This year I was actually thinking about being a lazy bum, and simply donating a painting which I had done some years ago. But then I was reading the blog "An Alaskan in Yucatan" written by Marc Olson. (You will find a link to his blog in my "Blog List" to the side.) Marc is an ex-pat who has been living for some time in Mérida, and I had a chance to meet him on one of my trips to Yucatan. A couple years ago he bought an abandoned "rancho" in the Yucatecan countryside, and he is in the process of making the place livable again. In his latest entry, he posted a picture of the little ranch house.
|(photo by Marc Olson)|
There was something about the light and the simple composition of the photo which appealed to me, and I thought that it would be a great subject for a painting. I asked Marc's permission to do a painting of it. I knew that he would approve because when he was in high school he spent two summers as a volunteer with "Los Amigos", giving vaccinations to children in rural villages in Colombia and Nicaragua.
I have made a good start on the painting, and hope to be finished with it by March. Unfortunately I won't be able to attend this year's auction because I am leaving for Mexico City just a few days before the event. But my painting and the bunch of Mexican handicrafts that I have for them will hopefully raise a nice sum of money for the group.
If you are interested in this fine organization, here is a link to their website...