Last year’s It Started With One Lightpole opened with a story about my friend Luchy Cevallos Sabando. The post was one of the most popular for the entire year.
Multi-talented Luchy tapped into his creative genius and opened a cybercafe with emphasis on cafe and not cyber! He wondered what he could do to attract more business, and before our afternoon painting session was finished, people were slowing down and taking note!
Luchy’s artistic touches throughout his Palo Santo Cafe and his nearby hostal leave little room for improvement! Several times I volunteered to help with a new project, but there was no obvious space for custom art.
Last week while visiting Luchy’s Palo Santo, I reminded him that I’d love to help with a new project. He pondered for a few minutes, then showed me an area in the VIP room that might make a fun backdrop for group photos. We did a bit of brainstorming, then started on Wednesday and finished on Saturday! Continue reading
“Drawing is the backbone. It is no good having a lovely sense of light and color if there isn’t the firm foundation underneath.” (Alexander Creswell)
This past week found me in the cloud-forest community of Mindo Ecuador. The hostal where I normally stay was closed, and someone pointed me down the street to a flower-draped hostal beyond “Hostal Charito.” The owner of Hostal Charito and I shared eye contact, and there was something in her posture or her eyes that nudged me to her door. Continue reading
“The aspect of Nature is devout. Like the figure of Jesus, she stands with bended head, and hands folded. The happiest man is he who learns from nature the lesson of worship.” (Emerson)
Today’s Timeout for Art addresses nature, and my artist’s statement from a show in the year 2000 stated, “I am at my best when alone with nature.” Continue reading
“A pencil is quiet, clean, odorless, inexpensive, and lightweight. I can slip it in my pocket and take it with me everywhere – my secret friend.” (Sherry Camby)
Years ago I taught art to elementary school students, and I reminded them that they were ‘safe’ from ridicule from their peers. All that I expected from them was that they try their best, and they were not to laugh at anyone’s attempts. How rewarding it was to witness the improvement from all levels! Awkward with their early drawings, some students worked on mastering their pencils, which were foreign in their hands. Other “naturally-talented” students had many more hours of drawing than the others and had found solace in their pencils and crayons. Aristotle said, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
The most important ingredient in being a good artist is practice! Practice, practice, practice! I was reminded of this last week, when Ruth, with her dominant hand in a cast, said that she’d try drawing with her left hand! I volunteered to include an additional sketch with my left hand each week in her honor. It was much more difficult than I realized! Although I draw well with my dominant hand, I am again at beginner status with the other! Continue reading
Holy Piso, Batman, The Bodega Floor is Finished!
Yes, ‘Stage One” of the bodega floor is finished! The first coat of a non-yellowing “laca poliuretano para pisos” is now drying, and the floor will be ready for its first inspection tomorrow! My friend Sarah Dettman and her tour group of 20 will stop by the house to for a sample of my life here on the river.
It’s not fair to let them see this floor before all of you in the cheering section! The only problem is that Barb is not here for a celebratory test drive on the magic carpet! Continue reading
While working on the painting of the magic carpet on the bodega floor, I dashed upstairs to send a quick email. There in the inbox was the WordPress challenge for ‘Color.’
I smiled and pondered,”Color? Me?” and then I smiled.
Hurriedly, I rejoice that my eyes see in full glorious color, and I am pleased to share a few splashes from paintings that color my life!
While scrolling through glimpses of some of my more-colorful works, enjoy a song by Don McClean that is often on my painting playlist. Continue reading
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Frizztext’s Story Challenge brings us to the final letters of the alphabet. “Watercolor” shoves out other options for this week’s selection from my tag stats!
Water water everywhere… Many times I remind struggling watercolorists to remember that it’s ‘WATER’color. One wants the white of the paper to enhance the painting and make the colors glow! Continue reading
WordPress asks us to rewrite our first post. I enjoyed this challenge, pulled up my first post about custom floors and interiors, hit ‘edit’ and reworked it by changing the title.
After revising it, I searched for the publish button, and woe is me! It remained under the original’s format as an update.
Alas, the best way to point you to the revised post is by this method!
