Our friend Heather - long-time blog reader / indefatigable blog commenter / first reader of unpublished sailing narratives - recently had a good idea for the blog. I see a bit of art on the bulkheads, she said. How about a tour?
So here it is, the Galactic visual arts tour.
First, the best - our two tapas from Futuna:
OK, next on the tour - this shell and grass fan, a gift to Alisa from Matasa, on Penrhyn, in the Cook Islands.
Our great mates on Pacific Bliss wrote about Penrhyn so well - check out all three of their posts about the place. Reading them, just now, I'm seized by the desire to go back...
And finally, in the traditional Pacific arts department, there's this tiki from Fatu Hiva:
(And, as a perfect metaphor for cultural disassociation, I can't do better than the image of Jacques, the carver of this tiki, who I believe took the pattern from a volume on the ethnography of the Marquesas.)
And well, there's more, of course, but brevity is the saving grace of any tour.
But before I close, I'll note that we make room in our collection for the odd Impressionist:
Along those lines (sort of), I'll mention that Elias' reading ability has recently hit the stage of exponential increase. Not to be too precious about it, but I think that if you're one of those people for whom books have been at the very center of things at some point or another, watching your child step into the world of the written word is a wholly uncomplicated joy.
Take a look at this scene from yesterday - doesn't this look like a happy fatherhood?