Another Guanajuato callejón

Guanajuato Callejón 3, 20x16, Oil on linen, $800
August 23

imageI started this one yesterday. This is a scene from near the city center down in the valley. The hills above will be crowded with colorful houses stacked up like leggos. This was shot my first day there after some light rain, providing nice contrast between the buildings and the road’s glare.

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Stuck in the Middle

Guanajuato Callejón 2, 16x24, Oil on linen, $860
July 24

It’s always hard for me to start a painting after I do one that I particularly like. Such was the case after I finished Exhacienda San Gabriel de Barrera, seen here. imageI thought I’d try a smaller work just to get something done. I chose a scene from a callejón well above the Guanajuato city center. A couple of attempts into it I reached that middle phase that often haunts me. I spoke about it here. I was drawn to the make-do architecture you see down here so much:

 

 

The second day was pretty much the same. What did I see in this???image

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Clave Azul

Clave Azul, 16x20, Oil on linen, $800
July 14

Plaza San Fernando, Guanajuato, Mexico

While strolling my first day in Guanajuato, after a 4-hour tour of the city, I found this very active plaza, San Fernando. Behind the cafe pictured in this  was a little key hole of an entrance into a callejon behind the square. Passing through, Alice-in-wonderland-like, I happened upon this lovely entrance to a restaurant.image

I’ll be done with this one pretty quickly. Here I’ve toned the canvas with my usual Winsor Orange.  The surprise will be in the finish. Stay tuned…

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Exhacienda San Gabriel de Barrera – Guanajuato

Exhacienda San Gabriel de Barrera, 24x32, Oil on linen - $1,900
June 30, 2015

Drawing - Exhacienda San Gabriel de Barrera

I decided to work this one large: 24×32. Here I’ve done the drawing on oil-primed linen. The dominant color in the painting will be a golden yellow so I’ve toned the canvas with a complement to the overall color palette, cobalt violet. Seems like a waste of the most pricy pigment out there, but there you go.

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Guanajuato Bound!

June 22nd I’m going to spend three full days in the historic mining town of Guanajuato, a couple of hours north of Mexico City (map). The first time I saw a photo of the city I said to myself, “I have to get me some of that!” Take a look at a Google Images page and I think you will understand my attraction to the town. It looks like a color-saturated Italy. These are the kind of trips that people hate to accompany me on because I’m just running around following my camera wherever I point it. I’ll update this post as I wonder around there. I hope to come away with inspiration for at least 8 new paintings. Stay tuned…

June 22

Got in last night. It’s like Sevillia, only more hilly and with tunels criss crossing below. Plaza de la Plaz, GuanajuatoCan’t wait to see in the day. Will be taking a tour to orient myself.  Like anywhere in Mexico, church bells ring early to punnish sloth…