Allende is for the birds

I’m back in Mexico, getting ready for a couple of workshops in San Miguel de Allende. I arrived just in time for the 251st anniversary of the birth of revolutionary leader Ignacio Allende, which was celebrated in grand style with a holiday and a military parade. In honour of the man, I sketched his statue in the Plaza Civica. It was there that learned that he is not only a favourite of the people. He is also well liked by birds.

I also sketched the iconic pink confection of Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel. In this hilly town you can get a view of the spiky church from both above and below, but the best spot was from a cafe with an outdoor table and a good latte.

13 Comments on “Allende is for the birds”

  1. Judy Sopher says:

    The color in Mexico is amazing. I couldn’t travel as much as you do but I can enjoy these places through your sketches. or paintings. Love your birds.


  2. As usual Shari : great sketches! They brought back some fine memories. A few years back I at this time of the year I was sitting in the parks in SMA trying to sketch these subjects. Have a great trip ! Diane


  3. beth says:

    wonderful sketches, shari – I love the colors of Mexico


  4. joantav says:

    Love the colors!!! You capture the life and spirit so well.


  5. So sorry to miss this. I live in San Miguel and am represented in Galleria San Francisco in Fabrica Aurora I follow your blog but do not think it was open to locals…enjoy your stay here..


  6. Doug Elliot says:

    I enjoy your beautiful clean colours Shari.


  7. Laurie Murray says:

    Wow, both spectacular sketch/paintings!


  8. Debbie Hunter-Snow says:

    I loved San Miguel and sketched the lovely cathedral from the square. Your sketch looks so much better than mine. All those many turrets and the detail!!! Oh my.. Great job!!!!


  9. Nice paintings, is this Spain, or Mexico. lol, I’m pretty sure I see Spanish Architecture. I really like how you captured the vegitation in the painting of the statue.


  10. Carlos says:

    Very nice Shari.
    Bienvenida a México.


  11. tmikeporter says:

    A great collection of sketches and stories. I want to talk to you about going to visit this town when you are here in August.


  12. Uma Maheswar Nakka says:

    Good Morning dear Shari,

    I love the way you sketched those birds and the statue of the warrior on the horse.
    Bringing those dimensional effects with limited colors is very much impressive.

    At large both the sketches are very much appreciative.



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