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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Something Different from My Studio

I am still passionate about the West Coast, but as I took care of Philip during his long illness, there were no opportunities to travel and collect stories. 


 In 2011 I brought photos back from a Zanzibar vacation and started some paintings depicting the note of sadness and the immense dignity I found in Africa. I asked two friends to be my partners and we organised an exhibition called "Can You Hear the Drums" for  August this year. 


When my husband became ill, I still had a painting to finish. One day I switched to W and N ARTISAN water soluble paints, which have no fumes, and dragged an easel into the bedroom. This painting was made with Philip looking on. He really enjoyed seeing a work being painted from beginning to end. It will go on my exhibition soon. So today, not the West Coast but an African image of a Masai Mom and Son! It will also be available for viewing  here


Thank you for all those very kind sympathetic letters and comments I received after my previous post. I treasure them and have filed all of them to read again and again. The outpouring of love and support is still carrying me along. Love and hugs, Marie Theron.

12 comments:

  1. I love this piece.... It has great color and movement and human-ness!!

    Glad you're getting back "on your feet".

    Be well..

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  2. Thank you, Marian. I painted this many months ago and am still in limbo. But my upcoming exhibition will hopefully inspire me again. Hugs, Marie

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  3. For me it feels like an emotional saga, so truthful and beautiful, they are. The memory of the day you painted this is fresh and cherished through this work, I take inspiration to be brave like you Marie, all the best for your exhibition!

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    1. Thank you for your very kind words, padmaja, you have no idea how I keep re-reading them!

      I am also always so pleased when people understand what I want to say with Africa. I see dignity and resignation, and acceptance of the world they know.

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  4. I find painting a very healing process and hope you do too. Having lived in Africa I fully understand your sentiments which you have captured in this lovely painting. All the best with the exhibition.

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    1. Thank you, Jean. Yes, I will get going again! I am glad you understand my Africa paintings....I call them :Africa in Passing....I am the spectator on the outside, trying to look in.As I have nothing to show about the West Coast, I will place more of Africa.

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  5. This is wonderful Marie and so great that your husband watched you paint it. You will have that memory forever. I hope you are doing well. You're an inspiration. Hugs

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    1. Thank you for your kind comments, Barbara! I sincerely hope that something will come from my Africa paintings.

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  6. I have tried to write with my ipad but it never seems to cooperate. I saw this post and needed to tell you how happy I am that you will be exhibiting. I found this sharing, about Philip witnessing the image being made, poingant and so happy that you had that specialness with him. His spirit willcertainly be with you on exhibiton day! I admire your courage, Marie and especially the sharing of your world in its strength and dignity with us all.

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    1. Hi Cathyann, I am sure once one get used to ipad (will own one in the future, hopefully). There are such super designing software available.

      Thank you for the comments,(and your previous kind letter).Something of Philip's joy is surely in my painting, and also in the exhibition, as he took a flight with me to organize the date. And that is why I must go on and do the show.

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  7. I have to admit, Marie, this post was so emotional yet beautiful to hear that your husband watched you paint this piece...He must have been SO proud of you...this is a gorgeous piece...so colorful...I love it!!! and wish I can go to the exhibit! The best of luck with it.

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    1. Thank you, Hilda. The children feel that I should hang onto the painting, but I have sent it off to be exhibited and hopefully sold.

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