“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” – Pablo Picasso
These colorful masks are icons in the annual Inti-Raymi June Solstice Festivals in South America where the indigenous Indians mark the placement of the sun. The sketch at the top of this post helped firm up details for a future painting, and I worked on the pencil drawings with uninhibited freedom last week as I waited for a meeting with immigration! That night the colors were washed with equal spontaneity, and I am ready to move forward soon with the larger-than-life painting. Although the rough sketch took very little time to complete, the essence of the future painting is captured.
Long ago I loved doodling with an Etch-a-Sketch, and now there’s an easy access for online doodling! SCRIBBLER!
I was not able to save my Scribbler drawing of the mask, but I’ll leave you with the reins to try some scribbles of your own. Knock off those bad-weather blues with uninhibited childlike scribbles and Have Fun!
Pilgrim: A wanderer, a traveler, a stranger. Someone who travels a great distance in strange lands to a holy shrine or site. A person traveling to a place of particular personal interest...
Ecuador captured my heart years ago, and there is an emotional comfort here that is a balm to my soul. Like the pilgrims that arrived on the Mayflower, I have experienced times of great joy and also faced personal challenges.
The Daily Prompt rolled through, and while tapping into a fast internet signal, I am pleased to share this post that illustrates contemplation.
I remain impressed that many Ecuadorians practice the art of contemplation through the game of chess, and they take time to mentor the younger generation.
The children of Playa San Miguel Costa Rica often contemplate the mysteries of their marine ecosystem. I will always treasure the memories of the day an olive ridley sea turtle came ashore in the daytime to lay her eggs.
* Thanks to those who are actively helping (via easy pain-free voting!) the turtles catch up with the frogs; the frogs and turtles are swimming, crawling and leaping towards a $20,000 prize! Some out-of-the USA people hit a stumbling block with the zip code requirement. One found a way around the problem by using her sister’s USA zip code. “Save the Frogs” remains in first place, but let’s help those endangered turtles come from behind and win in the final stretch!
(Please vote for the Eastern Pacific Hawksbill Initiative )
Thanks for spreading the word! Z
I first met Ingrid Yañez at Playa San Miguel Costa Rica when she was in charge of the sea turtle project for Pretoma, an organization dedicated to protecting sharks and sea turtles. After few years later, work took her elsewhere, but we have stayed in touch. I sometimes lob updates to her about my sea turtle encounters, and she shares news about her efforts (with her husband Alex Gaos) in saving the rapidly-declining populations of sea turtles. They are presently working diligently in conservation for the highly-endangered hawksbill turtles. (ICAPO)
Their enthusiasm is infectious about recent discoveries: “Prior to 2007 hawksbills were thought to be essentially extinct in the eastern Pacific…they have been documented using cryptic nesting sites, often located inside estuaries, where they come ashore behind stands of mangroves to deposit their eggs. They also use these in-land mangrove waterways to forage. “
Eureka! Mangroves?!!! Could that have been one of the last few hundred hawksbill turtles in front of the house yesterday? Continue reading »
Playa San Miguel Costa Rica — Every so often Mother Ocean flexes her muscles and reminds us of how small we really are! These high tides barreled up the beach, through the palms and scattered this group of wave watchers! Continue reading »
From a cybercafe, I am tapping into the archives for images that show the evolution of a palm-thatched structure. This particular “ramada” adds much-needed shade from the equatorial sun, and it also provides shelter from the rain and mud during the rainy season. 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 »
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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 »
It's near the end of the rainy season in Nicaragua. Theresa suffered with respiratory problems, a slow heart rate, symptoms of a sluggish thyroid, severe fatigue, insomnia, and a feeling of brain fog. "I just don't understand what's wrong with me," she said. "All I want to do is eat Snickers bars and watch TV. My resting heart rate is 40 beats per minute.
“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.
“Doing easily what others find difficult is talent; doing what is impossible for talent is genius.” (Henri Ferederic Amiel)
This week’s Timeout for Art covers an impromptu t-shirt painting project; today’s post illustrates the first stage, and the second half will follow on Thursday.
