Enclosed are random images from the past week. Tonight’s showtime #2 for the Mola Series! Z Continue reading
THE MOLA SERIES – Then & Now (Ayer y Hoy)
Opening Reception 18 May 2012 7:00 P.M. (19:00)
Museo Cancebi – Manta, Ecuador
Avenida 2 y Calle 9 (Frente al Palacio de Justicia)
Although most of you will not be able to attend, please sign the online guestbook! http://zeebramolas.wordpress.com
(The above site shows details for the show.)
(For those who have asked, I am still gathering information on lodging recommendations)
(“I’m painting as fast as I can!”- :)) Z)
This new painting style startles me at times! Inspired by the Mola textiles of Panama’s Kuna Indians, it was also influenced by my love of pre-Columbian artifacts. This series continues to evolve, and the subject matter sometimes takes control and dictates the painting’s direction.
(The series also inspired the “I CAN DO THIS” painting workshops.)
This PDF summary provides a retrospective summary of the first 14 paintings of series. Continue reading
“Art is the signature of civilizations.”- Beverly Sills
(Ecuador) Using my.yahoo.com as email provider home page, I view the most-recent emails, the 5 top news stories, news of Ecuador/Latin America, weather stats for specific locations, and science and arts stories. The custom page provides a quick summary of the day’s pulse when I log onto the internet.
One column features amazing works of art, and whenever possible I follow that link and savor Lines & Color’s ‘Eye Candy’... This week featured a black rectangle to illustrate a more-serious post. Please take time to read Charley Parker’s Lines & Colors Is On Strike Today –
From Lines & Colors: “…Yes, it’s a small, mostly symbolic gesture, but so are the recently announced plans by the incoming administration to eliminate funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, as well as the Corporation for Public Broadcasting…”
I pondered how to share my own thoughts regarding the importance the arts play in our world. The best option seems to illustrate with images from old posts, where art played a large role in bringing people together while introducing them to the magic of self discovery.
We’ll start in Jama Ecuador, where locals are still recovering from the earthquake. I am not sure if this tree is still there, but in the past, the whimsical art continued to smile at those who considered looking up…. Continue reading
“Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.” – Mary Lou Cook
Once upon a time, long long ago, a precious four-year old burst into tears when the art teacher stepped into his classroom on the second week of school. “Art?” little Sam whimpered, “My mother didn’t tell me about art….” He cried and cried and eventually stopped — about the time class was over for the day.
A week passed, and I again disrupted his normal routine, and he cried again.. Not so much, but my presence made him uncomfortable… He cried during the first part of class, but then calmed. I think by the third week he accepted this strange interuption and in another month, he embraced the concept of art and all of the surprises that the art teacher shared with his four-year old peers. I often said that teaching those four-year olds was a bit like jugging one too many balls; their attention spans were short, so I tried to provide many options each week to hold their interests …
Four years later when that same cluster of students was drawing one of their classmates who sat in one lone chair in the middle of the room, I silently marveled, “Wow.. they are getting a likeness, not just an icon, and they probably should not have the skills to do this at this age – but no one has told them that they couldn’t… and Mrs. B believes in them – therefore they did it – and did it well!” Continue reading
“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”
― Benjamin Franklin
(Ecuador 2015) Back in February, I dropped by Museo Bahia de Caraquez and enjoyed reminiscing with the staff about the Mola Series Exhibition the museum sponsored back in 2012. Ready to work on a new series of museum artifacts, I asked permission to take a few photos. With a bit of red-tape, the director Sixtina Ureta authorized me to photograph a few of my favorite pieces. She also told me that my “Spiral” painting in their collection would be included in an upcoming show.
After a few delays, the museum’s most-recent show opened this morning for the viewing pleasure of a group of students. I knew there would be students, but I did not realize that they were students of art! Many wanted their photos taken with me in front of the spiral painting, and we had several laughs – especially when I crouched down with my back against the wall to be the same height as Sixtina. Several other artists and supporters of the arts attended the formal presentation – it’s always a special honor to witness extranjeros who attend the local events.
“My teacher would like for you to come downstairs,” one student said as the gathering ended. I followed Sixtina and others down the stairs to a level below the main floor. A second art event was about to begin! Continue reading
“Suzanne takes you down to her place by the river…” (Leonard Cohen)
Jama Ecuador (Manabi Province)
When one of the Ecuador Expat tours visited Casa Loca, someone asked me, “Do you know Leonard Cohen’s song, Suzanne?”
