Try it. Gather a handful of flower petals and toss them in the air. Look up to the sky and watch them float to the ground. How is your day going now?
Skipping down a street dappled with the patterns that the morning light is making on the pavement. And you just know – today is going to be the best day!!
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.