So far this month has been a good month for me. I got to enjoy volunteering again and I loved it. Will make this part of my regular schedule from now on. I also got to start and finish this painting. It was inspired by one of Suzi Blu’s workshops but with my designs and twist. I have two of my paintings in a group exhibition. My first one! So, I’m grateful for all the reached benchmarks and good news. I am really blessed. Under His care, always.
“The Soul Would Have no Rainbow if the Eyes Had no Tears”
Native American Proverb
I did another painting about 4 years ago inspired in this sentiment. I was still mourning the passing of my brother. I am glad I can do this again and this time with a heart full of hope for a perfect tomorrow. I have decided to work a little bigger. This is on a 11×14 stretched canvas.
I believe I’ll always be a learner of life. We all are even if we don’t consciously know it. Hopefully those lessons (some heartily sought and many unsolicited,) will make us better human beings. Hence, we’re always active in this non-stop school of life. Our actions are strongly connected and influenced in our beliefs and ethics even if we have to debate and wrestle with them daily. In my personal experience, my “way to heaven” has been a rocky road with many ups and down and turns and twists, but at the end of the day there’s little progress and that’s what I strive for.
My painting is a depiction of such. The colors used are contrasting to emphasize the earthly and heavenly, the easy and the difficult. The crooked ladder divides the plane between earthly and ethereal. This is my winded journey slowly going up because that’s my final destination. A home represents what’s dear to me and the flowers on the east, represent the life I’m struggling to obtain.
I will make it eventually when my time is up and God takes me to his everlasting rest.
What is Loved is Never Lost
I wanted to upload this in December but I needed to work on a few details. This painting is in memory of my beloved brother. I’ve been inspired by Chagall’s works since last year and his floating images gave me inspiration to create the theme. The painting is filled with symbols that speak to me. The horse was my brother’s favorite animal. This, in particular, is Darsio who was the horse of an artist in Oregon. She let me use an image of her horse in one occasion to write about my grief. The three angels are my mom’s, my sister’s, and my guardian angels. They inhabit the heavens and are in proximity to my brother in a playful way and they remind me that he is not far from us. No worries, no strife of any type. He is happy, safe, loved, and totally healthy! And the best of all? We’ll be reunited one blessed day! This is the hope I always hold on to.
This painting is also the first I’ve done using water soluble oil paints. I really liked working with them, especially because they don’t dry fast and I was able to fix and enhance here and there. I will definitely continue to paint with this medium.
I MISS YOU Hermanito
12 – 12 – 10 (6th Anniversary)
O Love That Will Not Let Me Go
1. O Love that will not let me go,
I rest my weary soul in thee;
I give thee back the life I owe,
That in thine ocean depths its flow
May richer, fuller be.
2. O light that followest all my way,
I yield my flickering torch to thee;
My heart restores its borrowed ray,
That in thy sunshine’s blaze its day
May brighter, fairer be.
3. O Joy that seekest me through pain,
I cannot close my heart to thee;
I trace the rainbow through the rain,
And feel the promise is not vain,
That morn shall tearless be.
4. O Cross that liftest up my head,
I dare not ask to fly from thee;
I lay in dust life’s glory dead,
And from the ground there blossoms red
Life that shall endless be.
Above Photograph from W. Eugene Smith which is a close resemblance of my brother and I when we were little children.
Hymn by George Matheson, embedded from YouTube. Unfortunately I’m not sure who sings this beautiful hymn but it seems is Diane Susek.
Last week I had the opportunity to meet with some friends to be creative in beautiful Indian Rocks Beach. I did my first clay sculpture. There’s plenty of room for improvement, but I love it and I treasure it for what the occasion meant to me: a nice getaway with friends. A time to escape from the routine and have a good time.
I’ll definitely practice more and venture with other materials. I liked the clay but it’s heavy and that’s a drawback for me. I still have to paint and sand it out. Hopefully I can post a picture when is finished.
Election 2016 in a Sketch
Divided We Are
My sketch above was made in color pencil. Simple, fast, and to the point. It depicts the controversial issues I’ve heard about the election. In all honesty I have not spent much time watching any of the campaigns, but you can’t scape the headlines and jokes. I picked a woman’s torso to represent what, in my opinion, are arguable issues surrounding the elections: sexual harassment and email scandals. My sketch has no face, no complete limbs to stress a female torso area which wears a bikini with the top being a torn American Flag. It emphasize division, rupture and the reality that underlies our society. We are divided in many ways and for as long as U.S.A has been a country. In her belly she has a tattooed email to represent Hillary’s infamous and questionable email scandal.
Divided We Are
United We Must Stand (that is, if we want to survive)