Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Painting in San Miguel de Allende Mexico

Would you like to join me in San Miguel this winter?  I will offer 4  one week sessions
in Jan, Feb, Mar and April,  Jan.6-10, Feb.10-14, March 10-14, and April 7-11.

You can see my work and my resume at

Classes will be small, meeting in my apartment near the center of town, and painting out
of doors at many inspiring locations, including gardens and colourful street scenes.

Cost will be $200 for the week, 4 hours a day, 9am to 2 pm with a one hour break for
the Mexican mid morning meal about 11 am.  This will leave you lots of time to
visit the many art galleries, restaurants, parks, and hotsprings and time to attend the
many excellent concerts, plays and other cultural events in this thriving arts center.

You will arrange for your transportation and hotel, but I am willing and able to give
you suggestions as to how to get there from Mexico City (direct fist class bus from
the airport) or Leon (also direct but closer).  I will have a list of hotels and prices,
the local English paper and websites will inform you about ongoing activities.

email me at if you are interested.

 This first photo is of me demonstrating varnishing a student's painting in a class on
Gabriola Island where I live.
 Students viewing one another's paintings.
 Rohana showing a successful painting by student
 local street scene, one of many beautiful churches
 one of many beautiful roof top gardens, great places to paint
 one of many colourful local restaurants
 Rohana painting on a patio in San Miguel de Allende
 the famous pink stone cathedral called the 'parrochia'
typical street scene with low mountains in the background
 on the outskirts, a large botanical garden with many trails, hundreds of cactus
 another colourful restaurant.  Don't I match the decor well?
 one neighbourhood has murals on many of the walls, very colourful!
the botanical gardens near San Miguel

A detail of the incredible sculpture gardens a 5 hour bus trip through the 
mountains from San Miguel.
If you google Edward James, the eccentric British sculptor, you can read all about it.
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spectacular scenery on the trip to see the sculpture gardens
at times like this I am glad I can handle heights
Indigenous Mexicans selling their amazing art in one of many markets in San Miguel
Add One of my Gabriola students posing for her photograph.  great little painting eh?

Saturday, October 5, 2013

First Posting from Rohana on Gabriola

Hi there, friends and family members, as I prepare to return to Mexico to paint this winter, I am preparing a blog so I can send you stories and photos of my art and my travels.  Here is a first photo
of my latest painting, done from memories and a photo I took last winter.

That is a small study I did as an example of the process I use.  I did a series of the stages of an acrylic painting to demonstrate my process to students of a class I am teaching this month.

The next photo is of a place I love to visit called "Guanajato", a town that is a short bus ride from where I love to stay in San Miguel de Allende.  This is a favourite plaza with restaurants, fountains, live music, university students studying, tourists and locals eating and drinking, all enjoying the sun and the colour to this charming colonial city.  The painting is 24" x 30", done on canvas with acrylics, and can be found on my newly updated website   You will see it much better if you enlarge it....

I am now adding some photos of our last Gabriola Saturday market and our annual studio tour so you can see something of our community, the beautiful October colours and the creative art studios...

musicians at the Sat. market

Every Sat. most of the produce from the organic markets gets sold.

lots of beautiful apples and pears
last Sat. of the market in Oct., it is getting cold!

Terry Nimmon's studio, Gabriola Ilsland

Tammy Hudgeon's studio

the view from one artists studio

the view from a home of a friend

one of the marina's on Gabriola Island

Karen Cain's studio, Gabriola

That's it for this posting!  I hope you enjoyed this and I invite you to come back again!
Hasta luego,