The mystery painting that held my attention for many weeks finally reached its new home! Patricia Adams Farmer gave readers a sneak peek in her amazing feature, “The Totalmente Zen Art of Lisa Brunetti” Thanks again, Patricia, and thanks to all of you who visited her column and left such thoughtful comments.
Detail Mano Swirl – collection of Museo Bahia de Caraquez – 2012
New clients from the Jama area especially liked my graphic six-foot tall painting, Mano Swirl, that belongs to the Museo Bahia de Caraquez (Ecuador) and depicts a pre-Columbian relic from the area. Anyone who walks the beaches of the Jama area, will come away with pottery fragments from the Jama Coaque culture.
Museo Bahia de Caraquez (Ecuador) – Jama Coaque Culture
Detail/Artifact/Jama Coaque Culture – Museo Bahia de Caraquez
The Jama Coaque Indians left behind a legacy of amazing artifacts. The hand and the swirl patterns are often associated with their culture.
Sellos were most likely used for rolling designs on textiles and skin.
The inspiration for the current painting came from a small “sello” artifact from the Casa del Alabado Museum collection in Quito Ecuador. The Indians most likely used sellos to stamp patterns onto bodies and textiles. We decided to go with a scientific likeness for this “Jama Coaque” painting.
Jama Coaque SelloCasa Alabado/Quito Ecuador
I often placed the painting on the floor and my computer on the painting for easy reference of the museum image.
Using watercolor techniques with acrylic paints, I slowly added layers of color and shadow. Continue reading