Refreshment break before continuing on to the Negril Coast
Upon arrival at Bluefields Bay, off
the beaten path on the southwest coast, we discovered that it happened to be Jamaica's
Independence Day. The celebration amongst the Jamaican people was non-stop. The constant
drive and beat of their island music pervaded the air day and night. With joy, excitement,
and dance, they played together on their gorgeous beaches, which they love! We were quite
moved and wanted to join them.
Hal paints to Reggae, and certainly the feeling of all of these
rhythmic sounds and movement is reflected in his limited edition, mixed media work
entitled, "Kay-ya-ya Beach" !
The canopy of this huge cottonwood tree was at eye level with our cottage facing West and
overlooking vast Bluefields Bay. Every morning we would hike down the slope for a soothing
wake up dip in the crystalline waters.
Hal was so taken with the majestic cottonwood tree, outside our open
veranda doors, that he painted it right on the spot. The title is "Lively Up Your
Day," and it commemorates this island's lush beauty and its beloved music which Bob
Marley so incredibly and rhythmically personifies.
to see art Hal created from this
Adventure -- go to
"Kay-ya-ya Beach, "
& "Lively Up Your Day - Bluefields Bay"
On a side trip with our friends we experienced the caves and cliffs near the diving lure
Before expressing a new environment Hal likes to explore many facets of the location.
About half way down the slope from our cottage
to the beach was a small open air structure called
the "Tree House." Here, every evening facing
the bay, we celebrated the sunset with dancing
to live reggae with our friends (who invited and
introduced us to Bluefields Bay) and beautiful
-- our knee caps are still smokin'!
Bluefields Bay, Jamaica