I probably should have put in a little reminder a few weeks ago to order PaPaYa! Christmas Cards & goodies for those of you who are interested. But I just remembered since I am in 80 degree weather and there's not a Christmas thing in site here on the island.
We now have tons of PaPaYa Christmas cards and many are a nice alternative to the tin foil cards from Costco. (Sneak the ribbon from there people. Just not your holiday cards.) We have singles and sets.
And this year we have 12X16 inch Art Panel Prints which are really easy gifts and are only $18.00 each. A lot of people use collections of them in children's rooms too. I love that. Our new baby I told you all about a few months ago. This is our new Weekly Planner for 2009. It is full color throughout and loaded with artwork as well as a juicy pocket inside to stuff things into. A nice Christmas gift.
The 2009 Wall Calendars now have glitter on EVERY page so the inside months all sparkle. (We are so thrilled with ourselves for that.) The shipping department informed me that you should hop on it for on time holiday deliveries depending on your region. If you would rather talk to the office directly or have international orders please call 1-888-488-0638 or (541) 488-0641 We can also do drop shipments of course. Otherwise here is the link to the website for online ordering. Papayaart.com
I hope you are all enjoying Thanksgiving week. I am worlds away from "Pilgrim-ism", though I am in a previously colonized country as well. But I am still thinking of you all bundled up with yummy eats and imagining heaps of tea and stuffing. Remember to have eggnogg for me. I love the nasty stuff!
Spent the weekend in a more residential/local area of Belize. Ladyville. But I like to call it Babyville. There are more children there than I have ever seen. (With the exception of those great images I see of Africa where children are running behind cars and jumping around with big smiles.) People all roam the streets on various bike configurations and hang out at the basketball court. The children are everywhere and they already have such a sense of self and STYLE. The boys are "tumbling" in the yards for sport. But it's really more like advanced gymnastics set to really funky and eh-hem...shall we say grown up dancehall songs.
(little Deedra- one of "Babyville's" cuties. She is "Coolie". An interesting cultural mix here of East Indian & Creole. There are loads of Coolie people in Belize and they are beautiful) At Saturday nights basketball game the whole town was out and in the corners you could find little dance competitions (since giant concert speakers are playing too). One group of 5-10 year olds really challenging Micheal Jackson, the other the young 20 something muscle guys. The best move I saw was a guy holding his friend by the back of his shirt- to keep him from attacking since he was in full pitbull formation on the ground and acting as a mad guard dog and still keeping the incredible beat. "Aunties and grannies" (everyone is family there) drinking beers and hiding their good time from their husbands. It was awesome. Other than obviously having to stick out like a blonde sore thumb it was a real treat. BUT! I ate this snack that was called something friendly. Then as I took my second piece I asked what it was exactly and was told it was dried pig skin. Ok people. It still had hair on it! aaaaaaahhhhh! My first really squeemish moment. Ha! This photo is looking out the front window from the living room at the house we stayed at. I just had to capture the morning light against those old blue shutters.
The Bali retreat is nearing full and we have only about five spaces left. If you are interested in coming with us to the technicolor world of Bali to make artwork and adventure then now is the time to inquire.
I will spare you all (and myself) the details of why these words are fitting at the moment. (What!? It was full moon people!) This is the translation from the original painting below for a more "PaPaYa!" rendition for printing.
On another note I just have to send some love to my PaPaYa! family of real family (my rockstar mom who is the true backbone of papaya and my brother who's our handsome business champion) and design staff (aka Kathleen of Liquid Sky Arts - and Brennan, our tech savvy dude) . Look at these spiffy new water bottles freshly designed! I was against the idea of water bottles and today I totally ate my words. How cute are these! They rock. You see people. You can't do it alone. Thank you PaPaYa! peeps for your brilliant work and supporting me on my island hiatus. You inspire and uplift me.
I have discovered a new love here and his painting name is Manuel Daza. This lovely papaya head painting now shares space with me next to my shell pot that burns my lemon incense. Isn't it so wonderful and freaky! The other artist is Pamela Braun. An artist I have been somewhat obsessed with since I first saw her paintings five years ago. Originally from the states but has lived in Central America for many years. She is to me something of a genius. Her work in person has the most incredible colors and simple lines. I always just marvel at how she does it. It's hard to track down her paintings but when you do her flowers and cans take your breath away in person. Photos don't seem to translate the vitality in her artwork. But these two painters have me mesmerized with color and have inspired me deeply the past weeks.
I didn't have a television here to ring in the election but OBAMA fever is in Belize as well. I was in Belize city on Nov 5th and the city was a buzz with OBAMA love and the feeling of triumph. People in the market, taxi drivers, homeless... all shouting OBAMA in the streets. In the market people where spreading the word for the OBAMA bash and the Belizean parties to celebrate. It was a proud day and I felt I could hold my head a little higher as an American tourist. People here feel the pride for our country as if it where there own. I knew late on the 4th that he'd won because the island erupted in screaming and people where shouting all along the beach. Just another report of the support flowing in from the world over. I am sad to have not felt the spirit in the states for election day but I was deeply touched by the foreign pride and support. The poster here is from a Southwest Campaign by artist Date farmers (wow- Blow your mind artist's!) based on Mexican revolutionary posters. So cool.
I am the founding artist of PAPAYA! and our flagship, PAPAYA! Living Boutique in Ashland, Oregon, USA. This is my persuit of creative abandon. I'm here to share my artwork, inspiration, travels and lifestyle. To learn more visit the tabs at the top of this blog. Xoxox...