Mexican Graffiti 2016

 

Yesterday I walked around with my friend in her neighborhood of “Guadalupe”.  Every year there is a project to paint new pieces on the walls of different houses or the long walls that surround schools, sports fields etc.  I had seen the finished products last year but I was very glad to have the opportunity to see some of the young artists in action.  They all were young!  Climbing up ladders, fumes, who knows!  So, here are a few examples.  You will notice one unfinished piece with a tiled image of the virgin of Guadalupe on the wall.  Can you see how this will be integrated into the finished picture.?  Watching the proceedings here was the householder, sitting in a lawn chair on the opposite shady side of the street.  She had requested that her house be  painted for a couple of years and finally it was her turn!  She was very happy and explained to us that she had no control or editorial privileges as to color or content of the painting.  Surely an act of faith and respect for artistic freedom.  I think what was produced on her walls was beautiful and I would have been very glad to have seen that on the side of my house.  Others were not so much to my taste but as she put it, that is the price of being an unbiased patron.

I think the Mexicans must celebrate the setting of the full moon.  A full platoon of the Mexican army advanced down a nearby Main Street banging many drums  at 5 am this morning.  They ended up in a soccer field nearby where they continued to ” practice” their music and to set off many firecrackers and fireworks.  After having been frightened out a deep morning sleep ( you know, the best kind) by the prospect of imminent invasion, I braved the gas heater and began this blessed Sunday.

You  will find other examples of graffiti without comment in the next post.

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Mexican Graffiti

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I promised my my readers graffiti for the month of January but it was so dreadfully cold that I posted precious little.  Now, I find myself surrounded by some pretty spectacular examples and I will try to give you a sample in the next few days.  This one, beautifully accessorized with bougainvillea is at the end of my street where my friend is kindly putting me up until my rental is vacant.  Yesterday was was a long day of travelling and it was bure bliss to sink into her preternaturally soft pillows and fall, fall like a stone into dark water and sleep until 8 o’clock.   I am relearning the San Miguel walk which consists of keeping your eyes on the ground and gauging whether you or the person approaching in the other direction will step off into the road.  If there is something of interest I stop walking for fear of a tumble over the cobblestones.  Last year I saw quite a few gringos and gringas getting about on crutches or with casts.  I am trying to avoid that fate. The other picture I am posting is of Toller Cranston’s door.  You may have heard that he died a few days ago.  On Monday it will be Candalaria ( Candlemas Day) and the flower merchants have their festival.  Everyone buys plants and the growing season begins.

 

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