Friday, March 22, 2019

Simple vs detailed work line

Blue fine liner on Moleskine watercolor journal 3.5" x 5.5"
Last minute I sketched my husband having his shave at the barber shop. The barber was finishing so I had to hurry. I chose to recycle a false start page in my sketchbook. I don't like things going to waste. That big oval mark was done previously in black ink, so I used blue ink. Minimal lines got the essential action, I think. That is not the case with the next sketch, the Shrine Basilica of our Lady of Guadalupe. I have never been here before, it's so beautiful inside and although I drew more elaborated lines in this sketch, still many details were left out. I guess that when you have to choose what to draw and what to leave out, you have to remind yourself that what you are doing is a sketch and question if what you have done so far is enough information for the viewer to get the idea of the place. Although I prefer adding details to my sketches, I think this sketch is good enough to show the interior of the Shrine. The simple or the more detailed of my sketches depend on the circumstances I'm in, whatever the outcome I'm OK with it.

Sepia fine liner on Moleskine watercolor journal 3.5" x 5.5"

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

The tree trunk

This café has a tree trunk in the center of the place. Full of scars and wrinkles, marks in the skin. This tree has character, personality, wisdom, history, just as the person my husband is thinking of, as shown in this sketch. We love you J.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Far away and close up cathedral

I met with Nadia Samarina for a second time last Saturday. I really have fun meeting with her to sketch together, we share the joy of sketching on location as many of you do, I'm sure. I arrived early to the location we agreed, while I waited for her I did a quick small sketch of the Cathedral of San Luis Potosi viewed from Madero Street. 
Sepia Fineliner and watercolor on Moleskine Watercolor Journal 3.5" x 5.5"

Then we walked on the same street towards downtown and chose a spot where to sit randomly at the Plaza de Armas, the pedestrian square at the very center of the city, where I had the same view of the Cathedral but up closer. I couldn't figure out what church the two domes on the right of the sketch belong to, there are so many churches in downtown, one on each square, and the squares are literally one block apart. It turns out it is Iglesia del Carmen. Another beauty. It's amazing how different two sketches came out, with the same view on the same street but at different distances!
Sepia Fineliner and watercolor on Handbook Watercolor Journal 8" x 8"

Nadia Samarina makes terrific sketches and she is very prolific! While I made the sketch above, just ink (I added watercolor later), she finished three sketches! Well I hope we meet again. It's nice to find a pal sketcher in this beautiful city, which according to the newspaper Proceso dated on March 7th 2018, I quote: "The Historic Center of the city of San Luis Potosí received the certificate that accredits it as World Heritage, by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), which granted the declaration in 2010"......and I didn't know! Fabulous!

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Morales Park

Fine liner and watercolor on Handbook watercolor journal 8” x 8”
Every March there’s a flower festival in the park Juan H. Sanchez but nobody calls it that way, it’s a.k.a. Morales Park called after the neighborhood of the same name. The vendors who install thier tents here are a caravan of flower and plants farmers who stop in main cities to sell their product. The city grants them a permit to stay for 2-3 weeks with the condition to plant flowers and bushes in the park before they leave the place. It sounds like a smart deal, right? 

Friday, March 15, 2019

San Luis Potosí Skyline

Finelimer and watercolor on Handbook watercolor journal 8” x 8”
I woke up this morning with this view “with my peaceful, humble, handsome amd calm husband”- his quote. A dramatic sky worth remembering, specially because these clouds lowered the temperature. It’s been so hot here. I just drew the skyline and worked on the clouds. 
In my spare time I’ve been doodling but I thought I could doodle something more practical and I did several decorative borderlines in some pages of this sketchbook. I was curious how the overall page was going to look once a sketch was done on the page. Do you like it?

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Leonora Carrington Museum

Fineliner and watercolor on Moleskine Watercolor Journal 3.5" x 5.5
Leonora Carrington is an English surrealist sculptress contemporary of Dali, Picasso, Kahlo, Edward James and others, who lived most of her life in Mexico. Her son Pablo Weisz Carrington visited the Centro de las Artes de San Luis Potosi Centenario. When the disused old wing in this Center, a former penitentiary, was shown to her son, he thought it was the perfect location for her mother's museum. When he found out this processing area was inhabited by women, he felt this gave a symbolic value as the sculptures were created by a woman, her mother, an artist who advocated for women's rights. So renovations started in 2017 and inaugurated on March 22nd 2018. 

After visiting the different halls and patios, I sat in the central patio where there is giant sculpture "The Ship of Cranes", I included one of the watch towers of the penitentiary to show more information about the building where this museum is. I visited this building in 2013, it was then only the Centro de las Artes de San Luis Potosi Centenario. This is the main entrance. 
Pen&Ink and watercolor on Handbook Artist Journal 8.25 " x 5.5 "
All the investment made in this museum match the quality of the work of Leonora Carrington. The building is itself a work of art. With this museum, San Luis Potosi is getting international recognition. I am so pleased to see this city is becoming alive and catching up with other cultural cities in the world. Bravo!

