Friday, July 4, 2008

Mexican Lady









Well, here she is - the Mexican woman who sells flowers for a living. 

When we were in Guadalajara in May, we saw many women in the markets and on street corners who were selling flowers or jewelry they had made from beads. The work was intricate and would be time consuming and tedious to do... so we did not mind paying a bit more for the earrings and necklaces. Many of these women have their children with them, spending long days in the hot sun - often without shade. This is one such lady, who sits on cold concrete day after day... friends of ours have a friendship with this beautiful woman, and so I was able to take her picture. She is a lovely lady.  


When I visit other countries, I often come away saddened by the disparity between the rich and the poor, especially in places like Mexico. It is good to know people who are working to change that, and to in some small way be a part of helping to rescue children from the streets and a life of begging. They have so much potential if given a chance.

If you are interested in this painting or wish to commission something similar, please contact me:  jogiesbrecht@gmail.com

4 comments:

theresamillerwatercolors said...

I love the beautiful warm colors you used in this painting! You can almost feel the warmth of Mexico and the ladies' personality...

Michelle said...

What a beautiful moment you've captured. This is a great way to remember your time there. :)

I happen to love handmade mexican jewellery I've recently discovered. ;)

Joanne said...

Hi Theresa,

Thanks for your comment on Mexican Lady. The colors in Mexico do seem warmer, brighter. I think it could be the sun is hotter and closer near to the equator. Whatever it is their houses and their clothing is so colorful it makes you want to grab those paints and work hard to capture the moment!

Take care...

Joanne said...

Hi Michelle,

Yes - the Mexican jewelry is quite beautiful... intricate, handmade, time-consuming, charming - and unique. Those who live thousands of miles from Mexico, and receive a piece of it, are very special people I have heard! :-)