Tonalá, just outside Guadalajara Ciudad, is best known as a major handcrafts center for Jalisco, particularly the large Thursday and Sunday street markets dedicated to handicrafts. We went on a Thursday, which was great for shopping, but not so good for drawing. It was packed with vendors, often booths erected four deep with double alley ways. The views of street life and municipal buildings were blocked by the market. We had to get creative to record what we were experiencing.
As a handicraft center, I was struck by the gorgeous handcrafted street lights made with wrought iron and blown glass celebrating the importance of bees to the ecosystem. These whimsical sculptures reflect the ways Mexican culture beautifies even mundane utilitarian objects. I later noticed this charming style adapted to one of the local Tonalá homes.