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Beyond Doodles!

When I was in Oaxaca, we took  a trip to San Martin Tilcajete to see a village of woodcarvers who made exquisite alebrijes, (Spanish pronunciation: [aleˈβɾixes]) which are fanciful hand-carved wooden sculptures made out of soft copal wood.

The hand-painted patterns were amazing on these fantastic creatures!  It required a steady hand and good eyesight to create such stunningly beautiful designs such as these finished pieces:

I thought you might enjoy seeing how they were made by these very skilled artists.  First the soft copal wood is carved using a machete, a chisel and a knife  – such as this carver using a knife:


Details of bulls that were carved and waiting for the next step:

Once they are carved, the cracks in the wood are filled with a putty.  These have been sanded and are waiting to be painted – you can see samples of the copal wood behind them.  There are male and female trees with different scents and softness.


The sculptures are painted a base color(s) before the patterns are meticulously hand-painted.  It was wonderful to watch them steadily paint such amazing details using vibrant colors with skilled hands:

I thought this bull was fantastic:


We got to try our hand at painting a small animal – here is my rabbit on the left – not easy to keep a steady hand!  So I purchased this small lizard that someone else created…

One of the many things that impressed me about this place was the beautiful gardens that surrounded the artisans:

It was a paradise of beauty in itself – so many colors, shapes and patterns:

I hope you enjoyed my little tour!  And if you would like to find out more about the alebrijes, check out this link from Wikipedia at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alebrije

Happy Doodling!  🙂


Oaxacan Inspired

I was inspired by the colors in Oaxaca, Mexico to create this doodle:


And by the amazing hand-painted patterns on wood – such as these Mexican whisks called Molinillos which are used to add froth to hot chocolate or milky coffee:


I will show you more about this fantastic art in my next post!  🙂

Salute!  (Cheers in Spanish!)

Las Bugambilias


A page from my journal:


And here are some photos:

The breakfast table was as colorful as my beautiful surroundings:

And here is a collage I did in Oaxaca of my beautiful breakfast:


Enjoy your day!  🙂

I’m Back!

Hello Friends!

I arrived home very late last night from a FABULOUS art retreat in Oaxaca, Mexico!  I have so much to share with you – but I’m still unpacking and getting caught up on sleep.  Here are a couple of photos for you to enjoy:

I took more than 1500 photos of this beautiful place.  I look forward to sharing my adventures with all of you!

Cheers!  🙂