Hola from sunny San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

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Hola, amigos. It seems like we just got here but we’re already at the halfway point of our workshop. We’re staying at the lovely Posada de la Aldea and they look after us very well. The courtyard is so lovely that we spent our first day sketching and painting our home base.

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Some of the group wandered off to explore the hotel grounds. A few stayed with me and I gave a review of some drawing fundamentals. After my lesson, everyone worked for the rest of the morning.

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We enjoyed lunch on the patio of our restaurant. After lunch, we convened behind the hotel and I gave a demonstration in watercolour.

Watercolour demonstration by Barry Coombs - SMA2013

We wrap up every day with a critique in our studio. I urged the participants to concentrate on sketches and studies for the first few days. It’s important to get a feel for the light, colours and shapes of a new place.

Saturday Critique; First Batch

Saturday Critique;
First Batch

Saturday Critique; Second Batch

Saturday Critique;
Second Batch

Saturday Critique; Third Batch

Saturday Critique;
Third Batch

This is a sketch of the belfry by Evelyn Cunningham. She used a sanguine pen and the same colour in watercolour crayon.

BELFRY by Evelyn Cunningham

BELFRY
by Evelyn Cunningham

We met in the studio at 9 am sharp on Sunday morning. I did a watercolour demonstration which dealt with several of the challenges we would be facing while painting in San Miguel de Allende.

Watercolour demonstration by Barry Coombs - SMA2013

Following the demo, we walked to the park and the nearby outdoor laundry, settling in for the day. The laundry is a fascinating subject and inspired Elizabeth Harvey to create this lovely watercolour sketch.

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PUBLIC LAUNDRYby Elizabeth Harvey

PUBLIC LAUNDRY
by Elizabeth Harvey

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Tired, hot and happy, it was back to the studio for our critique.

Sunday Critique; First Batch

Sunday Critique;
First Batch

Sunday Critique; Second Batch

Sunday Critique;
Second Batch

Monday’s site was Plaza San Antonia, a quiet spot with a pretty church near the hotel. I demonstrated on-site at my easel. I used my little watercolour sketch to illustrate some ideas and concepts that had come up at our first two critiques.

Watercolour demonstration by Barry Coombs - SMA2013

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We had a lot to look at on Monday. Many of the students created multiple studies.

Monday  Critique; First Batch

Monday Critique;
First Batch

Monday  Critique; Second Batch

Monday Critique;
Second Batch

This is  primarily a watercolour workshop but we’ve seen some strong work made with other media. Barb Bell thought she was done for the day but got out her felt markers and completed this sketch. I really like the way she used the white of the paper.

COURTYARD by Barbara Bell

COURTYARD
by Barbara Bell

Today is Tuesday and it’s a free day. Most of the group went to the state capitol of Guanajuato for some sight-seeing and sketching. Tomorrow morning, I’ll demonstrate in the studio and then we’re heading downtown. Hasta luego.

 

 

 

 

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4 Responses to “Hola from sunny San Miguel de Allende, Mexico”

  1. jdcoto Says:

    Fabulous. Brings back so many memories.

  2. patleary Says:

    Thanks for all the wonderful details from San Miguel, 2013, Barry! That’s a nice addition to feature some of the lovely works of your students. (I can never get quite close enough to see the collective critique displays.) Go Evelyn, Elizabeth and Barbara!! … I only wish I were there, too. Keep the news coming!!

    Greetings to all. Hasta Luego, Pat L

  3. Scott Cooper Says:

    Looks like you’re having fun. I like the way you take time to highlight some of the students’ work, very nice.

  4. lindahalcombfineart Says:

    The freedom and spontaneity of these sketches is wonderful. Beautiful work!

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