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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Teaching in El Charco del Ingenio, San Miguel de Allende, GTO, Mexico

This week we are teaching also at our satellite site in El Charco del Ingenio Botanical Garden.
Here is Karla Beatty's report from San Miguel for us day before her teaching starts:

Hola Denver!
I'm happy to say San Miguel de Allende is just as wonderful as I remembered it! This time I flew into the new airport in Queretaro, and it was an easy trip. The drive to San Miguel took the van through many small farm fields with donkeys or small horses or goats or a few sheep. It passes one very lovely old church, very scenic with the adobe look and cacti, mesquite, and bougainvillea. 
This is the hot season in San Miguel but there are still flowers everywhere. Today I walked through the cobblestoned streets of El Centro, the old town. Every building is stonework masonry or gaily painted stucco in golds, ochre, sienna, or red. And tumbling down from almost every wall is the bougainvillea that has been in blossom every time I have come here to teach, no matter the season. I saw one wall that had at least ten different colors of blossoms. Who knew there was such variety?
Tonight, I'm busy with last minute preparations for my class at El Charco on Botanicals in Graphite and Color. We will be  working on drawing skills, building strong draftsmanship and botanical accuracy. Then we will develop lovely smooth continuous tone in graphite. And finally we will add some color to the drawings and just see what we can get!

Buenos noches from old Mexico!
(Almada street that runs in front of Posada Corazon, Parroquia in the background - always the same)