Thanks for following the dots to the revised post, and I hope that other bloggers learn from my mistake!
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Ah! To bask in silence! A serene setting wraps its loving arms around us and cocoons us in delicious silence! Libraries offer comforting slices of silence, as do museums; parks and botanical gardens provide visual balms for the soul and reconnect us with nature. Silence allows our minds to grow quiet, and our senses awaken.
(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
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As I prepared to leave Cruzita for a long weekend at home (aka to build a goat-proof fence!) I saw this week’s Photo Challenge: Create.
The query asked, “Have you snapped a picture of something you’ve created, or something someone else has created? ‘
I chuckled! What have I NOT photographed lately that wasn’t related to being creative? I smiled, decided that the ‘next’ bus out of Cruzita would be just fine, and I began the arduous task of deciding which photos to share! (Or deciding which ones NOT to share!) Continue reading
An astrologist might have warned me of a mystical alignment of stars and planets that would sprinkle magic stardust across this Cancer-the-Crab’s Saturday! The early-morning inbox confirmed that my European friends had been slaying the day’s dragons while I was still in dreamland. I pondered the humor of asking them, ‘Is it going to be a good day?’ as remnants of REM sleep evaporated from my dream-fogged brain. Continue reading
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Tipping out of Hostal Cruzita during the pre-dawn hours, I stopped for several photos on my way to the corner bus stop. A full day awaited me at the Cancebi Museo in Manta, Ecuador, where The Mola Series Exhibition entered its third week.
A lone rooster broke the serene stillness of the morning as he announced the arrival of the 5:20 bus to Manta. Although I anticipated meeting the Experience Ecuador group at the Manta airport in less than two hours, I would never have dreamed that the next two days would bring such an amazing and diverse group of people into my life!
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)
The small town of Jama Ecuador has many multi-talented artists, and most of them dodge the spotlight. How can they get more recognition if someone doesn’t prod them forward from time to time?! Continue reading
“All artists are a little bit crazy!” “Artists are different.”
Over the years, I’ve chuckled when someone looked at my whimsical works and noted the difference in our personalities.
Yes, artists are programmed differently, and most of us rejoice that every waking moment is a gift! Whether soaking in a sun-drenched street scene or admiring an alignment of overhead pelicans or noting subtle color differences in a landscape, an artist’s eyes never rest!
When living in Costa Rica, I lived immersed in nature and marveled at the beauty that surrounded me. I was also intrigued that most of the handmade products I bought were made in Ecuador. Hammocks, pottery, linens, masks – Ecuador, Ecuador, Ecuador. From my first exploratory visit, Ecuador stole my heart! I divided my time between Ecuador and Central America and eventually weaned full time to Ecuador. There have been good times, and there have been bad – Destructive tides, the evolution of ‘Casa Loca,’ Dengue and Chikungunya epidemics, light-pole painting competitions, impromptu painting sessions, visits to the oldest hacienda in the country, a wedding on the equator, shrimp harvests, floor-painting memories. The April 16/2016 7.8 earthquake upturned the coastal area, and with a heavy heart I watched the ‘Casa Loca’ chapter come to an end.
Most of my posts feature light-hearted stories, though at times I poke and prod at much-more serious topics. Deforestation and continued abuse of our planet’s natural resources remind me to speak up for those who have no voice. Our planet is sick, and we are the ‘predator’ responsible; it’s time for all of us to remember that the other species deserve the right to thrive in their natural ecosystems.
This site will give you a glimpse into the life of the zeebra. Hopefully you’ll emerge with a lighter heart!
Thanks for stopping by! Z
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The paper’s unforgiving properties dictate a need for precise planning before the first stroke of color floats across the paper. With a good map in place, the painting flows effortlessly – for a seasoned artist!
(Right: “Tu-Can Do It” Acrylic on Paper 11″ x 16″
From the initial sketch until the final application of black, the above painting accepted the artist’s direction. There were no struggles; the image remained compliant and accepted the artist’s vision. “Van Gogh Ceibo” (below) quickly found its own voice and dictated the direction of the painting.
The Mola Series continues to spawn paintings that often step forward and seize control! Enjoy, Z Continue reading