No matter where you go in San Miguel Art is in the Air. It is impossible to walk more than two minutes anywhere in San Miguel before being stopped in one’s track by ART.
These beautiful landscape and still life paintings were outside a Gallery. It is like Public ART - no cost just a feast for the eyes and of course the heart.
For a small price you can be painted into the picture waving to friends and family at home.
This was a special find.
It was not a Gallery or Public Art but a wonderful painting sitting in someone’s yard. It is called Junk Yard Art. In among the rusting cars, plumbing parts, tin cans will be placed a piece of art just to remind us that we are in an Artist’s Colony and Art is Everywhere.
But piéce de resistance is Dolores Hidalgo. located 30 kilometres from San Miguel. It is like Big Box Store of Art waiting to be purchased, displayed and loved.
I came back to San Miguel because my Wedding Gift to my niece and her husband was a honeymoon in San Miguel. Here they are in Dolores, in a state of Art Awe. Art Awe happens when there is so much art to take in that your senses shut down and you wander about trying to regain equilibrium.
There are so many choices and without a member of the Who’d Buy that Gang to suggest items, the first part of a trip to Dolores Hidalgo is a wanderabout.
Where to start, where to start. Well the best place to start is always with a Welcome. Those Country Kitchen Welcome signs you might hang on a door at home can be replaced with one or two of these Bienvenidos Ranas. Who does want to enter a home with these cute little frogs welcoming them.
But better cement them down as a valuable scuplture such as this would no doubt be stolen by Art Poor to enrich their lives.
After getting those Cute Welcome Frogs (remember if you can use the word Cute to describe Art it is for you) you move on to Decorating Art.
This Gallery stocks Beginning Art. The first two Art purchases have to be a Painting and a Pot. A good rule of thumb is a triptych – the three panel Apple painting is a good buy as you get three for one and can mix and match them to suit your mood.
As for the Pot get a big one and fill them with sticks or feathers or Paper Flowers. Get more than one as you can never have too many Pots in your house.
The next place to decorate is the Garden and here you can let your imagination run wild. May I suggest a water treatment. Feng shui (literally, “wind and water”) is the ancient Chinese science of filling your garden with Junk. Why not carry the Cute Welcome Frogs into a Cute Frog Waterfall? A theme in Decorating is always show that you pay attention to small details. You can never have too many Frogs nor throw cushions nor figurines.
How about putting family pictures in Frog Frames?
This is an explanation of Steve’s comment and I do believe I have seen it in San Miguel
Stendhal syndrome, Stendhal’s syndrome or Florence syndrome, is a psychosomatic illness that causes rapid heartbeat, dizziness, confusion and even hallucinations when an individual is exposed to art, usually when the art is particularly ‘beautiful’ or a large amount of art is in a single place. The term can also be used to describe a similar reaction to a surfeit of choice in other circumstances, e.g. when confronted with immense beauty in the natural world.
It is named after the famous 19th century French author Stendhal (pseudonym of Henri-Marie Beyle), who described his experience with the phenomenon during his 1817 visit to Florence, Italy in his book Naples and Florence: A Journey from Milan to Reggio.
Although there are many descriptions of people becoming dizzy and fainting while taking in Florentine art, especially at the Uffizi, dating from the early 19th century on, the syndrome was only named in 1979, when it was described by Italian psychiatrist Graziella Magherini, who observed and described more than 100 similar cases among tourists and visitors in Florence. The syndrome was first diagnosed in 1982.
The term is often used when describing the reactions of audiences to music of the Romantic period.