Monday, December 29, 2008
Doña M. 20" x 28" Transparent Watercolor
Phew! I worked up a sweat on this one! Finally it's done and I like the results! I had really wanted to call this "What wuz I thinking!" because the dress was a lot of work! Trying to make sure the black was not flat but not too contrasting and still a part of the overall area.
I had been wanting to paint Doña M. for a few years now. When I first met her I thought what a beautiful person, her smile was angelic, her walk was deliberate and respectful. Then I heard her speak with a voice that was course and tough and I liked her even more. I've found that with traditional people, the tougher they are, the more compassionate the are.
Monday, December 22, 2008
I'm really pleased with the way this one is turning out although I need to be careful not to over do it now. It's easy to overwork things isn't it? !
This is one of the first in a new series I've started called "Healers, Dreamers, Travelers" People who have that magic about them, their touch healing, their stories intriguing and their nature, spiritual.
Monday, December 15, 2008
I just recieved notice today that my painting "Yellow Hammer" has been accepted into the CWA's 40th Annual Exhibition! I am very honored to have been chosen as these national exhibitions are tough to get into and very proud to be a part of what I'm sure will be an outstanding exhibition.
Monday, December 1, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
I'm not sure what to call this one, I really love the textures and earthy colors in the more traditional Mexican ceramics. It was fun pulling out the hints of colors I saw. I have been wanting to paint this tri-footed pot but could never quite figure out how to compose it, there's more of this one in the works.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Six years and nine months ago when the doctor stunned us with the news about having twins, we were very quiet at first, then we laughed and we haven't stopped enjoying that laughter since. Eric and Lily are sometimes wonder twins, sometimes blunder twins and always twins full of spirit and kindness and are a constant source of love (and entertainment!)
Monday, October 6, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Transparent Watercolor 14" x 20"
This was more work than I thought it would be, so many little animals and too many tempting treats! Let me just say this, they were all gone before the painting even began. Being Mr. Mom and having access to so many colorful objects is giving me lots of ideas for painting subject matter that I wouldn't normally try! ( and of course I must keep a healthy supply of "treats")
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Monday, July 7, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Still working on several involved works so I thought I'd post this in the mean time. This is the one that started all the Rosy paintings. I'm sure there's more of her to come as she gets older and I get the chance to be with her a little more.
Friday, June 6, 2008
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
I was watching Actors Studio a while ago and thought the ending questions interesting. So here's my answers:
What's your favorite color? Blue Green
What's your favorite sound? My family's laughter
Whats your least favorite sound? Screeching tires just before an accident
What's your favorite word? Alma (spirit)
What's your least favorite word? Stupid
What's your favorite swear word? Shit, dam it all to hell in a handbag!
What profession would you choose if you weren't an artist? Vulcanologist, paleontologist, archaeologist.. .any of the ologists that deals with mother earth or cultural history
If there's a heaven, what do you think God will say when you reach the pearly gates?
You again? or OK, What's on your mind child?
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
We've been spring cleaning the garage and found some of the twins first clothes and got me all nostalgic. . . . so I've posted this one called "First Day Home" which is how they looked together in the crib after the white knuckle drive home from the hospital. They were so small and had that new baby smell which always puzzled me that I could even smell them cause I really have no sense of smell!
I've been working on some pretty involved paintings so this is kind of a "filler" post till I get the new ones finished.
Thursday, March 27, 2008
We had a small earthquake last night around 1am or so, and I don't know why but it must have brought up some old memories. As a result, I started thinking about our trip to Monte Alban and the ancientness of it.
When we were walking around the ruins, a white hawk kept circling us and a few hummingbirds would hover around just following as we took in the beauty. On the south side we found this open rectangular depression that must have been some large building and in the corner there was this "window". It was so intriguing that I knew one day I would paint it. I actually didn't notice the patterns on the stones until I drew it out.
This was a magical place and I am so glad we went there. I hope to go back one day and visit even more of the ruins in the area.
Friday, March 7, 2008
The show will be held at the Bloomington Art Center in Bloomington MN., May 16 - July 28, 2008.
I am toasting myself with a cyber drink! I'm having a Margarita with extra salt!, so if you feel like joining me. . Cheers!
(I posted the painting a couple of posts ago if you'd like to see it!)
Sunday, March 2, 2008
This little one is pure light, loving, creative, sensitive and at the same time, rough and tumble. His hero is Legolas, and favorite color is yellow. He fills my heart with his observations and questions about heaven and angels, telling me how he was looking around at everyone while he was up in the sky before coming down to be with his mom and I, and makes me laugh with his made up jokes and pirate smile.
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Transparent Watercolor 28" x 30"
She's the story teller of the family, there's a way she talks that draws you in to the world being told. For her, the kids will sit and pay attention and really feel the emotions of the story. That's her gift, that's her magic.
I had a lot of fun painting the hair, I thought I had used enough artistic hair taming gel but I guess her hair won! In truth, she has a ton of hair, the more moisture there is in the air, it seems to multiply.
Friday, February 8, 2008
Seems like I haven't been here for a while! Yet another round of colds, I've been spared again, knock on wood! Been busy taking care of everyone, school stuff, teaching stuff and painting stuff. I'll be ready to post some new paintings soon. . I can't wait to finish these new ones! (and get a full night's sleep again!)
Saturday, January 26, 2008
So, once again, I have to tell 5 little known facts about myself then tag five other artists and invite them to do the same. So here goes:
1. I have 6 sisters and 5 brothers, I'm the fifth born. Now that's old school Mexico for ya.
2. I have very little to no sense of smell. Occasionally I'll smell something but I don't know what it is, I have no reference. Oddly enough, I get nauseous when someone is wearing too much perfume so I always have to hold my breath going through that department of a store. (and yes, I can taste food, and it wouldn't matter anyways cause I could probably win an eating contest)
3. I've had issues with Blue Jays ever since one ate the two baby hummingbirds that were nesting in our back yard. Although my latest infatuation is with the Magpie Jay I saw it in the movie "Stardust" and fell in love. . . . looks like an Eastern Jay that had a one night stand with a Magpie.
4. I've seen 2 Angels in my lifetime.
5. I am partially red and green color blind. Reds when they get too dark or too light turn grey, and the same with green, I'll often confuse the two cause they look the same grey to me. For years I thought mauve was just another wishy washy grey. I always have to look at the labels when I need to squish more paint out onto my palette and it takes me forever just to find those two colors in my paint box.
Now to tag some artists:
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