Monday, March 11, 2019

San Francisco Square with USk San Luis Potosi

Last Saturday I met with the Urban Sketchers of San Luis Potosi. Yeah! There is one in SLP! I met with Nadia Samarino, the founder of the group and students of different schools of the State University . We met at the library Ricardo B. Anaya in downtown, the starting point of our walking tour lead by the Director of the library Jose Antonio Motilla also a historian. We visited several locations around San Francisco Square. I did only two sketches this morning but I had also a great time listening to the very interesting information. Here Jose Antonio is explaining some facts about the area in San Francisco Square, one of the most beautiful ones in the city ornamented by the jacaranda tress in bloom.
Fineliner and watercolor on Moleskine 3.5" x 5.5"
Then we visited the Aranzazu Square, which was part of the Franciscan monastery located in the same block. I didn't do a sketch here but I have done one before back in 2012. 
Pen&Ink and watercolor on Handbook 5"x 8"

Next we entered the Museo Regional Potosino, which entrance is in the right end of the arches in the sketch above. Inside there is the Aranzazu chapel, a must see in the city. Here it is the entry way to the chapel which is in the opposite side of this view.
Fineliners and watercolor on Handbook watercolor journal 8" x 8"
I enjoyed my time with the group, I hope I can repeat the experience and get to know more sketchers. 
Photo by Nadia Samarina.

Friday, March 8, 2019

The new old neighborhood.

Uni-ball vision pen and watercolor on Moleskine 3.5" x 5.5"
It seems I can't catch up with the changes and novelties in the city of San Luis Potosi. I used to live in this neighborhood. There was only a movie place with several theaters where I remember I came to watch the Karate Kid with Ralph Macchio. The ticket included two films and it was allowed to stay in the theater to watch the double show twice if you wanted to! Now, the plaza where the theater was, has been transformed over the years into an open plaza with restaurants and bars. My neighborhood has changed so much! It's more alive than ever!

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Family in San Luis Potosi.

Pen&Ink and watercolor on ruled notebook 6” x 8”
I nailed my eye on a ruled notebook for sale at 9 MXN (about 0.5 USD) on a trip to the office store. I grabbed it to practice my lettering. I did it in the first few pages until my letters transitioned into this sketch, a family gathering. We Mexicans always see each other at homes, restaurants, cafes, bars. It always involves food, I don't know why, that's how it is here. We had a great time, no rush. I have to cut and paste this sketch to any of my sketchbooks as a form of collage. How could I not, it's a Kodak moment.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Meow, meow, meow

Pencil, white gel pen, Finetec watercolor on Winsor&Newton CP 6" x 8"
Three cats were our companion during our stay in San Cristobal de las Casas. Although I'm a dog person, having them to come to meow to our back door made me think of them as cute creatures, not a thought I had before. At the beginning they came frequently at dusk and dawn, specially in cold days, sometimes the three of them came, sometimes only two, sometimes just one. It seemed that past guests have let them into the house so they got use to it. Not me. It's not that I am cruel person, but I'am allergic to cats. Overtime  they visited us less often. It seemed like they understood they were not welcome inside the  house. I felt remorse at the beginning but then one day I saw them in other’s house roof, at that moment I thought these animals manage to take care of themselves very well. One morning we were sat on a bench in the garden and one of them came by, made a whole in the dirt with the paw, pooed (I got to say it was a small one, you see, I'm used to see the dogs') and it covered it with the same paw. I wish dogs would do the same. Ha! So cats scored in my view. I still have my reservations but I started to like them. A cat in San Cristobal de las Casas would do that to me. I had to remember it, so I sketched at least one of them in my sketchbook before leaving this city.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Around the main plaza.

Pen&Ink and watercolor on Moleskine Watercolor Journal 3.5" x 5.5"
With few days left in San Cristobal de las Casas, my husband and I want to enjoy this Pueblo Magico as relaxed as possible before hitting the chaos of having to take two airplanes back to San Luis Potosi city.  The weather is still fresh, not cold, not hot and is perfect to sit down in the main square 31 de Marzo. Hours passed watching lots of people from all sort of cities walking by, but I thought I would not only post the sketch of the kiosk I did this afternoon after breakfast but pictures of the women from Chiapas who walked by. I kind of feel good for being able to know what community they belong to! Their cloth is very distinctive and easily identifiable once your eye is trained, then you see the difference. I wish I have more photos of women's cloth of many more communities, villages and hamlets I've seen like Magdalena, San Andres, Carranza, Chenalho, Tenejapa, Pantelho, Chenalho, Tenango, Bochil, Bachajon, Chilon, Amatenango and Chiapa de Corzo. These pics were taking just in the main plaza in one afternoon!
Lacandon area