The warm and balmy scenes are replaced with cold winds and snow. To sketch in a warm place is a special treat this winter.
Where to sketch, when you are a tourist? Where ever food is sold or served there is a sketch. On the street of this small Mexican town many eatery have fire pits, piled high with potatoes, sautéed vegetables and a variety of sausage and ground meat. Here we order the papas, one with meat the other vegetables. When it arrives, my friend beside me says it is pâté chinois but just in reversed order. The mashed potatoes on the bottom and dressing on top, his with a big strip of bacon and mine with piles of shredded cheese. Then the conversation starts at the table about what their mother or grandmother put in their pâté chinois. The 2 for one margarita arrives in a plastic cup. We all shut up and eat.
Local architecture sketching is another happening place. You try and figure out the turrets and domes, the beautiful iron tracery and what colour the workmen will finally paint the place.
The fish market starts every morning on the beach around 6:30 am. A few boats are pulled up with a variety of fish, nearby a juice stand sells freshly pressed orange juice, another guy shouts bolillo[bo-leel’-lyo]. Lots of action but when there is a quiet time, one of the vendors comes over and has a good laugh. He writes dibujos in my sketch book. Sketching is fun, you learn about the architecture, food, why the water fountain in the park has no water and the benches are all broken and what is happening with the local economy. You feel accepted and safe.