Archive for January, 2009

anual little family outing

January 29, 2009
daddy-o

daddy-o

So last week my parents celebrated 25 years of being married. My Dad also celebrated 18 years in AA and 40 years of living in Mexico. I told my pops that we should go the pescaditos, to eat some fish and celebrate.

I was away this weekend, so we didn’t make it out ’til this week. Unfortunately our favorite place on Prolongación de Refugio was closed. We went to a place on the way to Querétaro instead called Chilos. It was aight, but not as good. They didn’t have the “diabla” sauce I love.

Juventino Rosas

January 29, 2009

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So on the way to Celaya we stopped to get a snackie in a town called Juventino Rosas, named after the Mexican composer. It turned out to be a pretty cool town and it also turned out that the town was celebrating Juventino’s 141st aniversary. They were having a free concert next to the main square featuring the Mexican singer Guadalupe Pineda. We decided to stick around. While the concert started I took some pictures:

Garbanzos

Garbanzos

I’m hoping to photograph more people. I’ve had a couple bad experiences in the US. People have turned me down when they see me photographing them or when I ask if I can take their picture. Hopefully the attitude will be different here.

This is a sketch I did:

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Eventually the concert started. Well, first there was some wanna-be-politician/event-host that went on and on talking about nothing. And then there was the town’s chronologist, who was worst. But then the mariachis started:

Mariachi Santa Cruz de don Boni

Mariachi Santa Cruz de don Boni

They were off the hook. After that Guadalupe Pineda came on:

pineda

Some of her songs are a little too sappy for me. But she has a really great voice and talented musicians and technicians working with her. She must be reaching 50, but she takes care of herself and looked quite attractive.

a little dam on the way to Celaya

January 29, 2009

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So the band decided to go to Celaya to see if they could score some new gigs before we headed back to Sn Miguel. Pancho saw this cool little damn and we all decided to step out of the car and take in the landscape.

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San Juaneros at La Sauceda

January 29, 2009
agüelita

agüelita

So on our way back to Sn Miguel we stopped at a little town called La Sauceda. While we were there the pilgrims on their way to San Juan de los Lagos walked by -including some that were dressed up and dancing. These are some images from that:

payasita

payasita

peregrinos

peregrinos

heading towards Guanajuato

heading towards Guanajuato

Guanajuato with Letua

January 27, 2009
le panchule panchu

This last weekend I went to Guanajuato with my good friend Pancho. He plays the stand-up bass in a jazz band called Letua. Check their myspace out: www.myspace.com/letuajazz. I made sure to take my sketchbook and my camera. These are some of the sketches I did:

at El Corcho de Baco

at El Corcho de Baco

at el Corcho, Saturday

at el Corcho, Saturday

Jano

Jano

Jacobo

Jacobo

cafe in the plaza San Fernando

cafe in the plaza San Fernando

old friends

old friends

I sold two drawings (not shown here; I sold them and wasn’t able to scan them) which was very cool. I was able to pay for my pozole, my gorditas, the guacamaya and all the other delicious street food I ate over the weekend.

These are some of the photographs I took:

Juarez' head

Juarez' head

calaveras

calaveras

from the Cafe Santos

from the Cafe Santos

Don Quijote

Don Quijote

In Guanajuato they have a real thing for Don Quijote. I wonder why that is? There is even a museum, the Museo Iconografico del Quijote, which is dedicated to all things things Quijote. There are some good paintings and sculptures there. I reccommend it.

from San Miguel

January 27, 2009
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my Dad at el Charco

So I’ve been in Mexico for like a month now. My parent’s live here, in San Miguel de Allende. I’m not sure how long I’ll be here for. I’d like to stick around for a while. It’s nice seeing my family. I had not seen my parents for 2 years.

I’ve been living and going to school in NYC for the last 4-5 years.  I got my BFA from Parsons and my  BA from Eugene Lang last spring. I studied Illustration, Photography and Writing. I recently finished illustrating a children’s book called Dear Primo. It is going to be published in 2010 by H N Abrams.

These last weeks I’ve been busy putting my website together: duncantonatiuh.com. I decided to start this blog to have a good incentive to draw more, photograph more and write more. So stay tuned.