Saturday, February 24, 2018

Friday we were out and about in Mazatlan.

Sitting in here last night watching the news and all of a sudden RAIN drops on the roof. Good thing the clear coat was finished on the hood. Today it will get polished and all the protecting paper will be taken off. Only rained for a few minutes and not much more than a drizzle. Today is another overcast day. Seems to be the norm for this year, the last couple of months anyway. This is the coolest winter we've ever spent here. Since middle of December it has been mostly in the mid to high 70s with one or two 80 days here and there. 
And yesterday it was snowing in Las Vegas. How did we find out? The painter, Jamie, who was here putting the clear coat on the RV told us. He has friends in Vegas and they sent him pictures. And then later in the day we were in the Mall and the girl we know in one of the booths told us her sister lived in Vegas and it was snowing there. Small world. 
While we've been hanging out in the campground I've taken a few pictures here. This plant is really growing, but the new leaves are a different color. 
 A couple of iguanas who hang out in the corner of the campground below an old boat being stored there. 
They were shy and quick. Hard to catch the in a clear photo. 
 Some flowers on a strange bush next to the RV. Not part of our garden. 
While the RV was getting the finish work done we headed towards the Centro Historico because the mural painter was going to be in demonstration paint off. 
The Malecon is still being worked on. Going south towards old town. Landscaping the center divider. Driving here is always an adventure. Never know when a lane will be blocked - with no warning signs up. First indication is usually traffic in front of you slamming on their brakes.
 Work on the sidewalk, sea wall and bike path continues.
Squeezed into a spot in the parking lot. 
One of the many graffiti murals in the parking lot. 
 Just noticed the obnoxious yellow building next to the parking lot doesn't have a roof. Can see the sky looking through the upstairs window. 
We walked from the parking lot to the bakery where we had breakfast. 
Passed the Plazuela Machado on the way. They are painting the buildings there. From the lovely bright salmon [see upper right corner] to a dull ugly beige/gray. The town must have a whole boat load of ugly paint to get rid of. 
This building was built in the 1904 and held a German Notions Store. Sold among other things watches, jewelry, furniture, musical instruments, hardware and farming and mining tools.
This is how it looked then.  During WWII the owner was forced to sell the store and leave Mexico. 
Another pretty and older building across the street, no information about it. 
 A mural on the side of a building. Very intricate work.
 Took these photos as we walked back towards where the art competition was being held. Again no info but nice old building. It appeared to be empty. So many are not used but the exterior is kept up. 
 Nice work on the upper floor above the windows.

Looks newly painted. 

Notice the salmon color between the green around the windows. 
  Don't think remember ever seeing this building or the sign. 
 Another painted empty building. Most of the lamp posts now have flower pots on them. So far the flowers are thriving. 
This one needs some TLC. It would be so fun to get a place like this and fix it modern inside and live in it. 
Looking in through one of its windows. 
Walking back to the art competition we passed the Museo Arqueologico - Archaeology Museum. It was getting painted. Yesterday it was white! Why am I not surprised. 
 A piece of history. 

The Museo de Arte where we were going is right across the street but will leave that until tomorrow because we sure aren't going to go do anything today. Really cold and windy out.
However the RV is finished as you can see by the header. 
Polishing it.
 Removing the protecting paper.

And so it is done!

Friday, February 23, 2018

Done except...

Yesterday, Thursday, was a very cool day. Notice Gilberto is wearing a jacket. In fact the sun only popped out for a little bit. He got here before 8 a.m. and finally finished and left around 2. About 3 a wild and very cold wind came up. Good thing he was done.
Bill parked the car so he could look at it while painting the RV. This will be another post with lots of pictures and not too much in the way of comments. 
 Bill is absorbing every movement Gilberto makes - how he directs the paint, how much he moves the air brush etc. I see some use of Bill's air brush when we get home. 
 Working on the eagle's claws.
 Working on the teeth of one of the skulls.  
 The passenger side - there will be a skull right below the covered mirror.
Now working on the feathers on the eagles wings. 
 Still a work in progress. I was amazed how much work went into this before he was satisfied that the eagle was finished. [much more was added after this picture]
 Look at all the feathers and the work on the claw. 
 Adding more colors to the flames. 
 Ah, Ha a skull is emerging. 
I put the series of pictures of making the skull started in above picture. together. I didn't get pictures of all the work, but this is a good idea of what he does. Last picture is the finished product except for the clear coat. Should have added spooky music to it!
Now he is adding the final colors in the flames.  

 Doing the same thing to the eagle and the rest of the top of the hood.
The sun decided to come out so Bill was put to work. 
 Reflection in the back of the side mirror of the Jeep.  Just thought it was interesting
 Just needs the clear coats. He looks mean doesn't he?
The man in the yellow shirt is Jamie, the painter, he did the graphics on the RV. He will be putting the clear coats on the cab. 
 Driver's side done except for clear coats. 
 Putting his signature on the hood. 
 Waiting for clear coat to give it depth. 
 Jamie came early this morning to put the clear coats on - four clear coats. 
 Just needing the polishing now. Will be done Saturday morning. 

This is Las Vegas, NV today folks. Guess we aren't in a hurry to go home. 
All that's left to do on the RV is unwrap it and polish it.
And we had a busy day today - all over town.