New Acrylic Painting on Canvas 30” x 40”
New Painting: "Nunca Sere Nada" (I'll never be nothing) Acrylic on Canvas 48" x 48"
This painting will be part of a new SOLO show... more details and more new paintings to come!
I was invited to paint live for an event, at 111 Minna Gallery. I don’t get money for this. I do it because I enjoy it. Although I have decided to start charging for any other Live Painting event.
The experience at Minna was a peculiar one! I painted on stage and the only light I had available was a very dimmed color light. I couldn’t distinguish any of the colors I was using to paint. The easel was set up way too low and couldn’t figure out how to fix it.
On top of that, I had arrived late, due to horrible traffic; I was exhausted, my eyes were sore due to lack of sleep, and my back was killing me!
There were only two alternatives: paint and do your best! Or get irritated and paint and see what happens!!
I decided to go with the first! Blindly, I started applying colors here and there, and I moved all around the easel, and painted without looking directly at the canvas.
I painted and I did my best!
And this is the result! 👇🏼
The feedback I got was incredible! Made it all worth it! 😊
New Paper Collage completed today at ARC Gallery. It amazes me how everything is so connected. The process of creating this collage was completely random, and yet the result matches so well with my latest existential internalization.
In the last few weeks, I have been practicing dying, when I go to bed, and the Re-birth of a new me when I wake up in the morning.
Every day I die
Every day I am born again!
Is always the same day...
Another LIVE PAINTING event, yesterday at SF BLOOM ROOM!
Here is the result of a 2 hour Live Painting
Opening reception tomorrow from 6 PM to 9 PM
Show from June 6 to July 28.
Tomorrow at Secession Art & Design
Tonight was my first time doing a “sip and paint” class. I had an amazing experience! 😊
My job was to guide the students on how to paint this wild daisies:
I was given step by step written instructions on how to paint it. But I am not good at following instructions, so I decided to just paint the way I would usually do it in my studio. I told my students, they could follow me, but I encouraged them to improvise and do whatever they wanted.
And that’s precisely what they did! And each ended up with a painting 10 times better than the original!
Come and see these 3 Collages at Collage Group show this Saturday 18that7:00 PM
Collage-a-rama Group Show
Arc Studios & Gallery
1246 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Saturday, May 18th, 7-9PM
I was invited to paint Live, at the Dirty Pigeon SF. It was a very fun event, painting among kids 20 years older than me! 😂I felt right at home!!
They are young, happy, and filled with energy! Their hearts are open, their minds are curious, their eyes are shining... no pretentiousness, no attitudes, just lots of excitement!!
I had an amazing time!! 👍🏼
this is the finished piece!
Painted in 1 hr and 30 mins
“Mindless Pursuit of Meaningless Success”
Paper Collage on Wood
Currently working on this new painting! is part of a new series I am working on!
Stay tuned more updates to come!
I am so excited! My copy of the collage book in which I am featured just arrived! 😊 I am proudly representing El Salvador! Among 50 Collage artists from around the world!! Curated by Rebeka Elizegi and published by Promopress Editions (Spain)!
You may purchase this book in Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Collage-Women-Essential-Contemporary-Artists/dp/8416851778/ref=mp_s_a_1_2?crid=17SRS2EJ7J7WH&keywords=collage+by+women+50+essential+contemporary+artists&qid=1556930317&s=gateway&sprefix=collage+by+wom&sr=8-2-spell
The instant gratification of this technique is addictive! Infinite possibilities to explore!
A new door has opened and I am going in!!
Today I had the opportunity to hang out with amazing printmaking artist: Mark Brodie. He walked me through the process of using glass to transfer my drawings onto a Solar Plate. I was a little lost with the process at first, as is very different to the one I am used to: Aquatint.
However, once we printed the first image, and started experimenting with other textured plates, I was in a roll and didn’t want to stop!! 😃
Many, many thanks to Mark who gave me a new toy to play with!!
