My trip to Buenos Aires – June, 2008

Following are photographs that I took this last June in my hometown of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
If you haven’t been there, it’s a wonderful place to visit. Lot’s of artists, museums & art galleries.

La Boca

La Boca, originally uploaded by doraficher.
This photograph was taken in “La Boca” neighborhood during my trip to Buenos
Aires, Argentina in June of 2008. La Boca is the oldest, most colorful,
and most authentic neighborhood in Buenos Aires. The neighborhood was
settled and built by Italian immigrants that worked in the warehouses
and meatpacking plants in the area. La Boca is partly an artist colony,
and mostly a working-class neighborhood. All the houses in this
neighborhood are painted in very bright colors. This is the home to the
soccer team “Boca Juniors”. The Boca Juniors is one of the biggest
soccer teams in Argentina and happens to be one of the clubs that the
soccer great Diego Maradona played for. Their stadium, La Bombonera, is
not so surprisingly located in the La Boca barrio.


Mate, originally uploaded by doraficher.

is the national drink in Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay, and a common
social practice in parts of Brazil, Chile and eastern Bolivia.
drink is served with a metal straw from a shared hollow calabashgourd.
The straw is called a bombilla in Latin AmericanSpanish, a bomba in
Portuguese, and a masassa in Arabic. The straw is traditionally made of
silver. Modern commercially available straws are typically made of
nickel silver, called Alpaca, stainless steel, or hollow-stemmed cane.
The gourd is known as a mate or a guampa, while in Brazil it has the
specific name of Chimarrão or cuia.
As with other brewed herbs,
yerba maté leaves are dried, chopped, and ground into a powdery mixture
called yerba. The bombilla acts as both a straw and a sieve. The
submerged end is flared, with small holes or slots that allow the
brewed liquid in, but block the chunky matter that makes up much of the
mixture. A modern bombilla design uses a straight tube with holes, or
spring sleeve to act as a sieve.

Man with bicycle & flowers

Man with bicycle & flowers, originally uploaded by doraficher.
Walking around Buenos Aires this past June I ran into this gentleman trying to
carry flowers on his bicycle. It was such an interesting site that I
spend a while taking photos of him.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Is it ever too late to fulfill your dreams?

Do you think it’s ever too late to fulfill your dream or dreams? Do you
think there is an age limit to do what you really love? to do your
passion? What kept you back from not doing it earlier in life?
am 57 and I am now doing my art full time. Do I wish I had done it
before? I don’t know. I did many other things during the process and
now I’m here. Are you happy with your current profession? Is there a
dream you want to attain?

I feel very fortunate to be able to dedicate my time to doing my art full time. This has been one of my dreams for a long time.

I have been taking this amazing online class: with Alyson Stanfield, author of I’d Rather Be in the Studio!
The Artist’s No-Excuse Guide to Self-Promotion. This is helping me
learn to promote myself as an artist. I first read the book and loved
it. Which took me to her website where I learned about her classes. You
should all check out Alyson’s blog (Click on her name).
We are now
on day sixteen and I have been learning so much about myself, my art
and how to promote it. This class has me so excited that I don’t want
to stop working at night and can’t wait to get up in the morning to
continue. I am so excited about all this that I signed up to take two
art classes at the Fleisher Foundation in Philadelphia: The Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial, the
nation’s oldest tuition-free art school, is guided by the spirit of its
founder, who first extended an invitation in 1898 for “the world to
come and learn art.” They offer an exciting selection of tuition-free
classes and low-cost workshops for adults and children. Starting next
month I will be participation in an oil painting studio class and a
watercolor class.

So back to following your dream, or fulfilling your dream, do you think it is ever too late?

One Reply to “”

  1. AAAAh,
    Beautiful Buenos Aires!
    Dorita, you REALLY need to paint the city. I can see where you get your sense of color.
    I adore the photo of the man carrying the very tall flowers on the back of his bicycle. He doesn’t look particularly happy but the picture makes me happy. I wish he knew that.
    Can’t wait to visit B.A. again

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