Travel-Sketching Oaxaca: My Favorite Church and a Colorful Street

One morning, before it was time to start our workshop, I ran out with a sheet of watercolor paper, my paints and no pen. When I’m teaching, it helps to have a little bit of time to draw and paint by for myself. It also helps to switch up what I’m doing.

The color in Oaxaca is mad-crazy. Bright reds. Deep fuschia. Gamboge Yellow. It’s distinctly different from the colors in cities like Guanajuato. Oaxacan color is deeper, more primary, not pastel.

One building we walked past multiple times everyday was the Church of Santo Domingo de Guzmán and while it’s not an easy building to draw, I knew we had to draw it during the workshop. Here’s a page with a couple of little studies of it from two times I walked past it.

And from the day we all sketched it together.


If you’re just joining along on the Oaxaca adventure, here are my posts so far: .
Travel-Sketching Oaxaca: Jumping Right in
Travel-Sketching Oaxaca: Capturing Vignettes
Travel-Sketching Oaxaca: Monte Alban and More

About Suhita Shirodkar

obsessive-sketcher. graphic designer.
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6 Responses to Travel-Sketching Oaxaca: My Favorite Church and a Colorful Street

  1. And the colors used by you and your fellow artists are excellent at capturing the brilliance. I really loved seeing all the variety in the sketchbooks – what a time everyone must have had with you!

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  2. a2459827 says:

    Dear Suhita,

    My class of sketch-journal students have asked me to enquire about your interest in doing a possible workshop here in Chico. I teach a class through the Osher Life-Long Learning Institute at CSUChico. I am also a member of the Chico Art Center which is where we would probably hold the class.

    Do you ever travel to other areas for a class? If so, what would you suggest, a weekend? one day? How many students? What are your fees? Chico is a 4-hour drive from San Jose, and a charming town. We do have some lodging constraints as many of our hotels are still housing Camp Fire refugees, but we would certainly see that you are comfortable.

    If you are interested please let me know and I will see what I can do to make it happen.

    my best, Marvey Mueller Chico, CA


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  3. I really like the atmospheric look of the painting at the top of the page, and very good lighting effect.

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