Artist Walk

Since I’ve been back I’ve done a lot of walking because I only insure my car for six months so tomorrow, April 15th is the big day! Since there is no bus into this neighbourhood I’ve been mostly catching a ride into the nearest shopping area where there is a bus and then walking home to my patio suite in the ‘burbs.’ On sunny days it’s been great and I’m used to walking around the village. But the view is certainly different. Every walk in Ajijic turned up something interesting; sights or sounds or events or people. Walking back to the burbs is fairly uneventful and there s not much to see but I’ve gathered a few interesting found items that I will do something with later on. I also found a Starbucks card with money still on it so the universe dispenses it s endless abundance in many mysterious ways!

Again the artist walk is a solo walk without any music or cel phone distractions and the objective is to be very, very present in your surroundings. Because everyone has a dog in Mexico most people in my group there took their dog for a walk for their artist walk. Not being a dog person I’m sure this is all right if your dog is not too needy and distracting. Naturally like all things on the path of the Artist Way it’s entirely up to you! I’ve only had cats as pets and they look quite funny on a leash and won’t go where you want anyway so this has not been a factor with me.

You can drive to a park or other walkable place either in the city or in nature or you can walk around the neighbourhood you’ve only driven into and out. And from what I’ve seen other than the dog walkers the sidewalks don’t really get used that much here in the ‘burbs.’ When I was growing up the sidewalks took you to your friends house, it’s where you played hopscotch or other games and a place where it was okay to write on with chalk because it wasn’t permanent. It was also where you set up your lemonade stand to sell to passersby. Well, a kid in this ‘hood who did this would only have ONE customer…me!

A once a week Artist Walk is certainly doable so tie on those walking shoes and venture out into new or familiar frontiers near or far!

Artist Date

For me this is always the most fun and interesting and easy to do with or without money but I don’t mind doing things on my own and in fact I have travelled worldwide on my own about half the time and the other time with the ‘boyfriend du jour.’ It was actually my ex’s idea to go to Ajijc in the Lake Chapala Area south of Guadalajara but we split up shortly thereafter and a month later I bought a ticket to Guadalajara and went anyway for four months and had a superb time. In fact I had such a wonderful winter in the Mexican sunshine that I booked an apartment for five months this year and next winter will be the full six months less a day…SOB/south of the border.

Julia is often asked if they can do the Artist Date with a friend, husband, partner whoever and the answer is a resounding NO. And if you do your artist day to the same location with and without you will understand why. The Artist Way encourages us to be fully present in our lives and our experiences and when we are filling our creative ‘wells’ this is done best solo.

When I attended a street art fair I walked through the three blocks both ways; once on my own and once with friends and I enjoyed the event both ways but the experience was different. On my own I interacted more with the artists displaying their work, walked through slower, stopped and had a snack and a drink using my Spanish. I still noticed different works of art or commented to my friends on something I had seen earlier but my main objective was socializing not really seeing all the pieces individually and collectively and asking the artists questions etc. So try YOUR artist date both ways with and without a companion to find this out for yourself.

As a new arrived resident in Nanaimo I look forward to you all sharing your favourite insider locations for fabuloso artist dates!  I will add to this posting by making a list to expand our repertoire…

All Comments Approved…

Hello from Canada, I’m up late updating the Nanaimo Artist Way blog and noticed that as administrator well co administrator I had to approve the pending comments to have them posted so I have and all six are now approved and appear on the blog for what it’s worth. I’ve been back for six weeks and there are a great many things I truly miss about not being in Ajijic, Mexico for sure. I know that Easter is a very big event and I only got to see a posted video of the parade in Chapala for example. Close but no cigar…it looked amazing. I also really miss the vibrancy and colour of Mexico as well. From Centro Ajijic to the ‘burbs is a radical adjustment! No bottle rockets here is the upside, the downside is you don’t know or even hardly talk to your neighbours in the crescent where I live and conspicuous consumption is readily apparent as all the houses here have at least a one car garage but most have two car but the garages are filled with stuff and the vehicles are outside. And many people live in huge multi level homes not with their extended family but just their partner/spouse and probably a dog or two or three. My landlords just have a geriatric cat which is quite unusual actually for this neighbourhood.

But life does go on…obla di obla da and I’m back and have once again found my Artist Way tribe and this amazing group of 12 phenomenal women and I are journeying through the second book, Walking in the World. I envisioned 12, set up for 12 and this is exactly how many showed up. The Law of Attraction in action, I would say!

Buenas noches from NOB from the beautiful Harbour City of Nanaimo!  I miss you all…truly!