First Of All Have Fun

19 Feb

I’ve always considered myself a creative person. After all, I was an “art major” in high school which translated into hanging out with a cool crowd and having fun! In college I quickly learned that my lack of marketable talent meant bleak job prospects. I ended up with a degree in English and a blog. And so it goes.


What all the fashionable watercolorists standing in a cemetery are wearing.

Upending our lives and retiring in Mexico has given me a chance to recreate myself. Part of that recreation, besides napping in a hammock has been watercoloring. Painting has always been one of those “back burner” dreams for someday when I retire.


A sweet mother and child park scene. Learning about perspective.

Last week’s blog was a walk down memory lane as I participated in Rendezvous 2015. I haven’t painted much since, and I was excited to travel to Merida, Yucatán for Rendezvous 2017.


Carolyn, our mistress of ceremonies  is a painting unto herself. The entrance to Hacienda Misné day one.

The gist is, we paint on site at a different location daily for five days. Merida is enchanting with its mercados, parques, churches, a massive cemetery and of course, the nearby beach in Progresso. The hard part was picking a subject. Each evening we critique each other’s work. It is a growth opportunity or a fork in the eye, depending on whether you take it personally.


Progreso beach scene.

The agreement is to produce five paintings, all matted and ready to display. We had a gallery showing/party on Saturday evening and felt very accomplished and exhausted.


My favorite of the week, a lovely little market scene.

Our happy little band of participants has varying levels of skill and experience. People always say, “oh, I can’t do that.” NOT! I’m here to tell you it doesn’t matter if you’ve never painted. My motto is, not know what I’m doing has never stopped me before. Be fearless, be bold, but most of all, have fun!



8 Responses to “First Of All Have Fun”

  1. LJones February 19, 2017 at 10:11 am #

    I am inspired! Love this post…bright and beautiful…can’t wait for our Mexico departure date!

    Liked by 1 person

    • afish25 February 19, 2017 at 10:35 am #

      Come join our little band of painters.


  2. emilys72016 February 19, 2017 at 12:40 pm #

    What a lovely post — and sentiment!

    Liked by 1 person

    • afish25 February 19, 2017 at 12:53 pm #

      Aww thanks. Life is two hoots and a holler.


  3. Garth February 20, 2017 at 10:14 am #

    Cool beans! when someone enters my studio and starts pontificating and opinionating I just smile and imagine their lips flapping. fun and more interesting. today is the time we have.

    Liked by 1 person

    • afish25 February 20, 2017 at 10:22 am #

      Besos grandes mi amor. Artista supremo. 🎨✨🌟💥🌈


  4. Trish Callahan February 20, 2017 at 6:08 pm #

    Happy for you Alex. What a fun experience! And you are a painting unto yourself in your hot pi k dress and sneakers standing in the cemetery. The painting you did there is my favorite. Are any of them for sale?

    Liked by 1 person

    • afish25 February 20, 2017 at 8:00 pm #

      Hey trish, the cemetery painting was a birthday gift for my MIL. Yes others are for sale. I’ll send you some pictures.


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