Tag Archives: Oaxaca

Connecting the Dots

On my trip to Oaxaca, Mexico in March, I was inspired by color and patterns.  Here is a photo of black pottery on a turquoise background:

black pottery from Oaxaca

I also met many talented ladies in our group and hope I can continue our friendships.

One such friend was Dot.  I was amazed by her beautiful handmade art journal that she  brought with her and she was really good about creating art in it each day of our trip!  🙂

So I asked if she would make me one!  And she said, “Yes!”  I was very excited when this beautiful journal arrived in my mailbox in April:

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In exchange for this art journal, I made her this bracelet and earrings – we both love the color orange!  I had to add a few Oaxaca colors to the mix too:

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Many of you may not know that I used to make and sell my handmade jewelry.  But I kind of got burnt out on it.  I found it frustrating that people didn’t want to pay for all the time and cost I put into a piece.  I realize now that I was probably in the wrong market.  Anyway, I still have LOTS of beads!  So I enjoyed creating this set for my new friend, Dot.

I loved my new journal but I needed an idea to get me started.  So when Sharon Mann mentioned on her blog that she was starting a new journal with her daughter and niece using the color turquoise on each page, I asked if I could join in the fun!  (Be sure to check out Sharon’s blog if you haven’t already!!  She is one very talented lady and a wonderful friend!)  I was happy that Sharon agreed that I could join her.  🙂

Here is the first page of my new journal:

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Now I’m very excited to fill my pages with art!  Sometimes all it takes is one idea to connect the dots and get me started, how about you?

Happy Creating!  🙂

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:

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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.

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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:

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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!  🙂

 

A Rare Sighting

We interrupt this scheduled post to announce a rare bird sighting… or maybe it’s a creature feature?!

A Splodge was spotted in Oaxaca, Mexico with his female partner, Splotch and their 3 offspring:  Blot, Botch and Spot…

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One has to have an eagle eye and creative mind in order to spot such a rare find:

It also helps to have the very, talented Hannah at HannahBanana Crafts to mention the word, “Splodge,” in a comment to me on her blog.  This word led me to Splotch which Dictionary.com states is perhaps an origin of spot, blot and botch…

Thank you Hannah for the inspiration for my crazy birds!  😉

Happy Creating!

Oaxacan Inspired

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

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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:

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

Salute!  (Cheers in Spanish!)

Reflection

One day in Oaxaca, we loaded a bus and went to visit the Centro de Las Artes de San Agustin (CASA), which was once a bustling factory and is now an art center and museum.

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I was taken with the beauty of this place which allowed me time to reflect on my life.

Sometimes I get so busy in life that I forget to stop and enjoy the quiet moments…

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This place helped me slow down and SEE the beauty around me.

I found this quote on the internet:  “Sometimes you have to take a step back to see that you’re moving forward in the right direction.”

I discovered that I need more time to reflect so I won’t be blogging every day.  As much as I enjoy blogging, I need time to think.  Time to reflect and figure out where I am going…

I hope you enjoyed these photos today as much as I did.  🙂

Peace!

Hot Pink Hippos

I loved the hot pink Bougainvillea growing in Oaxaca!  And I found a bright pink wall too…

Hot Pink!  What comes to your mind when you think of this color?  I’d love to hear from you!

As far as hot pink hippos… one of our drawing assignments was to draw a contour of a stuffed animal in Oaxaca.  I kind of fell in love with the hot pink hippo:

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Carla Sonheim taught us how to take our drawings a step further and create a colorful animal – a fun way to doodle!  Here is my hippo:

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Hip Hip Hoorah, it’s Saturday!  🙂

Enjoy your day!

Colors and Textures, Oh My!

I was really attracted to the colors on the buildings in Oaxaca, Mexico.  I discovered interesting color combinations and found the colors did not have to match.

I did a loose interpretation of the buildings in collage, watercolor, color pencils and ink pen that I thought you might enjoy seeing:

And I loved the texture of this old door:

This one I did today with Neocolors, watercolor, color pencil and ink pen:

I hope you enjoyed my experiments.  I’d love to know what you think!

Have a color filled Friday!  🙂

Las Bugambilias

 

A page from my journal:

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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:

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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!  🙂