March 27, 2009
March 23, 2009
I have had many people ask me what is behind my artwork, why do I paint it, who influences me...
And I took the time to think about this over the weekend.
I have been painting for many years, since I was a child. My brother is an athlete and my sister is intellectual, but I had my art. Art was something I naturally was drawn to and loved. Picking up a pencil and drawing for hours and painting with watercolors was something I felt I needed to do. It was so natural that I never put thought to it. It was like walking.
I think each of us have something that we are naturally drawn to. Some people love sculpting, other love play a sport, but I had art in my life.
I would paint women, people, animals, and landscapes. Landscapes were my favorite. I still paint landscapes, though I havent posted any of mine here. I might share them with you one day :)
If you saw my landscape paintings you would think I was surrounded by mountains all my life. For many years that's all I painted, starting when I was about 9. All I painted was mountains and water. I must have lived around mountains in my other life..because I find them to be so beautiful.
As I got older...and I am not that much older, I am 26. I began painting Day of the Dead and Frida influenced art. Many pieces were of skulls, death, skeletons, and graves...I didnt find them to be morbid or unusual. I was just attracted to painting these things.
Self portrait with money by Frida Kahlo
I found enjoyment and happiness painting them. There was a time in my life that I felt I was painting for others...painting what they thought to be nice and what they liked. I decided to make a transformation, from illustrations of the fashionista chic girls to Day of the Dead/Frida/Burton inspired artwork...I finally was painting what I was happy doing, reflecting my own culture and my surroundings..I had a message of life and death, of faith, and hope..
Photo of Frida
I relate to Day of the Dead for so many reasons, I enjoy the history and idea that it shares and celebrates and when I see my paintings I face my own life and my own death. It something I think about and I know that one day, the end of this life will come for me and I will pass on to the next.
I am so happy in life and it will be sad to leave this one, but my paintings allow me to think about it, to ponder life and death and my feelings towards it. I always related to what Frida once said: " I paint my own reality. The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to and I paint whatever passes through my head without any other consideration"
My reality of culture, ethnicties, death and life, innocence and corruption, beauty and unsightly, light and dark...I try and reflect in my paintings.
I also wanted to share with you a little inside look of Frida. Sometimes people only see her outside, her famous uni-brow, her tragic love for Diego, but she was a very unique and deep person, and I thought that these little homemade videos I found show that:
March 21, 2009
What exactly is the meaning of Milagros?...Well that's a very good question.
Milagros are small silver or gold offerings in the shape of arms, legs, eyes and other body parts; animals, fruits, vegetables, etc. They are often attached to statues of saints or to the walls of certain Mexican churches and now are also found as components in necklaces, earrings and other jewelry. In the classical sense, milagros are offered to a favorite saint as a reminder of the petitioner's particular need, or they are offered to the saint in thanks for a prayer answered.
If, for example, someone has a sore arm, a tiny silver arm is hung on or near the favorite saint; the farmer who hopes that his pig will bear him many healthy piglets, asks his patron saint for intercession, and pins a pig milagro on the saint's robe.
I love charms and believe is them very much. I have a greek eye, to protect from the "evil eye" and I wear little charms on necklaces and I think they are such beautiful pieces of jewelry.
I think its important that what you wear has meaning and I try to make sure the pieces I wear have meaning to me.
March 12, 2009
March 9, 2009
These past few weeks I have been working on 3 new paintings and I can't wait to show all of you. I usually work on 2 or 3 at a time and I will let you know why. If I only work at one painting at a time, I actually make more mistakes and this is because I get so excited to work on the painting that I want to work on it as much as possible as fast as possible. So I end up painting layers of paint without it drying...and making more of a mess. So when I began painting more than one painting at the same time, that completely changed.
I really need to thank each of you, because through your blogs, sites, Etsy shops, and videos I have learned a lot. As many of you are, I am a self-taught artist too. I never had formal art classes. You are all my teachers, and I learn from you every day, about shading, and sketching, and even the art of display:) I took it upon myself to use this past weekend and snow day (here in CT we had a big snow storm on Monday) and work on new toppers for my mirrors, buttons, and magnets. I wanted it to be very simply and clean.
Like most of my art, I try to make everything affordable for you. I love my art, but the real reason I put them on the shop, is only because I want to share them with you and the world. I get a great feeling of satisfaction just looking at the small things I accomplish, and that alone is a reward...
March 1, 2009
Every month has a different picture of my art. The Calendar comes in a clear jewel case, which looks like a CD holder, but once opened and flipped it becomes a Calendar stand for your desk or table.
The Case Size is 5.59" x 4.98" x 0.36.
The Calendar is for sale in my Etsy shop for only $13.00 and in Dava (Hamden, CT) click here to purchase. I hope you like them.