Tuesday, July 29, 2008

"The Auto Parts Seller" Kampala, Uganda, Africa,

This man was selling auto parts along the road in Kampala. I was drawn to the colors and texture of the old shipping containers and shacks set up as businesses. The bustle of the city is an orchestration of movement, color , sounds and smells all coming together to intoxicate the senses. 12x12 oil on canvas sold


Ann said...

This one brings to life an ordinary scene that I tend to take for granted. You have captured the beauty and chaos of it all in vivid color! I won't look at Kampala again with the same eyes, now that I have seen it through yours...thank you!

Robin Weiss said...

Thank you Annie! The best part was being able to see it all with you!

PAT MEYER -- said...

What a difficult composition loaded with wonderful color.

Anonymous said...

amazing! particularly the truck on top of the container there, xo!

Vikki North said...

Oh My Gosh! I didn't even look at your painting yet and I'm stunned. I was just checking my Feedjit and saw a visitor from 'In Plein Air'. Are you in Escondido?!? I'm in Vista.


Robin Weiss said...

Thank you Pat! I check your site. Your paintings are lovely!!

Robin Weiss said...

Olha, thank you very much!

Your painting style is very good! unique and all your own.

We went to a Rembrant show at the Portland Art Museum last year sent over from the Rijks Museum! I loved it!!

Robin Weiss said...

Hi Vikki!,...Thank you!

I don't know what a "feedjit" is , but I am here in Seattle. Does that mean someone else has my blog name?

Vikki North said...

Hi Robin,
It must have been someone from Escondido was visiting your blog then came to visit mine. Feedjit is on the bottom right of my blog. It's very cool and fun.

Much more important- this work is wonderful. The color, detail and shadow absolutely make it move while standing still. This series is just mind boggling and you have me hooked.

Anonymous said...

What a chaotic scene! You've painted it so effectively. My eye keeps going back to the man's silhouette against the blue tarp. I did not notice the truck behind and above him until I read olha's comment. Wow.

Anonymous said...

how beautiful, and a wondersul post Did you know that more than 25% of the African children have to work, many of them in the worst forms of child labour (including child soldiers, trafficking and sexual exploitation)?
In Uganda, 33% of the children between 2 and 17 are involved in child labour!

The project of the ILO-IPEC (International Labour Organisation – International Programme for the Elimination of Child Labour) in which I am working in Kampala/Uganda aims at eliminating the worst forms of child labour and at the same time at offering perspectives to the victims of child labour by providing education and vocational opportunities. The approach is to include their whole community. The focus of our project is on HIV/AIDS induced child labour: many children have to work as their parents are weakened or died because of HIV/AIDS. By entering into the labour force, children get vulnerable to HIV/AIDS themselves as they lack (sex) education and are in addition likely to get victims of sexual exploitation.

The goal of our project is to break this vicious cycle, both by bottom-up and top-down approaches. On the one hand, we work closely together with civil society organisations for capacity building of NGOs and rehabilitation of the victims of child labour. On the other hand, the cooperation with the government is crucial for mainstreaming HIV/AIDS induced child labour into the relevant polices. While (of course) there is regular frustration, delays and problems, I have the feeling that, wow, this project really HAS an impact!

I spend two days per week in the fields to work with NGOs and to monitor trainings, the rest of the time I am in the office, where I mainly work on an analysis of polices relevant to HIV/AIDS induced child labour in eight different African countries. While it’s a challenge to write a policy analysis report for the ILO, I feel well prepared by everything I have learned during my studies and especially during the last year at Hertie. In contrast to that, intercultural management and handling difficult people in difficult situations is something I have to learn by practicing and this is definitely the greater challenge for me at the moment!

Besides work, I enjoy the life in Kampala, the party-capital of East-Africa and have a good time in Uganda, “the pearl of Africa”, which is a country of nice and hospitable people and beautiful places in spite of all the challenges it faces!

Robin Weiss said...

Wow ! I haven't checked my blog in a while and am surprised by the interesting comments!

Thank you Silvina!

Thank you Auto Parts! I appreciate your insight into some of the challenges faced by Ugandans every day and also for your good work on their behalf!

Anonymous said...

Hi Robin...
Very nice painting...
Is $200 really the price or only estimation?

About, feedjit... I think you should install it to this blog so that you can check where the visitor comes from.


Robin Weiss said...

Hello Abu!

Sorry , I don't check my past posts very often. glad to hear from you again!....Yes! $200.00 is the price of this painting and I hope to sell it in my up-coming show in November.....I know this must seem like a large sum to you, but I have been successful selling my paintings in the US and Europe.

I don't know much about Feedjit but I will look into it and possibly add it to my blog.

Cheers to you, my friend! Thank you for visiting!


Anonymous said...

Reminds me so much at Venezuela, where I grew up. The same colorful chaos. Definitely beauty can be ANYWHERE! you just need to keep your eyes wide open.
Great painting!