One of the good things that has come out of the heart wrenching news we received three weeks ago is that I now feel like I have been born again. In the sense that it is time to wake up and smell the coffee. Make some changes in my life. I think I was just kind of stagnating. Letting life run over me and doing nothing to keep myself healthy, fit and in control.
Part of the change is in the form of getting myself back into a healthy life. I've had several check ups already that are long overdue and several more scheduled for when I get back. Of course, they are the awful ones that I am really dreading. Like a colonscopy.
I've also been thinking of changing over things in my life. Physical things. I'll soon be without glasses. Something I have not been for 30 some years. Ever since I gave up wearing contacts. And I've been thinking about my life in Mexico a lot. Why I live it. Why I like it here.
Three of the things I like about here I could like anywhere but I did not discover them until I moved here. They are Diego Rivera, his wife, Frido Kahlo and Posada's iconic Day of the Death creation, La Catrina. Here they are pictured together.
They are featured in a very famous painting by Rivera entitled "Sunday Dreams in Alameda Park".
So one Sunday, while sitting in Brisa Grill, I found my eye drawn back to this door over and over.
And I had all this leg space, so why not?
I printed out some pictures from the Internet and went to see Ramon Velazquez, the owner and head artist. Could he do something so detailed? His response was an enthusiastic "SI!".
So I made an appointment and two weeks ago had my first sitting. He only did the outlines at first. That alone took two hours.
Last Saturday I had my second and final appointment to get the coloring done. At first I thought I wanted to change it up and make it really bright, Mexican type colors with lots of red, yellow, orange, blue and purple.
In the end, I decided to stay true to the painting and go with the more subdued colors and shading. Even so, it was 4.5 more hours of grueling pain. But well worth it, I think.
Here's a closer look.
So what do you all think? I would really like to know. Not that I can change it or anything!