Saturday, September 5, 2009

A Life Changing Trip to San MIguel d'Allende

In January 2005, I joined my printmaking teacher Francine Shore and 11 other women on a trip to San Miguel d'Allende for an 8 day trip sponsored by the Main Line Art Center. I would not have be able to go on such a costly trip if I had not received a very generous inheritence from my dear childhood friend Myrna Brind (of blessed memory) whose instructions were to do something I would not normally do which meant do not pay bills with the money!

So off I went to Mexico. Francine gave an hour lecture each morning and then we were on our own for most of the day. We met each evening for dinner. We stayed in a delightful bed and breakfast- Casa Luna (more about that later) in which I had a private room and bath. I turned the lavish bathroom into my studio. I had brought art supplies with me. I was intrigued by the colors and patterns of the city, the sounds, smells and tastes of the culture. It was an exciting and energizing experience.

Everyday I created handprinted prints, drawings using materials I had not used in years, such as craypas, charcoal, and sketches with pencil. Focusing just on art and having fun was a new experience. Being with other creative people was exhilerating. The shopping was incredible. Anybody want to buy a hardly used poncho? It seems right at the moment but isnt really me!!

Over the next several posts, I will share the life changing experience as it happend and show you some of the work I did in Mexico and when I came home.

Photos from top: Colorful Houses, From the Roof, The Zocalo

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