This painting was gifted to a perfect stranger
(artist retains all rights to print reproductions of this painting)
Inspiration image: artist’s own
ORIGINAL COPY POSTED ON INSTAGRAM DURING THE CHALLENGE
Tankwa is a great place to recharge your spirit and your heart. But it’s also a beautiful recentering of how you’re shaping your life. After a magical artwork stroll, I headed back to camp to paint another desert miniature – fully recharged with creative energy. I got thinking about the phrase ‘making a living’ and how, while I might not be there yet, there is such joy in literally using your hands to make – create, build, shape, craft – to make your living, that is the essence that sustains you both financially and emotionally.⠀
During a dance session on Sunday, I got chatting to this groovy character. His name is Jacques and he’s a Jack of all trades – a builder. We connected over the material art of “making a living” – the hard work, the labour and the reward of pouring of your physical self into your work. I waved him goodbye with this painting, Saturday’s child, in his pocket – because Saturday’s child works hard for a living.⠀
It was like the desert knew whom to bring me for my gifts. Lekker.