July 3, 2012

* Tea with my Muse

I've been enjoying tea, well actually coffee, with my Muse these days.  Very interesting indeed.  One day she told me she wanted her portrait done.  So I sketched something out on canvas.  The woman looked a little like Hilliary Clinton, wearing a huge dramatic hat with beautiful ribbons and flowers.  My muse took one look at it and said "That's not who I am!  That is not me."  So I began again.  What appeared the second time was a huge surprise to me.  Here she is.


"I would like a name please.  I wish for you to choose it.  The only caveat I have is that it be ancient African.  I have not had an African name in eons and I would like that when I'm working with you.  When a child was born in old Africa, it's name was considered to be the first earthly gift received."  So, off I went on a hunt.  My first name is Dorothy  (root of Dorthea/Greek) which means 'gift of God".  I came across an ancient African name which meant the same, so I chose that. 

"Mariama", ancient West African.  Gift of God.  She's delighted with it.

Thanks for dropping by.  Hope you are all having a wonderful summer.  Sorry for anyone to is caught up in the storms of the US and the floods in Europe.  There is no relying on the weather anymore.  We are going into the rainy season here.  Take care my lovelies.  xoxo  Donna

”Happy are the painters, for they shall not be lonely. Light and colour, peace and hope, will keep them company to the end of the day." -- Winston Churchill.

14 comments:

  1. Oh Donna,
    So happy to see you back and what a glorious painting! Love all that orange ...She is so serene, sorry I cant think of any ancient African names. I m glad youre back...Ive missed you and all your amazing creations! take care, gerri

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  2. Mariama -- magical sounding.
    Your signature "eyes" always capture my attention. This will be a fun painting, Donna.

    Hugs,
    C

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  3. Beautiful name for a beautiful painting. Dramatic hat/headress indeed! Love it. This painting may be my fave.

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  4. Love your beautiful Mariama! She is really lovely, and so is the name! Hugs, Valerie

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  5. Mariama is absolutely beautiful. So happy to see you painting again. We are celebrating the 4th of July here today. We had our first rains last night and it felt good as it cooled things down. Prayers and thoughts are with you.

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  6. I am really enjoying your painted ladies. Take care! Donna

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  7. Gorgeous Donna, so full of color and life! Perfect name for her too.
    hugs Lynn

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  8. SOOOOO Fabulous to see you working again :D Your muse is certainly making you work lol.Such a beautiful face...just enough mischief in her eyes to know your are going to have fun with her :D XXX

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  9. wow, what an incredible painting, Donna! Love hearing about your process and how you work with your muse . . . hugs!!!

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  10. Positively fantastic! I love the bold orange and her name is perfect. :)

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  11. Wow Lady D, that looks just like a painting my mom gave me a few years ago. Sadly, I left it in Toronto.
    How beautiful she is, and a beautiful name too- I can see it so perfectly.

    xo
    Salma

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  12. Gosh, I love her!!! And she sure doesn't look like Hillary Clinton anymore but like her very own person. Great work, stunning, vibrant colors.

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  13. Absolutly marvellous painting, love the colors and the amazing facial expression.
    Hugs Anja

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  14. Donna, Donna so lovely to see you back !!! and how wonderful that this beauty has a greek originated name my husband is Theodoros and he is truly a gift from god. How I have missed you , really missed you it was like a light dimmed while you were away. I do hope you are healing well. She is such a beauty gorgeous, fabulous warmth in her eyes she really lifts the spirits. I am so so happy you are with us again xxxxxxxxxx

    Marie

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