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Image Prompt: Water Bearers

Art Title: Water Bearers (Lake Turkana, Kenya.)
© Tessa Edwards - An Aerial Armadillo
Visit her blog to see additional artwork. And, her website:
The artist lives in Hampshire, England and specializes in figurative art
and landscapes in acrylics.
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"For many, a simple glass of water requires hours of hard labor."
~T. R. Reid

Most of us live in relative comfort (have running water, electricity, etc.)
How would you imagine life without these comforts?
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Artwork used with permission from Tessa Edwards.

15 comments:

CLAY said...

The colors on that piece are amazing! Water Bearer--speaking of which--When is the Age of AQUARIUS supposed to kick off?

Every Photo Tells A Story said...

According to Google, 2012.
The colors are gorgeous, Clay:)

Meandering Michael said...

Consumption
There's never enough,
No, there's never enough.
I never have all that I need.
No matter how much I can get
You can bet
That it won't be as much as I need

And so I need more
I need more
I need more
I need more than I have, I concede
I work to get more
And then more
And then more
But I'll never have all that I need

And so I take yours
You have more than you need
You mustn't be greedy, so share
And I will take yours
via stores
via wars
'Till I've got all I need, and that's fair

You say you want mine?
You want mine?
You want mine?
But I haven't enough for you, too
You say that you'll fight
For your share
In your plight
Well then, what is a body to do?

I don't have enough
No, I don't have enough
Though you think that I'm doing just fine
I get by
I get by
I will live, thrive, and die
But I'll never give you some of mine.

'Cause there's never enough
No, there's never enough.
I never have all that I need.
No matter how much I can get
You can bet
I'll deny that my need comes from greed.

Dave King said...

Splendid image. Simple, but evocative.

Stephen Dell'Aria said...

Harmony comes in pairs, couplets, things divisible by two. Two reds, two yellows, two greens, two blues, four ladies, four bowls, four arms, eight feet. A pleasant rhythm and a cheerful painting.

Midlife, menopause, mistakes and random stuff... said...

Is there a website to purchase this and other art like it?
I'm sooo interested!!

Steady On
Reggie Girl

WHY? said...

I can't even picture myself without running water or indoor plumbing. The one or two times I've gone camping (against my will) I was absolutely miserable even though there was a public restroom nearby. It shocks me when I see pictures of people who do live without these luxuries that we take for granted, and they are smiling and look so, so grateful for just being alive!!

Donna said...

I want to hang this picture on my wall! Stunning!

I would perish if I had to live without the comforts you mention. At the same time, I guess like everything else, if you've never had it, you don't miss it? Still, I am extremely grateful for what I have, and I hope to God that I never have to go without. You know, tragedy, like what they're going through in Australia, can strike us at anytime.

poetryaboutart said...

(poem by Therese L. Broderick of Albany, NY, USA)


TO LAKE TURKANA

She walks without shoes for miles
past jealous crocodiles,

hitting the sudden blasts of wind
blowing over the basin,

balancing water in an earthen jar
on the top of her hair,

knowing that her ancestors called
the waters here Ka'alakol,

(not Turkana, not Rudolph)--

she bears it, she bears all of it
wearing silver bracelets.

Watercolorist said...
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Watercolorist said...

The vivid colors all work together to make this an exquisite painting. Having lived in Africa, I am aware of how far some people have to travel for the things we take for granted. I often remind myself of this. Whoever buys this painting will always be reminded of how lucky we are.
Jean

Every Photo Tells A Story said...

Reggie Girl: All the images I post have the artist's/photographer's website or blog links directly beneath the image. So you can contact the artist directly if you are interested:)

And, thank you all for visiting and sharing your thoughts and writing.

glorv1 said...

I love that. Their silky headwear floating lively. I think the first thing that came to my mind when I saw this piece was...red sails in the sunset. I don't know why, but that's what I saw. Take care.

Renee said...

Well now you are featuring one of my very favourite people. Tessa. I love her, she is brilliant and her work is amazing.

Need I say you have brilliant taste.

Letting go is a hard one. xooxo

Love Renee

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

I love Tessa work!! It is always, always beautifully colored and textured. She is brilliant with her compositions as well. She tells such wonderfuls wordless stories with her work. Great post.

 

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