Sunday, August 17, 2008


Today, Sunday, is a day off for our artists so I thought I would post a few pictures of the house and garden taken awhile ago.

Above is the garden looking toward the fountain walls. The fountain is not visible in the right corner but the water falls from the top into a small pool. The white wall at the right is where the main part of the fresco is going. It will also be straight ahead on the end wall above the fountain.

To the left is a close up of a small section of the fountain wall. It is made of a local greenstone which has been built to look rustic.

The photo on the right is from the covered portico outside the glass wall of the living room which is not visible to the right. The glass doors and screen which are shown go into the dining room. The pink wall is the opposite end of the patio from the fountain. The fresco is going on the wall to the left.
On the left is a view from the dining room into the patio. The fresco will be on the white wall straight ahead.

The dining room is painted with a mixture of lime and natural dyes. Then a clear layer of nopal cactus juice mixed with water was added. When that was dried it was polished to give it a high sheen. This is an ancient technique that is now almost a forgotten art. The only other place we have seen this technique used is at the spectacular new Regional Museum in a former convent.

Above is the living room taken from behind our blue couch of which only an arm is visible. We had the rug woven for us by a friend Augustin Cruz, a master weaver. Then we had to have glass top coffee tables made so we could see the rug. Augustin made us matching coasters that you can see on the coffee table. Our carpenter, Jorge (George) Bautista also made the unit on which the television is sitting. It has a cabinet on top which has the sound system and drawers for CDs and DVDs.

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