Tuesday, July 30, 2013

A change in how I'm doing things...

I have changed how I am offering my prints for sale. Since its expensive to ship a print from Belize, costing nearly $30 for a print to go to the U.S. or Canada via Express Mail Service, I have chosen fineartamerica.com to produce my prints and to handle the shipping and payment options for me. The original artwork shown on their website is also for sale, and marked as: for sale, sold or not available. So little by little I am adding work (from hundreds of images) to their server, and when the uploads are complete, I will update my actual website as a gateway. I am even including photos. Hopefully this is an easier way to manage and maintain my web presence, after the initial work is done (massive). Prints and original paintings are still available for sale at Caribbean Colors Art Café on Caye Caulker, Belizean Art in San Pedro, Art-n-Soul in Placencia, and River's Edge Gallery in Wyandotte, Michigan.
To head over to my online purchase gallery, click here ---> Caribbean Colors by Lee Vanderwalker

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Saturday, July 27, 2013


Yes Gyal, I mi di tell he...
I juss get for he text..
Gyal, whe yu di do?
Nutting gyal mi no noh bowt nutting.
For tru?
Yes Gyal
Mmm hhhhmph!
Well I hear dat how unu and for he gyal done di gaan aaaan!
Neva! I neva say no-ting, nuttin Gyal.
(hand painted silk  31" x 39")

Friday, July 26, 2013

Illustration Friday - Jungle

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Raw silk painted with dyes and textile paints. Its been 12 YEARS since I've painted on raw silk. My last project was for Trinidad born designer Sharrone Mitchel, who is now deceased. The painting was based on a photo that I took in Guatemala in 2012.

Photo Friday - Activity

HEY! Do that again.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Photo Friday - Structure

Long afternoon shadows in Antigua Guatemala. I shot this last year, September 2012, with my little old Canon Rebel EOS and its original 18-55 lens that I purchased in 2004. I chose it rather than my Canon 40D because it is small, relatively speaking. Lugging my other camera around is like taking care of a newborn baby.
Little did I know at the time, this would be the last hurrah for that camera, as it was stolen one month later in October 2012 from my apartment on Caye Caulker, Belize. I was in the U.S. visiting my family and the apartment was burglarized by my ex husband's son who had gone back on crack cocaine. Mind you, my ex husband lives next door, when we got divorced he had to chop the house in pieces in payment to me for my investment in the property. Mine being the smaller piece, but nonetheless, mine. My ex stepson was caught a couple of weeks later and pled guilty and went right back to Hattieville prison where he had been released a few months earlier. By the time they (the village council worker and chairman, and not the police) caught him, he had sold or used everything he had stolen. I don't take it personally, when he's not using he a really nice person. And when he's in prison it seems like he's able to manage his addiction, because he comes out on parole, fat. If he can stay off Caye Caulker he has a chance, but within weeks after arriving I notice him losing weight and having that stringy wrung out furtive look, and I know its only a matter of time... before things start missing again.
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Saturday, July 06, 2013

Revisiting Guatemala

I took a second look at all of those photos I shot in September 2012, and edited in October/November, and was surprised what I saw this time around. Seemingly innocuous boring photos took on a new life once I looked at them thru a fresh eye. From time to time I need to set something down and revisit it later to understand. These photos will eventually become part of paintings, I'm sure of that. However, they didn't make it on the final edit for the book.
Reminds me of an old sepia photo

 Headless statues and crumbling façade.

Colors of Guatemala photo book is now available for sale thru BLURB.COM the soft cover edition is $19.99 (plus shipping) Hardcover editions are available also.
By Lee Vanderwalker
Book Preview

And HEY! I'm not being stingy with the preview. I am allowing a full book preview, so even if you're not in the mood to buy, enjoy!