I remember very well the time I painted these two. I went to the La Palm Beach Hotel and they had constructed an African hut-like restaurant at the back by the sea. So I painted it
The painting above is “The Russian Ballerina”. I cannot add a caption to it right now and I have no clue why. I came to Ghana with a copy of the cartoon “Anastasia” and for a brief period I was obsessed with everything Russian. Originally, the ballerina was meant to have a golden ring for a tutu (which you can still see), one ribbon for a leg and another wooden leg. My mother looked at it and thought it looked incomplete so I added a real tutu over it. I ended up not liking it but I still left it that way…maybe I should try the same concept again but this time leaving as it was intended.
But then again you will realize that I barely do the same thing twice. We shall see.
An inspiration from Picasso…my parents bought me a Picasso book so neh.
Calabashes are used to hold water in Ghana. Carrying items on heads is another cultural signature.