Only 10 days to go here at Ondarte and although I am very happy with the results (8 paintings in 6 weeks), it will be bittersweet to leave this special place. I would have to attribute this successful residency experience to Alec von Bargen and Maribel Bianchi (founder and director) to creating such a wonderful atmosphere in which to produce. In an earlier blog "Paradise Found!" I knew it would be a wonderful experience and I was right!
An open house at the end of July was proof of the support of the locals - all very excited to have a new cultural centre in town, but Ondarte has already made its mark and it is expected that most of the Mayan Riviera will be attending the next event on August 27.
Working in oils also has it's benefits! I have the excuse of having to wait for the paint to dry in order to transport my paintings, so I have the opportunity to see some more of this wonderful country and am heading off to Chiapas, then back for the exhibition.