More from San Miguel de Allende, Mexico


Last Thursday, we visited the historic town of Atotonilco, which is only about 20 minutes outside of SM de Allende. The church is very ‘paintable’ from any point of view but I always take the group up a sidestreet for this view. You can probably understand why. There’s also a shady area for our demo.


Photo courtesy of Bill

Photo courtesy of Bill

I used flat angled brushes for these studies. Colour and brush-handling are approached differently with each subject. Most of the group tried the flat angled brushes, some for the first time.

Watercolour demonstration by Barry Coombs

Aside from the spectacular church, Atotonilco offers all kinds of visual interest, including the painted walls that are so common here. Here’s an important notice!






We headed over to La Gruta in the early afternoon. La Gruta is my favorite of the many hot springs in the area. We enjoyed a great lunch and a dip in the thermal pools. Everything was well-organized by Clara, the local feline supervisor.


We got back to the Posada de la Aldea a bit late for a critique and decided to look at our work on Friday. I gave a demonstration in our room at the hotel on Friday morning. I used a range of flat angled brushes again. This demo took almost an hour although I worked very quickly.

Watercolour demonstration by Barry Coombs

After the morning demonstration, we took taxis up to the Chorro neighbourhood and the Casa de la Cultura. It seemed like a fitting spot to do some painting. One of the group suggested that this crucifix was decorated with paintbrushes. Hmmmm?






Another lovely day of sketching and painting wrapped up with a critique at the hotel. Thanks for following our adventures. One more post is yet to come!

Thursday and  Friday Critique

Thursday and
Friday Critique



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6 Responses to “More from San Miguel de Allende, Mexico”

  1. William Brisland Says:

    Tis a shame Clara didn’t have a camera. Would loved to have seen you all in the hot tub. Very pleased you all seem to be having a great painting holiday.

  2. Dottie Says:

    I love your second demo, especially, Barry. I sat on those steps and painted the arch.

  3. Carol King Says:

    it looks like it’s warm, sunny and beautiful there. And of course everyone is doing wonderful watercolors. Wish I was with you.

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