Mexico!

Huatulco, Mexico - Designerella

Huatulco, Mexico - Designerella

¡Hola! from Huatulco, Mexico. What better way to celebrate being in Mexico than attending a Mexican Fiesta Folkloric show? The colorful costumes of the dancers dancing to the  rhythmic Mexican beats from the band La Bamba. Following the rhythmic beats of the tamboras, the dancers twirl and flaunt their colorful skirts.

Huatulco, Mexico - Designerella

Huatulco, Mexico - Designerella

Huatulco, Mexico - Designerella

Huatulco, located on the Pacific coast in south Mexico, is a tourist destination because of the great beaches, fabulous resorts and beautiful blue waters. The region typically has 330 sunny days a year and its dry season corresponds to the cold winter months in the United States and Canada. People looking to escape those cold, gray days can find relief here under the warm Mexican sun.

Huatulco, Mexico - Designerella

Huatulco, Mexico - Designerella

Huatulco, Mexico - Designerella

Before the tourist flocked here, the only flocks were the sheep. Today wool is still gathered, processed, spun and woven using traditional methods. Even the dyes are applied in a traditional way by grinding natural materials.

Huatulco, Mexico - Designerella

Huatulco, Mexico - Designerella

Huatulco, Mexico - Designerella

Huatulco, Mexico - Designerella

Unlike many resort towns, this is actually a place where locals live. Walking around town you see the locals going about their daily activities. But you will also see many things, like sombreros, that remind you of Mexico.

Huatulco, Mexico - Designerella

Huatulco, Mexico - Designerella

¡Chau!

Flamenco Time!

¡Hola! Yes I am back in Spain, this time in the southern port city of Cádiz.  Over 3,000 years ago people came to where Cádiz now sits because of its strategic location on a  peninsula at the mouth of a protected bay. Today people come to Cádiz because of its sunny beaches and warm weather. My report: the skies are perfectly blue and I did not see a cloud the entire time I was there!

Cádiz, Spain - Designerella

Cádiz, Spain - Designerella

In a city as old and important as Cádiz there are bound to be many monuments celebrating the people of the city. One such monument is below, it is the monument to the 1812 Spanish Constitution which sits in a large plaza near the port. The Spanish take such pride in their city by keeping the streets decorated with beautiful flowers and by caring for many old large trees said to be brought from America by Christopher Columbus himself.

Cádiz, Spain - Designerella

As this was my second time in Andalucia I thought it was time to try some tapas and see some flamenco.  At the La Cava Taberna Flamenca I found the perfect place to experience both. Here the hospitality and the tapas were both outstanding.  The flamenco performance was very entertaining as I enjoyed my tapas and sipped the best sangria I have ever had!

Cádiz, Spain - Designerella

Cádiz, Spain - Designerella

Cádiz, Spain - Designerella

Cádiz, Spain - Designerella

You say potato. . .

Today marks the beginning of National Potato Month and I decided take a timeout from the travel posts to show you something I created for the occasion. Whether you call them pot-A-toes, pot-AH-toes, taters or spuds, this is their month. What would Thanksgiving be without mashed potatoes? What would a burger be without fries? And, most importantly, what would we do without Mr. Potato Head? So let us all celebrate the potato this month!

Someone is excited for National Potato Month! Animation by Designerella.

Inspired by Dance

People find inspiration and motivation in different things. I often find inspiration in dance. The graceful movement of dancers and their smooth flowing lines is art in motion. In the images below the art of dance is combined with inspirational words. I often create such images when experimenting with new design techniques.

Dance illustration - Designerella

Dance illustration - Designerella