Sunday, January 11, 2009

Rising Early

The sweetest bright red watermelon, with a ton of black seeds, just satiated my dehydrated body after an hour long walk along the coastal promenade here in Salvador. My leg muscles continue to struggle to find a state of repose where a sort of numbness seems to have struck them. The beachfront had already reached a level of full out activity - with swimmers and joggers in full swing, boaters and fisherman preparing for the day's catch, with "barraca" stands opening and coconuts being tossed and served as drinks to passerbys - and it is only six in the morning. The high flying sun at this hour provokes one into action least one has to suffer it's potentially charring effects later in the day. My own drenched t-shirt stands as witness to the rising heat of the morning and the rushed pursuits of the early risers.

Drawn back into the pleasure of summer, we find ourselves again fulfilling a life here, that knows nothing of winter and it's restrictive practices. The clothing has been shed again and the protective maneuverings from the cold are temporarily forgotten in the swirl of hot sun and warm water. My paintings done in this tropical paradise have provided another reason for our visit this time. Through the concerted efforts of Carson Philips, we will meet with leaders in the architectural and interior design world here, to present the work and exchange ideas for collaborative opportunities. Our first meeting was with one of the foremost architects, Adriano Mascarenhas, designer of luxury homes, apartments and public buildings - with many magazine covers to his credit - and one of the first architects to bring the groundbreaking new "green technology" in building to Bahia, similar to "passive house" technology out of Germany. He is certainly one to be considered for your next building project or interior design.

We will end this string of meetings, in a week's time, and head directly for DC to celebrate the inauguration of Barack Obama. Like many of you, it will be the first time we have ever considered going to such an event, least of all, actually going to it. This convergence of like-minded people in the capital for a celebration and not a protest, is nothing short of earth shattering, for many of us, who have had a more passive relationship to politics and our government officials. Joe Steele will be there bringing his style and wit to the planned events he'll attend, with a focus on fostering cross-cultural humility and fluency, in all aspects of business and government. If you'll be at the Black HBS event at The Mandarin, please check him out.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Safe trip home! We'll be in DC too! Joe Steele seems like a good
person to know, thanks. This year I need to see your work, looks
great. Do you know David Moo King? Photographer, I saw his work from
a photo shoot in Canada?
Happy New Year!
Marie Johnson Colbert

Anonymous said...

HOPE YOU FOLKS ARE HAVING FUN IN SALVADOR.
IN RIO GOING BACK HOME THIS WEEK. TO GET FOLKS READY FOR THE 20th. WILL BE IN DC 19 - 21.
GOING FOR THE FESTIVITIES AND WORK.
I AM TRYING TO SEND SOME WARM WEATHER BACK ,BUT AT LAST IT IS JAN.
HEARD IT JUST SNOWED AGAIN.

BJS. NATHAN

Anonymous said...

Hey Glenn,

It warms my body and soul as I live vicariously through your morning in Bahia. How I wish I was there with you Joe and Tymm. Spread my love to them. I look forward to seing you all in DC very soon. And your abstact oils are exquisite!!!


Michael

bobby bell said...

hey joe & glen just wanna say happy new year to you guy's sandie and i wish you well and have a good time in DC we will look for yall on the tv
who knows maybe we'll see you
we can't be there but know we are there in sprit with you so have a blast
much love to you& joe
and this is going to be a good year
peace to you

TheFirstOneLast said...

Glenn,

Great photos and memories in "Rising Early". That stretch of the promenade was on my jogging route too... so thanx for the blast of warm nostalgia. I wish I were there, but finances made me skip the trip this year. Enjoy. Then return and celebrate! Things are looking up...

Len

Anonymous said...

Hey Glenn,

I read your blogg again. You always write in a way that makes it easy for the imagination to see clearly what you see and most importantly "feel". It's like I'm right there taking in the experience and living it vicariously through you. You are one fasinating writer. I really don't know why you don't take those skills and let the world be taken by storm. But then I know your true passion is in the arts. But hey you might be like the young football player that went out for baseball but found a niche in professional football.

Leo said...

Happy New Year Glenn and Joe! Love your stories.
Happy to hear that the juicy watermelon is taking good care of you and the summer is opening it's door to you as well.

I sit here in NYC, in our new offices with a scarf around my neck. In a moment I will be heating up a burito from Shop & Stop.

Love all the photos.

I wanted to stop and say a big hello to you today and say thank GOD for Glenn and Joe! The dynamic duo!

Hugs,
Leo

Rodney said...

Happy New Year!! Your pictures warm me up on this COLD AND SNOWING day in Chicago enjoy.

Your Friend,
Rodney

Anonymous said...

Glenn I just love reading your blog. What a Renaissance man you are!!

Have a blast at the inauguration. Joe you work it, in only the way you can!!