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P1740753 snowy egret pencil

Two snowy egrets: shading the background took much more time than drawing the birds, but the dark background makes the egret ‘pop.’

“Drawing is the basis of art.  A bad painter cannot draw.  But one who draws well can always paint.”  (Arshile Gorky)

Jama Ecuador – 05/June/2013

The past week found me totally immersed in art projects and in society! The post-painting competition stretched from Saturday until Monday evening, and several of the most dedicated artists continued painting after sunset!  Tapping into the pre-Columbian designs of the Jama Coaque Indians, the street artists displayed strong drawing skills.

Brian, this year's winner, worked for three days and into each night and stayed focused on his painting the entire time!

Brian, this year’s winner, worked for three days and into each night and kept this focus the entire time!

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Another top prize winner reflects strong drawing skills.

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Oh to be young!

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We’ve lost power three times in the past week,  so I have had little computer time.  Two nights ago while giving a watercolor lesson to a prize winner, we lost power as well!  We resumed the lesson by candlelight!    I also left my sketchbook in a friend’s truck last week, so the evolving leaf drawing is MIA!

More great talent

More great talent

With the art competition finished, I am now helping my friend Silvana and her sister Vania jazz up their restaurant while Momma and Papa are out of town! Tapping into strong drawing skills, we drew the designs on glass and meticulously painted the black outlines – three times!  With a good map in place, the colors flowed effortlessly!

Start with a strong drawing, and the painting process is fun!

Start with a strong drawing, and the painting process is fun!

A simple design quickly evolved into a more-complicated one...

A simple design quickly evolved into a more-complicated one…

After painting the dark lines of the map, the colors were fun and easy to apply!

After painting the dark lines of the map, applying the colors was fun!

Playing catch up from lack of internet, I will post last week’s drawings when I am back home on the river.   Silvania, Vania and I are looking forward to another day or two of painting!  Do you think that ‘Momma’ and ‘Papa’ will be pleased?

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