Madam Valdivia - Acrylic - Lisa Brunetti

Madam Valdivia – Acrylic – Lisa Brunetti

“The secret to so many artists living so long is that every painting is a new adventure. So, you see, they’re always looking ahead to something new and exciting. The secret is not to look back.”
― Norman Rockwell

Madam Valdivia helped me move from 2014 and into 2015 with a positive creative leap. I first painted her portrait in watercolor in 2012 and used a one inch by four inch reproduction to paint a larger image with acrylic paints.

With a very low laptop battery, I am selecting an assortment of Valdivia women, often referred to as “Venus” women, associated with fertility from the ancient Pacific culture located near Valdivia Ecuador.  (The Valdivia culture dates from 3800 B.C. – 1500 B.C.)

"Senorita Valdivia"  Watercolor/left and original artifact/right

“Senorita Valdivia” Watercolor/left and original artifact/right

Valdivia Museum - Valdivia Women - Mujeres - Merci Waits

Valdivia Museum – Valdivia Women – Mujeres – Merci Waits

Valdivia Women/Mujeres - Bahia de Caraquez Museum - Ecuador

Valdivia Women/Mujeres – Bahia de Caraquez Museum – Ecuador

Valdivia Women - Guayaquil MAAC Museum

Valdivia Women – Guayaquil MAAC Museum

Valdivia Women - Guayaquil MAAC Museum

Valdivia Women – Guayaquil MAAC Museum

Senorita Valdivia - stages of watercolor

Senorita Valdivia – stages of watercolor

Senorita Valdivia in progress for Museo Bahia de Caraquez (Watercolor - 2012)

Senorita Valdivia in progress for Museo Bahia de Caraquez (Watercolor – 2012)

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One-by-four inch image on announcement card -Senorita Valdivia – Watercolor by Lisa Brunetti

Madam Valdivia - Acrylic by Lisa Brunetti

Madam Valdivia – Acrylic by Lisa Brunetti

(Did any of you guess that the image at the top of the page was painted on a surf board?!)

Madam Valdivia presided over the New Year’s celebrations and now joins the beach watch at El Matal!

Very gentle rains are now arriving during the nights and sizzling the confused power circuits!  This was written on New Year’s Day while using a rapidly-weakening battery and an equally-weak internet connection; power is still out at Casa Loca.  Yesterday the technician delivered a bad prognosis, and new ‘cajas’ have to be purchased to help regulate the voltage at the pole along the road…

I will continue to be off line until the problem is resolved.

From La Division Ecuador –

Happy New Year!  Z

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