El Sol y La Sandia

Two new paintings El Sol y La Sandia.. subjects that I always go back to, they are like comfort food to my soul. I’ve always enjoyed painting them. Plus they remind me of summer and I’d much rather be enjoying the sunshine and warm temperatures than the cold of winter. 
They are both acrylic on canvas panel and are available in my Etsy shop.

Artist Reception Oct. 26th, Galeria Beso Maya

This year I was blessed with the opportunity to share some of my paintings for Dia de los Muertos at Galeria Beso Maya, in Oakland California. I hope to see you there 6-10pm this Saturday, October 26th.  Group show with Oscar Cisneros, Martha A. Rodriguez, Alejandra Oseguera-Palacios, Adrian Delgado, Kathleen Rojas & Valerie Medina. Thank you Yarita Joon. 

Images: Galeria Beso Maya (Yarita Joon)

Catrina & Corazones

I’ve been painting lots of Catrina’s and hearts lately. The Dia de los Muertos season is in full effect this year I was able to paint a few Catrinas and Painted ladies to my series, along with several new heart paintings. Here are a couple of the latest. The corazon is now available in my Etsy Shop. The Catrina Rosa is available via UGallery.com. The little Catrina was featured as a “staff favorite” this past week. 🙂 thank you UGallery.

Weekend painting Dia de los Muertos Catrina

I spent the weekend picking up paintings from friends in SF and welcoming the 1st rainy day of the season. Saturday was spent mostly relaxing by a fire, drinking coffee, hangout at home, guys watching football and doing not so fun stuff like laundry and going through art that I had stored away.  But in the process found some pieces that I had started and decided I’d better finish. So here is one of my Catrina paintings that I started last year and for some reason never got around finishing. I’m normally pretty good about finishing a painting and seeing it through. But sometimes I if it’s taking too long then I loose interest. Well, I love how this one turned out and I’m happy to say she may be going to Half Moon Bay to hang out in a little gallery/shop there. This painting along with several others are available at Luz Luna Shop on Main St. in Half Moon Bay, CA.

From Tiny Acorn to Majestic Tree

Walking around the Stanford University campus I see these giant oak trees that I just love. They are just so strong and majestic looking. I can only imagine the people they have seen, the stories they could tell. Every now and then I pick up some acorns. They remind me of how from a small seed can come great things.

“The strongest oak of the forest is not the one that is protected from the storm and hidden from the sun. It’s the one that stands in the open where it is compelled to struggle for existence against the winds and rains and the scorching sun.”
– Napoleon Hill

My paints speak to me

I feel like I am finally getting into the swing of things and carving out a little bit of time to start on this year’s Dia de Los Muertos paintings.  It’s been a challenge to find time to paint, now that Tim is back home, work and also trying to go to school at night. Finding time for me and my love of painting has been a challenge. I figure like most things you love you simply HAVE to somehow carve out time to just do it. My paints are sitting out on the dining room table to remind me that I need to give them time and when I do they’ll reward me with a finished painting or two. Yes my paints speak to me. Sometimes I listen. Here are a few that I worked on this weekend. This season I plan to just show from here and make them available directly from me and my Etsy shop.

I am super woman! … not.

To all the fabulously brave military wives out there holding down the fort while their husbands are deployed. Be brave, be courageous and know that you are loved, valuable and strong. You can do this.

When things are falling apart, the kids need to be taxied, fed, the house cleaned and groceries done. The truth is with as many things as we try to juggle… things slip from our grasp and fall through the cracks. Some of us are superwomen in multi-tasking to keep every thing running straight and I tip my hat to those that can keep it all together.

I don’t know about you, but as much I’d like to think that I am a superwoman … truth is  I am human, I am frail, I am scared… but somehow know that it’s all gonna be fine. One day at a time and on some days one hour at a time.

So just sending out this note to the universe of ladies out there who are doing it, living the military esposa life. It doesn’t end even when they return home. You still hold down the fort, you still taxi kids, and buy groceries. Just remember to take care of yourself. After all you are good to no one if you can’t function. So take the time to rest, feed your soul, feed your body, find alone time to recharge.

I promise you this, the cape will be waiting …you can put it back on tomorrow.

I think of you at 2 a.m.

One of the hardest things for me while my husband was deployed was the sleepless nights full of anxiety and wishing he was home to hold me. I’d fall asleep to the sound of Anderson Cooper’s voice on TV and then wake up at 2am to the morning news just getting started on the East Coast. I lost a lot of sleep during the last 8 months, now that he is home. I am slowly getting back to sleeping through the night. It’s blessing to be able to roll over and he is there laying next to me. I’m so thankful but honestly now I kind of miss Anderson Cooper.