Thursday, December 10, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
"Ofrenda 2" 20"x14" Watercolor
These objects were part of our Dia de los Muertos celebration. The pot is an old precolumbian three footed bowl and I've been dying to paint it. I'm going to use it in some more paintings later.
The flowers are from our garden, I can't say that I really love to garden but I have do a green thumb. Maybe it's just that I hate to weed but I love making things grow.
Sunday, November 1, 2009
"Morty" 9"x11" Watercolor by Me
Dia de los Muertos 12"x 12" Watercolor by Chris Beck
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
I'm doing more layers than I usually do (or like) but I think it's going to work out fine. Foundation colors for the skin are done, now it's time to work on my favorite things. . .details!
I also usually don't work on the background till I've finished the main focal point because I tend to change my mind on the background depending on the colors of the portrait. I often change original tones to the skin or color of shirts and such. This time since I'm impatient, I just want to get the background in and work on my favorite part. (it still may change a little)
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
First comes the drawing on Arches 140lb coldpress paper.
Next I paint in wet into wet washes colors to create the beginnings of light and shadows.
Stay tuned for more!
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Xiuhtecuhtli 20"x14" watercolor
I met X. about three years ago and knew right away I needed to paint his portrait. He's an amazing young man on the verge of change. His eyes really are the color of turquoise and has a spirit of youthful fire and true depth. May you remain good and kind and discover your history and depth of soul as you grow.
Friday, August 7, 2009
Thursday, July 2, 2009
No Name Frog 8"x10" watercolor
Summer is in full swing here, lots of kids around so I've been working on these little ones, you never know when a stray ball will hit you in the head or land in your water container! I'm not sure I have the hang of small yet but I'm working on it! I hope everyone is enjoying the summer weather and able to get outside a little.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Untitled 20" x 14" Watercolor
Well, I thought I had a name for this one a couple of days ago but it wasn't the right one so it's untitled for now. This is Yellow Hammer's brother, truly a remarkable young man on the edge of change. Everyday he becomes stronger in character and spirit. An amazing thing to witness.
Monday, June 1, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
A lot of Chris' work comes from memories of her grandmother's things as she explained to me " My grandparents built the house I grew up in -- my parents moved in with my grandfather after my grandmother died -- so there were lots of her things around when I was a young child. She loved her flower gardens and vases and pretty tablecloths. Even though the elements in my painting never belonged to my grandmother, they remind me of her."
I received a lot of positive feedback on the hair in "Xochitl" (pronounced So-Shee-tl which means Queen of Flowers) but I was really more interested in painting the embroidery because not only was it challenging, but it brought me back to days of watching my grandma creating magical flowers with her needles and colorful threads. I could go on and on about Little Shell and all the magic she did, from healing babies to her famous tamales, but I'll save that for future paintings.
"Red Anemone" by Chris Beck
Sunday, May 10, 2009
This is a very special mothers day thank you to my mom Rosy who saw into the future.
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
"Ghost Mail" 6"x6" Watercolor by Me
"Saumons en Papier Avec Le Romarin" 6"x6" Oil on canvas by Jelaine Faunce
"Snail Mail" 6"x6" Watercolor by Chris Beck
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Apprentice 19" x 30" watercolor
Didn't I say I was never painting this shawl again? Another "what was I thinking" moment for me but am so glad I did because it fits the idea of the painting so well.
Apprentice is about this young woman learning the old medicine ways, the shawl full of traditions and symbols wrapping her up in her new way of life. The colors are bright and shiny just like the young ones who are full of hope and life starting to take on the centuries of wisdom and magic.
I am honored to be the featured artist on "BRUSH-PAPER-WATER" . A blog by the wonderful artist Chris Beck that celebrates watercolor, highlighting some of the best watercolorists around. Please stop by and take a look at some of the finest watercolor artists and also at Chris' own work on what is one of my favorite blog names:
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
I have a lot of catching up to do! It's been a little crazy around here but this painting is almost finished so I thought a sneak peak was in order just to let you know I'm still kickin'! I've been tagged about four times within the last week too so as soon as I muster up some fun facts, I'll post them too.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
"Purple Tomatillos" 8"x10"
Did you ever see a purple tomatillo? I've seen them but never have cooked with them. They have the most beautiful deep purple fruit (?) and that husk was so papery and textural I just had to try painting some. I guess my green salsa won't be green huh!