So a week ago my husband and I were in Cabo. Dale works for CN Rail as an engineer and he occasionally gets “off for miles” now that CN has moved our home terminal from Biggar to Saskatoon. “Off for miles” happens when he works the maximum amount of miles a body can work a month. If he makes these miles early, he gets days off until his next month starts up. Last month he got 9 days off. He came home from work and said “book us a trip somewhere cheap”. I arranged to have my parents watch the kids and we where off to Cabo the very next morning, 8am.
When I travel anywhere I usually take around 1000 pictures. These pictures can be potential paintings for me for years! I have a Renaissance tour to Italy coming up in May and I wanted to practice my skills asking random people if I could take their picture. Terrifying. I can’t keep painting myself and I don’t want to bother my friends all the time. Plus, I want figures in my paintings and I can’t take my peeps with me to Cabo and Italy.
So there I was, in a little restaurant in st. Lucas called Mi Casa (http://www.micasarestaurant.com.mx/) and I look over and there is a woman about my age with the most amazingly interesting eyes! She was lovely in an elegant, Audrey Hepburn sort of way and I really wanted to paint her. I was about 1 strawberry margarita in already and still terrified but I decided to be brave. I walked up to the table and explained myself, apologizing all the while for being a weirdo but also explaining I wasn’t a weirdo….it was messy. Her German husband looked a me with a look that sent fear straight to my spine. He told me later he thought I was hitting on his wife (lol). They turned out to be the sweetest and most understanding couple. She let me take a couple pictures on my phone and I’m hoping one of them turns out.
I suppose I am grateful that I had the guts to talk to them. It’s an area of being a portrait artist that I have never dealt with before. Hopefully I will be able to approach people in Italy as well…perhaps wine shall be my aid. I did get some beautiful pictures in Cabo that will be painted this year. I ordered custom canvases just the other day. My home studio is just about completed and I am getting antsy to paint!