My wife and I went to Argentina in August with my mother-in-law, so I wanted to give my mother-in-law a gift that would be relevant to that visit. Since I’m an Artist, I thought of creating a portrait!
So, I drew a portrait of her father Marcos, who was from Buenos Aires and was the son of immigrants from Russia and Poland. He was known to my wife as “Lito Marcos.” “Lito” is short for “abuelito”, or “abuelo”, which means “grandpa” in Spanish.
Lito Marcos is one of two family members of my wife that I didn’t get to meet (the other was her great-grandmother “Mama Polita” from Ecuador). From all accounts, we would have gotten along great, as he loved to watch sports games on the couch, just like I do!
Last week I traveled with my wife and mother-in-law to Buenos Aires, Argentina.
My wife’s grandfather, Marcos, emigrated from Buenos Aires to the U.S. in 1960. He sadly passed away many years ago, but much extended family remains in Buenos Aires, most of whom I got to meet for the first time!
We ate (oh boy, did we eat!):
We took a day trip to Montevideo, Uruguay:
And with the warmth of my new family in Argentina, we experienced the city of Buenos Aires from a local and authentic perspective:
It was a trip I’ll always remember. We plan on visiting again!
Here is the finished oil painting entitled “Heaven Shining Through.” Our family friend Jorn took a photo of the sunrise when climbing the Aconcagua mountain in Argentina, from which this painting is based. I was very impressed by the photo and felt that it’d make a great painting, so here it is!
When I was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Costa Rica, I climbed Mount Chirripó and saw some really amazing views, but this one of Aconcagua is just something else. Has anyone else done mountain climbing and seen views like this?