July 30, 2009

La Cholita con su hoja de Coca

My newest painting is almost finished. It is entitled "La Cholita con su hoja de Coca", which translates to "La Cholita with her leaf of Coca".

Below is how she looked before.

I added the Andeas mountains, Mount Illimani, and homes in the mountains. The cholita is holding two leaves of coca.

I am Bolivian, and I have visited Bolivia several times and it is one of the most beautiful countries I have seen and they hold their heritage very close to them still. I have always been facinated by the indigenuous people there.

Even though most of the people dress like you and me, there is still a population of cholitas and cholitos that still wear their traditional clothing, which for the women are long braids and a bowler hat.

I included the coca leaf because it is a very important natural resource to Bolivia, though like many things in this world, good things can be used for bad, and it has been used and deported all over the world for illegal purposes. But to Bolivians the coca leaf is used for many wonderful and healthy things. For example, one major use is coca tea, which is used for many different things, such as altitude sickness.
Though the debate goes on, I understand the importance of the coca leaf to these people.
The next line of paintings I am doing are going to be of the people of Bolivia. I should have this painting finished this weekend, so I will be sure to post it up:)

Take care and be well!

July 27, 2009

Fellow Artist

I love searching for inspirations and other fellow artists who also create day of the dead art.
I recently found Sylvia Ji and her artwork is stunning.
The colors, the eyes, and ideas are so refreshing and inspiring that I just had to share with you her artwork.

July 24, 2009

July 10, 2009

Newest Magnets in the shop

I listed the newest magnets in the shop:) If you mention "peony" in the notes to seller in etsy, I will give them to you for free shipping (until end of july)

July 9, 2009

Day of the Dead Wooden Display

I finally finished the second wooden display. I found this one in a local shop and it wasn't in great shape. As you can see from above.
So I sanded it down, primed it....

Then I had some fun...

I didn't glue the flowers in the display, but was just experimenting how they would look. I am going to use this one for a little shrine/Day of the Dead altar and place it in the corner of my artroom with pictures and little treasures I find:)
Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful day!

Till the next time.

July 6, 2009

Frida's Day of Birth

She would have been about 102 years old today. Today we celebrate for you Frida.

I have included some of my favorite photos of Frida.