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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Patience and Dignity
















There is something of which all travelers to Africa become aware: Africa has its own time. Everything is done rhythmically, peacefully and slow. And look at the old people, there is an inborn dignity! This man was seen from a vehicle in Zanzibar. I just never like to ask people for a "pose", as much will be lost in the posed photograph. In the moments I have seen him, time stood still for me. Everything was just perfect! No hard selling, like that seen in the resorts, took place. God provided the fruit and by-and-by the regular customers would come along.

I used a limited palette in keeping with the subject. You should see the new skies in my work! I am tired of pretty perfect skies....these markings must say something else. The painting can be purchased HERE after the exhibition.


On the 1st of August, I am taking part in a 3-women exhibition in Pretoria. All welcome:

9 comments:

  1. Very nice painting. Good luck with your show.

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    1. Thank You Karen, I am looking forward to this!

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  2. Beautiful painting. I guess Africa time is similar to Island time, which is what we call it in the Caribbean. (I don't live there, but have vacationed there often.)

    He looks very happy sitting there with his bike in the background selling his fruit.

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    1. Nice to hear from you, Carol! I have also visited the Caribbean, and found some resemblance to Africa there. Thanks for visiting!

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  3. This is beautifully painted, Marie..There's so many amazing details in this piece. You did a wonderful job on the man and love the bike!!
    I hope you are well!!

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    1. Thank you, Hilda, I am glad you like it! I am not painting, but I am sur this coming show will motivate me.

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  4. Hi Marie
    I want to thank you for your supportive and positive comments on my blog. I think studying light is going to be a life long pursuit for me! I am so busy with shows and summer family visits that my blog visiting time is very limited.
    Its great to see you back painting and blogging and giving us those wonderful cultural and visual vignettes.
    Best of luck with the show.

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    1. Hi Catherine, as you know, I have a lot of respect and admiration for your work with atmospheric light. It is a surprise with every visit.
      Thank you for the wonderful comment and support!

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  5. I love the way your paintings always tell a story. I am sure this man has spent many hours of his life doing just this....waiting for a customer. You have provided a record of him for all to see. Congratulations.

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