Approaching the midnight hour, I’m wading through photos from the past three weeks of Barb’s visit. At times this rural life on Ecuador’s Pacific coast seems like a blend between outdoor survival school and an arts camp! Barb learned how to blend washes of transparent color on a painting, how to combine colors, create tromp l’oeil/fool-the-eye effects and how to use geometry to transfer a sketch to a larger surface.
She’s learned that the river birds chatter throughout the night, that mosquitoes will find you, (so will curious snakes and frogs!) and that the equatorial sun bites fast! In addition to shelling fresh peas from the garden, Barbara also experienced a unique vegetable that the locals call ‘achojcha.’
Barb now understands that perfection in art often robs a painting of its freshness and spontaneity. She also understands the need for breaks from intense painting sessions. A few days ago we took a break and watched my friends harvest a shrimp pond near the Riverhouse.
After the short break, we returned to the house to resume painting. Barb often dabbed more paint on her hands, arms, face and clothes than on the painting. I volunteered to upgrade her paint-soiled clothes to a fashion statement!
This post will find its way to you when Barb and I are watching the sun rise from a southbound bus for Guayaquil. Seven hours after our journey begins, we will arrive in Guayaquil. On Sunday morning she’ll be cinched in her COPA airline’s seat and sailing back over the line of the equator!
Thanks, everyone, for giving Barb such a warm WordPress welcome! She was touched and possibly a tiny bit dumbfounded at the amazing response to the floor-painting posts. Thanks, Barb, for your tireless energy and for brightening the lives of everyone you met along the way!
When I return home, I hope to publish more follow-up reports!
Don’t change that channel!