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Watercolor study --- Artifact from Museo Bahia de Caraquez

Watercolor study — Artifact from Museo Bahia de Caraquez

“I’ve seen a look in dogs’ eyes, a quickly vanishing look of amazed contempt, and I am convinced that basically dogs think humans are nuts.”
― John Steinbeck

(Ecuador)   Allow me to introduce you to a new watercolor study, inspired by an artifact in the Bahia de Caraquez museum.     I don’t think it reflects the emotion of contempt, but it seems happy and makes me smile.

Several years ago I was allowed into the Museum’s special glassed room filled with artifacts.   A guard accompanied me while I admired various pieces and was allowed to photograph a few.  The director of the museum has given me permission to return to this room so that I can capture the likeness of artifacts that the public never gets to see. This precious artifact (above) is one of my favorites.

Museo Bahia de Caraquez

Museo Bahia de Caraquez – Bahia de Caraquez/Manabi/Ecuador

Now that we’re receiving afternoon rains in the cloud forest, I work on the gardens in the mornings and switch to art when the rain chases me inside!   This past week I even remembered to take a few photos while I worked!  (Although I do not like working from photographs,  I will be able to adjust colors when I return to the museum for another work session.)

2B151331 museum study pencil dog

2B151332museum study pencil y wash dog

2B151346museum study pencil watercolor dog finished artifact

It’s presently raining cats and dogs (but no artifacts) here at the Mirador Restaurant in Los Bancos, where I’ve enjoyed another great lunch, conversations with Patricio (His story is very interesting!) and I will head home as soon as there’s a break in the rain.

Watercolor study - Suggestions for a name?

Watercolor study – Suggestions for a name?

Timeout was a day early this week! (Bird – Internet in hand!)

Until next week, Z