San Miguel: Chapter 1

Posted by on Jul 11, 2013 in Journaling, My techniques | 3 comments

Well I am not nearly finished with blogging about Bisbee, Arizona and off I went to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

My kids are at camp, my husband and I are renting a casita in the centro of this charming, colonial city. I am drawing everyday.

Here is a project I just finished, which is the stairs from our casita to the owner’s flat above us.

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First I sketched it with a pencil. I used a 2B, a regular school pencil.


Then I added some watercolor, just basic colors to test out the composition. I went back over some of the shapes with the pencil.

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I added more watercolor and did not continue to use the pencil. Sometimes I like to keep outlining and accenting with pencil, but this time it seemed too complicated.

Since San Miguel is so colorful, as is the rest of Mexico, I decided to continue the wall and floor colors right off the page.

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Since this is in my journal, perfection is not an issue, so I am ready to stop!

Here are some more of my sketches from yesterday and today.

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The view from our patio.Image 6

A very small detail of the elaborate pink church.

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A conversation at breakfast.

More tomorrow! Will switch off with Bisbee photos when I can. Hopefully at the end of this trip you will want to join me in one of these places in 2014.



  1. I hope you continue to enjoy your “YOU” time. You deserve it!

  2. What fun! I love Mexico, and San Miguel de Allende is beautiful – can’t wait to see more of your sketches.

  3. Jill, I love these in-process pages, and photographic notes. How I miss going to workshops and conferences! but my stamina is just not up to the long days. If I could get my journaling going more along the lines you show here, and integrate my bit of online posting… well it’s a goal! Thanks!!!

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