July 17th, 2016
I should be painting, but it’s too freaking hot!
I live a super charmed life here in Bucerias, Mexico! And I should be doing what I came here to do…..and that’s painting!!! I haven’t done any work in at least two weeks, because I was back in Alberta, visiting family. But now I am back, and it’s hot as balls here!! It’s probably only 30°C-ish, but with the humidity, it feels like 50°!! So instead, I am doing what I call, ‘constructive procrastination’. Right now, I am standing in my kitchen in a bikini, making a double pot of kombucha. As if it’s not hot enough already, I thought it was a brilliant idea to boil a huge pot of water in my already unbearably hot kitchen! Yup, just adding more humidity to my house! So with sweat dripping in my eyes, down between my boobs and butt crack, I am making kombucha tea. Sorry if that’s TMI, lol. Probably not the smartest move, but hey, it’s super good for me!! Tons of fabulous probiotics for my belly, to keep the mexican cooties away. That’s my justification!
This winter, I somehow got an intestinal infection that had me in bed for weeks. No amount of antibiotics or store bought probiotics made it go away. It got a little better for a time. Enough that I could actually function and eat again, but my gut was never quite right. So for months I suffered, until a friend had heard enough of my whining about it and she brought me some of her homemade kombucha and sauerkraut. Within four days, I was 95% better! So I was hooked! My friend was already having enough trouble keeping up with her own kombucha habit, and sent me all sorts of recipes to make my own. And so it began….my kombucha habit.
I have to keep up to my habit, or I might die! Well, I probably won’t die, but my belly is much happier when I do. Quite often around here, the expats have tummy troubles. And I think to myself….I should make lots and lots of kombucha and share my secret to having a happy belly, and make a little money on the side. But that makes my kitchen too hot, and I am not really that keen on sharing my stash! And then I won’t be painting! So today I am making kombucha and not painting…..tomorrow I will paint….if it’s not too hot!
Tracy Bonin Art….living and loving life in Mexico!
June 8th, 2015
These paintings are a series I call, Pocket Full of Horses. Now, don’t get me wrong…I don’t think they look like pockets or horses, lol! But, it’s a feeling I get….they kind of make me think of horses running through a field of grass and flowers, jumping and playing. They also make me think of my friend, Tessa. Tessa is 12, and just moved to Mexico, from Ontario, Canada and has fallen in love with horses! I picture Tess and Poncho (her new Mexican horse), running through small town Mexico in the scorching afternoon sun – dirty bare feet, bareback, white horse, with his mane and tail flying behind them, kicking up dust and beach sand. Tessa, with her tanned, smooth skin and long, brown, curly hair flying in the tropical breeze as she secretly, or not so secretly (small towns have eyes everywhere!), breaks all the rules set out for her by her parents. Pure joy and wild abandon! A horse and a girl, plunging into the beautiful blue ocean , splashing – laughing – both of them catching their breath as the cool ocean waves hit their hot, sticky skin. Can you feel it?! Can you picture it?! Well, that is the feeling I get from these paintings. Tessa and Poncho, living and loving life. Breaking all the rules (I love a rule breaker!), even though she knows there will be consequences later.
Throw caution to the wind!…Break the rules!….Let your hair fly!
Because life is just so much more delicious that way!