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Throwback Thursday – Surf Art

A couple years ago I did some custom artwork for my friend Travis down in Costa Rica, who was also a Peace Corps Volunteer there and now offers Yoga and Surf vacations through his business Bodhi Surf in Uvita, Costa Rica.

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Mixed Media Surf Drawing

Here’s an oil painting of him doing his thing:

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A mixed media drawing of his sister, also a surfer:

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Custom Mixed Media Portrait

An oil painting of the natural “whale’s tale” formation in Uvita. The area is known as “Bahia Ballena”, which means “Whale Bay.”

Bahia Ballena Whale's Tale Formation Oil Painting
Bahia Ballena Whale’s Tale Formation Oil Painting

Lastly, here is a photo I took while my Peace Corps training group visited there. This photo was taken while standing out near the end of the whale tale formation and looking back at the land. Not many places you can lay on the beach and have water on both sides of you like that!

Whale's Tale Formation in Uvita
Whale’s Tale Formation in Uvita

Have you been here? Please share your experience if you have!

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Throwback Thursday Peace Corps Art

Throwback Thursday Art

The other day I was thinking that I have a fairly extensive body of work from the past several years, and I’m going to start sharing bits of it every Thursday on my Facebook fan page, on my Twitter page, and right here on this blog!

As many of you know, from 2006 to 2008, I was a Peace Corps Volunteer in rural Costa Rica, working in Community Economic Development. In my spare time (there’s plenty of spare time in rural Costa Rica), I enjoyed, you guessed it, painting.

Over the course of a few months, I sketched and painted a detailed world map onto the side of the local elementary school, where I taught Junior Achievement and English, and was a soccer star (until I played with other adults). The map had every single country on it, with the names in Spanish, as well as some inspirational quotes on the sides.

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The quotes read (translated):

“The more we know the world, the more we love it.”

“The Earth is ours, let’s take care of it!”

“Almost always, the creative and dedicated minority has made the world a better place.”

“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”

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world-map-photo

Once the map was finished, we used it to teach geography through trivia games. The kids really enjoyed it. Most of them learned a lot, although one boy already knew the name of every single country in the world, where they were located, and some information about each country! He showed me his book one day that he studied to learn all of that. It was pretty impressive.

Since then, the school built an additional room, which enclosed the map inside.

World Map Inside La Cruz Costa Rica

We definitely had a good time at the school, both learning:

La Cruz School Kids Costa Rica

and having fun!

La Cruz School Kids 2 Costa Rica

Lastly, I recently donated to the National Peace Corps Association and got this cool bumper sticker artwork to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps!

Peace Corps Bumper Sticker