A dream of mine has been to learn Spanish. I’ve tried to learn a few different ways without much success. They say immersion is the best way, and I have always wanted to travel to another country, so I bought a flight for a 35 day stay in a Oaxaca, Mexico.
I made this video, using just my iphone and ipad to share the experience
The green dot on the map is my plane in real time leaving Cincinnati
A 9 hour layover in Mexico City seemed like the perfect opportunity to explore. What could possibly go wrong? It’s not only the biggest city in North and South America? Plus my first time alone in a foreign country.
They have a great subway system that can take you pretty much anywhere…that is, if you can speak the language and know what you are doing.
I usually learn the hard way…I got lost, and had some pretty serious culture shock. It was startling to realize that I am a now a minority, and my understanding of the language is very limited.
I eventually found my way and learned a LOT during those 9 hours.
Me (just a little) disappointed because the national palace is closed. I’ll just come back when I can stay longer!
Blind street musicians
They (and the seeing eye dog) will be the subject of my first painting. Please stay tuned… I have a lot more to share. I can’t wait to tell you about Oaxaca!
I tried to take photos while drawing in charcoal so you can see the steps.
First, I start with basic shapes and values
Then I add more darks and lights
I keep adding details and textures
Until it’s finished!
I call this one “Fishing trip at Hootin Holler Pond” It’s an original charcoal on 8×10″ paper.
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Ken is a self-taught artist from rural Kentucky, whose work includes painting, printmaking, and pottery. He considers himself to be a 'lifetime learner' and he uses art as the vehicle to explore and learn more about the world around him. Much of his work reflect his optimistic views on rural folk culture, river life and simple pleasures.
You can visit Ken every Final Friday of the month at studio 400 at the Pendleton Art Center in downtown Cincinnati. He can also be found picnicking near his home in the Historic Village of Old Washington, KY.