October 21, 2008

The Fishermen of Cabuya

My wife and I just returned from a month on the Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica. We were living in a rural beach town about 5 miles outside of Montezuma. Every morning after breakfast we would head out on bicycles to pick up provisions for the day. The highlight of the trip was always the pescadoria, literally an open garage filled with ice chests and a half dozen local fisherman. Every day they take turns running the shop, cutting fillets to order out of the bellies of Mahi-Mahi that were still flopping around earlier in the morning. On the days when they don't have shop duties, they head out with their sons and brothers in little blue motor boats to bring in their daily haul. From the deck of our little Cabina we could watch them patroling the blue horizon with nets and lines.

For a little description of the painting process behind this particular watercolor, hit the Paintings in Progress link on the right side of the page, and scroll to the "Cabuya Water Color" entry.

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