Coyocán Corner, Mexico City

Coyocán Corner, Oil on linen, 16x20, $800
June 24,2016

Coyocán (place of the coyotes) is a lovely borough of Mexico City.

Borough of Coyocán
Borough of Coyocán

It reminds me of Capitol Hill in Seattle or Silver Lake in Los Angeles. It was the first capitol of New Spain from which Cortés directed the Spanish conquest of Mexico City. He maintained an hacienda there.  This is the corner of Carrillo Puerto and Francisco Ortega.

Tourist map of Coyocán
Tourist map of Coyocán

It’s the home of Frida Kahlo and the place where Leon Trotsky was murdered in his study. Continue reading Coyocán Corner, Mexico City

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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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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