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Art and the Artist
Dec 19th, 2009 by Les

The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life.  ~William Faulkner (Nobel Prize Winning American Author 1897-1962

David took some time out last Sunday, before the Dallas Cowboy’s football game, to walk down to Ajijic’s town square to see the artist’s fair.

When he was down here in August Veronica – the real estate agent assigned to show him around – besides helping him find our wonderful home – introduced him to her boyfriend Jay who is an aspiring photographer.  Naturally, David and Jay connected and spent some time talking photography.

A few Friday’s ago Jay invited us to a showing of his work at the Ajijic Cultural Center.  While at the showing David was encouraged to join the artist’s group that meets monthly on the first Monday of each month and also sponsors the art fair on the third Sunday of every month.

The pictures below are of the various types of art set up for people to enjoy and to purchase.

It is such a joy to know there are people who are like-thinkers…so to speak…and groups you can join here that inspire, encourage and sustain you and your art.  I know David is extremely talented.

Since I’m not too sure I have an “art” and know for sure I can’t even draw a circle, I’m sort of going with the flow and waiting to see what the next day may bring.  I have established a friendship with a woman I met online who is a published author, Ruth Howell.  She is extremely talented and, while currently living in Maine, lived in Ajijic with her husband prior to moving back to Maine.  She’s got several great websites but I particularly enjoy the link accompanying this blog http://temporaryinsanity.blogspot.com/.  Ruth has been encouraging my writing and has the same slightly quirky sense of humor and the absurd I seem to have.  Consequently, while family and friends are used to it (and David has learned to live with it and, dare I say it, at times enjoy it) – not everyone reading this blog knows that I’m slightly askew of center…I like that.

Though David simply took these pictures so that I could see what was being displayed, as usual, he did a superlative job.  After looking at these pictures I decided to “display” some of his photography.  The pictures following those of the art show are of our porch and David’s photos placed so that those entering our garden and approaching our home can see how truly creative he is.   Half the fun of decorating here is the ability to be so creative.  The weather is so nice you can create welcoming settings anywhere. Enjoy.

The First in a Series

The First in a Series

Jewelry

Jewelry

Chapala... My Guess

Chapala... My Guess

Interesting Display

Interesting Display

Color and Lines

Color and Lines

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As you step onto our porch.

As you step onto our porch.

To the right of our front door.

To the right of our front door.

Next to the guest room.

Next to the guest room.

Between the master bedroom and guest room.

Between the master bedroom and guest room.

Near the side gardens.

Near the side gardens.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Close-up of display near front door.

Close-up of display near front door.

Common Sense
Dec 19th, 2009 by Les

Beauty and Peace

Beauty and Peace

Bob Dylan wrote:  “I accept chaos, I am not sure whether it accepts me.  I know some people are terrified of the bomb.  But then some people are terrified to be seen carrying a Modern Screen magazine.  Experience teaches us that silence terrifies people the most.”

Mexico is a place of great beauty – at least all that I’ve seen of it so far.  It has beautiful weather.  The lush greens and brilliant colors of the flowers fruits, birds et al, are amazing.  Each day David and I are newly charmed by the beauty of our surroundings.

We are gradually getting to know our neighbors.  David, being David, made the comment yesterday, I could buy a grill at one of the large stores in Guadalajara but would prefer to buy it locally…up the block, across the street.  I want to get to know my neighbors and support them.  The man speaks volumes with his heart and soul. 

We have commented often of the friendliness of most every one of the nationals we’ve met.  You cannot help but smile back when a cherry “hola” is followed by a big grin and the wave of a hand.  A shy smile and a little “hola” shared by one of the precious children on the street.  And we do.  The other day we had stopped to pick up some mail and as David was getting in the car someone shouted “hola” a few cars away.  We’re actually beginning to know people outside of our little radius.  When David got back in the car he asked if I knew who that was.  I didn’t, but it was sure nice to be recognized.  What fun.

That is why I decided to write what happened to me down, today, the day it happened, not let it slide into a dark place and grow beyond my ability to deal with the slight fear it caused, rationally.

First come the disclaimers…I have a psych degree…I have a certification in AODA (alcohol and other drug abuse)…I interned at a psych hospital and with the mental health association in my home state.  I even did a short stint with a local police department which, in fact, turned me on to the study of psychology.  I can take care of myself.

David had decided to walk over (only a few blocks) to the local blacksmith this morning after a leisurely breakfast.  We needed some very long curtain rods made and a fire grate for the bedroom fireplace.

