Sea Day – heading to New Caledonia

4/23/19 – Tuesday

Again we faithfully exercised. Then I went to a “Polyfit” class, taught by one of the Polynesian Ambassadors, (Keoni). I loved how fun it was yet how hard I worked, sweating by the end. Great music, great moves. If you want to know more about the program check out Keoni’s website (he invented these dance moves): https://hotlavadancefit.com/ .

Later I took a class on a hula dance. I even bought a USB/flash drive from the Holland America photo people to have Keoni (Kay O nee) record his Hula dance music, played on the ukulele, as well as get the Windows 10 lessons on it. John went to a talk on Lautoka and SavuSavu, Fiji. He also attended a class on speaking Hawaiian. I listened to the string quartet play Brahms pieces. Not a big fan – a lot of high pitched violin parts in them. We both watched a New Zealand produced movie “Pork Pie”. Just excellent. This movie also showed parts of New Zealand that we hadn’t seen on our prior visits. Then dinner with our 6 table mates, then the Show: Patrick McMahon. He sang Neil Diamond, John Cash, Kenny Rogers songs very well. John’s a big fan now.

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About Patricia Elser

I've always loved the loose, flowing, transparent look of watercolors, of Chinese paintings and their calligraphy, but alas, no watercolor classes were available when I was in school, so that interest remained buried until my children were grown. Even then, I was afraid that I couldn't really paint, so upon my sister's advice, I actually started to take classes. I signed up for every class available, determined to learn no matter how afraid I was. I came upon a teacher, Stan Miller, who inspired me, who opened the door to success in watercolor. I love to look at beautiful images. I want to capture them forever. All my life, photography was how I gathered images of the beauty I saw. Thanks to all that photography, I enjoy composing pictures, especially up close. Watercolors allow me to add more of me in their translation of that beauty. My paintings reflect my love for music and dance, with their rhythm and flow. I am fascinated by the play of light, so it appears in my pictures as drama for they are filled with darks and lights. Maybe it's the challenge, maybe it's the beauty, but now, when a work comes together, it fills my soul.
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