Friday, August 15, 2014

ABLA 30 Day Art Challenge Starts Today!

Are you looking to wake up your art muse? Here are some creativity/art prompts to help you along the way. Join us on this 30 Day journey into creativity. See you over on the ArtByLatinaArtists, Facebook page.  https://www.facebook.com/Artbylatinaartists
 

 DAY 1: CONNECTION,
 "We are all Connected", Mixed media collage & ink. 


Friday, May 30, 2014

Upcoming and current art exhibits...

2014

Upcoming Exhibits:

SAN FRANCISCO, CA
July 1st, 2014
Pasion de Frida (in celebration of Frida Kahlo's birthday)
Puerto Allegre Restaurant
546 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Group show, curated by Bird Levy.


Currently Exhibiting:

OAKLAND, CA
Journey of Motherhood, Group show curated by Valerie Medina
Urban Furniture, 3241 Grand Ave.
May 1 - June 1st.

HALFMOON BAY, CA
Luz Luna Shop
527 Main Street, Half Moon Bay, CA

SAN JOSE, CA
Catholic Charities, Eastside Neighborhood Center.
  • On permanent view...a selection of paintings from my personal collection are on display at Catholic Charities (Eastside Neighborhood Center) of San Jose, they serve the local low-income senior community thousands of meals every year. Please support this very worthy cause. Visit in person to offer support by volunteering or by financial donation.  
Catholic Charities, Eastside Neighborhood Center
2150 Alum Rock Avenue
San José, CA 95116
408.251.0215

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

New ventures and sketching

I've not posted very much here and for that I am sorry. I have been pretty busy with classes and homework and just trying to juggle everything. I am also writing a lot (for evening class) and mostly sketching when time allows. Here is a recent one, exploring fear and the fear of telling stories as I embark on a new venture of creating stories for children's books. I know that deep inside of me there are so many little stories to told and shared. In the meantime I am learning from a wonderful mentor and teacher Maya Gonzalez. Learning to open heart and listen to the stories that want to be shared with children. Learning to play with new mediums and overcoming the fear associated with trying new things and coming the realization that fear will always be there. I need to ignore it and just write, explore and let the words flow. The same way I do with art and painting. The brush takes on it's own magic and it releases what needs to be released.


“It is not fear that stops you from doing the brave and true thing in your daily life. Rather, the problem is avoidance. You want to feel comfortable so you avoid doing or saying the thing that will evoke fear and other difficult emotions. Avoidance will make you feel less vulnerable in the short run but, it will never make you less afraid.” Harriet Lerner

Thursday, December 19, 2013

El Sol y La Sandia

Two new paintings El Sol y La Sandia.. subjects that I always go back to, they are like comfort food to my soul. I've always enjoyed painting them. Plus they remind me of summer and I'd much rather be enjoying the sunshine and warm temperatures than the cold of winter. 

They are both acrylic on canvas panel and are available in my Etsy shop.



Friday, October 25, 2013

Artist Reception Oct. 26th, Galeria Beso Maya

This year I was blessed with the opportunity to share some of my paintings for Dia de los Muertos at Galeria Beso Maya, in Oakland California. I hope to see you there 6-10pm this Saturday, October 26th.  Group show with Oscar Cisneros, Martha A. Rodriguez, Alejandra Oseguera-Palacios, Adrian Delgado, Kathleen Rojas & Valerie Medina. Thank you Yarita Joon. 


Images: Galeria Beso Maya (Yarita Joon)

Monday, October 14, 2013

Catrina & Corazones

I've been painting lots of Catrina's and hearts lately. The Dia de los Muertos season is in full effect this year I was able to paint a few Catrinas and Painted ladies to my series, along with several new heart paintings. Here are a couple of the latest. The corazon is now available in my Etsy Shop. The Catrina Rosa is available via UGallery.com. The little Catrina was featured as a "staff favorite" this past week. :) thank you UGallery.



Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Sandiafria... Wallpaper, Fabric and Wrapping Paper!

Coming Soon!  My artwork will be available for crafters as fabric, wallpaper and wrapping paper!I'm so excited about this! Stay tuned.


Monday, September 23, 2013

Weekend painting Dia de los Muertos Catrina

I spent the weekend picking up paintings from friends in SF and welcoming the 1st rainy day of the season. Saturday was spent mostly relaxing by a fire, drinking coffee, hangout at home, guys watching football and doing not so fun stuff like laundry and going through art that I had stored away.  But in the process found some pieces that I had started and decided I'd better finish. So here is one of my Catrina paintings that I started last year and for some reason never got around finishing. I'm normally pretty good about finishing a painting and seeing it through. But sometimes I if it's taking too long then I loose interest. Well, I love how this one turned out and I'm happy to say she may be going to Half Moon Bay to hang out in a little gallery/shop there. This painting along with several others are available at Luz Luna Shop on Main St. in Half Moon Bay, CA.


Friday, September 13, 2013

From Tiny Acorn to Majestic Tree

Walking around the Stanford University campus I see these giant oak trees that I just love. They are just so strong and majestic looking. I can only imagine the people they have seen, the stories they could tell. Every now and then I pick up some acorns. They remind me of how from a small seed can come great things.

"The strongest oak of the forest is not the one that is protected from the storm and hidden from the sun. It's the one that stands in the open where it is compelled to struggle for existence against the winds and rains and the scorching sun."
- Napoleon Hill


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

My paints speak to me

I feel like I am finally getting into the swing of things and carving out a little bit of time to start on this year's Dia de Los Muertos paintings.  It's been a challenge to find time to paint, now that Tim is back home, work and also trying to go to school at night. Finding time for me and my love of painting has been a challenge. I figure like most things you love you simply HAVE to somehow carve out time to just do it. My paints are sitting out on the dining room table to remind me that I need to give them time and when I do they'll reward me with a finished painting or two. Yes my paints speak to me. Sometimes I listen. Here are a few that I worked on this weekend. This season I plan to just show from here and make them available directly from me and my Etsy shop.




Thursday, July 11, 2013

Golden Frida II

She is finally finished! and now available.

Golden Frida II

12x12 inches
acrylic and gold leaf paint 
on birch wood cradled panel




Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Dia de los Muertos (freebie) ... coloring book coming soon!

I've been doing a lot of sharpie drawings in my spare time when I can't get to my paints. Rather than hoard them in my sketchbook, I thought I'd share them. Maybe they'll become a coloring book when I collect enough of them to call it book. Here's one I'm sharing and a sneak peak at few others. For the freebie click on the image and print and have fun with markers, crayons or paint.  Enjoy!

Dia de Los Muertos drawing

Mixed media drawing: charcoal, pencil, oil pastel, ink
8x10 inches on cardstock paper.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

A new Frida painting in progress....

A new Frida painting ... a work in progress. Acrylics on cradled birch wood.