Well, in my heart what I really
wanted to do was to paint typical Chilean landscapes and scenes. Even if no one buys such paintings, that is, deep down, what I wanted to do. I've been away, now I want to reestablish relations with my home country. There are so many things that are wrong with it. So what, there are wrong things with every country, this is not a perfect world. It is cool, though, to travel abroad to know the difference.
I admit it, I am a big fan of Mrs. Pamela Earleywine
. I wanted to do stuff like hers, but with Chilean subjects.
The trouble was, I don't get out of the city often. I have a day job, you know, and a house to take care of. Expenses. And last summer (I mean last February, remember this is the Southern Hemisphere) I just couldn't get out on vacation. So no typical Chilean scenes for reference. I was running out of references. Then I finished my roses painting, and shared it on Facebook. Having seen it, this fellow, Mr. David Aravena a/k/a "Chumingo", who is a technician at the lab next door to ours, showed me his pictures. Turns out he's an amateur photographer and he had some really nice pictures to show. And his subject is, you know, typical Chilean scenes. He offered me to sell me some, for me to paint. You can see how that was an offer I couldn't refuse.
So now I have pretty cool references for the rest of the year and probably next year also. And I won't have to change what I wanted.
Next up on the list is a typical Chilean scene, but not one by Chumingo. It is going to be one by myself.