Sunday, February 10, 2008

Story Teller


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.

13 comments:

Tales of an Artist & his Travelers said...

Pablo, fantastic. Since I`ve thrown my spirit to the wind, one thing I miss are the stories that travel around the gatherings. I see the magic you`ve captured in her eyes. Bravo! I`ve traveled and come full circle. I now understand the old ways and embrace them, but miss the stories.

Tales of an Artist & his Travelers said...

Pablo, one question. Could you explain the headdress?

The Lone Beader said...

I love art that tells a story:)

RHCarpenter said...

I like the treatment of the hair - it looks free and perhaps her stories are caught in her hair at times, making it fuller :) I love the shadowing of the headdress on her face.

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

Every painting has a story and I want to hear it.
This is beautiful.
I also want to mention the I wandered over to Vulture Cafe and was there over an hour exploring her links and her readers =:O

Dawn said...

Pablo you are an amazing painter. everything about this painting lets her sing. That headdress is a story all by itself, please tell us about it.

and thank you Mary Sheehan Winn for visiting my blog!!

Jelaine Faunce said...

Unbelievably beautiful. I am consistently in awe of your work!

Pablo Villicana Lara said...

Thank you for your warm acceptance of this one. In most powwows you usually see plains style dancing and drumming however, the California Natives are very different in dress and dance and singing style. The headress was made by her grandma before she passed away. Usually adorned with clam shell disc beads and shaped abalone dangles, this one has glass beads. We are so fortunate that Grandma shared her wisdom with us.
I know this may be a little illusive but I'm not sure how much to divulge, traditions get tricky talking about them outside family. I hope you will not be offended by this but I want to honor those ancient traditions.

If you google Grace Hudson Paintings, you'll be able to see many more Pomo natives in traditional dress (including headdress)

Michelle Smith said...

Everything about this painting looks great. Her hair, eyes, the background, etc. Fabulous!

Don Gray said...

Great job, Pablo. The shadows across her face are wonderfully done. Love the intense color in the background, too.

emm said...

Great background, love the shadows on her face. I think you may be the story teller here.

John "little like sand" said...

Thanks for stopping by Pablo. Glad I could lift your spirits.

am said...

Your watercolor portraits are beautiful. Many years ago I saw Pomo young people dancing at Fort Ross. These paintings bring my memories to life. My parents used to live in Gualala. The light in your paintings is exactly how I remember the light in Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino.

I'm here by way of Vulture Cafe.