Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Pilgrimage in Paint - San Miguel de Allende

Every time I go to Mexico I wish that I could take every person I love there with me. Something this wonderful begs to be shared.

What's best? The food, architecture, warm and friendly people, flowers, color at every turn?

Is it the meeting of several cultures, the proliferation of art, the history of a beleagured people, a powerful spiritual presence?

In this city in particular there is a love of art, beauty unsurpassed.

There is a reason the city has been designated a World Heritage site. It is steeped in history and yet retains the quaint feeling of a village.

Were you to come to San Miguel, you would see the old beside the new. 

You'd experience smells, sounds and fragrances to sharpen your senses.

You would feast.

And feast.

And feast.

And then rest.

Katie Kendrick, Stephanie Lee and I are going to San Miguel this October just in time for Day of the Dead. 

We'll be teaching together and exploring the city for an entire week.

And you're invited to join us.

Rebecca Brooks is our generous organizer and she will take us all on a tour for one of the days.

All three of us (Katie, Stephanie and myself) will focus on drawing and painting during our time together. Many meals are included and evenings are free to explore or celebrate together. 

Here is the information in Rebecca's lovely words:

Pilgrimage in Paint
three treasured artists
three visions
a holy trinity of creativity

san miguel de allende
october 26-nov.3 2013

a week to reside in a
charming cloistered setting
just a few blocks from the jardin.
camaraderie, delicious meals, an art room available round the clock,
inspiring days in the studio with the incomparable
judy wise , stephanie lee and katie kendrick
tucking us safely under their wings
and excursions into the always delightful 
san miguel de allende.

 the art of seeing

armed with journals, sketching tools, cameras and curiosity

we will step outside the courtyard and into the jardin,

the heart and pulse of san miguel.

judy will be our guide as we strengthen the lens of present moment seeing
capturing the world around us,
instilling ease and enjoyment in the powerful and reflective
art of drawing.

back in the art room judy will help us marry our renderings with 

a strong collection of her personal favorite techniques 

employing collage, acrylics, hot  wax, and mysterious layering.
connecting us to the world we inhabit through the ultimate joy of creating.

legacy in texture

stephanie will guide us in the inquiry of texture and surface patterns
as we draw on the legacy of ancient and modern carpenters and abode builders of Mexico
to recreate the energy of San Miguel in plaster and wax.

we will look to light and shadow,
sky and vegetation, buildings and people,
to create studies in texture and color that we will finish
with luminous layers of wax.

with simple tools in hand,

we will create conversations in mark making within the layers of our mediums

to honor and represent all the layers of legacy that guide us
using some of our creations to create a tiled portfolio
to contain all our works from this beautiful week.

awakening inner visions

katie will lead us on an interior journey within the contours of our hearts.
together we will explore our inner creative world
fueled by the inspiration of san miguel,
with a nod to the divine, 
creating a  retablo dedicated to the sacred feminine within us all.

with cardboard, acrylics, graphite, collage and love
katie will unleash our passion, awakening
our inner muse with wild abandon.

On our final class,

Judy, Katie, and Stephanie will converge to collaboratively guide us

through the final stages of completion of our works
as well as the construction of a painted pouch that,
up to that point, will have been a working surface that we will transform into
a narrative closing chapter to our shared pilgrimage in paint

judy, stephanie and katie
all wrapped up in the arms of exotic san miguel!

Katie Kendrick lives along the banks of the Tahuya River in western Washington, surrounded by the Tahuya State Forest. The peaceful beauty of the nature that surrounds her is a constant source of inspiration and nourishment for her creative spirit. She finds art making to be one of the most powerful ways to connect with her innermost essence, while at the same time discovering her authentic voice. She enjoys the experimental and intuitive layers of creating, where she can explore inner and outer worlds simultaneously. She has a passion for sharing her love of creating with others, and teaches mixed media workshops across the U.S. Her work has been featured in several books and magazines and her book, “Layered Impressions: A Mixed-Media Approach to Painting and Poetry”, was released in 2012. You can learn more about her and her work

