Pilgrimage to Paint took place at Casa Carmen in San Miguel de Allende over week-long preparations for Dias de los Muertos by locals that culminated in the jardin, two blocks from our base. What a great week to meet new friends, known fondly as pilgrims, and to watch the town come alive with altars, parades, costumes, dances, and other special preparations for the three days over the weekend.
While the town made their creations, we prepared our plaster canvases, painted, waxed, made bracelets and canvas bags to carry our new treasures home in. Oh, and we drank a few margaritas, ginger ones specifically. They just kind of felt great on the back of your throat as the ginger lingered there. But I digress, back to the art.
My reasons for taking this trip were twofold, Judy Wise and Katie Kendrick. I love them both as artists and as women. What a fabulous week to just sit and paint with them and the other pilgrims. And we did a lot of that, sometimes choosing the same painting, with varying results. I loved that, it was so much fun to see what the others saw in the same painting. It was a special group of women who bonded together as one. We had a blast.