Cuenca, Ecuador, is an outdoor canvas for a wide variety of graffiti and street art.
As I discover my new neighbourhood and explore the city, I’m enjoying the many colour displays. Some represent abstract themes, others historical moments or cultural references. Street art transforms empty cement walls into bright displays and gives character to otherwise plain buildings.
Won’t you come for a stroll with me?
Calle Larga (long street) — an ordinary building in bold and bright colours.
Friendly and mysterious characters found along a wall on my way to the market.
Still on my way to the market, “Big L”, he was an American rapper. It’s not a typical Ecuadorian theme. Since graffiti artists travel and leave their mark around the world, there is a mix of cultures on the walls and buildings.
On my way to Pumapungo Inca ruins and museum, the street art was particularly colourful.
Still toward Pumapungo, a series of creatures follow each other, some stare directly at passers-by.
At the top of the grass ill, you can see some of the rocks from the Inca ruins.
Is there street art or graffiti in your neighbourhood, town or city? What do you think of it?
My husband and I just got back from Holguin, Cuba. I brought a sketchbook with me to record the major events in words and images. Here are a few pages from my sketchbook.
We travelled in a 1948 Jeep to reach a remote village.
Daniela, who is five, was expecting us along with her family and neighbourhood. She gave me this paper fold out. Instead of a sketch for the day, it became part of a journal page.
I’ve talked about home, exploration and novelty. Since pictures (and music) are worth a thousand words, here is a video to let you know where my husband and I are going.
Music by Arany Zoltàn, http://www.aranyzoltan.hu/
Many people have been asking us why. Why now, why Ecuador?
Part of making big changes in life is letting go to make room for novelty.
It took me a long time to think that an extended stay abroad might be for me. I’ve grown very attached to our community, my family is in Quebec, and I really enjoy our home.
But the call to explore and to experience novelty has grown on me.
For now, I am enjoying the sense of place that comes with being home. In the morning, you can usually find me at the garden terrace, having breakfast among the raspberry plants, lemon balm, basil and tomatoes…
In the afternoon, this is the perfect shady spot for sketching, writing or translating.
Like many of you, I follow some websites and blogs, listen to podcasts and use applications on a daily basis.
I’ve noticed that while working on an art project, listening to an interview or to music actually seems to calm my internal critic and set me free to explore. On the other hand, when I am walking or gardening, I would rather listen to my surroundings and be receptive to new ideas (which I make sure to quickly capture in my notebook).
So here it is, my list of current sources of inspiration and learning. I would love to find out what resources are useful to you. Let me know by adding a comment below.