After seeing the sand paintings done by our friend Valerie on Taravai in the Gambiers, we promptly commissioned her to make one for us. We looked at pictures of her work and showed her our favorites, but left the entire design up to her. We only asked that she include our boat name on the piece. It wasn’t finished when we left the Gambiers and she promised to mail it to us in Tahiti. Yesterday we picked it up and we are absolutely delighted.
All of the substances (sand, dirt, ash) that she uses for her “paint” are from the island of Taravai and are the natural color of the found material – no color added. We are currently in the process of finding some hard poster type board to mount it on and we will be hanging it when we do.