Silvana (http://tinasca.wordpress.com/) on a short visit to Mindo, squeezed a lot into a three-day visit! After touring the Mindo Butterfly Gardens, she searched for a t-shirt that did not shout ‘Tourist T-Shirt!” She found none; I suggested that we search for a white t-shirt, take it to the house and design a unique surprise for her sister’s birthday!
After perusing several hundred (!) images of hummingbirds and butterflies from my computer files, we both agreed that this butterfly pose might make a dramatic “jump-off-the-shirt” design!
Having witnessed Silvana’s natural drawing and painting talents over the past six months, I nudged her forward with a few suggestions. Enjoy following her progress! 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 »
County Line Road of Loxahatchee, Florida advanced to the finals of the Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam! They are one of seven who made the finals, and they are presently in the #2 spot! Ya-hooooo! Thanks everyone for helping, and if possible keep up your support here: VOTING for ROUND 2
I am in Mindo Ecuador and am helping friends settle into their new property. We are half an hour from town in a very beautiful area. In another week we hope to be wired for the internet. Thanks all of you for your beautiful support of my last post; presently – if I reply to your comments, I will miss my ride back to my friends’ property!
See you later in the week, and thanks again for helping County Line Road reach the finals!
This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge showed an image of rebar – called ‘varillas’ in Latin America, and it reminded me of a project from the past two weeks. Last week I was given a great lesson in construction in reverse fashion.
Because of pending regulations in the maritime zone of Nandayure Costa Rica, I had to tear down the thatched-roof rancho in order to move forward with a concession for new construction. In four days, workers demolished a property that held almost ten years of Zeebra memories. Continue reading »
We can make our minds so like still water that beings gather around us, that they may see their own images, and so live for a moment with a clearer perhaps even a fiercer life because of our quiet. (William Butler Yeats)
Instead of babbling about art tonight, I’d like for everyone to gather ’round and absorb a bit of the serenity that often floats through the I Can Do This sessions. Peer over our shoulders and experience the essence of calm! Continue reading »
Some of you have been kind to help with votes for County Line Road in the Pepsi Gulfcoastjam. They reached the Reverbnation #1 spot for Country Rock and have been inching forward from 8 to 6 to 4 and are now in the #3 spot for Pepsi’s search for the “First ever Southern Original.” Chris Cardman, the lead guitar player for County Line Road, is my friend, and we were neighbors at Playa San Miguel in Costa Rica for many years. I am so happy to witness the band’s climb to fame!
Over 2000 acts applied for this event, and CLR is one of 48 that made the finals, and they did well! Darryl Worley, who presided over the Tallahassee playoffs, had several remarks to Chris that made me smile: ”Hey man… play that guitar….” and “… That rock and rollin’ guitar man makes us smile and wanna drink more Pepsi!” Continue reading »
The world’s spotlight continues to shine on Ecuador, that lovely jewel of a country that so captures the hearts of first-time visitors and continues to burn long after that first imprint on the soul. Often listed as one of the most attractive relocation areas for retirement, it has many jewels in its crown.
but there’s trouble in paradise… Continue reading »
Today’s Daily WordPress Prompt is I Am a Rock , and my immediate response was the classic line from the Beatles’ song, “Oh, I get by with a little help from my friends…”
The past week has been quite demanding of my time and energies – physical as well as emotional, and as soon as this merry-go-round slows long enough for a longer post, I’ll expand on this theme.
All’s fine, but it’s been a full few weeks. I am especially grateful for the support of many of my friends who have pitched in to help turn lemons into lemonades. Have you missed me?!!!!
(Are you curious?!!!)
After 48-hours of travel, I was happy to reach my friends’ home, sleep until 9 (!) and awaken to enjoy an unhurried visit with them. As we walked part of their property, several woodland scenes held my attention; these trees would make great subjects for pencil studies!
