I recently returned from 5+ weeks in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and the NEW studio renovations are coming along wonderfully! All of the painting has been finished, as well as lighting and storage cupboards. The encaustic work station countertop should be complete sometime in December, complete with beautiful “talavera” tiles. I had an old patio door taken out and added a new wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling glass sliding door, so all of my students (and I) will be able to enjoy that killer view of Historico Centro and the Parroquia cathedral while we create “masterpieces”! I’m especially taken with the turquoise-colored ceiling (hence the name Turqoise Sky Studio or Estudio de Ceilo Turquesa). I LOVE how this sounds in Spanish!
I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll be offering an encaustic and mixed media workshop here (the “maiden” workshop) in March 2019! We will be soaking up the beautiful textures, colors, patterns, shapes and surfaces that define this gorgeous Spanish Colonial city that was founded in the 1500s, and is now a World UNESCO Heritage site!
For more information about this 4-day March workshop (3-16 to 3-19), click here. For the FULL class itinerary, and everything you need to know about San Miguel de Allende, send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
And while I was there, I was able to participate in Dia de Los Muertos, a major holiday in Mexico that celebrates the LIVES of departed loved ones. I was able to find an excellent artist for my Catrina face paint (OK! I art-directed it a bit) and visited my favorite little, quiet cemetery, El Panteon de San Juan de Dio. This was SUCH an incredible time of year to be in Mexico, and I highly recommend it to everyone! This holiday usually takes place November 1-2, and is punctuated with flowers, candles, music, and families gathering at various cemeteries where their loved ones are laid to rest. They hold all night “fiestas” around the grave sites–singing, eating, drinking and celebrating the departed loved one. It is truly a very special and deeply moving experience.