Sea Day – heading to New Caledonia

4/22/19 – Monday

We did our preferred methods of exercise, then I enjoyed a free sample massage (neck, shoulders). Nice. All the time we were in New Zealand there were Maori Ambassadors on the ship (they actually were staying in a cabin across from us!) who each day presented interesting exposure to their culture via poetry, song, dance, language and general information. Now that we’re headed for the Pacific Ocean islands we have Polynesian Ambassadors doing similar introductions. Today I made a Kukui nut bracelet. John went to a lecture on what one could see and do in Tadine and Easo (New Caledonia), our upcoming stops. We enjoyed another Test Kitchen presentation on Steakhouse Dinner for Two. We treated ourselves to lunch in the Dining Room (sit down with menu choices). There we got to know 4 new people. It was amazing how often we’d run into Wayne and Peter (Australians) later. Fun guys who gave the exercise classes I took a good try, though in the end they continued their walks on deck, like John. Dinner was Gala, so we dressed up. I wore my new kimono (golden shawl). It’s so light and warm when I run into air conditioned spots, it’s perfect. We watched the theater presentation, then listened to the music at B B King’s. We decided it was just too loud for us (we enjoyed the kind of music) and never returned. Off to bed.

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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