While he was gone our intercom system to the street rang and I ran down to get the door.  To explain, our house is on a slight hill and the front garden leads down to the pool area and then the parking area below that where the entrance to our property is.

There was a young man, probably in his early 20’s, at the door collecting for a local Tratamiento De Adicciones – treatment center in Chapala.  We’d run into people from this organization before.  Without thinking I simply said, I’d be happy to contribute but had to retrieve the money from the house and turned to go.  I did not say wait here, nor did I think twice when he began to follow me up to the door.  I walked into the house.  The secretary is right by the door so I took the money out and put it in his collection box.

He began to chat, as people often do, as I started to walk him back to the door.  He kept asking something about the pool, however my Mexican is so bad, I couldn’t understand a word he was saying.  When we got to the pool he began to undress.  He had swimming trunks on, thank goodness.  However, it was quite clear as I believe Mae West said. he was happy to see me.  I retreated to the house to get a towel – thinking I don’t want him to come up to the house again and if I give him a towel after he’s done swimming he will dry off and leave.

Not to go into any unnecessary detail, it was not his intention to leave.  David had taken the keys to the house consequently I couldn’t lock the doors (as you need the keys to do so).  The experience from that point was not pleasant.  I finally closed myself in the house by holding the door and asking him to please leave.  Thankfully, he finally did and David arrived home not five minutes later.

At home in Texas or Wisconsin I would have had him wait at the door.  I certainly would not have allowed him to get any further then the front step.

People are people the world around.  It is our responsibility to use common sense and not get ourselves into this type of a situation.  However, it happens – everywhere.  I’m just glad he finally took the message and left.  I’m not terrified but I am not going to remain silent either.  For now, the door stays shut unless I am expecting someone, know who is using the intercom or David is here.  The beauty of Mexico has not been marred.  But my common sense, thankfully, has planted itself firmly in the “here” and I intend to use it wisely from this point forward.

David’s comment to all of this is something that needs to be heard.  He says: “The door to the street is the door to your house.  If you let someone in the door to the street, you are letting them into your house.”

Before, After and in Process
Dec 18th, 2009 by Les

 “I was leafing through a magazine where there was a before-and-after picture of a woman who went from a size 5 to a size 3 by liposuction.  Was she serious?  I’ve cooked bigger turkeys than her “before” picture.”  Erma Bombeck (American Humorist)

Don’t expect something as amazing as the above quote.

We shopped for furniture.  It was, quite honestly, one of our easier experiences in travel since we’ve been in Mexico.

I can’t even begin to tell you where we ended up on our way into Guadalajara SEVERAL times in our search for Home Depot and the like.  Now that the wonderful owner of 60’s in Paradise told us to take a different route to Guadalajara, through Jocotepec, we’ve made the trip under much less tension filled driving.  Now we love going there and find new places to visit each time we go. 

Neither of us knew exactly what we were looking for in furniture except to say we wanted to go Spanish….whatever that means.  To us it meant darker wood with darker colors.  We found just the set we both fell in love with in Chapala – about 20 minutes from Ajijic.

To put this into perspective, remember we’d been spending nearly a month on a blow-up bed and sitting on pre-Hispanic Mexican chairs.   Trust me when I say, we’d travel to restaurants where the decision to go in was predicated on how comfortable the chairs around the table looked!  We were desperate for a “good sit” in front of a TV with a lamp nearby and a table on which to place the obligatory snacks.

Since then we’ve been working to get our place into the beginning stages of “home”.  Below are some of the work in progress pictures we thought you might enjoy.  Again, the emphasis is on “work in progress”, so bear with us please!  I’ve probably included too many pictures.  Believe me, there were many more but I’m forcing myself to stop here.  Try not to doze off!!

Before Shot

Before Shot

Before Shot

Before Shot

A Different Before Shot

A Different Before Shot

Process Started

Process Started

The Process Continues

The Process Continues

Continues...

Continues...

Antique Desk Entrance

Antique Desk Entrance

China Cabinet

China Cabinet

Shelves by Fireplace in Great Room

Shelves by Fireplace in Great Room

Another View of Shelves

Another View of Shelves

Window to Studio off Mirador (I think I spelled it correctly this time)

Window to Studio off Mirador (I think I spelled it correctly this time)

David's Studio Desk

David's Studio Desk

Looking Toward My Desk

Looking Toward My Desk

Kitchen Window/Studio Steps

Kitchen Window/Studio Steps

Kitchen Back Lighting

Kitchen Back Lighting

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