“I do!” I smiled, though I didn’t say that it was often on my painting playlist…
She added, “I just met Suzanne.”
I smiled, reflected on some of the lines and peered at myself through her eyes. She was probably correct!
Although I have many images of the newest ‘driftwood’ projects, I left the USB stick with those images at the house. While using faster internet in town, I am pairing a few new ones with older ones from the archives.
Here are some older photos and a few lines from the song to illustrate her point:
…Suzanne takes you down to her place near the river…
You can hear the boats go by
You can spend the night beside her…
Anyone who has hopped from doctor to doctor in search of a diagnosis and cure will agree that one needs to find out what triggered the symptoms. The best treatment whacks at the root of the illness instead of throwing darts at possible reasons, masking the symptoms with temporary solutions and hoping to reclaim your wellness. If your body is retaining fluid, would you rather take a pill to flush your system or try to figure out what’s making you retain that fluid?
Paying attention to diet and the chemicals we put into our bodies might help pinpoint possible triggers. Sometimes those triggers are obvious.
For over thirty years, I’ve dodged MSG (monosodium glutamate) which almost immediately makes my fingers and feet swell. Sometimes if I unknowingly ingest a double dose, my heart starts beating faster, I break out in a sweat and feel weak. If I consume an overload of MSG, my symptoms are similar to being drugged, and I cannot think well. Once several days passed before I emerged from the fog of an accidental MSG “overdose.”
Figuring out my sensitivity to aspartame took longer, although losing one’s vision and then getting it back will get anyone’s attention! Several of these MSG and Aspartame stories are here: G for GALLO, GARZA, GARROBO, GAFAS AND – GASP – GLUTAMOTO MONOSODICO.
This past week during the Ecuador Expat Journey tour, I told this red-wine story to a new friend:“…About four years ago after experiencing MSG sensitivity two different times after drinking red wine, I conducted a random online search: “RED WINE, MSG.” …I was not expecting to find links to stories that linked red wine and MSG with a product called AuxiGro, but they were there staring me in the face! Yes, AuxiGro contains “Glutamic acid” and was used on many food crops in the USA and throughout the world! The product not only helped crops mature at the same time, but it also enhanced the sweetness of grapes! I was stunned…”
“The difference in men does not lie in the size of their hands, nor in the perfection of their bodies, but in this one sublime ability of concentration: to throw the weight in one blow, to live eternity in an hour.” – Elbert Hubbard
I had the honor of ‘bunking’ with the ancient artifacts at Museo de Bahia de Caraquez during the Mola Series Exhibition in 2012! The guards, surprised that I was thrilled to be staying there, told a few ghost stories and said that I was very brave!
After hours, the museum was deliciously quiet, and while reviewing photos in my room, I painted a watercolor of one of the artifacts. Continue reading
This past week a friend credited his morning meditation to a feeling of well being. Meditation is a great way to start the day!
“You’d better watch out,” I warned, “The devil’s always waiting around the corner to sabotage that good mood!’
About eight hours later that devil tweaked his attention to me and spoiled what had been a very positive and productive day!
A “Please moderate” notice arrived for a post that was written months ago, and I was curious to see who had commented about things that can go wrong with legal and real estate negotiations in Latin America. Surprised that the slow internet loaded the email, I scanned the message in the inbox:
New comment waiting approval on Zeebra Designs & Destinations
Marilyn S. Ruben commented on RED FLAG… “It’ll Never Happen To Me”
Here is my feedback: You are operating a Fraudulent Website with a name which is already protected under U. S. Trademark and U. S. Copyright by ME, as of l2 years ago in 2002 through the present time. We have 500 Artworks in our Collection, 250 by me and 250 by my 30 Artists.
Before setting up your Website, you should have completed a “Search” of other Websites online to see if there was a “Conflict of Interest.”
You are breaking U. S. Copyright Law as well as U. S. Trademark Law!
Please Cease and Desist using your Company name, because it is already being used, and has been for the past l2 years, by me and my company!
I don’t know you or your Company, but I once did meet someone named “Lisa” and I also met someone who calls himself “The Zebra,” because he wore “stripes” in and out of prison for at least 20 years. If this is a description of the two of you, you are breaking U.S. Copyright and U. S. Trademark Law by using our Company name!
