Campesino con tabaco (Peasant Farmer With Cigar)

Campesino con tabaco (Peasant Farmer With Cigar)

Cuba Series - Painting 6
March 2016
36" x 48" - Acrylic on canvas

In Cubas western most province lies the tobacco region of Viñales. It's probably one of the most beautiful places I've ever been. The entire landscape is briming with rich red soil and populated by lush green tobacco farms as far as the eye can see. I took a solo excursion one day through the various farms that lay throughout the countryside and walked into one of the drying huts where the farmers hang thousands of tobacco leaves to dry until they are ready for cigar production.

In this particular hut a peasant farmer gave me a quick demonstration in hand rolling a cigar. His face was red from sun exposure and he was sweating as he painstakingly rolled me a neat cigar from what was orignally a few scraps of leaves and some ground up tobacco. Despite his lamentations about the hard life of a farmer he seemed to take pride in his work and was eager to answer all my questions about the process. 

I havent smoked in 3 years - the last time being during my first visit to Cuba, but if anything ever tempts me to have another smoke I imagine it would be the chance to have another fine Cuban cigar.
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