Name: Jonathan Kwegyir Aggrey
Title: The Heart of Katapor Village
Medium: Watercolor on Paper
Size: 19” x 27”
Location: Accra, Ghana.
The Heart of Katapor Village
“Katapor is a small traditional town in the central part of Pokuase in the Greater Accra Region where I live. The main occupation in the town is farming and stone cracking by hand. The opened space in the painting is the Heart of Katapor Village where traditional drums are beaten to summon the people to hear an announcement about a festival or any important village matters.
I captured this scene late one morning using a limited palette in a combination of earth colors and greens. I left the areas lit by the sun as white paper and emphasized on the shadows to show the time of the day. The figures and birds in the foreground shows the typical movement of the people and the type of domestic animals commonly found in the village. I infused several colors during the painting process to capture the mood and atmosphere.
I added graceful frontal branches with some leaves on the top left to help balanced with the foliages on the right side of the composition. The brushstrokes are very useful for balancing a painting or to fill up space that looks bare.”