San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, with the first group of pilgrims (minus 2 shy ones). We spent 8 nights together eating, painting, plastering, waxing, sketching and enjoying the city. It was a dream realized.
We stayed only 1 1/2 blocks from the central jardin in lovely Casa Carmen where we shared breakfasts and lunches each day.
Here are the pilgrims sitting in the hot sun sketching the parroquia (main church) in the jardin.
The meals were exactly to my taste. Lots of salads, fruits, traditional Mexican food. Desserts at every meal!
There were rooftop meals at nearby restaurants. With margaritas!
Visits to churches and altars.
Time together to visit and appreciate each other. Precious time.
And 6 hours of art classes each of 5 days with Katie Kendrick and myself.
The parroquia lit up at night.
One night in the jardin with a magical full moon rising over the clock tower.
That story captured in paint on a bas relief plaster surface.
We made triptychs.
Painted on canvas.
Fashioned those paintings into a large pouch.
Made plaster and wax tiles.
Samples of work created during the week by the attendees. We made triptychs, canvas pouches to hold all our creations, plaster and wax tiles, plaster painted portfolios and sketches of the parroquia. Lots of memories to take home with us.
Whipping up chocolate in the kitchen, churros at the ready.
Another shot of the spacious dining room.
A trip to the Aurora Fabrica revealed this huge Frida collage in addition to many other sculptures and paintings. Regretfully, I don't have the name of the artist but will credit them if someone can inform me.
Here's the torn paper work up close.
Katie and I had the pleasure of visiting with Merry Calderoni (on the right) and Verity J. Roberts at Merry's studio. Always inspiring to visit with other artists.
In my next post I'll have photos of the 2nd week including shots of Anado's Casa Las Ranas.
My head is swimming with love for my new friends and memories of all we shared. To be continued.