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!!
A year ago we spent three weeks in San Cristobal de Las Casas in southern Chiapas. One of our side trips included a tour to Chamula, a town steeped in the old Mayan beliefs. On the way back we made a stop in a town called Zinacantan to visit a Women’s Cooperative. This Cooperative did not carry as many of the original handcrafted items as others we had seen, but the children “helping out” their mothers were sure cute. This young girl caught both of our eyes and hearts.
Another Revolution Day painting. This one of 2 young boys sporting two different styles of moustaches popular at the time of the Revolution in 1910. Could they possibly be descendents of guerrilla leaders Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata. Pancho Villa appeared to have the smaller moustache so I can only assume he is the hero of the young boy on the right.
I haven’t painted a “Series” before so this is another first. I have been drawn to people the last few years and it appears, more so children. So I have decided to do a series on Mexico’s future, which is of course, its children. Where better to start than with Mexico’s past , the Revolution of 1910, with its annual celebration in November. Mexico’s future, its children, dominate the day’s events steeped in history and tradition. You can feel the pride and determination emanate from the Mexican people, especially the youth. With the youth in many other countries appearing to have lost their way, Mexico indeed is a country to be looked up to and perhaps envied.