On my first trip to Merida and Progreso I was taken back by many of the old, dirty and crumbling buildings. It took me awhile (actually a few years) to get accustomed to them. It was only recently that I started seeking out the most derelict of buildings, finding them more interesting than the well manicured and maintained ones.
The building in this painting is on a corner lot downtown Progreso and looks the same this year as it did last year. There is a potted plant which appears to be an effort to add beauty to the area. Is this a home and do people actually live there? Could they be squatters?? On occasion I have noticed laundry hanging. It could also just be a fenced yard or an outdoor living space. These are all imaginings on my part which makes it even more intriguing.
And it’s for sale. “Se Vende”
This was a relatively easy painting to do. The rules of perspective didn’t really apply. The building’s lines are ever so interesting with wood joining wood in haphazard ways. I liked how the light shone through the corrugated tin as well as through the cracks between the slats of the boards.
Once again I used a de-saturated palette of browns and blue/grays, with a hints of yellow and orange. The green tin colour was made with phthalocyanine blue and sap green.
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