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Holidays, humor, Illustrations, Revising Old Work, thoughts behind the work, whimsy

The Giving Christmas Tree

reworking of an analog drawing, now digital

I have always liked the saying “To give is to receive”. I think it’s because this has come true in my life so many times. I gave it a light and whimsical font to keep in the mood with the subject matter. The sketches were done very quickly with pen and ink on a sketch pad. They are in no order of importance on the tree. I think I laid them out digitally according to size. They represent things I have always held dear to my daily life, wherever I lived, worked or played.
There are plants, herbs, animals, dishes, quilts, furniture, an old fashioned windowsill, balloons, flowers in vases, a bumblebee, a big bow, a little cow, afternoon tea and of course a can of soup.
Here is the link to purchase this art on a ton of products. thanks for looking.

Ajijic, flora and fauna

Ajijic Plaza Umbrellas

AjijicPlaza copy-web.jpgThis is a small scene in the downtown Centro Plaza in Ajijic, Mexico. It’s a relaxed and sometimes very busy place.  Weekends find artisans selling their wares, musicians playing their instruments in festive songs. Generally it’s a busy but festive place. You can get and ice cream and sit on a bench and people watch or meet friends for lunch at nearby restaurants.  Food carts await and taxis sit at their stations ready to bring you anywhere you want to go.

The atmosphere is always friendly and there’s always the sound of laughter of happy children running in and out of the gazebo.  It’s a wonderful place to share with friends.  Flower are always blooming Ajijic Plaza umbrellas  against a clear blue sky.

abstract imagination, mexico

A sun face with very purple swirls

Here is a new watercolor with very intense colors and mood. I did the basics of this piece when I was demonstrating for my class on layer painting in watercolor. The underpainting was done with inks in soft washes and I spread them on the wet paper with my fingers in a swirling motion. When it had dried in the sun is the point at which I gave the face its basic shape., The swirls of motion almost drew themselves. The many layers of dark purples and red are rich MaimiriBlu watercolors from Italy which are my favorites. This is a big painting and a powerful piece.

Here is the piece on Fine Art America.

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Love is in the Air

This watercolor with its soft and highly textured colors was a demo piece that I did in a class I’m teaching. The class is about painting watercolor in layers and stacking them according to their transparencies. The color palette is not my usual and so I’m happy that I am going in new directions. I am using my own hand drawn lettering as an off the cuff expression. We actually used cookie cutters and big flat brushes as well as thin riggers for variety. It was a fun project and everybody seemed to enjoy it. Here it is on textile.

mexico, storytelling art

Mexican Ancient Clay Mask

This Clay mask is from⁠ Teotihuacana, Mexico. ⁠
It depicts “Dios Viejo del Fuego”, Which was one of the oldest deity worshipped in the Basin of Mexico⁠, known as Huehueteotl by his Náhuatl name.⁠
⁠200 BC – 800 A.D.

When I saw this face I just wanted to paint him. I love the animals in here and his expressions and also I chose a vibrant gold color because I felt he was rich and glowing.
Here he is on fine art america.

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Sunface Mandala with birds

Another mandala that’s also a sun face. He’s a colorful dude and look closely and you will see there are a few birds hanging around his face. It could be a she of course. This is a big painting starting out with layers of intensely splashed colors of yellow and red. There are lots of watercolor layers, one on top of another building up tonal values. I seem to never get tired of painting sun faces.

See it here for purchase options.

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Abstract shapes cut out colorful

Here is lots of color combining my hand drawn images into a big pattern. They look like stencil shapes but abstracted and the shapes have been skewed for effect. I’m really liking the colors because to me they are happy. Just for fun, I’m including the sketchpad of the original pen and ink artwork. Follow the yellow brick road to see it applied.