A plan incubated! Continue reading »
This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is Focus; “…For this challenge, get out there and take a picture demonstrating the concept of focus.”
Each week I photograph the progress on the compass design (painted on concrete floor) from several vantage points, so with pleasure I present the almost-finished design from many-different angles.
Because this is a floor, I keep asking myself, “Lisa! Are those little bitty details really important?” Continue reading »
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I felt my energy revive, and said to myself, In spite of everything I shall rise again: I will take up my pencil, which I have forsaken in my great discouragement, and I will go on with my drawing. From that moment everything has seemed transformed for me. (Vincent Van Gogh to Theo)
The TIMEOUT FOR ART posts started in May, and Mary of Pastels by Mary climbed aboard and pledged to devote thirty minutes to drawing each week. (See Thursdays will be for Drawings) Here’s what she said back in May, “…Oh boy – I’m not sure what I got myself into, but I’ve joined in with Z of Playamart to draw for 30 minutes each Thursday. I haven’t been drawing lately and decided it’s a good way to polish my drawing skills and discipline myself to pay attention and concentrate on my subjects – drawing always had a way of doing that for me. …”
What impressed me with Mary’s weekly Timeout for Art posts was that she disciplined herself to STOP after half an hour of drawing, and she set aside the work until the next week.
Having the discipline to stop a work of art when it’s going well is like taking one bite of pizza and saying, ‘That’s enough!’ Having the discipline to resume a week later is like getting motivated to run after eating an entire pizza!
Week after week, Mary devoted half an hour (or slightly more) on her pencil study of a retired racehorse named Pacific Reach. During Week 8, Mary shared the sad news that Pacific Reach had died. How sobering is that? See: Gentle Compassion #7.
The following images show the evolution of Mary’s drawing, “Gentle Compassion.” Continue reading »
Being without internet connexion at home has not helped me much to catch up some ideas, activities and experiences that I have had lately.
But the sad news I received last Thursday August 15 has forced me to find an internet service to express what I think.
In 2007 President Rafael Correa for whom I voted in every election that he has participated since 2006 announced one of the most extraordinary proposal at The General Assembly of the United Nations, the country's commitment to maintain indefinitely unexploited reserves of 846 million barrels of oil in the ITT (Ishpingo-Tambococha-Tiputini), equivalent to the 20% of the country's reserves, located in Yasuní National Park inside Ecuadorian Amazon.
The art of hammocking in Ecuador rivals another art, that of idyllic gazing from doors and windows! Slow your pace and absorb the surroundings, and most likely you’ll find a set of smiling eyes peering from a window or doorway! Smile, and they return a twice-as-radiant smile!
How could I NOT share these door and window moments to compliment the previous post about hammocks? Continue reading »
Time flies when we’re having fun, and the WordPress Weekly Challenge is here again! This post brings you an image theme that represents Carefree.
A pictorial dictionary might use an image of a person in a hammock to illustrate the word, “Carefree.” Wilkipedia describes the hammock as “A sling made of fabric, rope, or netting, suspended between two points, used for swinging, sleeping, or resting.”
Enjoy these carefree hammock photos from my travels in Latin America! Continue reading »
Today’s Daily Prompt is: Mirror, Mirror, On the Wall and states, “Photographers, artists, poets: show us REFLECTIONS.”
On the road, I present to you an assortment of images that represent “Reflections.”
(Note: Please do not share any of my images on Pinterest!)
See you in a dozen hours when I return home!
Z Continue reading »
(Ecuador) – My friend Stephen Hopkins is forever playing pranks, so I laughed when I saw this image. “Clever use of perspective! You did a great job making a simple earthworm look like a monster worm!”
But wait; I examined the photos and pondered, “This isn’t a joke, is it? You truly found a worm that big? Tell me more!” Here’s Stephen’s story: Continue reading »
Ecuador celebrates Independence Day on May 24th each year. Then August 10th rolls around, and Ecuador celebrates Independence Day again! I always ponder the August 10th notices and ask myself, “Didn’t we already have Independence Day?” Continue reading »