Bahama Mamas © Bonnie Feaster Chapa

New Bonnie Chapa Art: “Bahama Mamas”

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I broke a cardinal rule of photography I was told with this image when I originally took this picture.  I cut that Mama’s head off.  Oh well, I wasn’t thinking of the rules when I turned around and saw 3 generations walking off the boardwalk out onto the beach at South Padre.

For a year, I worked on this trying to “make it better”.  Correct the layout, crop, trim, resize……I almost trashed it.  Because of what someone said and then one day I thought to myself, “Do you like it?  Yes, a whole, whole lot.  Then why do you care, Bonnie?”  Let it be what it is and what it is meant to be.  It is YOURS.  That is enough.”

And when it’s MINE…..I see love.  I see color.  I see togetherness.  I see a bond.  When I see things in an instant, if I am lucky enough to have my camera at that time, I get what I get when I can get it.  This is what I got: It’s mine and it’s fine.

This was instantly, “Bahama Mamas” (with no rules)

Break the “rules”.

Follow your gut instinct.

If you love it, don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t because of some “rules”.

Finally, and forever to stay this way, the way it was meant to be in 2014 from an original photo taken by Bonnie Feaster Chapa July 2012, at South Padre Island, Texas.

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Bahama Mamas © Bonnie Feaster Chapa

Fish Or Cut Bait © Bonnie Feaster Chapa

New Bonnie Chapa Art: “Fish Or Cut Bait”

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Coming back in from a boat ride on the Aqua Dog, an amphibious boat, out to Boca Chica Beach off South Padre Island, I looked up and saw this.  In a flash, it summed up for me the daily routines there in the marina.  So many colors and so much going on in a place that was so laid back and worry free.  The trip on the Aqua Dog itself ,was eventful.  They take you out on this boat with huge tires as big as a full grown man and drive the boat up on the beach and leave you there to see dolphins and collect shells and come get you later.  Well, they came back to get us and before we could leave this little remote island, we saw a dead dolphin, one of those huge tires on the boat got a flat, stuck in a sand dune and people from the marina had to come rescue us on another boat we had to swim out to to get back to South Padre.  2 kids, my almost drown camera, a dead dolphin and one memory to last a lifetime later, I thought to myself, “And we almost didn’t do this….damn, that was crazy fun.”
Sometimes we put off those things we want to do.  We talk about it, wish for it, dream about it.  We want to get away, but there is never a perfect time it seems.  There is never  a “perfect” time for anything and your “anything” may not be perfect.  So what!  You miss your opportunities sitting around waiting, wishing and dreaming.  Just get up and go.  There is an adventure waiting out there with your name on it.  Are you gonna fish, or cut bait?

Created in 2014 from an original photo taken by Bonnie Feaster Chapa July 2012, at South Padre Island, Texas.


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Fish Or Cut Bait © Bonnie Feaster Chapa

Floating In Yellow © Bonnie Feaster Chapa

New Bonnie Chapa Art: “Floating In Yellow”

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As soon as I saw this little boy, I immediately thought of the little girl in “Floating In Pink” I had done a couple of years before.  Just as she was at the time, he was casually floating in his yellow tube, not a care in the world.  Both he and she are seemingly able to take command of their space.  Yellow is the color of sunshine. It’s associated with joy, happiness, intellect, and energy. When I saw him floating there, that is exactly what I saw.  Floating in yellow sunshine.  Happy.

Created from an original photo taken by Bonnie Feaster Chapa August 2013, in Clearwater, Florida.


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Floating In Yellow © Bonnie Feaster Chapa

To See A World In A Grain Of Sand © Bonnie Feaster Chapa

New Bonnie Chapa Art: “To See A World In A Grain Of Sand”

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Created in 2014 from an original photo taken by Bonnie Feaster Chapa July 2012, at South Padre Island, Texas.

My family and I were at the beach and I turned around and saw this “moment”.  It was obvious it was this little girl’s first ever beach experience and her Mama was showing her the sand and reassuring her that those waves coming in and out were ok and there was nothing to be afraid of.

