Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Panama-Embera Village

One of our stops was at the village of the Embera. They welcomed us with music and many smiles. This is a sketch of the shaman's house, he is 105 and looking great! As I worked in my book a little boy came up and was watching me. I gave him the pen and asked him to draw me a flower.
He had just started school and had a little trouble to start but soon got used to the pen and finished his flower. Then I gave him the water brush and my paints. When he finished I had a group of the village children around me so I quickly drew the bar of triangles and circles.
It was interesting that 3 of the 4 children picked the circle to paint but looking at their body paintings I realized most of the designs were lines and geometric shapes so maybe the circles were appealing to them. Unfortunately we had to leave before the page was filled.
I got a band painted on my forearm by one of the village woman and it has faded away after about 12 days and I am sad.

The Embera are a lovely, beautiful, friendly and very happy people. It was an honor to spend the afternoon with them. Something I will remember always.

Robert Bateman 6" x 9" sketchbook
Pen and Watercolor


kazumiwannabe said...

Nice pages! The shaman's house looks great, very detailed.
Cute story with the little boy!
You have a lot of lovely watercolors. Love the ones you did from France.

Shelly Faura (Pacific Explorer Nov. 09) said...

This is AWESOME!!! Thank you for including us in the e-mail invite to view your blog. We will be talking about this trip for years to come. You & your drawings are such a nice part of the memories of our trip. :) Shelly & Tom

Nancy Goldman said...

Hi Deb, what a nice story about the little boy. Your sketches are really good and it sounds like you had a great trip.

Margaret Ann said...

What absolutely precious memories... I love the photos of the children...what a trip! :)