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The Ecuador Chronicles - 2011-15

On Becoming an Artist;
              A Labor of Love with a Wonderful Mentor;
                                        And a Way to Continue When in Ecuador 
Live Well Ecuador is happy to feature a Chronicle this week by Dalynda Almand.  Dalynda is very artistic and for the past three years has been studying art.  Her paintings are truly amazing.  Recently she has added a new dimension by studying art in Quito.  Dalynda tells her story here:
by Dalynda Almand 

Art in My Life 


Color has always been fascinating to me.  I enjoy finding new ways to mix and match color in decorating, clothing selection - everything.


About three years ago I began to study art.  My teacher and mentor is Norma Poulos on the Southside of the Atlanta area.  Norma is absolutely wonderful - she has developed a program of art training and instruction that is in use around the world (the link to Norma's website is at the end of this Chronicle).  Working with her I was soon producing paintings in oil - what a thrill!  I now do paintings requested by family and friends for special occasions.  This has enriched my life so much.  I look forward to my time with Norma every week; it is an ongoing learning experience - and very fun and exciting.


Norma Poulos




Art in Quito


I love spending time in Quito - we have a great apartment there with a wonderful view of the Colonial area and Mount Pichincha.  But I really miss my art lessons with Norma when I am in Ecuador.  Then purely by happenstance I met Sylvia Garcia, a well known Ecuador artist.  Sylvia's work has been shown in Latin America and Europe - but so far not in North America.  Sylvia offered to give me art lessons whenever I was in Quito - a great opportunity.


Sylvia's studio is in her Quito home.  Her home is like an art Gallery - her paintings are on all the walls.  It is only a short trolley ride from our apartment.  Sylvia does more than just painting - she works in metal, wood, and makes jewelry.  Most of her paintings are done in Palette Knife - Espatula in Spanish.  Paintings in Palette Knife have a heavy rich, raised texture.  I decided it would be interesting to try Espatula myself.


To create an Espatula painting you actually use several sizes and types of Palette Knives - and a lot of paint.  Sylvia helped me with technique in using the various knives to achieve the desired effect. There are pictures of some of my first paintings below - I still feel that I have a lot to learn.  But it is great having a way to continue my art study when I am in Quito.





Practicing Espatula Art









Some of my Initial Espatula Efforts



Sylvia Garcia - And Some of Her Work in the Background




Thank You Dalynda - Let's Look at Some More of Your Work 


Dalynda, thank you for such an interesting Chronicle!  Your paintings in Palette Knife are beautiful - it is fortunate that you have gotten to know Sylvia Garcia.


But I cannot resist showing some of Dalynda's other work.  The paintings below were done by Dalynda under the tutlelage of Norma Poulos.  The actual paintings are, of course, much better than these photos.


Door - Near Otavalo



Escuela de Surf - Montanita


Vieques - Puerto Rico



Vieques - Puerto Rico


Trail - Arizona






Tonsupa - In Our Quito Apartment



Mother Teresa



Would You Like to have an Artistic Experience in Ecuador -
Find Out How at:

Website for Norma Poulos: