this post flowed to natural streams, rivers, lakes, oceans. I then pondered the many liquids that we consume, so here are some of my favorite images that might make you wistful to sample these drinks! Continue reading
Frizztext tosses his alphabet challenge each Tuesday. Pulling up from behind just under the wire with O for Olive Ridley, I am now slightly ahead with the prompt for P! The tagword of “Painting” trumped Pelicans, Portoviejo, Pacific Ocean, Peace March, Photo Challenge and PreColumbian Art for a chance for the spotlight!
From the archives comes an eclectic assortment of paintings from a handful of years! Rather than ramble on about my work, I’ll let the paintings take the stage! Continue reading
Jake’s Sunday Post prompts us away from today’s brilliant color applications and asks us to submit images in black and white. He reminds us that long-ago photos included subtle nuances of gray that made them uniquely appealing. The pencil drawing (above) adapted to the grayscale format, though the watercolor butterflies on the “Happy Shoes” (below) look real – even to me! Continue reading
This Man’s Journey’s theme for the week is Summertime Blast. Through a beautifully-narrated photo post, he shares the high points of his family’s summertime memories. Because I live on the equator, the past three months did not represent long days of summer vacation time, but exhibiting in three museums provided a blast of memories…
Each museum offered different experiences, and visitors quickly transformed into new and dear friends.
BAHIA DE CARAQUEZ, ECUADOR
While learning a new language, we all have moments that burn in our memories when we mistakenly insert a similar-sounding word in place of the correct one. The locals in Costa Rica still reminisce (with chuckles) when I stated that I was a man, instead of stating that I was hungry! Hombre – hambre; oh the difference one vowel makes! They also laughed when I bluntly stated with strong emphasis, “I NEED A MAN” (to help shovel truckloads of gravel!)
My most-recent Spanish-speaking blunder arrived last night, when University students joined locals and extranjeros at Museo Bahia de Caraques’s opening reception of the Mola Series. While explaining that the preColumbian Kuna Indians painted the designs on their bodies, I used the word for breakfast instead of naked!
Desayuno. Desnudo. Come on, I was close!
Several generous souls in the audience helped me through a few other stumbling blocks, but everyone seemed quite patient and forgiving!
The public reaction to the paintings continues to surprise me! Color certainly has a positive effect on people, and as Kate Murphy said at the Manta opening, “The paintings smile at you and make you smile back!” Continue reading
(PORTOVIEJO ECUADOR) Preparing for this second show of the Mola Series should have been a simple task, but—! It’s not that things went wrong; just that things didn’t flow the way they were planned! Continue reading
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Tipping out of Hostal Cruzita during the pre-dawn hours, I stopped for several photos on my way to the corner bus stop. A full day awaited me at the Cancebi Museo in Manta, Ecuador, where The Mola Series Exhibition entered its third week.
A lone rooster broke the serene stillness of the morning as he announced the arrival of the 5:20 bus to Manta. Although I anticipated meeting the Experience Ecuador group at the Manta airport in less than two hours, I would never have dreamed that the next two days would bring such an amazing and diverse group of people into my life!
Before dashing to the beach at La Division with my friends here in Ecuador, I updated a post on the wrong site! Forgive me for juggling way too many balls and getting some of them mixed up!
Here’s the catch-up post: http://zeebradesigns.wordpress.com/2012/05/27/major-tom-to-ground-control/
THE MOLA SERIES – Then & Now (Ayer y Hoy)
Opening Reception 18 May 2012 7:00 P.M. (19:00)
Museo Cancebi – Manta, Ecuador
Avenida 2 y Calle 9 (Frente al Palacio de Justicia)
Although most of you will not be able to attend, please sign the online guestbook! http://zeebramolas.wordpress.com
(The above site shows details for the show.)
(For those who have asked, I am still gathering information on lodging recommendations)
(“I’m painting as fast as I can!”- :)) Z)
This new painting style startles me at times! Inspired by the Mola textiles of Panama’s Kuna Indians, it was also influenced by my love of pre-Columbian artifacts. This series continues to evolve, and the subject matter sometimes takes control and dictates the painting’s direction.
(The series also inspired the “I CAN DO THIS” painting workshops.)
This PDF summary provides a retrospective summary of the first 14 paintings of series. Continue reading