Most of us probably know that the Spanish word agua means water. But when someone shouts out “Aguas!,” they are telling you to “watch out,” warning you of some pending danger or inconvenience.
In the case of “Aguas!,” an exhibition up at the Guadalajara Chamber of Commerce, our attention is not being drawn to a puddle on the sidewalk, but to 27 stunning oil paintings by Austrian-born artist Ilse Hable, who has made the city her second home.
“‘Aguas’ is what you might shout when a big wave is coming,” Hable told me at the September 26 opening. “This theme is calling attention to water and in these paintings you will see it in all its forms, as a liquid, steam and vapor. I think this collection of paintings shouts to the heavens that nature is beautiful.”
Hable prefers painting on location rather than in a studio. She enjoys discovering outdoor beauty in little-known sites off the beaten track, such as the crater of the Tequila Volcano or the hidden-away hot springs of Tamara Canyon.
“Plein-air painting is always fresher than studio painting and is what I love to do,” she says enthusiastically. “I love the challenge of trying to capture the beauty of a striking scene on a small canvas.”