Ok, this is the last throe of the insurgency. 21 paintings in 30 days, along with a wealth of tremendous experiences and great friends made.
i highly recommend palette people art residency to any artists out there looking to find a new place to make some art. Extraordinary setting, beautiful environment and extremely kind, fun people.
cherry blue salt now signing off until I return to wash DC in early May. Thank you for visiting. :) :) :) :) :)
Last night while drinking beer by the bay I met a Colorado woman who was studying Ayurvedic medicine near kochi for the last month. Last year she was studying medicinal roots with a shaman on the Amazon. Today we met at and observed part of the kochi muziris biennale international art festival which is here for 3 months.
On my walk home last night from the bayside beer I stopped in to a “bar” where 15 or 20 australians, here on a wedding trip, were partying. Also there was a group of rickshaw drivers blowing off steam after work. The two groups collided into a crazy dance party, three 60-something Australian ladies were dancing on the table. There was also a left handed guitar there so I painstakingly played some of the easy song I know on it. At first they booed, but then I got the hang of it and when they realized I play right handed guitar they were very impressed.
This morning one of those rickshaw drivers I met last night drove me around for an hour, before I went to the art festival. On the trip we encountered men rescuing a pigeon entangled in rope. They let me feed the pigeon some glucose water via plastic syringe.
now I am off to meet the whole group of rickshaw drivers at a club where they play the local version of billiards.
very interesting events.
Here in fort kochi I am staying right next to the indian post office. (My hotel address is actually “prince street, near post office”). So I decided to ship all of these paintings home via indian post rather than a shipping service, despite some sketchy reviews about lost packages. I will be EXTREMELY upset if they are lost. The guy at the post office used a ridiculous amount of tape, three different kinds. He was taping my box for about 10 minutes, he just kept layering on more tape.
still 4 paintings left to post, stay tuned…
Abstract view of a hill from my balcony and studio.
Prasad and Benny are cooking me a special goodbye lunch and then my taxi comes, sad sad sad.
Still 5 more paintings left to post…
Tonight is my last night at palette people art residency in the village of Kottamala. It has been an unbelievably amazing experience in many ways. The people here are amazing, they made me feel like family.
In the background of this painting you can see the posts of a volleyball court where I played several times, including tonight. All the boys asked me to come back next year, very sweet.
Still 6 or 7 artworks to post from my stay here.
Now on to Cochin, then kovalam, then Sri Lanka, then chennai, then Pondicherry…… And on and on….but no more painting for a while now.