Sunday, December 23, 2007

Mi Rebozo

Transparent Watercolor 20" x 14"

This is the latest in a series of paintings of my mom Rosy. I didn't intend to do a series of her but she is such a fascinating person and I love hearing her stories that I just keep getting inspired to do more. I'm grateful that she puts up with me and the photo shoots and I'm sure she doesn't think she's anything special but she is.

This painting also has me convinced that I will never try pointillism! I didn't realize how many dots of color I'd be making to create the shawl. I'm glad I trudged through the household full of season's colds and ear infections and holiday madness to get this one done cause it's now my latest favorite.

Blessed Holidays to everyone!

Monday, December 17, 2007

Exciting News!

I just checked out to see what was going on with the show I'm a part of and was very surprised to find out that my image "Grandma's Kitchen" is in the January 2008 issue of American Art Collector's Magazine! The article is called "Keeping It Real".

I am so glad and honored to be a part of this show because not only is the art and artists top notch, but it's a huge boost for realism. I've noticed that the majority of galleries and magazines focus on more expressive and more contemporary work so it's time that we real-eestas get into the "spotlight" if you will.

And one more thing: It seems that I'm the only watercolor artist accepted into that show!

Here's a link to the article "Keeping It Real".

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Almost Done!

I've been trying to stay focused to finish this one even though the holidaze craziness is in full swing with kindergarten and grade school events, and one of the twins home with a temp. for three days.
I'm hoping to post the finished painting as soon as I can cause I'm really excited about it. No name for this one yet, I'll wait to hear it's name in the wind.

I'm so grateful for Mama Rosy putting up with me, making her pose, this time in the chilly wind just before the sunset. She's used to the 105 degree temps back in Baja so our wind making it 60 degrees was a challenge for her. . . the shawl constantly hid her face making the photo session longer than she was willing to handle.

Your my constant source of inspiration and spirituality and strength!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

I've been tagged!

I got tagged by Marcia Molnar who's paintings are so full of light and life, I just love them!
I'm supposed to write 5 little known things about myself then tag 5 other artiststo do the same. Here it is. . . .
1. I went to 1st Grade three times, I refused to go to kindergarten when I was in Mexico so my mom talked the teacher into letting me in the 1st grade class, a couple of months later I had to go to the U.S. for medical attention, a little after that I went to 1st grade in California but had to stay back another year cause I didn't know how to speak English, third time was the charm I guess.
2. I learned to speak English by watching Bugs Bunny.
3. Much to my wife's annoyance, I can memorize lines to movies after seeing them once or twice.
4. Being an artist was never my dream, I've just always been an artist, otherwise I'd be some kind of ololgist. . . like vulcanologist or paleontologist or mineralololgiststststs, something that deals with mother earth.
5. I co-wrote the title track to Linda Guerrero's CD "At Last" in Guam.....that was another life ago.
Now to do some taggin'!

Sunday, November 4, 2007

International Guild of Realism's Annual Exhibition!

"Grandma's Kitchen"
19" x 29"
Transparent Watercolor
I am extremely proud to have my artwork accepted into the International Guild of Realism's Annual Exhibition! It will be held at Scottsdale Fine Art, January 13th - 30th, 2008. I am honored to have two paintings chosen as this exhibition's roster of artists is nothing less than outstanding and inspiring.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Pomo Dancer

Well I usually don't do preliminary sketches but I'm not sure what I want to do with the background for the painting I have in mind so this is a "study" of colors for the background. I thought this would be better than to paint the 18"x24" watercolor and not have a plan since watercolors can have a mind of their own when you least expect it! I also find it hard to paint small, so this was also a good chance for me to scale down to 8"x10"ish. . . .

Friday, October 19, 2007


Drawing for watercolors is different than drawing to draw, I'd forgotten how much I like just drawing portraits. More to come!

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Dancing at Kule Loklo

Hola! Welcome to my blog!!! I'll be posting my watercolors in progress and what ever else comes to mind about being creative. The truth is, now that I have a blog, I'm not sure what to say, however, once I get past being blog shy, I'm sure I'll blather on and on!

This painting is a detail of "Dancing At Kule Loklo" one of my favorites, the little boy dancer is actually my three kids morphed together dancing at the "Big Time" at Point Reyes National Seashore's Miwok village. Check out the rest of the painting on my website.
Nos vemos!