Hi from Mindo Proper (Ecuador)
We cleared one small problem while waiting on the road grader to clear beyond their home.
Julie and I have made a fast trip to Mindo while the mountain road is open, though the road graders have cleared dozens of mud slides, and many of them were HUGE. The roads between their home and town are sloppy and un-passable unless one is in a four-wheel drive. We are in town to buy supplies and return while there is still light. It’s been raining since noon, and I predict more mudslides. The roads are ugly, and I am amazed that some of the large landslides have been cleared!
With a 30-hour power outage, some of the items in the refrigerator/freezer were questionable, and we were out of staples like garlic, onions, spinach, eggs etc. The kitchens will be well stocked when we return! (Their car had been in the shop for two months, and they had just retrieved it (and me) from Quito and returned Saturday evening.)
And then the rains came pouring down.
Most of the timeout for Art was written last week, so now here’s the rest of the post!
June 2012 – Post Painting Competition at El Matal Ecuador, when trees and boat shelters lined El Matal’s ample beach.
“Someone else’s vision will never be as good as your own vision of your self. Live and die with it ’cause in the end it’s all you have. Lose it and you lose yourself and everything else. I should have listened to myself.”
― Georgia O’Keeffe
While I photographed the young artists at work, these skulls caught my attention in 2012. They patiently awaited in incubation…
Thanks for your feedback on the ‘Zebra-Energy’ (ZENnergy) painting! I treasured every comment and critique! While answering the comments, I realized that you’ve all earned a more in-depth explanation of the creative process of this particular painting.
The inspiration has been tap tap tapping at my senses for years at nearby Playa El Matal, where the beach is quickly vanishing. The skulls first tweaked my attention from the young artist who was painting a nearby post, and a year later I photographed them again. I worked out a concept on paper while having lunch in town.
The skulls caught my attention again in July 2013, and I tossed around ideas on paper while waiting on lunch.
Another nine or so months passed, and I sometimes glanced at the sketches and thought, “I really need to bring you to life!” Continue reading