After breakfast, K.D. and I decided to hit the streets. Heading back to the Pan-American Highway meant more opportunities to shoot the wall art.
I was glad I was able to return to the Panteon de San Tomas with KD as it is a very special place.
KD and I headed away from the panteon and back toward the hotel to regroup.
That afternoon, KD and I went back towards town with the intention of visiting the print studios one more time. KD and I were both still dreaming about the print we saw hanging on the wall and it was drawing us back for one more look see.
And then...the print studio.
On our way to lunch, Colleen Darling pointed out a market to me that I had not visited. Even a better find then the market was an entire alley full of wall art just to the right of the market.
And after a morning of photography, a hearty lunch, a stroll down an alley full of wall art--it was time to make one more trip to the print shop--but this time we mean business, baby!
KD and I start on one side of the street only to discover that the clerk in that shop is the artist of the piece we have been looking at for a week. That is the deal breaker--KD decides to buy the piece. Then she turns to me and says, "I don't have enough money. Borrow me a 1,000." And I did--pesos that is.
Then, it was time for us to get a photograph of the artist with the piece. This was a unique moment and I am still trying to figure out why I did not buy this print. Congrats, KD!
I did manage to score one more print for myself on this trip. This is what it looks like framed at home:
All this exhausting thinking led us to take a very slow lunch in a restaurant filled with art.
On the street, the forces were gathering for the evening parade and I ran into a band that was playing for some large dancing puppets.
One of the musicians was also an artist and I bought this print from him. The print is called "Bailando con el Gato" (Dancing with the Cat (12/12) and it is by Alba Castaneda.
After regrouping at the hotel, it was back to the Panteon San Felipe del Agua for a special evening of remembering. Two of the group had a special reason to be in the panteon that night but in reality we all had a reason to be there. Dia de los Muertos is about talking to your lost relatives and I think on this night we all did.