It happened. I have left a part of myself in Jamaica, after four visits since 2001, this experience was different than pervious trips; unique. A recurring theme for the journey became one we heard locals often saying, "Thanks and Praises."
The concept for this mural came to me during the drive through St. Ann's Parish, it is playful but serious in its message of Respect and One Love or One Heart. I found this to be a recurring theme that we all need more love, unity and respect for one another. Timeframe was very narrow from layout to finish in 4.5 hours. I am forever grateful to Chris for being so hospitable, for having met him, to break bread, to share in story and song.
This project was a labor of love that hopefully spreads more joy, respect, provokes thought, and causes smiles as people drive, moped, walk or zoom on by. The mural is in Negril, Westmoreland, Jamaica. Directly next to the West End Road, in between the hotels of Samsara and Xtabi. Just ask for the owner, Chris aka "Flava King" to tell you the rest of the story.
Pay it forward.
Here are two watercolor paintings done with Escoda brushes, Pelican cakes and Watercolor pencils. The first picture is from the shared outdoor kitchen at an Airbnb property in Jamaica. Amazing meals, wisdom, stories and jam sessions exchanged around this hearth.
This next piece is from a vista at Xtabi Grill, an amazing hotel/bar to hang out, snorkel, catch up on the free wifi or eat some tasty food. Super helpful staff I would highly recommend this place to any traveling in the area of Negril, Westmoreland.
Crystal clear waters and some the best sunsets in the world viewed from the above deck, seawall stairs or one of several private caves the choice is yours. Getting back in touch with nature like this really helped to fuel the pencil on paper and to lift the mood within. Enjoy your next sunrise or sunset. Be inspired.
Full details on the mural will be in a separate post. Here are some of the watercolors that were started during the trip and have been works in progress since arriving home. More sketches and paintings to follow.
Respect and One Love.
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