Leaving a mark of love

As I mentioned in the last post, I haven’t painted in months.  And yet the artists here have been insistent that I paint as much as possible in public.  Over the past two days, with their supervision and encouragement, I painted a mural in our neighborhood of San Pietro, which is right outside of Moca.  The mural celebrates the spirit of “Ubuntu” that connects our world — including the countries that have accepted me as one of their own: South Africa and the Dominican Republic.

Mural in progress

Mural in progress

While I worked, Carlos and Federico created a mural on the house next door that celebrates the heart of the community.

Me and Federico working on the murals

Me and Federico working on the murals

Finished mural by Carlos Baret and Federico Velasquez

Finished mural by Carlos Baret and Federico Velasquez — El Corazón de la Communidad

“Ubuntu” is a Zulu/Xhosa word representing “a southern African ethic of humanist philosophy focusing on people’s allegiances and relations with each other.”  Although there is no direct translation to English, the philosophy means that each of us exists individually because we all exist together.

The words in the mural “Vive, Ama, Crea porque somos juntos. = Ubuntu” translate to “Live, Love, Create because we are together. = Ubuntu” in English.

Mural by Catherine J Howard -- "Vive, Ama, Crea porque somos juntos = Ubuntu"

Mural by Catherine J Howard — “Vive, Ama, Crea porque somos juntos = Ubuntu”

On Monday, Grupo Garabato and I will paint another mural with the help of the neighborhood children.  Beautiful.  What concept do you think we should celebrate in the next mural?

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