This past March we did a little hop over to Mexico City with friends of ours from Todos Santos. What an amazing, vibrant city. It was full of beautiful art, endless energy, intense flavors and smells (yes there is pollution), and big city sights and sounds. Vic & I ventured out early one morning to do a little street shopping before visiting the National Palace. You can buy almost anything you want off the sidewalks and for the lowest prices I have seen. The food stands were busy getting ready for their mid-morning rush. This young man was grilling beautiful red and green tomatoes for his fresh salsa verde and salsa roja. We did not eat any street food. We thought we were brave enough venturing out off the tourist track. Maybe next time. Poco a poco.
I have been painting people, especially children, for a few years now. This past fall we spent some time in San Miguel de Allende and I started thinking I might go back to painting some street scenes. Then we went to Oaxaca City and we happened to be there during the blessing of the children on the day of the Guadalupe at the Church of the Guadalupe. I was thinking I would sit by the church for an hour or so and try to get a couple of photos of some children. Well hundreds of parents brought their children to be blessed and the line-up was blocks long for 2 solid days. The girls were dressed in traditional Mexican clothing and the boys were dressed like Juan Diego, a peasant who was the first person to see the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe. Something was telling me I wasn’t finished painting children. This young girl is the first of who knows how many…
Last year after a terrible fire in Todos Santos that came within 2 blocks of our house, we decided we had better get all our dead palm fronds trimmed. We have a lot of palms and Domingo arrived with his son who actually did most of them. Apparently he inherited his father’s yellow shirt as it was the shirt Domingo used to wear. I took lots of photos and after painting the father a few years ago, I decided to paint his son this year. Such an exciting event to watch.
The last painting in my series is also from the Revolution Day parade in Todos Santos. These 3 young ladies are from the local high school. I love to wear long skirts and orange is my favourite colour, so naturally these girls caught my eye. My paintings of people usually have them all in the forefront. I tried to push the other 2 girls back in this one.
Fourth painting in this series and another one from our local Revolution Day parade. What can I say. All the children look so cute, the parents don’t mind you taking photos of them and it’s a great opportunity to get some rather unique reference material. I was in love with this one from the beginning. The painting just flowed and brought me so much joy while I painted it. Don’t ask me why… I truly believe the paintings choose me rather than the other way around.
A wonderful friend of mine in Todos Santos came by my studio one day and purchased one of my favourite paintings. The one of my studio called Purple Door Studio. She also purchased a slightly older painting called Flower Pot and commissioned me to do this one. I haven’t painted buildings, doors & bougainvillea for awhile so it brought me back to a previous style and technique. I just may have to go back to this once I’ve finished my ‘Series’ as I had so much fun. Loved the colours, the bougainvillea dancing on the wall, the shadows and the flower pot. Ohhh, I like painting flower pots!! The painting is untitled as I thought I should let the new owner name it. It wouldn’t exist without her!!
Did I ever mention that I don’t paint landscapes. On my return to Comox I decided to take a landscape painting workshop because that’s what a lot of artists paint up here and quite frankly, what mostly sells. I did give it a “serious effort” and ended up with Purple Punk Pollo (chicken for those who don’t speak Spanish). I must say she did stand out in the class photo of our finished paintings. Goes to show, everyone sees things differently. That’s a good thing, right!!