oaxaca building watercolors

oaxaca building watercolors

 
 agave, prepped for mezcal making

agave, prepped for mezcal making

 
 the  Sierra Madre  necklace +  Maestro  earrings

the Sierra Madre necklace + Maestro earrings

 
 working on my feet tan

working on my feet tan

 loved this  Oliver Sacks book  about his time looking at ferns in Oaxaca!

loved this Oliver Sacks book about his time looking at ferns in Oaxaca!

 

Oaxaca will always be a special place for me. I first traveled there when I was in need of a change, and a lot of sun after too many harsh winters in Chicago. I went there for a short creative residency called Pocoapoco. I made new friends, hung out with flowers in bloom in February, ate tacos on every corner, visited Monte Albán, learned how small batch mezcal is produced (and tried so many kinds), and spent some quality time with my travel watercolor set.

 
 
 the beautiful rooms at pocoapoco

the beautiful rooms at pocoapoco

 
 plant life at  Pocoapoco

plant life at Pocoapoco

 
 the “waterfall” at Hierve el Agua

the “waterfall” at Hierve el Agua

 Jardín Etnobotanica

Jardín Etnobotanica

 
 cacti at the Jardín Etnobotanica

cacti at the Jardín Etnobotanica

 
Monte+Alban.jpeg
 

Two years later, I went back with Sonia. I wanted to show her around Oaxaca, and we wanted to work on our project Strata together. It was part-artist residency, part-honeymoon.

We went in January, and this time had two weeks. We stayed in the city, at Pocoapoco, and took full advantage of the sunny, plant filled courtyard.

I had always wanted to see Hierve el Agua, about an hour and a half from the city. It’s out in the mountains, a series of rock formations that look like a gigantic waterfall on the edge of the mountain. We got up early and headed out there, arriving just as they were opening for the day. The vendors were still setting up near the entrance. We walked down the hill to the pools and found that we were the only ones there. It was breathtaking.

 Hierve el Agua in the early morning

Hierve el Agua in the early morning

 

Read more about Pocoapoco and our time in Oaxaca here and here.

 the  Monte Albán  necklace

the Monte Albán necklace

 
 Monte Albán watercolor

Monte Albán watercolor

 
 the view from CASA Oaxaca

the view from CASA Oaxaca

 
 the  Mitla ,  Diamond Oaxaca , and  Breakwater  rings in 14k yellow gold.

the Mitla, Diamond Oaxaca, and Breakwater rings in 14k yellow gold.

 the  Monte Albán  and  Mavericks  cuffs

the Monte Albán and Mavericks cuffs

 
the view from Monte Albán