7/28/09

Exhale...

Well, I would like to say, "time to relax" after I have worked so hard and had all of my shows lined up so close together. But, sadly, summer passed me like a blink of an eye. And now it is that time again, school shopping, supplies, school volunteering etc...
I have a couple of months to get ready for my next line of shows. Starting again in October. I will post all of my shows schedules here on my blog, so make sure you stop in from time to time!

The Contemporary Hispanic Market, was amazing as usual. I can't believe the floods of people from around the world that come down for this event! I met people from Europe, France, Mexico, India, Jamaica and that is just naming a few! Not to mention the peeps from around our good 'ol' USA. New York, California, Texas, Colorado, Nevada, Maine, Arizona and that is just naming what my tiny mind can remember. I love talking to everyone who visited my booth. So many interesting stories and beliefs.

Another thing I found interesting, that really made me nervous last year, is the opinions/criticisms. I was terrified someone would not like my art, last year. I didn't really hear any negative comments last year. Maybe, I didn't let myself. This year I heard about 10% negativity towards my work, not even a hand full of them. But, I thought it was interesting and somewhat funny. Because I understand it is just ignorance about, not only Dia de los Muertos but the latino culture in general. Funny to see noses turn up at my "Chingona" and "Mama Chola" and "La Borrachas" ..ect.. (which were all sold, by the way, Prints completely sold out as well!). When I saw my first Muerte, I was a little uneasy about it myself. I thought, "oweee, why would someone want a skeleton in their home, reminding them about death"? I thought, "just because you put a dress on it, how does that make it not scary"? So I started researching and reading (yes reading), about the celebration. It's not scary, it's beautiful! It really is. It has also helped me not fear death so much.

During Dia de los Muertos, people go out and celebrate their loved ones who have passed on. How many of us take a WHOLE weekend, to celebrate and remember a loved one who is no longer around, annually? AND share those memories with strangers? During the Day of the Dead you see "ofrendas" "altars" These are beautiful works of art that represent, memorialize & tell a story about that special someone and what they brought into their loved ones lives!


For example last year at the Dia de los Muertos show in Mesilla, there was very beautiful altars. One in particular stood out to me. It was the families Grandfather. On his altar they had fun photos of their grandfather with his grandchildren, loving photos of him with his wife, the Grandfather working. .. etc. They included his reading glasses, his remote and his hard hat from when he worked construction, along with other special items that specifically represented their grandfather! They also had out his favorite foods and drink. It is believed that when their loved ones spirit comes to visit, the spirit will get the essence of the things they loved, back here on earth! It is so beautiful. Those altars show the world, who they were and how much they meant to this familia! I cant think of a better way to honor someone who is no longer on earth, than that!


Anyway, I heard people say things like, "I know that "stuff" is supposed to be happy "stuff" but Marilyn Monroe was an icon, and to portray her as a skeleton is just awful." or "That's horrible, look at that!" or "Oh My Gosh (roll of the eyes)" jajajaa... And then I had others who thought my Marilyn Mon-Muerto was "hilarious, brilliant, great imagination..etc. and then there were those who thought "she is so beautiful, wow good work, what talent, I'm amazed...etc. People found the horror, humor & beauty in one painting! That is so awesome! I made people "feel"! I made people "feel"!

As an artist all of these opinions feed my drive to paint! I love it!! I still have Marilyn and will be working on her friends, Dead-E Page, Elvis, James Dean..etc.. That's for next year!

Well, here are some of the Flores Originals that were sold this past weekend at the "impressive" Contemporary Hispanic Market!


Well, my shows may be over for now, but in the mean time, I will be working on new pieces for my upcoming shows starting in October! Time for this home-maker to get back to her house work and try to enjoy what is left of summer '09'! Thank you for stopping by and please stop by my Etsy shop for your unique Flores Original!
God Bless,
Carolyn

7/23/09

Visit Santa Fe & FloresOriginals

A Swallows Home
Acrylic on Canvas 16"x 20"
New Calavera collection available at this weekends show!
If your in the Santa Fe area,
24th Annual "Contemporary Hispanic Market"
Visit my booth #65
July 25 – 26, 2009
8am-5pm

The annual Contemporary Hispanic Market, the largest Hispanic art event in the country, features innovative work by more than 100 artists drawing from their Hispanic heritage and New Mexico traditions. The Market is held outdoors on Lincoln Avenue next to the Santa Fe Plaza and is held yearly during the last weekend of July. There will be 134 booths with many medium forms of artwork created by New Mexico Hispanic resident Artists and is open 8am-5pm each day and free to the public.
"New" works of art & prints will be available....

7/20/09

ღArte de Muertoღ

1 down 1 to go...

The second Arte de Muerto show, has once again proved to be a success! This show is the perfect genre for my art. Thank you Hank Estrada & Antonio Garcez for the wonderful show you provide to all of us vendors and all of your hard work it is much appreciated!
The show was beautiful with soooo much awesome art, celebrating not only dia de los muertos but Latino culture as well! I think I spent most of my earnings buying everything in sight.