I am a professional artist, workshop instructor, and creativity encourager. I never let the comment “I’m not a creative person” be spoken without a bold yet gentle inquiry. I know that creativity shows up with more color variations than a Rubik’s Cube and my job (and joy) is to help you find yours.
I thrive on digging for truth, dancing in the answers, and making art that embodies all of that. I bring all that I am - homesteader, food preserver, speaker, wife & mom, loyal friend, and master mess-maker to the classrooms where I teach, both brick + mortar and virtual. I take the lead long and strong enough to give you what you need to take off and run on your own bringing all that you are to your own beautifully creative life.
Having taught sold out workshops all over the United States and internationally, I’m often humbled and inspired by the power of collective creative energy and support and am here to pay that forward. On my less-messy days, I stand in front of audiences creating art with my words, to bring each listener into a place of solid, fiery confidence in their own creative adventures.
You can learn more about me on my blog as well as glean some new skills from my books “Semiprecious Salvage” (Northlight Books, 2008) – an adventure in making found object jewelry, and "Plaster Studio" (Northlight Books, 2011 – co-authored with Judy Wise).  visit me at  semiprecious salvage

Judy Wise is an Oregon artist who has worked as a printmaker and painter for nearly three decades and has kept daily journals of her writing and art since childhood. She is a painter, printmaker and mixed media artist who teaches creativity workshops across the United States and abroad. As a passionate lover of all things artful her greatest joy is helping others find their unique place in world of creativity enjoying a deeper experience of life through art, connection to others and spirituality. You can find her

in a variety of mixed-media books including Taking Flight, Creative Time and Space, Embracing Encaustic, 1000 Journal Pages, and Interactive Art Workshop, and Plaster Workshop which she co-authored with Stephanie Lee. but mostly you will find her in the hearts of countless others. You can find her  at

San Miguel de Allende
High in the Sierra Madre Mountains in the state of Guanajuato
waits the 400 year old colonial town of San Miguel de Allende.
Rich tradition, exotic colors, enticing aromas,
where the old and contemporary converge in a rich offering of art, culture and charm.
San Miguel sits on a hillside,
with inspiring vistas and glorious architecture.
Declared by UNESCO as a world heritage site,
San Miguel de Allende is a bustling colonial community with a perfect climate and elevation of 6,300 ft.
 Visitors are greeted with blooming flowers,
fresh air, blue skies, cobblestone streets, rich colonial architecture,
gourmet restaurants and an experience to savor forever.
I am honored to be your hostess for
Pilgrimage in Paint
oct. 26-nov. 3. 2013

workshop includes
welcoming party, eight nights accommodation, delicious breakfast and lunch as a family each day,
group transport from Leon, Guanjuato to San Miguel
and transport back to airport at the end of our retreat,
group adventures, most art supplies, and the inspiration of a lifetime.
room for 10 

 please email Rebecca for more details 
recuerda_mi_corazon at
con abrazos,

thank you for your over whelming enthusiasm
this workshop is now filled!


dorylyn said...

OMG! How fun!

Cynthia of Cynful Creations said...

Judy, I love the colours you have captured in your photos! What a beautiful place San Miguel looks to be.

Gigi said...

Oh how I wish I could be there. I'm always so inspired by your colorful photos of this place.

60 years of Making Art said...

How wonderful that you are coming back, and how lucky am I to live here! I hope I will be able to see you when you get here. The classes sound wonderful.

Judy Wise said...

Ezshwan, you are indeed lucky to live in San Miguel. You picked a wonderful spot to land. xo

mary ann said...

lucky lucky people who have registered to spend time with the three of you. all of the samples are GORGEOUS and inspiring. wishing you lovely autumn mexican days filled with art-making fun!

Jennifer W. said...

Congratulations on the filled class, Judy...what an amazing opportunity this looks like.. xo

model busana muslim murah said...

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Parabolic Muse said...

This is beyond wonderful! I know someone who is going and she's so excited she can hardly stand it!

Carolina said...

Great shots. You have captured some common scene from San Miguel which very uncommon in online world. I have been there and it is really as wonderful as you expressed.

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