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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Island Children

I am still taking my West Coast followers on a journey into deeper Africa! Our exhibition was popular and we were requested to leave our paintings behind as some of them may be used in other shows as time goes by. Of course, the public can still purchase a painting from the website. At the end of this post, I will also give the You Tube link to the opening night.



These children lived in a cute cottage on Zanzibar island bordered by tall fruit trees on one side and a spice farm on the other side. I really loved the 'make-do' appearance of the little home. Where there is clean washing, there is a normally functioning family. Kids in Zanzibar wear modern clothes, but their mothers and older sisters will always be seen in the attractive bright kangas. I noticed a washing line deeper into the shadows where a couple of these colourful pieces were drying away from the harsh sun.

They are playing here as kids do everywhere, the older one definitely the leader! Young brother is watching her closely to find out what game she would devise for them. Later at supper I will bet that the food would be flavourful and spicy and will be followed with lots of wonderful fruit, which is so plentiful here. Some of my paintings are almost large illustrations, as I try to tell a story of the daily lives of people in Africa.

The girl in pencil:


Bright kangas provide camouflage to the lady on the right:

Some links:
Spend a few moments with us at the opening night of 'Can You Hear The Drums' I can be briefly spotted in a dark red leather coat!
View purchase details of 'Island Children'
View paintings by my partner Tatyana Binovskaya



10 comments:

  1. I so enjoyed seeing your show, Marie! Keep up the good work! Your pure heart always comes out in your work.

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    1. You are so kind and I love to follow your rising star , Jill! Thanks for your interest.

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  2. The story is strong as much as the painting. Look forward to more stories and paintings from Africa.

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    1. padmaja, The story of Africa will be continued! Thank you for dropping by!

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  3. Thanks Marie for visiting my blog.I saw you art exhibit advertised in the SA Artist magazine.Hope you had a successful show.Keep painting and look forward to more stories and art.

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    1. Hi Roger, sales were not so bright but our works attracted a lot of interest and the show was great fun. The works stayed behind in Pretoria and will feature in other galleries and different exhibitions. I suppose with works about Africa, the thing is knowing WHERE to show them.

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    1. Thank you for following me here, Susan!

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  5. Your work is always beautiful, Marie. I scrolled down and really enjoyed seeing all of the wonderful art! Hope that you are doing well.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, Claire! I hope you liked the video of our opening!

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