Unfortunately, I lost my charger for my camera! Now, I have to use my very cheap, unfocused camera phone. La Llorona was at the show, screaming for her children. New Mexico's Channel 7 was there. They also had face painters, there work is amazing! These photos give their work no justice!
This is my baby dღughter. It was her 3rd birthday on Sunday! She was excited to be at the show with me and get her face painted. She was wearing a strawberry dress and they painted her face a calavera with strawberry's.
Awwww.. Who could resist that punum?

She'll be my next painting!

This is my other baby dღughter. Not so much of a baby anymore, but, a definitely a beautiful young lady! She is my biggest helper & advertiser! She will also be my next helper.

I also have my oldest child who was unable to be at the show. My sღn & his dad were putting a new roof on our house so he was hard at work!

Thanks for stopping by!

If your in the Santa Fe area,
Visit my booth #65 for the
24th Annual "Contemporary Hispanic Market"
July 25 – 26, 2009
8am-5pm
The annual Contemporary Hispanic Market, the largest Hispanic art event in the country, features innovative work by more than 100 artists drawing from their Hispanic heritage and New Mexico traditions. The Market is held outdoors on Lincoln Avenue next to the Santa Fe Plaza and is held yearly during the last weekend of July. There will be 134 booths with many medium forms of artwork created by New Mexico Hispanic resident Artists and is open 8am-5pm each day and free to the public.
"New" original works of art + prints will be available....
I would like to thank those of you who mention to me at my last couple of shows, how you travel, to collect your FloresOriginals. I have some FloresOriginal supporters that have followed me since eBay or my first summer market with Contemporary Hispanic Market! I am very appreciative to your kindness and support, It is VERY encouraging to me!
Many blessings,
Carolyn

7/17/09

Come One Come All....



Flores Original works of art will be available
at the next upcoming events!

Online sales will be on hold during the next two weeks.

Arté de Muertos” Expo
Day of the Dead, Ghosts & Folk Art
Santa Ana Star Casino, Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico
July 18-19 2009 9am to 5pm
Located in Bernallio
This two day event, gathers the best of the best of "Dia de los Muertos" artisans from all over the southwest and is truly an impressive showcase to experience. This event celebrates the tradition, wonder and beauty of an annual Mexican custom and now observed here in New Mexico!

If your in the Santa Fe area,
24th Annual "Contemporary Hispanic Market"
July 25 – 26, 2009
8am-5pm
The annual Contemporary Hispanic Market, the largest Hispanic art event in the country, features innovative work by more than 100 artists drawing from their Hispanic heritage and New Mexico traditions. The Market is held outdoors on Lincoln Avenue next to the Santa Fe Plaza and is held yearly during the last weekend of July. There will be 134 booths with many medium forms of artwork created by New Mexico Hispanic resident Artists and is open 8am-5pm each day and free to the public.
"New" works of art & prints will be available....

7/9/09

Flores Origi-Gals....

I recently discovered what an AWESOME artist my daughter has become. I bought her a doodle book about a year ago. She seemed really interested for a short while and then quickly became uninterested! I didn't push her, I just let it be. Recently, she brought out that doodle book and it had many different unique sketches inside. I fell in love with them. Not only because she is my daughter, but if you look at her work she has such an imagination. So much detail and story to each piece of work! See for yourself!

7/8/09

I'm Baaaaaaack!



Art Room Door....

(bottom paper on door)

A sign my daughter made me..


Inventory curing before show!

I'm finally back! Not painting for 2 whole months really put me behind schedule and I really hope that NEVER happens again! I have been traveling a lot this summer and I am really exhausted! I need a vacation from traveling.
I have 2 shows coming up!
Arte de Muerto Show
July 18th & 19th
Santa Ana Star Casino in Bernallio, NM.

Contemporary Hispanic Market
July 25th & 26th
Santa Fe, NM
I am very excited!! I love these shows, I love painting, I live for it all!

For not having much time, I'm doing pretty good. I don't have a lot of inventory left to complete! For the first show anyway! If your in New Mexico during these dates, stop by and find my booth! The CHM is a very large show. You can find me in the artists directory book that they hand out for free during the show.

Since Monday, this has been my schedule: Wake up, go to the kitchen and get my coffee, drink a carnation instant breakfast and get to work! I don't get to bed till midnight. Then, when I hit the pillow, I am still awake with things to do circling my head. So I open my nintendo dsi and I train my brain and play sudoku, till my eyes decide they can close and stay that way. ...

I am exhausted. My children and husband have been really helpful and supportive. They always have been! I am very blessed to have the family that I do.
I am exhausted! I better go get my ds so I can fall asleep, to wake up and do it all over again!
Wouldn't have it any other way!

La Chingona