Guatemala – Day 9

The procession.

The procession.

The group with me

The group with me

We saw the procession on our way to dinner. It is a very festive environment although solemn as well. The rythmn at which they take their steps rocks the platform forward and back. It seems to evoke a sadness about it. The men wear purple gowns and cloaks. The procession walks over flower carpets hand made by patrons along the way.

The group with Jz.

The group with Jz.

Dinner was fun and delightful with the house magician coming to our table to do card tricks while we waited for our dinner.

 

As the sun began to set over the Antigua sky, I felt contentment to have had the opportunity to visit, paint, and share with a fantastic group of artists a city that preserves the magic of colonial times, its culture, and its friendly people.

 

The sun sets in Antigua.

The sun sets in Antigua.

 

 

Guatemala – Day 8

Today is our last full day in Antigua. I took the day for rest and relaxation. We went to walk the procession route so we could choose our spot to view the participants.

Some of us painted and we all walked the town one last day.

Delicious lunch together.

Delicious lunch together.

 

Native Guatemala lunch.

Native Guatemala lunch.

 

 

Artist Jz Xu resting after completing his last painting in this trip.

Artist resting after completing his last painting in this trip.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finishing one more piece.

Finishing one more piece. Artist in action.

Guatemala – Day 7

This was our last official paint- out day for our plein air tour to Guatemala. We each selected our favorite location.

I chose a cupula at San Francisco. We went through the museum and learned about Brother Pedro.

My last sketch for the trip.

My last sketch for the trip.

My tripod went up quickly to catch the right light. My little friend, the oblea vendor, came up to say hello. He looked so cute and handsome in his Oxford school uniform shirt. He carried his obleas (a very thin circular crust that tastes like waffle cones) in a head basket. He said he makes them himself and shared the ingredients with me. He is probably in fourth grade.

Several people came by to admire my work and to say hello to their fray, who had been out of town. He was sitting behind me waiting for the children’s procession.

The old vendors we met earlier  in the week came by to see our work too. I was begin ing to feel connected with the community. We were all happy with our painting at the end of the day and enjoyed a late dinner.

 

Guatemala – Day 6

More learning with another demo by William Kalwick, Jr.

More learning with another demo by William Kalwick, Jr.

Today we went to the market. We liked it and stayed to paint. A very busy market day was challenging to paint. A very crowded environment bustling with activity, we had to find an open space, out of the way of heavy traffic, people and otherwise.

I chose a busy corner at a fork on the road. Luckily the vendor next to me moved giving me a bit more space to avoid motor vehicle traffic. Of course, most traffic consists of three-wheeled cabs and bicycles, and lots of pedestrians. Many passers-by, both local of various ages, and tourists, were curious to see our work. Many art lovers abound, particularly market vendors curious to see our work and progress.

A final demo by William Kalwick by the lake.

A final demo by William Kalwick by the lake.

We had another demonstration by William Kalwick. His demo highlighted issues specific to our work representing the market. It was right on target and we enjoyed it very much. We then went to luch and scouted for a portrait model for the afternoon. We found a woman who only spoke a native language. Luckily a nearby shoe shine boy spoke the language and agreed to be our interpreter.

We went to dinner recapping the day’s events, discussing world issues, native cultures, and a good deal of fun humor. We made another trip down to the lake shore to look for the moon and see the night lights. Some of us had already been down to the dock and enjoyed the sunset and the saxophone music by a roving musician. We met a traveler from Canada and enjoyed hearing about his travels.

Tomorrow we return to Antigua.

 

Guatemala – Day 5

William Kalwick with another wonderful painting fresh off his easel.

William Kalwick with another wonderful painting fresh off his easel.

Last night the fog and the wind from the Pacific blew in but the sun shone threw after breakfast and we headed to the lake. We took a boat ride to a little town at the foot of the volcano.

Group selfie.

Group selfie.

Up the hill we went to a bright and colorful town with people to match.  The winding road was lined with little shops all the way up to the main square. Some of us painted the church and others painted a model.

The church plaza was also the sight of a school where students came out to play for recess and came up to admire and comment on our work. Besides the three R’s they learn civics, English, Spanish and their native tongue. And they love art!

The market was full of fruits in every color. The ladies almost all wear their native costume. Slme of the older men do too.

A little well deserved rest in the shade.

A little well deserved rest in the shade.

I painted the model but she had to leave after a while because the sun was too hot. I sat and visited with my fellow artists, and got to know Diego, Pedro, and Carlos who are in the sixth grade and have a great teacher who plays ball with them in her native garb.

The return was choppy and the wind is picking up again. I think I’ll go for a walk before dinner now.

 

 

 

Guatemala – Day 4

The art group goes to market in Antigua.

The art group goes to market in Antigua.

This was the day we went to market with an option to paint. AFter breakfast. Some of the crew and I restocked supplies and had a relaxing morning. We took photos and I also sketched.

By noon we were off to the lake. The lake is bigger than Antigua. We climbed over the mountains to a valley surrounded by volvanoes. The winding road, lush with vegetation and beautiful country views, brought us to this small fishing village full of colorful arts and crafts.

At the dock enjoying the setting son, three artists from William Kalwick's  paint out group to Antigua.

At the dock enjoying the setting son, three artists from William Kalwick’s paint out group to Antigua.

We walked to the lake to see the sunset behind the mountains. We were then surprised by the beautiful full moon over the shadows of the trees.

Guatemala – Day 3

We met early for breakfast and headed out to a new site. We were seeking the early morning light. The morning was clear and the mountains and the volcano were clearly lit and outlined with the morning sun’s rays. We set off to paint the San Francisco compound.

Today's trio of paintings I sketched.

Today’s trio of paintings I sketched.

I painted the arch at the north entrance to the church grounds. I spent a good amount of time on it before a tourist break and lunch.

In the afternoon I sketched some vendors we hired to pose as they sat by their baskets. Most people are shy and don’t want to be photographed. Some are more agreeable if we hire them to let us paint them.

We wanted to paint someone who posed for one of our group members in the morning but we didn’t come to an agreement so I painted a cupula instead.

These pieces are unfinished. They are more of a sketch to remind me of colors and what I want to convey with the finished piece but you can get an idea of what I have in mind.

We are taking a break before dinner. Tomorrow we head out to the lake. We have to see about buying more canvases. Some of us have been quick to capture scenes we like. Traveling with wet canvases is fun — not really. I’ve gotten more paint on myself than I usually do.

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