You’ve just enjoyed a plate of fresh fruit and seafood at a small and charming seaside restaurant, and you’re now walking it off in the warm evening air, as the setting sun shimmers along the waters next to you.
– 4″ x 6″ Acrylic Painting on Canvas Paper, dated 3/4/15 on back
Corcovado National Park lies on the southwest tip of Costa Rica and is the most biodiverse place in the western hemisphere! While a Peace Corps Volunteer in Costa Rica, I hiked through Corcovado near the end of my service. After a full day’s hike through the jungle, streams and rivers, you arrive to the wild and pristine beaches.
Imagine the warming rays of the Pacific sun shining upon this tropical stretch of Corcovado beach when you look at this painting hanging in your home or office!
I’ve been going through my photos from the Peace Corps a lot lately and finding inspirations for paintings. In 2008 I took a little weekend vacation “with the boys” to Puerto Viejo, Limon, on the southern Caribbean side of Costa Rica. This is may favorite place in Costa Rica. The Caribbean coast of Costa Rica seems to be less visited by tourists, yet I find it much more appealing. I think it’s prettier and enjoy the Caribbean culture more. Reggae music, jerk chicken, coconut rice and beans, slow pace, patua language (a mixture of English, Spanish and French)…
Anyways, we were hanging out and walking along the water one evening and I got this picture of a boy kicking his soccer ball along with a big fish in his hand. I think this shows a slower-paced lifestyle; go fishing, walk along the beach, play a little soccer…
I just finished it today –
It’s an acrylic on a 6″ by 6″ Ampersand artist panel.
As I’ve mentioned before in my blog, from 2006 to 2008, I was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Costa Rica in a Community Economic Development program. While I was living with my host family in 2007, we took a rare weekend trip from our home in La Cruz de Abangares, Monteverde, to my host-mother’s niece’s house on the Pacific coast in Nosara, Guanacaste. This was my host-mother’s first trip to the beach in her whole life (she was in her late 30’s)! We were all excited to be going to the beach, almost as if we were going to one of the tourist resorts or something. I’m surprised we even made it there and back with the condition the car was in! Turned out that her niece was poorer than we were. They lived in a small wooden house that I would rank right above a shack. There were about 6 people living there, with a mean dog tied up on the side of the house, not too far from the outhouse, and a loud rooster outside to wake us up in the morning. And it was HOT. I think we planned staying 3 nights but ended up staying 2. We had a decent time and did go to the beach, but we were just too many people in that house and it wasn’t too comfortable. Anyways, there was a big field across from the house full of mango and star fruit trees. One afternoon I got this nice picture of her niece’s toddler outside checking out a carton of fresh mangos on the front patio. The other day I remembered this picture and thought it’d make a nice painting!
I think this makes a great piece for anybody who appreciates the innocence of babies and toddlers. If you’ve traveled to or worked in tropical countries, this type of housing may look familiar to you, and I’m sure the mangos do as well!