is. in. the.
Kader and my friend Miss Paula
About 10 years ago, Mr. PV and I were on a trip to Sante Fe and had wandered out to the
Sante Fe Opera where they have lots of artists' exhibits
This intriguing young man had some interesting things laid out and we went over for a look
and that began our enduring friendship.
I do believe I said to him
"hey, wanna do an art show in Spearman Texas?"
he said yes
Kader demonstrates how he paints at an art show at Zulu Art Gallery
You see...Kader is from Africa...Burkina Faso to be exact and his style of painting is quite wonderful
he tears his canvas so that the edges are frayed, he mixes his own pigments and dyes
from things found in his village
all very natural and earthy
he then mixes that with ??? and some H20
and applies it with his hands
and then adds sticks and stones and other found natural objects to his mountains and bulls and village people
When we met him, he was 22, not much English (though he speaks 6 languages that now include fluent English....so make that 7)
his art was rolled up in a back pack and he had traveled to America
flying by the seat of his artsy pants and ended up in
Spearman Texas and Facebook on a regular basis
We love us some Kader!
I do believe there was a time when our Mattie wanted to marry him
and I don't blame her
but Kader is a wanderer, an artist, not a tinge of fear in his soul
the kind of personality that allows him to go about the world
creating and sharing art..the kind he sees and touches and tastes...with folks like us
and besides...I think Coach Been might have been somewhere in the picture