We are next-door neighbors and dear friends and have been painting capillas in the campo around San Miguel de Allende for the last two year. We find the process of plein air painting fun, meditative and a socially acceptable addiction.
If it’s a Friday, and we are both in San Miguel, I can assure you that we are painting. Both of us can complete watercolor sketches quickly, so two or two-and-a-half hours on site are usually all we need. The paintings featured on this blog are these plein air watercolor sketches. Sometimes, when the architecture or lighting proves difficult, one of us might repaint a scene from photographs.
Linda Whynman My husband, Saul, and I retired to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, over 12 years ago from New York. I have been involved in art and art education my entire professional career. I taught art from kindergarten to masters degree programs and was the Arts in Education Director in New York state bringing arts-related programs from New York City to upstate schools. My areas of media expertise include watercolor and computer graphics.
This project with Lorie has afforded me a mindful experience of the Mexican countryside and its people: “When sketching and painting, I am fully present in the moment. It is a deeply pleasurable creative experience. It keeps me centered. Concentrating on the creative activity gives me a full awareness of the object I am painting. Then, when I look again at a painting I have completed, I remember the sounds, the temperature, the people who passed by and entire plein air experience. This process has helped me to love Mexico even more.”
Lorie Topinka A science educator and administrator in my previous life, I am now happily retired here in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and for last four years have been spending more time dabbling in watercolors and pastels.
On my resume, there is a long ago B.A. from the University of Washington and a more recent M.A. in Environment and Sustainability from Antioch University, Seattle. Prior to moving to San Miguel de Allende, I lived in San Francisco, California, and worked at the California Academy of Sciences for fifteen years.
I am a self-taught artist and have taken numerous art classes and workshops over the last 17 or 18 years and have taught blended art and science classes such as “Sketching for the Science Classroom.” Art, science and sustainability continue to be life long interests.