Saturday, October 25, 2014
Friday, October 24, 2014
|"Diouana (427)", oil on canvas, 24x24". For sale on Etsy.|
As a side note, the actress who portrayed Diouana, Thérèse M’Bissine Diop, also experienced some troubles in real life, though with a happier outcome than the fictional character. Diop's family and friends ostracized her for her participation in filmmaking, which was poorly understood and frowned-upon within their traditional culture in the 1960s. Despite this unfortunate reception at home, Diop went on to have a career designing textiles in Paris. So she did live happily in France, unlike the character Diouana.
This painting connects two randomly selected topics: Côte d'Azur (a shade of blue that is color #427 in Naomi Kuno's Colorscape book), and southern Central Africa (from my DK Family Encyclopedia). I didn't find an exact match for that region of Africa, so I compromised with the connection to Senegal in West Africa.