Day 4: Return to San Miguel

Day 4: Return to San Miguel

At El Chorro, bougainvillaea cascaded over the wall, the dark windows contrasted beautifully with the coral stucco texture and shadows danced jauntily over the whole scene, the perfect setting for a group of aritsts. By the afternoon we were in full blown sun and were experiencing our first really hot afternoon. A welcomed treat. We even drew our water from the natural spring fed wash basins!

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Day 1: Return to San Miguel De Allende

Day 1: Return to San Miguel De Allende

San Miguel De Allende has an uncanny ability to satisfy the verocious appetite of the hungry winter driven artist. It's non stop kaleidoscope of eye candy, exploding with texture and colour - a party for the eyes.

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Unleash your inner Artist

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I have been reading a wonderful book that considers and verbalizes many obstacles that artists  encounter and faces them head on. ART & FEAR   by David Bayles and Ted Orland discusses the way  and the why art gets made, and the (mostly self induced) reasons why it doesn't. It's a wonderful, humorous look inside the artist brain... be careful, it's messy in there! 

It's simple, very readable format also easily applies to other genres and disciplines and the creative process in general. 

As an art instructor I've seen many, many people get discouraged with their art and art making. As an artist, I face my own set of obstacles as well. To be honest , the biggest and perhaps single outside factor that truly keeps me from creating art is time. Other than that, it is my own self that gets in the way.  

Here are but a few reasons (ahem, excuses) why I don't produce art:

  • distraction

  • procrastination

  • hunger

  • fear of failure

  • fear of taking risks

  • fear of facing a blank canvas

  • laziness

  • holding back  emotionally

After some self reflection (read more procrastination) I thought I would create an ART MANIFESTO ( see above image)

I want to share it with you too as a gentle reminder to go easy on your sensitive self,  give yourself time to find inspiration, permission to process, permission to fail and maybe even fall in love with what you're doing... 

 

XO

Crystal

Introducing Paint the Town

Introducing Paint the Town

Corporate Team building  & Paint the Town Parties.

Are you an organization looking for fun team building activities / wanting to boost productivity?

Are you an amazing hostess or a restaurant or gallery and want to add another dimension to your business?  Fun, easy, step-by-step art classes.  All materials included!

Contact me for details! Join or host your own Paint The Town Party !

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Tis the Season....

Photo credit Shirley Bittner 

Photo credit Shirley Bittner 

Aye,

'Tis the Season for many things.

With the onset of cooler weather... and the sniffles, we are reminded of the brutal reality of that imminent season we call winter. It's a good time to put on your woolies, grab some hot chocolate and snuggle yourselves in by a cozy fire and shut out the world.

Better yet, why not  come cozy up with me during my annual   Christmas Card workshop?!

 

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:
STEP by STEP watercolour workshop;  choice of two days and two subjects:
  • Saturday NOV 16th "Red Ribbon Welcome" $65
  • Sunday NOV 17th "Chickdee Song" $65 
  • SAVE - register  for BOTH DAYS $120
  • TIME: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Both workshops are designed for people with moderate experience - a good understanding of tools and techniques. Paintings will be 8x10. I will scan your paintings at the end of class to send you high res files for you to print as cards (optional)

 

Day of the Dead Costume fun!

treasure hunting for texture and colour  ...

treasure hunting for texture and colour  ...

Yes, yes, when am I NOT thinking of Mexico?

However true that might be, with Día de Los Muertos fast approaching, I thought I would share what I've been up to! 

It's been fun scouring for items to fulfill my vision. I had created these little watercolour illustrations (below) to narrow down my options for my Glamorous Skeleton La Catrina. I've decided to go with the Big haired Mother nature version on the left. What do you think? 

My sketches for La Catrina, (Day of the Dead Skeleton). 

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Probably the most iconic figure, La Calavera Catrina ('Dapper Skeleton', 'Elegant Skull') was made famous in a 1910–1913 zinc etching by Mexican printmaker, cartoon illustrator and lithographer Jose Guadalupe Posada. The image depicts a female skeleton dressed only in a hat befitting the upper class outfit of a European of her time. Her chapeau was inspired by French and European styles of the early 20th century. She is meant to portray a satirization of those Mexican natives who, Posada felt, were over embracing European traditions of the aristocracy in the pre-revolutionary era.

 

El Día de los Muertos  is ancient indigenous ritual that has merged with Catholic theology and is now celebrated in most parts of Mexico and even foreign Mexican communities. 

The belief is that the gates of heaven are opened at midnight on October 31, and the spirits of all deceased children (angelitos) are allowed to reunite with their families for 24 hours. On November 2, the spirits of the adults come down to enjoy the festivities that are prepared for them.

In most Indian villages, beautiful altars (ofrendas) are made in each home. They are decorated with candles, buckets of flowers (wild marigolds called cempasuchil & bright red cock's combs) mounds of fruit, peanuts, plates of turkey mole, stacks of tortillas and big Day-of-the-Dead breads called pan de muerto. The altar needs to have lots of food, bottles of soda, hot cocoa and water for the weary spirits. Toys and candies are left for the angelitos, and on Nov. 2, cigarettes and shots of mezcal are offered to the adult spirits. Little folk art skeletons and sugar skulls, purchased at open-air markets, provide the final touches.While t

Today, the symbol of the  sugar skull (calavera) has ended up on almost everything imaginable from tattoos to nail design to paper plates and diapers... Sugar art was brought to the New World by Italian missionaries in the 17th century. The first Church mention of sugar art was from Palermo at Easter time when little sugar lambs and angels were made to adorn the side altars in the Catholic Church.

I'll post photos of my finished costume!