Category Archives: Santa Marta

Santa Marta, Colombia Mural


Santa Marta at Hostel de Jackie. This hostel is located just 3 blocks from the beach and in downtown. Before I enter a city I will e mail a hostel and ask if they need a mural. In return I say that they can give me free room and, if possible, food as well. This was my first mural and I am glad it is done! I listened to a lot of Spanish pod casts while doing it. I also switched rooms at this hostel maybe 15 different times, as my room was free and I needed to switch where people reserved beds! Quite an experience for my first mural.1

Total time to paint: 30 hours, 3 weeks

About the Process: The particular mural was hard for me as I learned very quick that the room that I took on was too large for just one person to paint. I also learned that Santa Marta gets ridiculously windy and that painting a wall with this texture is quite hard and difficult to do with bad brushes.

What I learned: This was my first mural and as a result I learned a lot more than I thought I would. Not just in terms of what to paint and how to paint, but more in terms of how to communicate and what to do with the next hostel I choose to do a mural for. I want to make sure the mural is inside, that I have sufficient brushes and paint, and that I only do one room!


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El meyor idea en el todo Mundo


I’ve struck gold and came up with the best idea in the world. I have decided that I am going to paint my way through South America. As an artist and creator I was weary about traveling for a year trying to find places or things to paint. I knew it wouldn’t be easy as it would probably be costly and quite heavy to carry around supplies and attempt to sell work. What I didn’t realize was that there are other ways!

I guess that’s what traveling has done for me. You become more creative, more thrifty, and have to think and feel outside your normal comfort zone.

So I’ve booked two gigs. I email hostels and attach my website and give them a reason to take me in while I paint their hostel. It’s just one mural. The deal is usually a bed and meals for free on return for my service. Amazing? I couldn’t think of anything better.

So my travel plans had changed. I may be traveling longer than anticipated and on a completely different way than the average traveler. I think it’s beautiful and its actually the reason why I do not like to plan my whole year out and have these expectations of what it’s going to be like!

So here is to a different way a traveling! Wish me luck!