Workshops are an important way to improve all around; new place, new people, new ideas…all coming at you super fast. It all works its way into the psyche and comes out in new and exciting ways…and continues to influence work miles ahead.
Here is a quick recap of my recent Art Travel Trip to San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico this winter. I love this workshop because you get an awesome good deal with three amazing artist instructors: Anne Blair Brown, Thomas Kitts and Frank Gardner.
Before the workshop starts, I tour around San Miguel. There are botanical gardens, courtyards, easy-to-read-signage. The city is a colorful, magical place.
We begin most days in front of Frank’s Gallery. My fave morning vistas from the short walk there:
And coffeshop stops:
During the program, we divide into three groups and rotate. Each day a different instructor teaching a different aspect of plein air.
Thomas in the Garden; cast shadows, pedestrians and architecture.
Anne in a quiet courtyard; warm imprimatura (underpainting), loose brushstrokes, composition and perspective.
Frank at his land off the Old Camino Real; forced perspective, cactus, animals and tack.
There isn’t a lot of down time, but I manage to work on Tiny Sketch San Miguel, 100 pages almost!
Paint a few studies:
…and great people!