Midweek in Mexico!

I demonstrated with a flat angled brush on Tuesday morning and it was a new approach for many of our participants. We painted in the historic centre of San Miguel de Allende and our critique shows the great variety of colourful subject matter.

After critique, I showed the first steps of a watercolour based on reference material from Atotonilco, a dusty little town with a famous cathedral. Atotonilco was our painting site for Wednesday morning.

I may not be able to finish this watercolour until I get home. We’ve been pretty busy. We arrived in Atotonilco and found a shady spot. This particularly shady spot has quite a view (see below).


A refreshing break was in order after the hard work in the heat. We departed Atotonilco and headed for the nearby hot springs at La Gruta. A lovely lunch in a garden setting was followed by bathing in the pools. You start in the highest and coolest and gradually move down to the lowest and warmest, then you do the whole thing in reverse. Feeling much better, we colonized an area of La Gruta, turning it into our outdoor studio. Critique was back at our indoor studio.

This morning I reviewed a few things and also talked about arches. There is no shortage of arches in San Miguel de Allende. Following the demonstration, we set off for the Chorro where we worked near an old church and the Casa di Cultura.

Our critiques are a lot of fun. Wine and beer seem to appear out of nowhere. Tomorrow, we’re painting in Plaza Allende after I do a demonstration of clothed figures in watercolour.



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4 Responses to “Midweek in Mexico!”

  1. Susan power Says:

    Nice work everyone. That “swatchulism” looks great, seems to capture the light very nicely.

  2. Linda Halcomb Says:

    Your students are marvelous – brave and striving to learn. I enjoy the diversity in palette and technical approach. Thank you for all the photos – very interesting.

  3. Chris Says:

    I would LOOOOVE to visit this place. Amazing colours, fabulous photos. Never been to Mexico but it is SO on my list of places to go. I am envious of you all.

  4. #9 Back from San Miguel!! | she paints; she is a painter Says:

    […] San Miguel de Allende is situated in the mountainous region of central Mexico in the state of Guanajuato and has the distinction of being the first municipality to declare independence from Spanish rule. Because of its well-preserved historic center with its baroque and neoclassical colonial architecture, San Miguel has become a haven for artists since the turn of the 20th century. For the past eight years Barry Coombs has accompanied artists here and this year I was fortunate to be one of them. In addition to Barry, our illustrious watercolor instructor, we were 16 painters and 5 non-painters, among whom figured 5 academic PhDs, 1 lawyer, 1 radioactive waste manager, 3 nurses and a mathematics instructor; just to give you an idea of the diversity of the group. Some were accomplished artists, some were just beginning their personal journeys, and some of us were in-between. Since this is my blog I’m going to focus on my own work. (If you’d like to see more of other people’s work see Barry’s Blog.) […]

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