These are watercolour sketches from the travel journal I kept on our trip to La Manzanilla in the state of Jalisco, Mexico in 2005. A charming sidewalk restaurant where we enjoyed breakfast one morning – mmm - fresh tortillas, chimichanga and big mugs of steaming cafe con leche.
We spent long lazy days in the sun, naps in the hammock, endless time to read, journal and paint. Our base was a house halfway up a hill (steep climb!) with a constant 180 degree view of the bay below. The house was built right up against the hillside and surrounded by lush foliage and myriads of palms.
Two iguanas lived on the carport roof and kept a watch on the outdoor shower. But... ..not near as close a watch as I kept on them!
The last few days of our trip were spent in El Manzanillo in the state of Colima, 30 miles down the coastline. A charming little hotel, right on the shore. Beautiful rooms, spectacular sunsets, and long walks along the Pacific.
This bridge arched over the swimming pool. It was delightful to relax on the patio, listening to the rustle of the palms with a margarita in hand and watch the lights of the city across the curve of the shore.
These were done with medium line Faber Castell Pitt Artist pens and Windsor and Newton watercolours. I love, that inexpert as I am, the sketches really capture the essence and feel of when and where they're created and can transport me right back there -ah! is that a whiff of coffee I smell?