One year ago today I said goodbye to my friends at MIRA (Martignano International Artist Residency) in Italy having spent 2 months there. And here I am …three weeks into my next residency at the new Ondarte International Artist Residency in Akumal, Mexico and have already completed 4 paintings in preparation for an exhibition with my fellow artists on the 23rd of July. The night was fantastic and it seemed the whole town turned out to see our work and there was a lot to see! There must have been 300 people and wihout a doubt this will probably be a regular monthly cultural highlight for Akumal - perhaps even the entire Mayan Riviera once word gets around!
Last week we were invited for an additional artist talk for the locals and were pleased that so many attended that also. The town seems very supportive of this new residency and of the visiting international artists bringing exciting ideas to this beautiful part of the world! The work is pouring out of all of us. This must be attributed to the comfortable and exotic surroundings and the particular mix of artists. We jump on our bikes when we need a break from work and ride into town, head for the beach (we’re anxiously awaiting all the turtle nests in the area to erupt), or grab a long cold drink and sit by the turqoise waters. There’s also a lagoon behind Ondarte perfect for snorkelling! This is an artist’s paradise if you are into residencies!
I have returned to figurative work and am very happy with the new series that deals with expressing alter egos or enhanced emotional connections through the use of reflections in the surface of the water. I am very fortunate that not only is there a pool on the grounds, but that my fellow artists are always willing to model for me!
The weather has been perfect (perhaps a bit hot but that just helps with the excuse for a quick dip and more photos) and I am so glad that I am here for another month. A new group joins us today and the anticipation is high with what will be produced here this month! Stay tuned for updates or visit Ondarte Residency on Facebook! Also visit my site cathrynmcewen.com to view my latest work! Hasta Luego!