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(What?!) I first thought, “Spam,” and I read it again and reconsidered, “No, this isn’t spam, but this makes no sense!” How had I violated a copyright or trademark? Continue reading
Thanks to all of you who have commented and given support over the past few months while I’ve been offline more than online. You’ve endured way too many slices of (my) silence, although I think/hope that I’ve read and appreciated most of the comments. (When in town, I load the pages during lunch at a restaurant with wifi, and I enjoy reading the comments offline at night!)
Several people asked about the paint used on the t-shirt; have you ever soiled your jeans when rolling latex (water-based) house paint on a wall? The paint rarely washes out of clothing – years later those drips and dribbles still hang tight – so why not use that same type of paint for decorative projects? Continue reading
We can make our minds so like still water that beings gather around us, that they may see their own images, and so live for a moment with a clearer perhaps even a fiercer life because of our quiet. (William Butler Yeats)
Instead of babbling about art tonight, I’d like for everyone to gather ’round and absorb a bit of the serenity that often floats through the I Can Do This sessions. Peer over our shoulders and experience the essence of calm! Continue reading
“Drawing is the artist’s most direct and spontaneous expression, a species of writing; it reveals, better than does painting, his true personality.” (Edgar Degas)
This time last year (July 2012) many students toured the Mola Series exhibit at the Portoviejo (Manabi/Ecuador) Museum. The director of the museum said that a group of girls would be visiting the museum and asked if they could tour the exhibit. She said that the girls had ‘problemas.’ Some came from abusive homes, one was pregnant, and they all deserved some positive experiences. I suggested that we buy pencils and paper and give them a quick drawing class! Continue reading
This week’s WordPress challenge asks us to: “Take a picture of yourself or someone else as a shadow, a reflection, or a lesser part of a scene, making the background, or — as in the example above — the foreground, the center of attention.”
Silvana (of Monoaullador), Bob (of Pirancafe) and I traveled this week to the community of La Mocora where time seemed frozen in sweet acceptance of a basic-yet-rewarding long-ago lifestyle. The camera often captured not only the primary subject but a secondary one as well! Continue reading
Today’s Daily Prompt states:
Tell us about the most surprising helping hand you’ve ever received.
Photographers, show us HANDS.
Hands? Do I ever have an assortment of images of hands!
Enjoy! Continue reading
Barb and I put in a long day of painting today and stopped around 8 tonight. Barb passed on dinner and went straight to sleep!
After working on photos, I am now heading for slumber as well. Although we don’t have a flying-carpet postcard tonight, a unique flying carpet is materializing in the bodega! Here are some photos that show the progress! Continue reading
There are many great Spanish words to be tagged L for this week’s Story Alphabet. Although many people claim that they know little Spanish, they will most likely know some of these words! Through the magic of technology, this post will sail out of the starting gate while I am en route to Guayaquil to meet my friend Barbara!
L is for lago/lake (Above) L is for leche (Below) Continue reading
The riverhouse received an injection of energy this weekend! Gonzalo de la Fuente and his beautiful family crammed many memories into their short break from the port city of Manta Ecuador. Gonzalo is quite the Renaissance Man, and his graphic arts skills keep his dance card full. I am grateful for his tireles help whenever I need posters, invitations, a press release, catalog, book marks, business cards – he transforms and improves the concepts. Although I often visit Gonzalo and his family on their turf, this was their first trip to the Jama area. These photos reflect one of many great memories from their two-day visit.
Thanks, Let’s Be Wild, for selecting the image of “Little Bit” Iguana in last week’s winner’s circle. This week’s theme is Wanderlust, a perfect topic for the life of the Zeebra!
When I was about ten years old, our class studied about Argentina’s pastoral Pampas grasslands. The images of horses and cattle affected me, and I dreamed of living in faraway Argentina.
Mark Knofler’s song Wanderlust makes a perfect backdrop for this post, and the video is paired with images from Ecuador. Enjoy the song while scrolling through these images of Latin America. Continue reading
Emerging from a ‘painting fog,’ I am groping for clarity of mind to pull this post together! Painting and conversation don’t mix well, even if my conversation is with the keyboard! Attempting to catch up with Frizztext’s story alphabet, I present to you a wide variety of breakfast items from Ecuador. Desayuno by any other name would still equal breakfast! Continue reading
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Frizztext’s Story Challenge has reached the end of the alphabet, and I had no problems finding images for the letter Z! There are so many zebra options in my files for this week’s challenge, I will try to dole a few more out during the week.
