Special Waters

Oil on Canvas 20"x30"

The 11 year old girl in this painting is a singer and songwriter who has been labeled an echo terrorist for her fight to save our beautiful coastline from inevitable oil spills.  She  wrote a song that imagines a major oil-spill. In my support of this worthy cause, i donated this painting of Ta'Kaiya to raise funds as she travels to Rio to speak at the Earth summit. 

In the Painting, I surrounded Ta'Kaiya with the beauty she's fighting to preserve. Ta'Kaiya's name translated means 'Special waters'. I painted the ocean from video footage taken in Tofino, a sacred passage of ocean in the her culture. The song 'Shallow waters' can be viewed on youtube.

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About Naomi

Born in Zambia and raised in southern Africa. I began my artistic career in the textile industry, as a textile designer. I later worked in ceramics, painting, glazing and firing  urns, vases, tea-sets and dinner ware, all covered in exotic fruit and flowers and African designs. Then one day my brother gave me a set of oils for my birthday and before I knew it I was hooked. Unfortunately I went thru ten years of my life on a bipolar roller-coaster ride I couldn't control and my paintbrushes were lost on the way. I started painting again ten years ago, starting from scratch. Unlike Van Gogh, I couldn't paint when in a depression. There has been periods of lost time since then, sometimes I lose Six months at a time. But do eventually bounce back and paint profusely trying to make up for lost time. The daily paintings forced me to keep painting even during the worst depression. A year since i wrote this and I found that since i've been working under kino flo lights, my moods have improved. It's 5500k which is ideal natural day light for painting.

 Talking about daily paintings, best thing I ever did. My skill level improved ten fold. I recommend this practice to anyone wanting to improve their skill, speed and discipline. During spring and summer I paint en plein air every day - there's something so wonderful about being outdoors and painting all the beauty around me. I loooooove painting landscapes, more than anything :)

Presently I'm working on portraits, trying to upgrade my skills in this area.

 

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