Two years later, I kept coming back to this seemingly, at the time, insignificant picture.  Little did I know there was so much more to see.  I mean, I knew, but I didn’t know.  As most things do that grab me, I finally gave in and started to work on it because if I didn’t, it was going to continue to haunt me.  As I got further along, I started to notice that the water and the white foam capped waves on the beach no longer looked like that to me.  It started to look like clouds in the sky and all at once it came together.  They were not on the beach.  They were in Heaven.  Both of them.  Literally.

I have always believed that before babies are born, they are up there in Heaven and before it’s their time here on Earth, God and Angels choose our babies and know every hair on their head, every wrinkle on their tiny toes.  They tell those babies everything there is to know about their waiting Mama that loves them, just as much as they are loved in Heaven.  They have a destiny, a purpose and it is given to them there in Heaven and those Angels show them, while innocent, unborn and all knowing, what they can expect here, in our small insignificant incomparable world as we know it.  This Angel is showing this little girl, by placing her hand on the sand that she can, in fact, as the title of this piece suggests, see the world in a grain of sand.  She is Heaven sent.  For how long or for what purpose, only God and the Angels know the answer.

Auguries of Innocence is a poem written by William Blake.  An augury is a sign of what will happen in the future; an omen.  If you read the whole poem, try thinking of it as if this Angel is telling this baby girl the ways of the world she is about to enter.  In the poem, Blake pairs things with a broader vision, an expansive experience where innocence collides with corruption.   The first stanza in the poem starts out:

To see a world in a grain of sand

And a heaven in a wild flower,

Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,

and eternity in an hour.

Can we really see the world in a grain of sand?  I believe we were shown how but sometimes, we forget how to see.  Can we hold infinity in the palm of our hands?  Our attention is lost in the endless blur called LIFE.  Do you see the sacred in the mundane and the profound in the ordinary?  It’s in the noticing.  The smallest thing can be a gateway to an experience of extraordinary proportions if you just practice noticing.  Everyday there are countless natural miracles around us.  Those miracles are there waiting for us to see and notice them in our world.  Angels and babies, beaches and Heaven…….greatness, perfection and virtue exists.  It’s all right there, in just one grain of sand.

To read the entire poem, Auguries of Innocence by William Blake, click here.
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To See A World In A Grain Of Sand © Bonnie Feaster Chapa

Sirena Of Salado Creek © Bonnie Feaster Chapa

New Bonnie Chapa Art: “Sirena Of Salado Creek”

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Created from an original picture taken by Bonnie Feaster Chapa July 2013, at Salado Creek in Salado, Texas.

The story of Sirena of Salado Creek

Once upon a time…

In Indian times during this age of enchantment, there was an Indian maiden who yearned day and night for the love of one special warrior. But alas, the warrior would not return her affection. And the maiden, through tears in her eyes, began to lament her unrequited love as she combed her long hair and looked at her reflection in the creek.
One afternoon a magical catfish, being a curious sort, surfaced in the shallows near the maiden and inquired as to her sadness. Sirena tearfully shared her troubles. Twitching his whiskers with anticipation, the old catfish promised to cast a love spell on the warrior if the maiden would agree to become a mermaid one night a month during the full moon…for one year. “For the love of your warrior” the magical fish said, “you must agree to share your love with me.” But, if at any time, human eyes ever see you in mermaid form, you will remain a mermaid forever.
The lovesick maiden eagerly agreed to the terms. The spell was cast and the warrior and maiden were soon to wed. The maiden was true to her word. Every full moon, she quietly and secretly left her husband’s side, tiptoed in the quiet of the night into the creek and was transformed into Sirena, a mermaid, and shared her love with the old magical catfish.
On the last full moon of the year, she caught a fish hook in her fin. To remove it, she sat upon a rock well lit by the full moon. Her warrior husband awoke to find her missing. Knowing her love for the magical creek, the warrior crept down to the water. There was Sirena still sitting on the rock trying without success to remove the painful fish hook.
Their eyes met in the moonlight and he called her name “Sirena.” At that moment, the old catfish pulled her back into the deep cold water to remain a mermaid forever. A love that was given and a love that was lost.
Story Credits:  Prellop Fine Art Gallery in Salado, Texas
Sculptor of Sirena:  Troy Kelley from Salado, Texas
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Sirena Of Salado Creek © Bonnie Feaster Chapa

Sirena Of Salado Creek © Bonnie Feaster Chapa