Illustrating Salento

By Sarah Shaw

Drawing scenes from my daily life in Colombia has given me the opportunity to really observe my surroundings, slow down and reflect. A few weeks ago, I ventured to Salento, a small town in Colombia’s Coffee Triangle. Surrounded by lush vegetation, patterned houses, and sprawling mountains, I knew this environment would inspire me. The small details appealed to me most–the notched pattern on the farmer’s basket, the bright colors reflecting onto the pavement after a routine rain shower, and the shiny, green coffee leaves. For a few days, I could stray from my daily Peace Corps life and let it all sink in.

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Walking through the town of Salento with José and Francis.

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Hiking through the majestic palm trees in the Valle de Cocora.

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Learning about Colombian coffee production on Don Elias’ farm.

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Brightly patterned buildings in Salento’s Plaza de Bolívar.

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