Vivid greens and local art…

Today has been so far a really slow day ! A full lot of rain came down between yesterday evening and noon today ! That gave us a good excuse to read and laze around…though now the sky is blue again, everything is crisp and clear, and the greens are even more vivid than ever !
I have been working on my project of small colorful paintings integrating some of the local patterns like Korus and ancestor figures. It gives me the opportunity to learn more about the natives’ different form of art and to look at it differently too.
Sculpture is more developed than painting here, and all the carving designs share the ancient traditions and patterns. One can admire them right out of the plane, at the airport when passing through the stupendous gate of red carvings that welcome you at arrival !
The work is always exquisite, would it be as intricate as the rafters and pillars of the meeting houses or as stylized and stark as in small scale jewelery: meaningful designs made of bone or the precious Pounamu (green stone)…
I learned about Manaia, holder of great spiritual energy and is a guardian against evil… and other great characters and symbols that have been part of this land for so long…
It’s inspiring.
More later…

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