Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Vacation, here we go!



A few posts ago, I commented dear hubby and I were going on vacation. Well, without further ado, we are going to Brazil!

We are going to a town named Fortaleza, all beaches and sun, and of course!, local cuisine. One of the things I absolutely love about traveling is trying the local flavors. I have noticed that clothes and some cultural aspects as a whole have become more homogeneous with globalization around the world, but food is one of those things that remains absolutely true to their origins.


The little vase above is a little ode to Brazilian myths and legends, which I am absolutely in love with. Although we are going to the Northeast of Brazil, which has its own distinct culture, the vase was painted using Marajoara art as inspiration. In a very simplistic explanation, Marajoara art is the art that was/is produced by the indigenous people of the Island of Marajo. The island is located in the very Northern part of Brazil, at the mouth of the Amazon river and it is the largest island surrounded by fresh water in the world.



I also made the vase for my little lucky bamboo. I was having a major algae problem and I read that bamboos really should be in dark vases, not clear ones, like this one was before.

These are the items used:

  • Liquitex "Basics" acrylic paint in burnt umber
  • Golden in burnt umber pearlized
  • Golden in lavender
  • Golden in black
It was not very easy to cover glass with Liquitex "Basics" acrylic paint, but after 3 coats it looked ok.

In all fairness, Marajoara art is a LOT more intricate in detail than this, but I have made peace with the fact I am a lazy artist. I can't dedicate hours to the same piece and I cannot leave an come back to the same piece.

We are leaving in a little over 1 week and I am packing my camera!

27 comments:

Buttons said...

Oh that sounds like fun and definitely pack that camera. Love the vases. B

AntiquityTravelers said...

oh fantastic! I have always wanted to go to Brazil! enjoy!

Kyra said...

Oh wow! Brazil!

Wait they're supposed to be in dark vases? I've been having some issues with mine, and they're in clear. Hmmm...

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

Oh, Ana, this is amazing! What a great trip. I can't wait to see the photos you take. I wish you a wonderful time. I am truly happy for you!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Brazil! You lucky girl! Looking forward to tales of your vacation when you return.

Cloudia said...

How great!



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Jenny said...

Absolutely LOVE your vase Ana... and it is the perfect vessel for your lucky bamboo... the lavender is striking... happy holiday... enjoy Brazil... have fun... and take lots of photos to share... enjoy...

Jenny ♥

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I am so happy for you! I know you'll have a fabulous time and have lots to share when you get back! Brazil....sounds fantastic!

Jane of The Jewels said...

SO jealous!! This sounds like a fabulous trip and I look forward to 'visiting' along with you through the pics & observations you share with us once you've returned :) Enjoy!

Nadia said...

Love the vase and the little symbols on the purple. Nice idea.
I always wanted to visit South America, so Brasil sounds nice.
I heard the beaches in the North of Brasil are beautiful!! Have fun!

Sulky Kitten said...

Lucky girl! I hope you have a wonderful time. I love what you did with the little vase - it looks so pretty, much better than plain glass.

Ola said...

this is a fantastic perspective! when it comes to Europe I find here also food globalization more and more which is a huge pity for me...
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NatashaMay said...

I'm so jealous! I wouldn't mind a vacation. :) Have fun!

La Dolce Vita said...

All the best for your journey to Brazil ! Your vase paintings is beautiful. I have the same plants that you used in the vases:)) take care,

LE CHEMIN DES GRANDS JARDINS said...

Très intéressant d'apprendre que la décoration de se vase, s'inspire des mythes Brésiliens. Que veulent dire ces symboles géométrique ?
Je pense que tes bambous ne peuvent que bien pousser à l'intérieur.
Je te souhaite une belle fin de journée.

Roger

Almost Precious said...

Vacations are a wonderful way to replenish our energies - both physical energies and spiritual energies.
Wishing you a marvelous vacation filled with many warm and lovely memories. :)

btw - I think your hand painted vase is enchanting and I would never have guessed that it was not an original piece of Marajo art.

Lois said...

Have and incredible time! Travelling is creative fuel!! Eat good food and walk barefoot on the beach. Lois

Melva said...

Hope you have a great time. I am sure you will. Can't wait to see your photo's. We have just come back home from the UK. But, I'm afraid we had 2 weeks of rain and drizzle. Still enjoyed it all the same. Enjoy ...........

CraveCute said...

Sounds exciting! Have a great time!

Sherri B. said...

Brazil sounds like a fantastic place to visit - I will look forward to your photos and am wishing you safe travels! And that vase is awesome...I love it. :)

Kathy, PaperPumpkin said...

Beautiful vase, Ana! Your trip sounds exotic and fun. I look so forward to seeing photos!!

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Edgar Cabrera said...

Wow!!!! have fun!!!

Lynn Fisher said...

Have an awesome time!

Elena said...

LOVE the vase!
LOVE the previous post...perfect!
Have an awesome vacation my friend...make wonderful memories. Fill your head and heart with the moments you'll treasure always.

Annette said...

Love the vase girl and I know the plants will love it also. We have three of the bamboo and bringing us luck. Have fun in Brazil hubby went there a few years forgot now where but really did like it. We are expecting pictures and a great story or two for whenyou get back. xoxox

Shaharoh said...

Have an awesome vacation! Hope it's beautiful in every way, Introvert! xoxo