Friday, February 24, 2012

Barbados Home

One last watercolor sketch that was done in Barbados.  I was struck by the extremes of neighbors.  This house is on a choice lot across from the beach.  Next door could be a McMansion and the explanation is that homes belonging to the original slave families were moved to various locations away from the sugar cane fields where they were originally.  These chattel houses are of wood with a door and windows on the front.  Many have undergone major alterations while many are in terrible disrepair.  It is difficult to establish title for them so they remain propped on cinder blocks. 
The house I painted above is not a chattel house because of the concrete sides but it is very old.  It has held up during hurricanes and the weather from the sea it faces.  I wished that I could have painted more but was busy seeing the island.  The weather was hot and the people very friendly.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Tiny Island of Bequia

This small island has the reputation for great views and facilities for provisioning yachts.   It is popular with the boaters.  I did these two watercolor sketches around noon.  Kids get out of school early in the day and each school has a uniform.  These three boys were waiting to try out some wet suits.  As you can see above the hills are steep and the buildings are mainly on the waterfront.  Everyone is trying to earn money so the taxis crawl around hoping to pick up fares and the vegetable stands really go after you if you look interested.  In the covered market, if you buy from one vendor the others will complain until you buy something from them.  They even try to put things into your shopping bag.  It all shuts down at dark.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Bequia Beach

Just arrived home from a wonderful holiday in Bequia and Barbados.  Bequia is a small island in the Grenadines.  You access it by boat or small plane from Barbados.  I met up with friends and we rented a house high on a hill overlooking the bay.  There are winds, sudden torrential rains and warm sunny days.  The boats that come in to anchor are magnificent.  We were on a beach drinking rum punch and beer and painting.  Lots of talking with occasional dips into the ocean but I did finish this as you see it. 
I don't believe Bequia has changed a lot over the years.  It is expensive and you need a jeep to get up the hills.  It is very hot and humid and one side has winds.  Great place to hang out during the winter.