This painting is my impression of a small child who was in a Rasta Parade in Jamaica. The reference photo was provided by a photographer named Li Newton. She stated that
the Rastafari movement is a "messianic
religio-political" movement that began in the Jamaican slums in the 1920s
and 30s. The most famous Rastafari is Bob Marley, whose reggae music gained the
Jamaican movement international recognition. Even though this little person had a serious expression on his face she said there was a lot of singing and dancing and celebrating going on. This little child in his colorful turban touched something in my heart.
It is so wonderful to see the love and hope reflected in newly married couples. Many weddings are full of fairy tale beauty, pomp and circumstance. The couples are full of love for each other and it is so evident in the way they look at each other and interact. The beautiful brides rival Cinderella's loveliness and the grooms all become versions of Prince Charming. Those of us who walked down the aisle many years ago know that the fairy tale that is created on the wedding day is full of twists and turns, some good chapters and some bad. We are tempted at times to run away, end the story and look for another fairy tale. But if we can take each chapter and learn to forgive, to be the best we can be and love anyway, then the story actually unfolds to a new fairy tale and it is even a deeper and more meaningful one as we find love and hope reflected in our lives again.