E Komo Mai! Welcome to my blog.

I'm delighted that you dropped in! E Komo Mai: WELCOME! This blog is basically an online visual journal is modeled after a concept I learned of in psychology 101... waaaaaaay back in college. That concept was somewhere in the chapter on The Significance of Dreams, where it mentioned someone's theory on dreaming about a house usually means that the house represents you. So I have used my actual house (Mauna Lea Manor) to structure my blog. In different rooms you will find different aspects of my life; different interests I like to blog about. This is a way to bring a little organization into my life and thoughts for myself... (dreams are in The Bedroom, Family updates are in The Living room, etc.)
This also, I would imagine, make reading this blog more convenient for you as well. If you are a grandparent interested in seeing photos and hearing stories about my boys, but maybe not so interested in my bellydancing obsession: you can just read what goes on in The Playground. But if you are an Art Collector more interested in my latest work and information on collecting, but not especially interested in my personal life: you'd enjoy The Office. Mauna Lea Manor is sort of the foyer to all the other rooms. If you would like to tour my online portfolio, please visit: www.stephaniebolton.com.
I hope you enjoy your time here ;) & continue to stop by!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

The Great Unveil of 'Citizen of the World'

Citizen of the World: Portrait of the Lovely Miss Tamalyn Dallal
completed 2010 Mixed Media on canvas 20x16" by Stephanie Bolton

There are a lot little details brought together on this canvas. Pieces I liked from different costumes, fabrics, patterns from different places she has traveled.... and of course, a little artistic invention.
Tamalyn's life has been a tapestry of experiences and appreciation for the rich & diverse cultures she has encountered so I wanted this painting to feel a little like a tapestry. One thing I appreciate in reading about her travels is how she always appears to want to leave a positive imprint on the lives she touches.
You often see her asking in ever so many ways, "How can I help?"
I hope this painting lets people see a little bit of that generosity in her giving smile & gesture... and that appreciation of many cultures that she has in the layers of reference to different cultures... I hope the idea comes across that this woman truly is a citizen of the world, but not only that: a gift to the world.

I would love to hear what you think of the painting- let me know your thoughts by leaving a comment!

Tamalyn will be choosing our winner today- but you still have some time to leave a comment to the question
How can belly dancing change the world?
Good Luck!


Elizabeth GLZ said...

There will be less fat people and more people will live longer. Besides, the energy that relates to belly dancing will create a peaceful world.

Kathy L said...

The painting is lovely. I think you capture her essence perfectly. I think that it is admirable to believe that belly dancing could change the world. I think though it would first have to become much more mainstream. As an exercise form, it is wonderful. If it would be included at health clubs, I think it would catch on!

Jacqueline said...

This is really such a gorgeous painting! I totally agree that you have capture her essence perfectly!! Have a lovely merry happy weekend and love to you!


Robin Norgren-Well of Creations said...

I can't wait!

Anonymous said...

This is beautiful!! I love her as a dancer and I think you have captured her spirit in this painting. Beautiful work!