PUEBLO VIEJO

PUEBLO VIEJO
BY DEBRA CHMELINA
 OIL ON CANVAS
 12X16
SOLD

I love painting people, especially people I know.  These people work in a restaurant called Pueblo Viejo in Algodones, Mexico about 20 minutes from my home. My husband and I have been going to this restaurant in Algodones, Mexico  since 1995, and most of them have been working there long before that. We always sit at the end of the bar, so the painting is created from that perspective. The technique of impasto was used in the walls, arches, tile bar and elsewhere throughout the restaurant. To see how this painting was created in stages see slide show below.

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Information about Algodones, Mexico

Los Algodones, Baja California, is a small Mexican town located on the extreme northeastern tip of the municipality of Mexicali, approximately 16 km (9.9 mi) west of Yuma, Arizona, USA. Its official name isVicente Guerrero, although most people use Algodones when referring to it. It reported a population of 5,474 as of the 2010 Mexican census. It also serves as a borough seat of its surrounding area.

Los Algodones is the northernmost town in Mexico, and at its northeastern tip is the northernmost point in Mexico. Another interesting geographical distinction is that if someone were to travel in any of the four cardinal directions from anywhere in Algodones (due north, due east, due south, or due west), they would cross a U.S. border.

Situated near the borders of both southeastern California southwestern Arizona Los Algodones has become a popular tourist attraction in recent years due in part to inexpensive shopping and restaurants as well as inexpensive medical care and prescription medicines. The warm, dry climate of the area attracts a number of older tourists from across the United States and Canada who settle during the winter in the nearby towns of Yuma, Arizona and Winterhaven, California. Organized day trips from the Coachella Valley are popular among seniors as well.

From the US side, Los Algodones, Mexico is most easily reached via Inerstate 8 and south a short distance (3.33Km / 2.07 mi) along State Route 186 Andrade Road to the international border at Andrade California. From Andrade, visitors can elect to park their vehicles for a small fee (no overnight parking) and walk across the border or to drive across.

The popularity of both inexpensive prescriptions and medical care catering to Canadian and US senior citizens have prompted a virtual explosion of pharmacies and dental offices in Algodones, Mexico which have largely displaced a great deal of the open-air shops and restaurants immediately across the border and have effectively shifted the town's focus from tourism to medicine. Nevertheless, a number of shops and restaurants remain and Los Algodones, Mexico capitalizes on the tourist trade with frequent fiestas throughout the year, most notably around the Christmas season.

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The Spanish language name Los Algodones translates into English as "The Cottons (referring to the plants, not the fiber)."
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Algodones
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