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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The Beauty of Silence




The appeal of the West Coast lies in the great expanses of the landscape, the stark simplicity that is so easy to find around here. Follow our coast and you will see long stretches of pristine and lonely beaches. Sometimes there might be a man and his dog, a solitary angler, a backpacker!

Because it is winter here, I make use of photos taken by guest photographers. Today you meet the vibrant and well-known Yzerfontein personality, Mary Ann Bosch. She is an elegant and charismatic lady, darting around chatting, cooking and serving diners in their restaurant, Kaijaiki! She runs a B&B too. Because of her deep empathy with the human condition, she studies hard to be a life coach and will soon graduate in her course in Counselling and Communication. Her plan is open her own clinic in her peaceful seaside home near Yzerfontein. Also, with her first professional assignment as photographer, a Saldanha Bay wedding within a few months, she will once again have her hands full!

Busy, busy!!But to bring her whole being into balance , Mary Ann steps out on the beach with her camera, loving the early mornings and the time of dusk. She replenishes her soul in line with her motto: "I cannot give when I am empty." I thank her for the inspiration for this painting, from her photo of Langebaan lagoon that speaks so well of the "beauty of silence".

23 comments:

  1. What a lovely painting - So tranquil. A delight to look at. :0)

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  2. I've just been having a look through the chronicles that I missed while I was away. Today's shimmering sea and the postcard perfect scenes from Pasternoster are absolutely lovely, and the wedding painting is a real treasure. And I'm sure your stories light up everyone's day as they do mine!

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  3. So serene and the color so calming, Marie. Mary Ann is one smart lady...great title.

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  4. A beautiful painting--I love the subject, and your colors, so cool and harmonious.

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  5. Your painting is just lovely, Marie.
    I love a lonely beach for some reason. There's such peace and solitude there.

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  6. A beautiful stretch of coast line Marie, and you certainly have captures the peace, tranquility and silence here. Beautiful painting!

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  7. Welcome and thank you, Sandra!

    Charlene, how nice of you to do some "back-reading" here. Paternoster is a favourite and I tend to go back there all the time! Maybe I will show a nice old fish restaurant one day!

    Cathyann, I appreciate your comment about Mary Ann. I have 'annexed' another one of her photos for my next story!

    Thank you, Laura!

    Thank you, Manon! Spot on! It is solitude that we are "selling" here!

    Thank you, Maree. Being a very sheltered lagoon, there are no waves. That is why the lonely houseboat can sit there so comfortably!

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  8. A most exquisite row boat, Marie. It is just waiting for its owner to step in and take it for a merry jaunt!

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  9. I absolutely love those times of solitude...to escape from the constant barrage of stimulation from noise, cars, people etc. I like the solitary boat and just one bird. Thanks for the quiet moment!

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  10. Marie, thanks for all the lovely things you say about me. It's such a privilege to live on the West Coast. Guests to this wonderful blog: Feel free to browse through my photo's, to enjoy and leave comments.

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  11. Thank you, Sherry! On that tranquil lake it should be a dream!

    Catherine, it was my pleasure, thank you! Or shall I tell the truth. The boat was from Mary Ann's image and the bird my usual lonely bird that I had to add!

    Nice to see you here, Mary Ann. How one becoes part of the West Coast. I hope your Fb albums get many more visitors.

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  12. What a fascinating photo... What is that dangerous looking thing in the beach???

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  13. Very soulful and dreamy Marie, as always a pleasure to look at!

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  14. Thank you, Marian. Kelp lands on the shore and dries in the sun, making it hard and woody. These have been blown in such a way that they stand upright. We see strange patterns made by nature all along the coast! Thank you for asking.

    Ah thanks, Padmaja!

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  15. Beautiful Marie. Even in Winter, the West Coast has a stark beauty that you have caught so well. And the photo is really great.

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  16. Your painting does give the feeling of tranquility.

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  17. Marie, your paintings always inspire me to study and learn. This painting is indeed tranquil and serene. Well done Marie and thank you for sharing.
    All the best to you.
    Joan

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  18. This is a serene and peaceful painting, one of those paintings where you can make up your own story.

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  19. Thank you, Liz, yes Mary Anne has the eye for this type of image!

    Thank you, Karen!

    I am glad you think so Joan!

    I am sure one can, Barbara! Especially if an object just lie there far away from the nearest human being!

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  20. LOVE this painting, Marie! Nice color harmony, good composition and as always, expressive brushwork.

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  21. Tranquility is the perfect title for this painting. It reminds me of lowtide in Cape Cod.

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  22. Thank you,Diane!

    Thank you, Liana. I have heard of Cape Cod and never realized that it was so quiet!

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  23. only on the bay side is this experience. on the ocean side it is the ocean with waves.

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