January 2, 2018
The mountain villages of the Sierra Juárez to the north of town here are remote and welcoming for the most part. Occasionally, like in the hills of Appalachia in the past, inter-village hostilities break out over such things as logging or drug crops. That doesn’t impact expats usually.
The village of San Juan Chicomezúchil (SJC) is on the way to one of our favorite villages in the area, San Miguel Amatlán. One evening while staying there we descended to SJC and walked around while they were preparing for a festival for their saint, John the Baptist.
The locals are proud of their community and a little jealous of Amatlán, though not to the point of violence, and seeing all the traffic that Amatlán gets, decided to put in their own eco-tourism hostel which is under construction now.
I decided to do a watercolor of this house because of the river-rock wall and dappled adobe. I’m really enjoying watercolor again and will probably stick with it for a while. We intend to explore the Mixteca region which has some fantastic landscapes which I’ll probably do in larger format and with oils.
Happy New Year, y’all!
Watercolor on Lanaquarelle paper