Saturday, January 31, 2009

Antigua Guatemala

Antigua Guatemala used to be the capital of the city until the earthquakes of 1773 destroyed a big part of the city, back then it was known as Santiago de los Caballeros. When the new capital was settled, it received the name of Nueva Guatemala de la Asunción -which in turned made Santiago the "Antigua Guatemala"-.
Antigua is pretty close to today's capital, so close that I can get there from my house after a short 30 minutes ride! I'm absolutely in love with the city -which by the way is a Unesco World Heritage Site- because it has a wonderful colonial style, with amazing streets and extraordinary houses, surrounded by amazing hills and volcanoes. We went for lunch with some friends last December, and while walking around we stopped by the Hotel Posada de Don Rodrigo and took some awesome pictures in one of the courtyards. I used these for my inspiration for a swap over at iATCs, the only requirement in this one was to use only colored pencils; so all of these are done just with my beloved Prismacolor colored pencils!
I highly recommend visiting La Antigua Guatemala Daily Photo where Rudy Girón has been posting a daily photo from Antigua since 2006, his photos are really extraordinary as well as his posts and you will get a true feel of what life is like in this beautiful city.

11 comments:

A Smiling Girl said...

I can see why you find Antigua inspiring. Very beautiful, as are your drawings. :)

Anne said...

Hi, Jenn! What a beautiful setting. And you've translated it into wonderful ATCs! :-)

Chrisy said...

What inspiration you have with this setting...the climbers are particularly beautiful and i can see that you think so too...

SeekingForArt said...

What a beautiful country you live in. So much inspiration around you!

Lori Anderson Designs said...

OMG those gardens. And I don't know why, but I've always loved that decorative iron over the windows. Devine!

Sir Pumpkin said...

Charming and delightful - a joy to look at and read.

Lori said...

what a beautiful place...i can see how inspiring that would be...your drawings are lovely!!!

ksc said...

That DOES look like a lovely town...great ATC's too! I'd be tickled if you'd link to my blog!
(of course I'll link to yours, too!)

Leslie said...

A beautiful city and equally beautiful ATCs.

Sharon said...

Your drawings are great. And your inspiration is so lovely. I can see why you love your city.

faerie enchantment said...

How Beautiful, My Grandfather lived there for a few years during World War 2, he loved it!

The photo you posted is beautiful!
Magic and Joy!
Lisa!

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