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21 June 2012

Cherries in a Chilean Bowl

3.5 x 4 in., oil on linen on panel
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A few years ago, we visited family in Chile and I loved it -- the city, the desert, the Andes, the beach, Pablo Neruda's house -- all in less than a week. I brought back this bowl and also a cup (I've painted it a couple times before in May '09 and May '10) -- that it has a traditional Chilean smoke-darkened and carved surfacing. I remember that I discovered these at the local artisan market, Los Dominicos (also where I got my favorite ring of all time ever).

I'm not really a shopper I don't shop at all unless I am travelling. Even then, it takes a lot for me to buy something, so you can be sure that I really love these handmade items, and I enjoy the Chilean energy that they bring into my studio.

In honor of Chile, I'll share some Pablo Neruda with you:
“I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand, so intimate that when I fall asleep your eyes close.”
~Pablo Neruda, 100 Love Sonnets
I'd love to read in the comments if you have a favorite item from your travels -- what it looks and feels like, and what you learned about it. Click here to leave a comment.

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