Last November I was taking my second class with master painter, Kaye Franklin, who told us about the painting trip. After the class was over, I thought, wow, that could be a real experience for an artist and I have learned alot from Kaye, especially about oil painting. This is right out of the brochure:
Join this prolific artist and International Workshop Instructor on the trip of a lifetime to beautiful Guatemala. Kaye Franklin will take you the most scenic and colorful venues throughout Guatemala. The hotels, excursions, special events, and cuisine will be luxury, unique, and five star all the way. The painting and instruction will be most incredible.
Be inspired in the Spanish colonial town of Antigua where you’ll wake up in a 16th century Monastery to the sounds of macaws and running water in the fountains and colorful bougainvillea everywhere. With its romantic surroundings, this town is considered one of the most beautiful in all of Central America. The venues here are endless. We’ll paint in ruins left by the 30 Monastic orders that called Antigua home and built stunning monasteries, convents, and cathedrals in the town. The local markets, quiet courtyards with ornate gardens and the sights and sounds of colonial Spain permeate the atmosphere.
Travel through the magical highlands of Guatemala and paint on sight with Kaye, overlooking Lake Atitlán (Aldous Huxley, famed English author called it “the most beautiful; lake in the world”) with its three towering volcanoes and twelve Maya villages. Painters at all levels are invited to join in on this experience of a lifetime; the Maya markets, the villages, and the people will steal your heart forever. You will never want to leave.
So I have been busy studying up on what to pack, what to do, what to expect, getting my US passport (which is a whole 'nother story in itself), and making plans to get to KC on the 23rd, stay at Mom and Dad's and fly off on the 24th, returning on the 3rd of Sept. The only concern I have is there are "coffee flies" (Simulium ochraceum) and I have been warned about them twice now. Can you picture it, little flies drinking espresso ? Maybe we can sit down and chat over a latte! (And other advise - from bloggers who have been - besides the always and everpresent.."Don't drink the water"? You never want to drink from a straw, unless you take the package off yourself, they recycle them, and other advise that I won't mention, until I find out it's true.) Think of me on Day 2, sitting high atop a Mayan temple above the rain forest in Tikal listening to the monkeys howl and the macaws calling. I can hear them now! Should be fun and very interesting.