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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Workshop and Touring in San Miguel de Allende

Patti and I ventured into central Mexico last week with buddies Mike and Debbie Paolini to check out the charms of San Miguel de Allende, a beautiful colonial city long known as a magnet for artists, artisans and kindred spirits.  While there, Patti and I conducted an on-location sketching workshop called "Sketching the Energy of Places" at the invitation of Meagan Burns, owner of Art Leap Adventures, a very cool art and adventure-based tourism company.  Participants included local artists and architects, members of the local Urban Sketchers chapter, and other artists visiting the city.  Studio Antonelli provided space for an hour of classroom instruction, followed by 3 hours of sketching in the teeming streets and plazas.  Everyone had a blast, and we've already discussed the possibility of returning.  Here's some imagery:

Incredible view of the city at sunset from the Rosewood Hotel rooftop bar.


First night "insider's tour" by Meagan.  Clockwise from top left, Mike Paolini, your Humble Correspondent, Meagan Burns, Patti Richards and Debbie Paolini.

First sketch, first afternoon...in the forecourt of the cathedral.
Local musicians killin it with acoustic Cuban music in Los Milagros on the plaza.
My sketch of the killer view of the cathedral, just up the street from our hotel.
Some of the workshop participants gathering as we begin the on-location segment.

Sketching in the plaza.


A spirited and talented workshop group.  Organizer Meagan Burns (first row in pink) seems pleased. 








5 comments:

  1. I'm glad to hear you are making plans to return to San Miguel. I was in Chiapas and was really disappointed that I couldn't attend this one. I enjoyed your video course on Craftsy and look forward to an in-person workshop the next time you visit San Miguel.

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    1. Thanks Al, I look forward to sketching with you!

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  2. The Richards and San Miguel?...sounds like the perfect recipe for a Joyful Escape.....that cityscape though....

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