Kilua makes his art whilst sitting on the sidewalk beside the grocer. While almost every other artist in the area makes one style, Kilua paints on driftwood he finds on the beach, and he paints gorgeous birds and animals in a completely different style. I love Kilua; I love his CONTINUE >
The filthy beach where I collect my perfume bottles is also a great spot to find leftover knobs from the carpenters all over Dar Es Salaam. I started gathering them up years ago. These were all covered in filthy mud, but after lots of baths they are beautiful again.
This pregnant, well-hung guy watches us eat in the dining room. He’s supposed to make me marvelously fertile, but since we do not require his services, he just casts his benevolence over us. We love his really, really huge feet and hands.
A dear friend of mine who lived with us in Dar and has since moved to Mexico gave me this from her beautiful collection of Chinese kites that she aquired working as a librarian in China. This long guy hangs over my head every day where I work.
These little wooden jars are for holding the red powder that makes the tilaka mark on the foreheads of Hindu believers. The significance of the forehead markings is enormous, as the marks all represent certain pieces of our spiritual identity. I bought these from a street cart when we were CONTINUE >
The cool thing about this Maasai sculpture is that it looks like a Maasai warrior and his wife. The women are regal – so tall, so thin, and so strong, with magnificent beads all over their bodies.
The Maasai in Tanzania send some of their warriors into town to sell carvings to give money to their family back home. The warriors are on the beaches carrying little carvings and beaded jewelry. Here in Dar the Maasai guard your vehicle wherever you park, as this is actually quite CONTINUE >
We found this on the outskirts of Guangzhou. I repainted it because it was faded. I love the density of Chinese art. Their art matches the density of both their language and their core philosophy. I study the I Ching regularly. The distilled wisdom of the I Ching is incredibly CONTINUE >
I love the intricacy of Middle Eastern art. In the souqs there are many vendors, but most of the shops are either perfume shops or spice shops. Spices are sold from gigantic barrels. The perfume shops have rows of glass bottles and local people come in and design their own CONTINUE >
I always buy fabric for my own quilting everywhere we travel. In Bhaktapur, one day, in the pouring rain, we crowded into one of the fabric shops and I tiny pieces of dozens of fabrics. Nepali women are beautifully dressed in long layers, each bit of fabric different from the CONTINUE >
In Kathmandu the old sections of the city all have buildings with these wooden windows. In the smaller neighboring city Bhaktapur, where we stayed, almost all the buildings have these carved windows. The Nepali people who stay in the old sections of town are especially tiny, smaller than I am CONTINUE >
What I love about this wooden couple is the man’s little curling chest hairs poking out of his tunic. Egyptian men are passionate, garroulous, and terrific talkers. This handsome fellow and his wife look a lot like the people we met. I’m an excellent bargainer, and I had my hands CONTINUE >
I wanted one of these the instant I saw them keeping watch along the road to the beach. I love his sleepy eyes and his hands stuffed into his trousers. He keeps me company as I work.