Here are the three partners in crime. Natalia took Tres, Boty and Fula down to the dock for an afternoon swim not long ago. She took her camera with her to capture the crew being their regular silly selves. What gets me is how much they are all growing and or changing. Fula’s face is changing as she grows into an adult dog. Tres is going through another growth spurt. It won’t be long and he will be taller than dear old mom. Boty is becoming quite the young lady. Where did our little baby go? They love their time outside together.
Tres has been working on some geometry recently. One of the topics is lines of symmetry. He and I had an extended discussion about how butterflies are almost symmetrical but that as one of nature’s most beautiful creatures they are not 100% symmetrical. Although, to the naked eye it is sometimes hard to find the discrepancies. What do you think?
So we had a bit of a rainy day to work with last Friday. We were going to surf in the afternoon, but the morning was open so we went fishing to catch a fish we could print. Each of the boys was trying for the fish, but in the end Plato caught it. After we cleaned the fish in salt, each of the children took turns painting it with acrylic paints and printing onto a shirt. We were able to finish nine shirts before lunch. The afternoon was sunny and we spent it in the waves.
Among all of the activities the seven children running around here last week partook, the one they enjoyed the most was hanging out at the dock. Each day of the week the children spent at least a part of the day at the dock. After each excursion they went swimming at the dock before calling it a day. These photos are from one day in particular, but they could have been any day.
We have the basic materials all ready now. We are anxiously awaiting our next rainy day… we shall see how many more prints we make.
Sunday morning, I searched the house for plain t-shirts for each one of us. Gayle, Jim and the kids went fishing again. This time they decided they wanted a few different species to print. After they had caught the required subject matter, they went to work. They cleaned the fish, set up the area for painting the face of the fish and then started printing and printing and printing.
All in all, over the two days they worked on this, they printed 6 art prints and 15 articles of clothing. Jim, Gayle, Yohany, Natalia, Boty, Tres and Ramon worked on all of these things. It was a lot of fun.
Gayle, Jim and the kids went fishing off the dock and in a kayak to catch some fish. The first day they printed one fish several times onto a square piece of cloth. Then Gayle decided to try it on her t-shirt. After we all saw Gayle’s shirt we each wanted one of our own.
Gyotaku is the art of Japanese fish printing. It is an amazing way to preserve the beauty of a fish. And because each fish can be printed many times you don’t have to catch a lot of fish to learn about this art form.
We first learned about it in October 2010 from Doug Olander. Doug was here to write an article on Tranquilo Bay for Sport Fishing. He is the Editor in Chief for Sport Fishing and an author of a book of fish prints. His book Gyotaku Fish Impressions was released in 1994.
He explained the basics of the process to Jim while he was here. Jim looked into a bit further and purchased a few supplies. Over the course of the next year, Jim printed a couple of fish. You have to be prepared to print the fish when you return from a day of fishing and you need to allocate the time to do so. Jim is usually running tight on time after he returns from fishing thus the limited prints for 2011.
Thus far 2012 has surpassed our limited editions for 2011. Jim’s sister, Gayle, visited us last week. She is quite an artist so the two of them decided to try again on the prints.
May 2012 bring you health, prosperity, and love. (And maybe a visit to Panama to see us!)
Happy New Year from all of us at Tranquilo Bay.