He is an amazing artist! printmaker, photographer and sculptor. You can check out his work here: https://www.markbrodiestudios.com/
and find him in Instagram @Markbrodie1111
I was 14 or so, the day me and my sisters left the house, eager to visit the International Fair. It was our tradition. Every November, the international Fair would come to El Salvador, bringing all the new and exciting products from all over the world. Food, clothing, electronics etc. We could never afford to buy anything, but we loved visiting all the booths, exploring the new and exciting merchandise.
We were making our way in through the crowds of people, when suddenly something caught my eye. Right at the entrance, there was a man sitting on a table, doing something with colors. The colors and whatever he was doing looked amazing from far. I asked my sisters to check that out first. It was Pantone’s booth. The man was giving a color demonstration with an airbrush. There was color everywhere! On the table, on the floor, on his clothes. I was stunned! I had never seen an adult making a mess and having so much fun! I remember this feeling waking up in my heart: I want to play with colors too!
I am not sure at what point I lost my sisters. I was suddenly on my own, watching this man airbrushing the colors on a cardboard. After I while, I decided to catchup with them and started walking. But right next to the Pantone booth, there was another booth, filled with pictures. A gallery with samples of the things Artist had done with the Pantone colors. That was it. I don’t remember anything else about that fair. I didn’t look for my sisters either. I stayed there, in that gallery looking at every single painting on the wall, feeling my heart waking and vibrating, I was so deeply moved, tears were coming out of my eyes. I had never seen anything so beautiful. I was paralyzed.
That night, I couldn’t sleep. I kept thinking about the colors and the paintings I’ve seen. Confused of what it meant. Why was my heart pounding so hard? What was the meaning of this sudden excitement?
I was 16 years old, the day I walked into my father’s bedroom and told him: “Dad, I don’t want to be in the circus anymore. I want to be an Artist”. The revelation was not as easy as it sounds, but I will tell that story another time.
I knew then, that I all I wanted to do was to be an Artist. I had zero interest for anything else. But how do you become an Artist?
Going to Art School, was not an option for me. My country was at war. Artist and intellectuals were being persecuted and murdered. (Google it, if you want to know more). So what do I need to do in order to become an Artist?
One day, I picked up a pencil and a piece of paper and started drawing some empty bottles. I made lots of drawings of random objects I found around the house. I remember my dad pointing out that I did have a talent for drawing. His words filled me with so much confidence that I decided to try drawing people. I picked up a National Geographic magazine, and found the most beautiful picture of these two African kids. I found a large piece of paper and started drawing the kids. I was so into it! I was singing, I was happy, I was enjoying every moment of it. When I was finally done, drawing and shadowing every detail I could of the picture, it was already morning. I had literally stayed up all night drawing. I went to bed suddenly feeling very tired, and left my drawing on the dining room table.
An hour or so later, I was awakened by the distant voice of my father telling the rest of the family : This is an amazing drawing! She really is an Artist!
That was it!! I hadn’t gone to Art school, showed in any galleries or had any training. But I knew then, that in order to become an Artist, all I needed was to be an Artist.
I called myself an Artist after that. Every one I met, everywhere I went I introduced myself as Artist. Some people laughed! Specially other artists, who think that being an Artist means, to have proper school training, shows and recognition and I didn’t have any of that. But I did have a huge amount of artwork! Because once I accepted myself as an Artist I did no stop making art. Was I a good artist or a bad artist? That was irrelevant! I am just an Artist because I make art.
To be an Artist, means to make art, and if you are engaged with the moment and connected to the creative forces of the universe, than you are a good Artist, regardless of the result or what other people think of your work.
You become an Artist by being an Artist! That’s all!
I love meeting other artists! Specially, cool artists like these dudes! All so genuinely friendly and fun!!
I was behind the scenes trying to convince them to switch places unexpectedly, in the middle of the artbattle competition- so after 10 mins we switch places and finish someone else’s painting ....Haha sounded like a great idea to me! :-)