Mexico was amazing! The beauty of the city was breathtaking! There's so much color and history to explore, I didn't even get to see it all. I took about a million pictures, a few of which I'll share below. I'll be going over my reference photos to inspire some beautiful paintings of urban life and landscapes.
I picked up a word or two on my trip, and became a little better at following Spanish in conversation. I learned how different my perspective and reality were of the country in general. I got to see a real Dia de Muertos celebration in the cemetery. It's not the painted faces, and parades we often see here. There were countless rows of beautiful white tombstones covered in flowers and statues, with the mountains as a backdrop. I saw gorgeous altars all over the city, colorful murals, artsy cafes, and so much great architecture! Here are just a few of the photos I took...
I mentioned before how much this trip meant to me. I hadn't been to Mexico for many years, and the last trip was with my grandmother when I was about 11. We didn't do a lot of sightseeing or tourism but I remember so fondly the time I spent and people I met. This time was important to experience as an adult the culture and the environment through the eyes of an artist. I sought out color, which wasn't hard to find! From houses, to graffiti, to works of public art, there was so much to see I couldn't possibly record it all. I felt at home, even as a non-fluent speaker. Most everyone was gracious and helpful.
While I love learning about the country in which my ancestors came, I know that I still only visited one grand city. I wish I knew exactly where my roots began, and was able to connect further with that area. But there's no denying the influence Mexico has had on me and my art as long as I've known. I feel blessed to have been able to take this glimpse into the culture that gave birth to my way of life in North Texas. There is yet so much to see, and I look forward to returning, and hopefully spending more time there!
I'm excited to get started on the artwork that this trip has inspired, be on the look out!
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