Let’s go down the steps and see if we can find some z images to kick off the week!
ECUADOR: Every so often Life presents us with precious gifts when we least expect them. Didier Galindo breezed into my life during the opening of The Mola Series back in May of this year. We became instant friends, and have enjoyed swapping ideas and attitudes about art. While my paintings made their three-museum “Mola Series” tour, Didier was busy working on material for his upcoming show, Senderos de Luz, in Bahia de Caraquez. (Mola Series Summary- see: My Cup Runneth Over)
Several weeks ago after a work week with ESCoffee in Guayaquil, I stopped in Manta and visited with Didier. Finished with his paintings, he walked with me across town, and I introduced him to my multi-talented friend, Gonzalo, who does my printing. As we criss-crossed lanes of traffic, Didier witnessed my concern when an acquaintance from my past appeared with no warning. Continue reading
This Man’s Journey’s theme for the week is Summertime Blast. Through a beautifully-narrated photo post, he shares the high points of his family’s summertime memories. Because I live on the equator, the past three months did not represent long days of summer vacation time, but exhibiting in three museums provided a blast of memories…
Each museum offered different experiences, and visitors quickly transformed into new and dear friends.
BAHIA DE CARAQUEZ, ECUADOR
While learning a new language, we all have moments that burn in our memories when we mistakenly insert a similar-sounding word in place of the correct one. The locals in Costa Rica still reminisce (with chuckles) when I stated that I was a man, instead of stating that I was hungry! Hombre – hambre; oh the difference one vowel makes! They also laughed when I bluntly stated with strong emphasis, “I NEED A MAN” (to help shovel truckloads of gravel!)
My most-recent Spanish-speaking blunder arrived last night, when University students joined locals and extranjeros at Museo Bahia de Caraques’s opening reception of the Mola Series. While explaining that the preColumbian Kuna Indians painted the designs on their bodies, I used the word for breakfast instead of naked!
Desayuno. Desnudo. Come on, I was close!
Several generous souls in the audience helped me through a few other stumbling blocks, but everyone seemed quite patient and forgiving!
The public reaction to the paintings continues to surprise me! Color certainly has a positive effect on people, and as Kate Murphy said at the Manta opening, “The paintings smile at you and make you smile back!” Continue reading
World-class athletes often reflect on their humble beginnings. They practiced in quiet surroundings and were encouraged by the people who believed in them. How empty our lives would be without those wonderful souls who put others first, challenge them to do their best, coach them and cheer them on! Patient and kind, they are the givers in this world.
(PORTOVIEJO ECUADOR) Preparing for this second show of the Mola Series should have been a simple task, but—! It’s not that things went wrong; just that things didn’t flow the way they were planned! Continue reading
(ECUADOR) Yesterday I journeyed from Cruzita to Portoviejo for a final visit to the museum before next week’s opening reception of The Mola Series. Armed with WordPress’s newest photo challenge, I stepped onto the bus with anticipation of the many fleeting moments that were about cross my visual path. With camera in hand, I was ready to capture the photo opportunities that raced past my window! Continue reading
Coming out of my painting fog, I am attempting to reclaim my normal routine, which is never normal or routine! Anyone new to the blogging world realizes the vast options that are patiently waiting to be explored. One must first explore the shallows before plunging into the ocean! This morning I kicked off my swimmies and explored a few blogs.
Every so often a “Weekly Photo Challenge” crossed my field of vision, though I never paused long enough to research what that challenge was about. This morning – my first day back to normal after taking down the show yesterday – the OH MY!-light bulb instantly cleared the painting fog from my eyes!
Each week Word Press throws a new theme to those who are interested in participating in that challenge! Friendship? This past month so many dear friends have stepped forward to help ‘before, during and after’ my exhibition. Wow, do I ever have material to contribute to the Friendship theme!
Since I’m about to dash to nearby El Matal’s Phase Two chapter of It Started with One Light Pole, I will post images that have been patiently awaiting my attention in a folder marked, “One Friend” – inspired by Keb Mo’s song by the same title. After this weekend’s painting marathon at El Matal, I hope to emerge with several posts; one of the competition and another to thank my dear friends who offered tireless support during The Mola Series exposition.
I leave you with images from Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Ecuador that best reflect this week’s photo challenge of friendship! Continue reading