Passions of an Odd Chick

Tuesday, June 24, 2008


I'm almost finished with my first, ever art-journal and I think this is my favorite watercolor sketch. You may have seen my photograph -I didn't get the faces quite right. They were quite a challenge for me.
These are children (Maasai children to be exact)in case you couldn't tell - who were actually rounded up by their teacher to sing me a thank you song for giving them suckers. They may look older because even though they had a pure naivete, they also had an old, wizened look to their faces. Their clothes were just that colorful. Sometimes they just tie up t-shirts and rags to make their ensemble. I think because they live in mud houses on dirt among the bush of Africa their eyes long for color. They live a very simplistic life. These children were happy, playful, and joyful without one toy in sight. They were curious as little kittens and very respectful. I loved the Maasai children. I could have spent all day with them just watching them play with their sticks like the real spears of their fathers. I'm so glad I have a photograph, and now a sketch to remember them. I hope to do a painting of this study someday soon now that I learned backgrounds and back-paintings from Mary Ann Beckwith.

4 comments:

Brenda Y said...

You have captured what you've written! This is absolutely AWESOME and I think not having too much detail on the faces adds to the charm of this piece! I looked and read through several of your blog entries and what a delight it is!! The watercolor workshop sounded heavenly -- I love mountains and it sounds like your trip really refreshed you!

pompatooie said...

This was a great painting, and I love the photo of the Masaii women dancing! That is fantastic. I wasn't sure how to get ahold of you, so I'm leaving a message here. I'd love to do a portrait exchange with you.
"Pompatooie" is a fake Indian name given to me by my boyfriend. It means, "She who is kissed by deer." Once, in the Rocky Mountains, I saw a deer and held my hand out to her, she came over and licked my hand several times, and stayed close to me. Then she looked over her shoulder, and I noticed she had two little fawns with her. She nodded her head to the fawns, and they walked away.
Nadine

Anetka said...

this painting is just amazing!! beautiful colours, beautiful post - delight!

btw. thank you for suggestion regarding posemaniac. Soon I'll have an internet access at home and I'll be able to draw, draw, draw:)))

PamYla said...

Wow you really captured the Massaii expressions and character well. Beautiful work. I like the daintiness of the tea spot you painted also