Month: February 2010

Seeing with new eyes.

The film course I attended in the past week has given me a gift. Of course anything new we do does exactly that, it depends on how we implement the new knowledge. First of all I shared experiences with  other students and instructors who left me with no doubt that there are different ways of seeing exactly the same thing. We, as a group were three different nationalities and cultures. We were not just a group of people learning a technique.  For just a short time in our lives we became part of a much larger 'group', the village of  Teotitlan. The people we filmed live their art, it's who they are, their art is their being, their livelihood and their heritage.  Virtually every home is a showcase for the talent of the artisans. Brick and adobe homes on rough cobblestone streets. Decoratively painted walls, rugs hanging from the doorways and bright painted signs offer a hint of the delights you will find inside. Generally a series of rooms surround a central courtyard. Most we …

Tired

I arrived home rather late this evening and I'm falling asleep at the computer… I've so much to share and I will have time tomorrow… Things I need to tell you. The hamburger shop in the middle of a small Mexican Village. The magnificent embroidery that takes 6 months to complete… and sells for $150. The blind potter. Paintings and art to set your creative side alight, and dozens more things.

A New Post

It’s 6.00 am and I’ve been up working for the past hour. The news from home is the first thing  I look for when I open the computer… I can’t even focus yet and I smile as I remember telling secrets to 3 year old Tilly over Skype last night. We both got up close to the camera and whispered across 1000’s of miles. Our secrets just for each other. The sounds of a waking village blanketed by the dawn light is intoxicating.  Chickens, burros, turkeys, dogs  join in chorus and just as you settle into the feeling of superior wholeness a barrage of fire crackers pierce the air. OK, so now everyone is up. The animals even more vociferous in their forced start to the day. I can smell the smoke of the comal and our host Magda, her large  scarf wrapped around her to keep out the morning chill is working silently preparing the fresh maize tortillas that she made earlier, kneading them dexterously with her hands The nature of being a traveler …

Challenge block from Mexico

This week I followed the theme of the environment I find myself in. The village of Teotitlan De valle. As I sit on my balcony I see blue sky, The tiles on the roof next door The pomegranates and leaves on the trees in the courtyard Cactus Plants and the mountains And the line drawing of the images. We discussed the pattern last night with a rug maker !!!!! It would look super as a rug.

Bright Bras.

I fell asleep last night to  the strains of a wonderful party in process, the music was incredible. I was too tired to do the blog, too tired to do the podcast and too tired to show you the latest challenge picture…. Were on location filming all day today, but I do hope to do it all tonight, but then again you never know I had a tense day waiting for some news from home all day yesterday which took it's toll. The news is great to I'm jumping today. In fact three wonderful events occurred yesterday so that's even better. I just have to say that living in a village like this is a privilege, I have never seen so much art and culture in one place.I'm learning so much on my course…. we are working hard, but it's valuable experience. Bright Bras, too.!!! I hope you got a chance to view the Gallery in the previous post, I just had to pinch myself being in the environment. It's time for coffee… it's pure …

Frist day of film school

Download DM420013 It's been a long day today. The first day of my film course. I woke to find a wonderful image had appeared on my yellow wall. The promise of a sunny day. Bands began playing at 5.00 am, then again at 6.00 and there was a procession through the streets at 7.00. Breakfast is at 8.30, so I walked with a friend down to the market just a couple of blocks away. It's like stepping back in time. Fresh bread, flowers, fruit, everything you can imagine…the smell of coffee, hot chocolate and burning wood. We were greeted with 'Hola' and 'Buenas dias' by everyone we encountered. I bought homemade cheese and yogurt and went back to the B&B to sit on my balcony in the sun. I became an observer to the daily life of the neighbors… Their mud brick house had a large room full of corn, the washing hung on the line like flags over the chicken coop. The well is far from the house and they pump the water at …