Thursday, October 05, 2006

There is a little place called Whistling Bird--



And this fine old gentleman was the carpenter who gave its cottages such a warm and inviting serenity. It's a pretty, pretty spot in Jamaica, the Whistling Bird. And good old Mendez can take at least some of the credit for it's natural beauty and charming character. Julie and Jim take alllll the rest.

And speaking of character, Mendez is a Jamaican original. From back in the day when Negril was nothing more than a sleepy fishing village, with a few scattered structures on its pristine 7-mile beach. Sand like powdered sugar. The beach is still pretty, the Whistling Bird is a little preserved niche of jungle-like beauty.

And Mendez is still at work with his hammer and nails.

I believe he's a bit younger than he looks (he could pass for 70). He has few of his original teeth but still manages an engaging smile. And, at first glance, seems incredibly hard of hearing, but he manages to find out the names of the ladies who come into view.....

The twinkle in his eye gave all that away, tho' didn't it?

"Mendez", 4"x6" ink and watercolor on paper.
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5 comments:

Bonnie G Morrow said...

Wonderful! I love this piece. I love the look in the eyes and a kindness about him! GREAT!

kelsey.camille@gmail.com said...

Vic, this looks just like the Mendez I know. It really shows his personality, and "kid at heart" kind, aspect.....
Perfect! I knew it was him before I even read your captions.

PaintingEachDay said...

You are fine painter my friend....a fine painter ... and I 'LOVE' your stories .. keep up the great work!~

Anonymous said...

This is really great stuff, wow

Vinny

Anonymous said...

Love the colors and the emotion in your work!
shanti