Wednesday, October 25, 2006

'Casa Alcaldia de Ceiba' ('Ceiba Mayor's Office') is the third watercolor of the Landmark Challenge I mentioned earlier. It's 4"x6" on Arches 140# Cold Press. Fortunately these are getting faster as I do more since architecture isn't really my thing.

In each town throughout Puerto Rico, there is the Casa Alcaldia. Ours is located on the central plaza, just behind the Church and next to the Asamblea Municipal. Because it's so hot here, windows are shuttered and there are always a few air conditioning units anchored in some of them.

There are actually two flag poles, one each for the Puerto Rican and United States flags. Puerto Rico, for those of you who don't know, is part of the United States since 1896. It's a commonwealth; citizens are United States citizens but we do not have a vote in national elections nor do we have representation in Congress other than the Resident Commissioner, who goes to Washington to petition the attention of the US government. However he has no vote in Congress. We are 4 million U.S. citizens without a single vote.

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'Casa Alcaldia de Ceiba' es la tercera de las acuarelas del Reto de los Sitios de Interes que mencione en el blog antes. Mide 4"x6" en papel Arches 140# Cold Press con acuarelas marca Daniel Smith. Afortunadamente se estan saliendo rapidos porque pintar arquitectura no es mi sujeto favorito.

En cada pueblo de Puerto Rico se encuentra una Casa Alcaldia. La nuestra esta ubicada en la plaza central, detras de la Iglesia Catolica y al lado de la Asamblea Municipal. A causa del calor extremo aqui, las ventanas se quedan con postigos cerrados y siempre hay algunos cajas de aire acondicionado amarradas en algunas de ellas.

Actualmente en frente hay dos astas para las banderas de Puerto Rico y los Estados Unidos. Puerto Rico, para los que no lo sepan, es parte de los Estados Unidos desde 1896. Es un estado libre asociado; los ciudadanos tienen cuidadania americana pero no tenemos un voto en elecciones nacionales ni tampoco tenemos representacion en Congreso, solo un delegado que presenta los deseos del pueblo de Puerto Rico ante el gobierno americano. Sin embargo el delegado tampoco tiene un voto en el Congreso. Somos 4 milliones de ciudadanos sin ni un solo voto.

2 comments:

Linda Blondheim Art Studio said...

This is really lovely Dianne. The color is so cool and fresh.
Love,
Linda Blondheim

www.lindablondheim.com

Diane Cutter said...

Thanks, Linda... and for looking. I always enjoy your blog so much!