I spy: Artist Rose Kamoto

I spy with my little eye..beautiful artist Rose Kamoto, who I met at the Rosebank Sunday Market (read about the market more from my previous post here). Rose is a self-taught artist from Kenya. The market had so much ‘noise’ and colours, but Rose’s art, just as colourful as the market, still stood out for me. I don’t know what it really is about her art, it kind of reminds me of so many other street artists here in Africa, but there is some sort of spark, something extra in her works. One specific style she is creating stood out the most. These are dancing Maasai women. I didn’t have much time to talk to her at the market, but I did some Googling and read that Rose spent time living among Maasai tribe in Kenya and this has influenced her art a lot. This is really fascinating because the Maasai are among the few tribes in Africa who still strongly stick to their culture. And as it turns out you can visit some Maasai tribes villages to experience their culture, traditions and lifestyle (in return for a fee of course).

I also snatched myself one piece of Maasai women dancing. I would of wanted to buy a bigger piece, but right now it is not the right moment and I am not interested in keeping it hidden in the closet for a few years before framing it and hanging it up. So now I am a proud owner of this smaller piece and I love it. Elegant, sophisticated and gorgeous, don’t you think?

I am not sure right now, where you can buy her art besides the Rosebank Sunday Market (as I understood, she is frequent seller there) but if I have some more info I will update the info here. Also you can e-mail her directly: rosecrafts@hotmail.com

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Creative break: Hand print

Getting messy and creative with my almost 2 year old is one of my favorite time during the day. The way he concentrates while painting with his hands is mesmerizing to watch. You can say it’s just a hand print by looking at the photos, but as I watch him choose color, how intensely he thinks while choosing, how he positions his hand, how he plays with it and how every time he just makes a few hand prints and then signals me that the artwork is finished.

I bring out the watercolors for him to just play, but every time it is me who is learning so much out of this play and i believe so is him. I love how coloring brightens our day and our mood💛💙💚❤️💜

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