The first day we were in Marrakesh we found our way to where the wool is dyed. As you approach the area, you see reams of different coloured wool hanging to dry on lines hung across the narrow streets of the souk. There were men felting the wool, winding it on to spools and lots of colourful shawls and wraps for sale. In the dark corner we found an opening where a man was dying the wool in large vats. It did not look like a pleasant work environment. I have a great deal more appreciation for the vibrant colours in the shawl I bought that day. It was certainly tempting to buy more.
A lovely couple in Todos Santos saw my 3 paintings that Rumi Garden Restaurant purchased just over a year ago. They particularly liked the one that Rumi Garden had commissioned. So when they couldn’t persuade the owner to sell it to them, they commissioned me to do a painting with a similar color palette. The result was La Puerta. It was unveiled last night to their close friends during a lovely cocktail party in their home. My first unveiling was quite an honour.
Every year in Todos Santos, we have had at least one rodeo. The vaqueros & escaramuza women ride their horses through the town, head for the stadium and put on a performance that will keep you on your toes and wanting more. This vaquero was showing everyone his talent with a lasso. Over his head, just above the ground, off to the side, jumping through it. I managed to catch some great photos and finally decided it was time to paint this guy. Gosh, I loved painting this. So much motion and character. Most of it was painted during the Open Studio Tour this past weekend.
Same beach but I downplayed the sand and water and focused on the sky. Again I used the heavy body Molding Paste and lots of colour to add drama to the sky.
I don’t normally paint landscapes but I bought some heavy Molding Paste on our way down to Mexico and wanted to try it out on some mountains and clouds. This is the favored beach in Todos Santos being the only one that is safe for swimming. A lot of surfers hang out here as well waiting to catch the perfect wave. We frequent the beach more for a relaxing read and a picnic lunch as well as long walks. Not bad for people watching either.
On our second to last visit to San Miguel de Allende this particular old church was under major repair and was cordoned off to visitors and in some parts even to viewers. Just over a years ago, when we happened to visit again, we were lucky to view the unveiling of this lovely refurbished belfry and hear its lovely sound. Those are experiences that are magical in my books.
There are many Mexican folkloric dances, each with their own style of dress. It appears that the Danza de Veracruz is the favourite in the small town of El Triunfo, a short distance from Todos Santos. Or perhaps their dance troupe only has the white lacy dresses that is traditional for this dance. Whatever the reason, it is a beautiful performance to watch. I love white lace – doesn’t everyone? But I had never attempted to paint it as we all know that white reflects many other colours, especially where shear lace is present. Lots of layers of colour with both palette knife and brush hopefully captures the abundance of lace and the movement of the dress. What caught my eye with this couple is how her partner appears to stand in awe of her beauty.