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Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Today is Cinco de Mayo, as many people know.

But, do you actually know what Cinco de Mayo celebrates?

Check out this quick article that has the basic facts.

Regardless of why you celebrate it or how you celebrate it, Cinco de Mayo has become a national holiday in the U.S.

I am often inspired by the bright colors and vibrant liveliness of the Latin American culture.

This post has a watercolor painting that was inspired by a wedding I saw in Mexico.

The colors pop off the page and you can see the liveliness within the painting.

Shades of Terracotta, featured in this post, was also inspired by my trip to Oaxaca, Mexico.

Oaxaca is right next to Puebla as you can see in the map below, which is where Cinco de Mayo originated from.

oaxaca_map

On our way to the ruins we saw these jewelry vendors sitting next to the terracotta pots.

I love the inspiration traveling and different cultures bring to painting!

Ellen