My husband Stefan and I wanted to explore the area, so we waved the bus down and took off on a couple day trips to check out Bucerias and Sayulita. I fell in love with these small towns, and the kind, warm people we met during our visits. Ahh... I could easily live there!
|Stefan surfing at dawn, Mexico 2013|
|Daina SUP surfing at dawn, Mexico 2013|
|Daina SUPing into the sunrise|
|Dawn on the beach, Mexico|
|My niece, Jordy, making music on Sayulita Beach, Mexico|
|Fisherman, Grand Palladium Resort beach, Mexico|
|Stefan & Daina, Grand Palladium Resort beach, Mexico|
I knew how inspiring this trip would be for me, and that it wouldn't be enough to just pack my camera equipment. I had to paint, too! I was so glad I thought to put together a little portable kit, just in case. In a zip-lock bag I packed a set of Sennelier Oil Pastels, a 6"x8"Strathmore Mixed Media pad, a drawing pencil, a few paint brushes, and a small container of odourless oil paint solvent.
One afternoon while everyone was doing their own thing, I snuck away to a quiet spot under a bluff. It was low tide, and the rocks offered a comfortable sandy place to lay my towel and settle in to paint the surf. I was able to sketch my scene, colour it in with the oil pastels, and blend along the way with brushes and solvent. There is something very liberating and satisfying about painting plain-air, surrounded by nature.
|Daina painting, Grand Palladium Resort beach, Mexico|
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