Colours from Childhood

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As a child, and faced with the absence of a book in my hands,  one of my favourite ways to while away the time was to observe walls and decaying layers of paint. The crumbling walls beneath the paint also offered additional intrigue as regards colours and patterns. Most of the time, the colours were varying shades of grey and yellow. As I started working on this painting, I was also reminded of the beautiful times spent with my grandmother – a truly unique woman who was caring, loving and possessed the ability to view the world with the same wonder of as that of a child. No detail was insignificant for her. One of my earliest memories is that of spending afternoons on the roof with my grandmother, looking at the freesias and the bumblebees.

This painting bears no resemblance to the location. It replicates colours from my memories in the 1980s and brings out the simplicity of life at that time, where people and narrow streets in the heart of the village were an unquestionable part of our identity. When it was still possible to pause and observe, so that, in my case, three decades later, I can conjure colours and people in my mind to paint their memory as a feeling.

 

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Commissioned artwork: “Reclaiming Jaffa, Palestine”

Spent some blissful hours imagining Jaffa’s colours within the context of historic Palestine. This watercolour painting will be off to its new home in a few days.

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Reclaiming Jaffa (historic Palestine) Ramona – 2018.

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Great Return March (impressions of Palestinian memory in watercolour)

From my ongoing art series, “Impressions of Palestinian Memory in Watercolour)

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A Call to Action: Palestinian Memory, A Return to Historic Palestine

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To Palestinians,

The spirit of return
SPIRIT OF RETURN

As a journalist with a specific focus on Palestine, historical narrative and collective memory, my aim is to continue emphasizing the importance of creating spaces for Palestinian voices to be heard.

This also means that we who are not Palestinians have the obligation to ensure that furthering the cause carries with it the responsibility of reflection.

To return to the source – the land and the people in a narrative of belonging – I am calling upon Palestinians to participate in this project by sharing memories, photographs, thoughts, stories and anything that is directly related to historic Palestine and return.

To bring historic Palestine to the helm through narratives and art, I intend to embark upon a new collection of writings and watercolor paintings which are directly derived from Palestinians’ memories and narratives.

This book project seeks to explore “Palestinian memory: a return to historic Palestine”.

In 2017, I created a series of paintings that were published in the Palestine Chronicle themed “Impressions of Palestinian Memory in Watercolour”. At a time when Palestinians are becoming increasingly marginalised, I sought to depict the emotions concealed behind external impositions upon the land and the people.

My role as a writer and artist will be to depict the impressions of Palestinian narratives in a way which complements and supports the legitimate Palestinian struggle.

For many decades, the international narrative has obscured the many facets of the Palestinian right of return.

This project aims to impart the return to historic Palestine through Palestinian voices by following the impact of the narrative.

For queries and participation, please email me on metaphoricalart@gmail.com

With gratitude and appreciation,

Ramona Wadi

Freelance journalist and watercolor artist.

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Preliminary charcoal sketch of Fidel Castro

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Blue Apple, Purple Orange

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Impressions of Palestinian Memory in Watercolour

My art feature on impressions of Palestinian memory published in the Palestine Chronicle.

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