Friday, March 8, 2013

MR. FORBES, SAL SALVADOR, BAHAMAS


I was going to enter this in the monthly portrait challenge at PaintMyPhoto.  But there are already so many postings, it's just too overwhelming. 

I chose this one because I know the photographer, Li Newton, and the subject, Mr. Forbes.  Li is currently living on San Salvador in the Bahamas with her husband, who is the maintenance manager at the Gerace Research Station (where Sweetie and I stay when he goes to the Bahamas to do research).

I have met Mr. Forbes several times at the Gerace Research Station.  He was always moving, always working, always out and about.  I don't know how old he is - I could guess and be off by 20 years.  He always looks the same and he always struck me as a gentle man with a shy smile; a man who is not afraid of hard work and would cut open a coconut for the students at the research center whenever asked - there is a real knack to doing that with a large machete!

Thanks, Li, for sharing the photo at PaintMyPhoto.  And thanks for your help with Sweetie's research!  Maybe I'll see you this summer.


11 comments:

Lorraine Brown said...

Nice to read about this person Rhonda and a really good portrait it is

Debbie Nolan said...

Rhonda - Mr. Forbes looks like a wonderful man. I think your portrait captures the gentle nature of this man you described. Have a delightful weekend.

Jane said...

A great portrait and a gentle smile . Love your new avatar :-)

Sharon Whitley said...

Rhonda you should most definitely post this to the challenge page - everyone there would love to hear your story about how you know Li and this gentleman. I love Li's photography of all the characters on San Salvador. This month's challenge has had a huge amount of entries and yours is worthy of up there amongst them, it's wonderful, hope you decide to post it there x

Lisa Le Quelenec said...

Your portrait shows a very kind and patient face. I love watercolour portraits and appreciate how how hard they are. You've done a top job on this one. Will there be more?

RobynL said...

This is great Rhonda. I'm an admin...and co host for the challenge on PMP. I understand what you're saying about so many entries already.. It's been a total blowout this month and we're only 9 days in! It would still be lovely to add yours to the album I'm putting together. :)
If you're speaking to Li some time...would you tell her Ro sends her love...and hopes she doing well.
Thanks Rhonda.
All the best
Ro x

CrimsonLeaves said...

Love his expression Rhonda!

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks so much, Lorraine, Debbie, Jane!

Sharon and RobynL, I will post it at PaintMyPhoto. I just didn't want to post anything and then not have time to comment on the other paintings already there - so many! ha ha I'll send Li your regards, Ro :)

Thanks, Lisa and Sherry. I only wish I'd done him with more color - but maybe another time.

Sharon Whitley said...

I'm chuffed to bits you'll post your entry - please don't worry about commenting on everyone's it's an impossible task unless you've been doing it daily (and even then it's hard work keeping up) Just one comment (if you like) when you post to cover everyone will be fine - send Li my best wishes too, we miss her on PMP, she was a great support to me when I first joined x

RH Carpenter said...

Ta, Sharon (I remember the Welsh thank you :) Sweetie is sending Li an email right now and I'll pass on your regards along with Ro :) She's back in San Sal after leaving for a while to live in North Carolina. Just picture her swimming in that turquoise water :)
I did post the painting and made a general comment - hope I did it right. It looks okay.

Pam Johnson Brickell said...

You are brave painting portraits - especially someone you know.... added pressure.