Friday, February 21, 2020

Scenes from Mazatlan

Watching news from Vegas - expecting 8 to 10 inches of snow in the mountains around the valley. Some in the higher parts of the valley too. And we are complaining because it is only 78 here.
One of our hibiscus blooming. 
Just out for a ride on a beautiful day. Past Olas Altas up the hill towards the Paseo del Centenario. Sharp left turn here - hope no one is coming our way.

Pas some murals. They look like they have been repainted from a few years ago.

 Then a sharp right turn past the Boys Home and back sea side.
 Stopping by the new Observatory Museum. The trolly car is part way up the hill with several people in it. Is it open now?
 Continuing on up the hill.  The doors were open so we went in. This is from inside the Museum looking at the sign saying Funicular.
 The floor just inside the doors. A young man came out and told us No it wasn't open yet. Maybe next week. Oh well.
 Up at the top everyone got out.
 I wonder do I really want to ride it?

The tile work outside has been finished and looks so nice.

Looking at the lower part of the path to the light house. I might be able to do the path but when it reaches the three hundred and some stairs - I would have to give up.
 Remember the video from a couple of days ago of the guy who took the drive. This shows the narrow amount of water he dove into.
 A zoom shot of the Malecon. A lot of big buildings going up
 Heading back towards Olas Altas. I like the blue stairs and glass.
 I remember this house from years ago when I took a cruise that stopped here. The tour I took went past it. Two colors of tile on the front of it.
 Look at all the colors on this hill.
 Water bottles waiting in the street. 
 I remember my grandmother always wearing aprons like this when I was growing up. 
 A reindeer with a floral headdress on a roof downtown. 

More Carnaval items. Carnaval started yesterday. So no more going to Centro for a week.
A year ago this fence, which hides an empty lot, was covered with the artificial plants and it looked really nice.  It now needs some repair. Was so pretty.
We are managing to keep busy before and during Carnaval. Staying away from Centro and all the festivities and people. Never fear I will have something to post about. 

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Sidewalks - looking down at the sidewalks of Mazatlan

We were walking around Centro in the shopping area and I was noticing all the different sidewalks. So got the idea to take pictures of them. Some are colorful tiles. Plus the new concrete part added a few years ago. 
 This one has big tiles with a design in them. 
 This one tiles separating the smaller tiles. The color is starting to wear off in places. 
 Tiles set on the diagonal - but I like the reflection on them. . 
 Green Moorish style tiles. Some have the color completely worn off.  And several have been replaced with concrete 
 New extra large tiles
 Almost completely worn away. The step up to go into a store has smaller squares. 
 Wow this one makes you dizzy. It is completely flat but looks wavey. 
 Newer tiles on a step up from the older sidewalk at the top of the photo. 
 Oops - this is why you look down when walking here. 
 Another reason to look down. 
 The design has almost been completely worn down the center of this section The big yellow and red tiles [look like something that should be in a house] and the smaller checker board edging. 

 Two different textures on this sidewalk. Tiles and rough concrete.  
 More yellow and red tiles - must have been popular at one time. These have some big yellow tiles replacing missing ones I'm guessing. 
 Or maybe they were part of the design of the sidewalk. 
 This stretch is still in pretty good shape. The yellow and red seemed to be a popular combination. 
 Different. The pink is on the step up. 
 Looks like concrete blocks and another watch your step!
 The sidewalks that were put in Centro a few years ago. 
 Another I liked the shadow.
 The new sidewalks in Olas Altas. 
 New sidewalks between Fisherman's Monument and Olas Altas. 
 Another optical illusion. 
 I just liked the shadow of the palm tree. 
I didn't include all the sidewalks from the Golden Zone with all their colors - these are just from the Centro area. 

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Plazuela Machado Jose Ramirez - Artist

This is a long post. The video is around eight minutes - but worth watching. The second part of the post are pictures of a painting being done step by step. He is amazing, what he can do with a spray can of paint. There are two different paintings in this post. So grab a drink of choice and a comfortable chair and watch. Jose Ramirez uses spray paint to create beautiful art. He is in the Plazuela Machado on Saturday evenings after 7:30. He is 77 years old. His wife, who is 78 helps him with the selling and finding stencils he uses. His daytime job is working in a shop that sells automotive batteries. 
To watch full screen Click Here.
The following pictures take up where the video left off [it was just getting too long]. Adding the pine trees. He uses a brush for this. 
 Using his finger to add white highlights to the water. 
We were wondering about the big blue blob on the lower right???  
He took a piece of paper and drug it down through the blue blob removing some of the blue - the colors underneath came out.  He also had removed the round lid to reveal a moon. 
 A stencil of a howling wolf. 
 Some black paint and a wolf standing on the rocks. 
He added some bushes to the rock with a brush. And some birds flying in the sky. 
The finished painting  100 pesos  $5.50 USD  Giving the painting a title, the date it was done and signing it - as per request of buyer. 
Beginning another one. This one Bill requested. The blank thick paper is attached to a moveable board. 
Beginning to make a moon. A couple of colors one over the other. 
Blots some of the color off. 

Uses hair dryer to set the paint. 
He put a metal cylinder over the moon to protect it from other paint. Starting to put in background. 
Several different colors sprayed on. 
Sorry about the lamp being in the way - he is again using hair dryer. 
Anther darker color being added. 
A piece of protective cardboard laid down on picture. You can see to the right of the pictures many different sized pieces of paper that he uses for many things.  At htis point he removed cylinder that was protecting the moon. 
He has another piece of cardboard in his hand. He is tearing some of it off. 
He has made a stencil for mountains. Carefully puts it right up to strip of cardboard he already put down. 
Used about three different colors of paint to make mountains To keep the stencil from moving he puts weights on it. 
The sky, moon and mountains. 
Now he moved one piece of cardboard up to cover the mountains and part of the sky. He is going to begin the water. 
Several coats of different hues of blue.
Finishing with a pretty dark blue. 
Now he takes another piece of hard cardboard and moves it back and forth as he goes down to the end of the picture. Different pressure removes different layers of paint. Here his wife is holding the picture so it won't move. 
Now have beautiful water. 
Another piece of cardboard above the water. You cant see it but there is a coin on the cardboard right under the moon. It is marking an area to be painted. 
Adding shading to the water. 
The area below the coin gets white paint. 
Ah ha reflection of moon on water.
Fixing blemish on mountains 
A look at what is done so far. 
Using a brush to paint trees. 

Again Using a brush to add foliage to trees. 
And to the bottom of the picture. 
Using a very fine metal tool to add birds to the sky. 
Setting the paint.
Signing the picture. 
And here it is finished.  Took about a half hour. 100 pesos.
This one is ours, Bill will make a frame for it when we get home.