I have a lot of painting to do, new ornaments preparing to be juried & orders to fill! But for right now. I want to blog.
So, I am right now, preparing my art to be juried for that ever so impressive Contemporary Hispanic Market! What if, I don't get in? My body goes numb at the mere thought! I did participate last year, but I have to get juried in again! The pressure.
I am working on a couple of pieces right now. First is this Marilyn Mon-Muerto. Now she is a work in progress! She is NOT completed yet. This painting is 2 1/2' tall. Pretty large! Very fun and VERY vibrant. The contrasting colors make me happy to be alive. lol I am thinking this will be one of my submissions that I will take to be juried.
Next, this is more a scenic painting and is also still not completed. We have a Cantina with the mariachi's playing in the window. Lovers dancing under the moon light. There is a girl smelling a flower on the first window and the middle window two people sitting at a table. See the puppy jumping up on that wall peeking in the window. There is still allot to be done here. Still too much background and grass.
I will be posting the completed results as soon as they are done.
In this photo to the bottom the arrows are pointing to all of the veins that are protruding out of my hands because circulation is being cut off. You can't really see this in the photo and it's hard to explain. There is a swollen oval area that pops out. This part is not bone it is soft like if there is a lot of tissue built up. And the line on the side of the arm is showing where the weird shape has taken over. Does this look normal?
Aw well, let's see if this doctor says, "well, I don't see anything wrong with your hands".
Till next time my friends!
Here in New Mexico there is an art called Bultos. Bultos are Santos carved, usually with cottonwood root or pine wood. They are painted with either homemade gesso or acrylic gesso, homemade natural pigments, acrylic watercolors, or waterbased pigments. Usually sealed with homemade pinon sap varnish, commercial sealers, or beeswax. I "really" wanted to start this type of art. But, my hands have become really bad. They are swollen, something is cutting of circulation, veins are popping out all over & if that was not bad enough, I know have a small bone popping out of the wrist. And, it is not my wrist bone. I can still paint but my hand is constantly in pain. I will be making a Dr. apt. soon. I recently went to a specialist but (of course) nothing came out of it. And this is after I had underwent a lot of tests. Apparently a swollen, numb, veiny hand is the norm!
Anyway, long story short. Thanks to Gritty Janes workshop, I can make my own bulto type art replica.. And here it is. I started out with the Blessed Mother. She is a mixture of the Guadalupe and Nuestra Señora de San Juan de los Lagos. That is why her veil is triangular in shape.
The fabric used for her Vail is stiff and everything is hand painted. She is cloth and Paper clay. She has been sanded and painted in acrylic. The flaming heart is removeable. It is also made of fabric, paper clay & acrylic paint. I put the angel at her feet holding the moon.
Next starting at $19.99, I have listed a very sexy hand painted Marilyn Mon-Muerta purse! I had a hard time with this purse. I am used to painting with very bright colors and this purse as you can see is a dark bronze. I had it hanging on the door of my armoire for about 3 or 4 months. This is a used purse but looks Great!! I'm going green. Recycling items that still have life left, but adding a dash of pizazz! Finally, I look at this purse and see Marilyn Mon-Muerta sitting above the gold point in front of the purse. So after all this time I grab the purse and go to work. This is the finishing result. This piece measures almost 6 1/2" x 9" x 2 1/2" The flap in front opens to a large pocket with one small pocket on the inside. The purse has Marilyn Mon-Muerto on the front posing sexy. To the left of her, I painted the words "Marilyn Mon-Muerto" to look as if she signed the purse herself! To the right is her kiss print. The colors in this painting coordinate perfectly with the purse. I used shimmery gold & shimmery copper to pop against the bronze background of this purse. It is functional art, you can display it or use it! And no the paint will not come off!
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Wow as if life couldn't get any better! I just got e-mailed by Danita from Danita Art telling me to check out her blog. I happily clicked Danita on my favorites list and.... oh yeah.... I won!! She had a drawing a while back for a Danita doll AND I WON!! I am so very excited (if you can't already tell)!!
Her blog is always interesting to read. I love the story about the rabbit & the moon. I had never heard it before but I have been intrigued by it ever since! Her paintings are amazing I first saw her on e-bay, then I found her etsy shop, then her blog. And I follow her blog every morning with my cup O java. Well I e-mailed her my address and as soon as I get the doll I will post the pictures!
So very excited.