A typical scene on a side street in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.



Behind the scenes at a Charreada, or Mexican Rodeo near Puerto Vallarta.



This candid, or found, as opposed to formal, still life is from the Mercado San Juan de Pugibet, scene of several of my interior street photos.

From Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico, hasta mañana.



Long day. Wifi on bus from Queretaro to Mexico City virtually non-existant. Ditto for my room. So you're getting this from the restaurant where I'm waiting for my Octopus Machitos Tacos.

Ooo, my tacos just came, along with rice and plantanos. Delicious. Now, back to work…

I walked around a bit before heading to the bus and got a couple of street shots like this Mexican Still Life:

And this one I call Encounter:

I waited and waited for the guy to get out of my frame. Fortunately, I kept on shooting while waiting, and got this version that I like much more than the one I finally got with just the manikin!

I only had couple of minutes while waiting for my bus, but managed these two iPhone finger sketches…

Seems like everyone is on some mobile device.

Well, my tacos are all gone, and it's time to head back to my room.

From Ciudad de Mexico, no longer Mexico DF, Hasta mañana.



Continued from yesterday…

All's well that ends well!

Hasta mañana.



Another long day, more tired and sore, and more to be done. Backup, you know? Enjoy:

SIDE SADDLE / ESCARAMUSA / iPhone 6s Plus / Snapseed

Griping, but loving it.

Hasta mañana.



Over on my Facebook page, in response to yesterday's photo, Grandstand, Thea had this to say:

John! I hope you can share an image of that fabulous painting you did years ago after the first Charreada visit. The title is PADRE HIJO HIJO ( Father Son Son) it is such a powerful image of this subject and “family love”.

So here they are…

PADRE HIJO HIJO / The Father, his son, and his son. / oil on Canvas / 50 x 40 inches, and…

FAMILIA / Family / Pastel on Charkoboard / 32 x 40 Inches

The first is a composite, actually, of Charros from that first Charreada and the Lienzo Charro Constituyentes in Mexico City. It represents the multi-generational nature of the Charro tradition.

Familia is based on a photograph I took in Mexico City's Lagunilla Market. I saw this proud grandfather outfitting the older brother in his new elaborate Charro costume, and knew I would have to paint them.

Hasta mañana.




Posting this series of Rodeo and Charreada kids got me thinking. Thinking about the various events where these photographs were taken. My first experience of Charreada happened when Thea and I were visiting with friends in San Miguel de Allende, in the state of Guanajuato, Mexico, in March, 2001.

A sandwich board, temporarily set up across from the Parroquia caught my eye. There was to be a Charreada on the coming weekend. I had, for years, been photographing rodeo stock, horses and cattle alike, as research for my paintings, and had attended rodeos throughout my life. But I had never been to a Charreada despite extensive travels in Mexico.

I decided to check it out. On Saturday, I caught a bus out to the Lienzo Charro on the edge of town. I bought a ticket, but rather than enter the covered seating area, I made my way around the outside of the arena in search of critters to photograph. This took me past the area where the Charros and Charras were unloading and saddling their mounts, adjusting their gear and costumes, exercising their horses and practicing rope tricks.

A loud cheer arose from inside the arena and these two boys quickly stood up on their saddles to look over the wall and see the action, creating their own “grandstand”.

I fell in love that day, with the action, the color, tradition, culture and people of Charrería. The freedom of movement and access, the warm friendliness and openness of the people, and the amazing displays of horsemanship, combined with the all-ages inclusiveness of this family oriented sport keeps me going back for more.

I have since photographed at Charreadas many times in Mexico City, in Puebla, and at National Championships in Ciudad Juarez, Zacatecas, and Apaseo el Grande.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go pack for the Championships at the end of this month in Puerto Vallarta.

Hasta mañana.



Panasonic Lumix DMC – FZ30 / ACDSee Pro 6

Once again, a dive back into the archives of When a Painter Snaps:

I sometimes think the best part of my photographing rodeos, Charreadas (Mexican rodeos), and Jineteadas (Argentinian rodeos), and other horse events, is the children. There's something charming, beautiful and inherently wholesome about these children of the equine world.

This young lady rides in the opening ceremony with her big sister who is about to perform in Escaramusa, the side-saddle, all girl precision drill team.

Hasta mañana.



TORN BUILDING / iPhone 6 Plus / Snapseed / PhotoForge 2

I shot this from the taxi at the corner of Calle Cedro and Paseo de la Reforma, on last April Fool's Day, on my way to the American Express office in Mexico City to book a flight. That's all the caption you get. Take a moment, though, look it over, and see what story the photo tells you. What are you seeing? What all are you seeing? What might it all mean?

As you can see, I'm having a hard time getting away from PhotoForge 2. One heck of an app. Too bad Yahoo killed it.

Sorry, but the book news will have to wait until tomorrow, or even until after the weekend. We'll see. This is a busy time for us, and I'll bet it is for you, too.

Hasta mañana.