The magic of seeing San Miguel for the first time is an experience I will never forget. In 2010, my art teacher Jane Filer and her husband John and my sister flew to Leon and from there took the shuttle to San Miguel. We rented a cheap but beautiful home in the area of San Antonio and wandered the city for a week before attending a painting workshop with Laura Loe, the director of the summer arts program at Nimrod Hall . My sister, also an artist ,and I moved to the new location, hotel that caters to artists, to meet with Laura and her group of painters. Armed with easels and paints we gathered , a group of 12, to explore and paint the city well known to artists all over the country. Although I had heard of San Miguel and had visited other cities in Mexico, nothing compared with the food, the sights ,sounds,and the smells of this colonial city. Since 2010 I have returned 5 times and am never disappointed.
For me color is the key to any painting and Mexico is full of all the colors that I dream in and love. The stores and galleries are full of art by local artists many of them are transplants from the US and Canada or ex pats as they are called. They seem to blend into the the landscape of the city and enjoy the slower pace and vibrancy of the area.
San Miguel is a walkable city but the cobblestone streets are a bit tricky so good sturdy shoes are a must.
Starting from the Jardin you can walk to all the different neighbors and explore something new each day to paint.
Your subject matter can be the streets, the people, the flowers in the gardens, the market… all make for wonderful eye candy for a painter.