Outdoor Lavanderia, Mexico

Outdoor Lavanderia, Mexico

Oils on canvas panel, alla prima, plein air painting
12 x 16 inches

Just around the corner from where we stayed in San Miguel de Allende is the public outdoor lavanderia just below the stairs leading uphill to the historical El Chorro building. This was my first real plein air painting in more than just watercolors. We were surrounded by dozens of Mexican schoolchildren who watched with interest as our paintings took shape in a short time. About one hour is all you can really work when the sun is moving in real time and casting shadows.