Annual Garden Sale- SMA - colourful inspiration for any artist
These thoughts were with me at the beginning of my artist retreat here . Some had told me that shipping FedEx or DHL was certainly a possibility . I'm told that hardly anything goes through the mail here . So, when I headed for the art supply store [ El Pato] on my second day here, I chose as wisely as I could - I bought large sheets of acrylic paper to paint on [ but small enough to roll up and possibly fit into my suitcase... or at least carry rolled up]. I bought 4 canvases - 24 x 24 the biggest ... small for me but I thought shippable in the worst case scenario. I bought a limited number of Golden paints in small tubes . [ Again, I did not bring acrylics with me..... too many concerns about possible freezing on the airline, providing safety specs for customs, etc]..... I brought some very small tubes of acrylics, some watercolours and pens and inks for experimenting . It was all good.
This is what I have done in order to depart. I had coffee with Ian and his wife Mary Ann and donated my gesso, and the canvas frames and one canvas not completed to his art practice. [ He generously gave me a whole stack of his beautiful art cards to take home with me. An excellent exchange].
I took my completed canvases off their frames and rolled them inside my completed acrylic paper studies. One roll covered in the plastic sheet the paper came in and tied together. I can now pack or carry . Workable.
As much as I would have liked to buy some things here, I did not. I bought art cards from artists who inspired me or bulletins about their work for follow up online. I wrote in my art journal about what inspired me, their work processes, their art journeys to San Miguel . I took photos where I could . Hopefully, this will be enough to allow me to repack my suitcase.... and pack a couple of extra things - 2 small books in Spanish I hope to be able to read one day , a CD of popular Mexican music ... and my clothes [ always take up more space going home than coming].
The day I happened on to the Annual Garden Show, I swear it was the coldest day captured on record while I was here. I persevered to bundle up and go into town to stay warm and discovered this amazing garden show. Not many people were braving the weather the morning I was there so I got to practice my Spanish with many of the gardeners and helpers.
The picture above depicts some of the fresh herbs available. Do you see the one in the middle ? - " Vaporrub"...... yes, a kind of mint to be used as a chest rub for colds.
THE VELVET GIRL GALLERY - Meeting Sarah Zambiasi
I wanted to name drop Sarah and her art in my last post from SMA- fittingly one of my last artists to have an in-depth conversation with about her art which celebrate the " Divine Feminine" through form and symbols, Sarah spent a number of years painting with Toller Cranston, a very good friend, and her work captured my attention immediately because I saw Toller Cranston-like symbols and form but with a definitely unique Sarah twist. I loved her small works on show at her gallery .
But check her out : email@example.com or at
flickr.com/photos/zambiasi_artwork or just google her name for shows and commentary over the years.
what's behind a door?
private residence behind a door
I hope you have enjoyed my artist residency blog in SMA ..... and I hope I have inspired you in some small way to seek out your own adventure and inspiration in your life. Hasta Luego.