“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.
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.) Continue reading