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144 Mystery Island & Art


Here is another installment about our recent cruise – if you have just joined me for the first time perhaps you would like to recap with these travel and art blogs “LEAVING SYDNEY HARBOR” and  “CRUISING ON THE PACIFIC JEWEL” and  “ART,LEONARDO DA VINCI AND THE ISLE OF PINES

naive painting of palm trees,a sandy beach and surfers and sun-seekers enjoying themselves

Painting of the Beach!


Our day on the Isle of Pines came to a close and we caught the last tender back to the boat, time for a shower followed by cocktails!  Tonight was Pirate Night and hubby fitted right in!  You see he has been “Mr Accident waiting to happen” lately, no need for him to wear a fake eye patch oh no he just went with the complete black/blue/purple swollen eye instead. Courtesy of an innocent game of Ping Pong on the ship, the day before, when he smacked head first into the only protruding object in the immediate vicinity.  Just as I was starting to think mmm.. hubby is doing well, no injuries or illnesses lately!

We enjoyed the night with a fantastic dinner and Pirates of the Pacific show then off to bed looking forward to the morning’s adventure in Mystery Island.


Mystery Island is at the southern end of the group of islands known as Vanuatu.  It is picture perfect with sandy beaches, palm trees and coral reefs and crystal clear lagoons offering great snorkeling.  The island was used as a World War ll landing strip for the allied forces which cuts straight through the island from one beach to the other even today.  There are no roads or people living on the island, the locals come from nearby islands to sell their shells and goods and set up stalls for food and drink.  There was even a giant pot for cooking tourists, lol as Cannibalism was actually practiced in Vanuatu as recently as 1969!!   Not that I was scared for my own life but it wouldn’t have surprised me to find hubby having tripped and accidently landed in the pot.


This painting (acrylic on canvas board) is called “Under the Palm Trees” and is also available as a Giclee print and Mystery Island looked a little like this.  We had been told that the island is very small and only takes 20 minutes to walk around so we decided to just catch a tender whenever we got ready and meet the others on the island.


Well bad mistake – the island may have been smallish but the terrain, trees, pathways, beach, reef and stalls, tourists and islanders made it impossible to find each other.  Instead we all wondered around for what seemed hours looking for each other till our legs and feet ached.  At least we got some good exercise done.  The Islanders were warm and welcoming and cute children entertained us with songs raising money for their schools.

Just before it was time to catch the tender back to the ship we finally caught up with the kids who also had wondered around looking for us for most of the day!  Oh well we still had a nice time and back to the ship for cocktails and more food and more cocktails.

Here is a quote that fits well here by a mystery author;

FLOOR !!!”

Till next time happy painting and sculpting to you all,

Love Marie xxx

Why not come and have a look at Marie Jonsson-Harrison’s PAINTINGS FOR SALEGICLEE PRINTS FOR SALE and SCULPTURES for sale or WALLBASED SCULPTURES.  Enjoy an original artwork on your walls or perhaps one on your bed ARTnBED.

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