As a huge Art lover since a very young age thanks to my Mother’s upbringing, I grew up breathing Art and exploring its different forms throughout my life. This is why I picked up photography as my job and doodle in my free time. I was very happy to discover a local talent here in Rasdhoo, Maldives. His name is Addey, I can’t say I agree with his music choice as he is into all the love songs of 80’s and 90’s. But I love how he turned his passion of Art into a successful business
I had a great chance to watch the process of his work and hope you enjoy this step by step photo report and who knows, maybe you paint your own coconut!
To begin the work, Addey chooses a suitable coconut. He orders hundreds of them from a nearby village, 5 rufiya each. That is about 1/3 of a US dollar.
Then he adds the first layer of acrylic paint,creating the background of the picture which he normally would do in parallel on dozens of coconuts. Right after he wuld dry the paint with a hairdryer so he can continue to the next stage.
Then he starts adding silhouettes of palms and again dries that layer too
Finer details than added to give the trees a more realistic look and again drying.
The finished coconut will get a layer of varnish to protect the paint and make it more glossy
Naturally. I had to try painting a coconut myself and here is the result.
I tried selling it to these guys who passed by while i was painting but they did not seem to be very keen to get it so I’ll keep it for my Mom (:
Once we finished the painting part we had a good laugh talking about Art and music and i managed to get this photo of Addey that I like quite a bit.
It was quite intriguing to learn more about the local art and now i know what I am going to bring home for my friends and family!