The weekly photo challenge is: Reward
The Solentiname Islands offer a communal space for artistic expression and spiritual discovery. In 1965, Ernesto Cardenal, a Nicaraguan priest and now-famous poet, established a religious community on the Solentiname Islands.
Cardenal invited a respected painter from Managua to teach painting techniques, while encouraging individual thought and style. This gave way to a widespread fascination with art. Entire families started painting in a style known as “primitivist”. This art drew upon popular Central American imagery such as Choretega and Nahuatl Indian weavings and painted gourds.
For years, my bucket list included visiting the artists on Solentiname Islands. Last week, I was rewarded with a very special visit to the Solentiname Islands and the artists who live there.
Margarita has painted for over 30 years. She told me that she was allergic to oil based paints, and recently switched to acrylics.
She paints a delicate Ora Pendula nest in the branches of the gently swaying palm tree.
Natural light filters through her open window.
Margarita’s paintings are world-famous. It was such a treat to visit with her. The long boat ride to the primitive Solentiname Islands and visiting with a beautiful artista was my grandest reward.