It’s a new year!

Started the new year crafting and painting. Thanking God for a new beginning as last year was one of the toughest I’ve ever had to face. As you can see from my blog posts I’ve not been around these parts. Lost my dad over the holidays and still not entirely myself. It’s been tough, but I’m blessed to have had lots of one on one time with him in his last days. Now I have an angel to watch over me.
Wishing you all a blessed and happy New Year!
I’m really hoping to dedicate more time to creating new artwork. 🙂

A Step to Eternity: Un Paso a la Eternidad

The Day of the Dead – A Step to Eternity: Un Paso a la Eternidad

In honor of the 100-year anniversary of the Mexican revolution, in which approximately one million people died to replace the dictator Porfirio Diaz in order to create a Constitutional republic, this year’s theme of the Day of the Dead is based on revolution and change or honoring death as the price for liberty.

October 20 — November 13, 2010

Artist-participants: Francisco Franco, Yvonne Montano, Oscar Cisneros, Dr.Htain Win, Maria Sanchez, Dave Steffes, Raul Nava, Patra Nesseth – Steffes, Maxton Dramite, Lorenza Sanchez, Beto A. Bravo, Leonardo Ibarra, Amy Nelson Smith, Leslie Mathie, and others.

  • Reception and Celebration:

    • Saturday, Nov. 6, 3-7PM

Its a busy busy week! lots of fun art & events

I will be out and about all over the bay area this week. I hope to see you at one of these events!
Tuesday October 12th 

Starting tonight I’ll have some paintings on display at Puerto Alegre Restaurant, 546 Valencia St in San Francisco, (restaurant opens at 5:30 for dinner tonight). The opening of the Third Annual Dia de los Muertos Exhibit, installation
by Polu Manu Productions, other artists include Shawn Griggs, Emilia Garcia, Emmanuel Montoya, Hector Silva, Maya Gonzalez, Pamela Enriquez and many others, The Vigil Familia and Puerto Alegre is a San Francisco Institution and Family Style Restaurant in the heart of the Historical Mission District, best margaritas in town too! Please stop by to see this amazing artwork and have a margarita!

 

Thursday October 14th

Latina(o) Artists United Against Breast Cancer, Reflections on Canvas, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, at Latinas Contra Cancer in San Jose. 255 North Market Street, Suite 175 (corner of Julian-on North San Pedro side on backside of building)This is truly an international collaboration with art pieces, sculptures and photographs from Latin America, Europe and the U.S. a few of the local Bay Area artists include: Roxanne Quezada Chartouni, Alejandra Palos, Alejandra Oseguera, and myself.

Thank you Ysabel Duron for putting together such a wonderful place to educate our community in fighting this disease.
Friday October 15th
CantinaSF @ 580 Sutter Street, (in between Powell & Mason near Union Square) San Francisco. Dia de Los Muertos art exhibit opens this Friday October 15th, Sandra Gonzalez will be shown with other works by Shawn Griggs, Emmanuel Montoya, Maya Gonzalez, Maria Sanchez, Hector Silva, Emilia Garcia and others, installation by Polu Manu Productions.
Saturday, October 16th, 2010 — 11am-6pm
Dia de Los Muertos Community Celebration at Meek Mansion & park, Hayward, CA

I have a painting on display in the mansion. There will also be a Days of the Dead ceremony led by Yolanda Aranda with Xaguia Aztec dancers, Folklore music and dancing by Mariachi Juvenil de Hayward and Grupo Folklorico Tlapalli Musical performances by Blanca, Jesus Cisneros, Viviane DeLeon Bias and Solo Amigos, Chabot College Theatre performs an original Days of the Dead play, food vendors, arts and crafts vendors, activities for kids.

Presented in partnership with Hayward Area Recreation and Park District.
You can participate! Bring canned food for the community altar. All the food will be donated to a local food bank.

The Meek Mansion is located at 17365 Boston Road at Hampton Road in Hayward

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The Art of Lupe Flores

One of my favorite artists is Lupe Flores. While we have never met in person we go back a while back to 2004 when we both were listing art on Ebay. I’ve watched her art develop over the years and it’s been incredible to see the different types of art she has created.
Lupe’s art includes paintings, hand stitched dolls, clay dolls and more recently a new line of t-shirts with her Dia de los Muertos themed art!

 

She has also teamed up with Saide on a line of paper mache painted calavera skulls.
To learn more about Lupe Flores visit her website at: http://www.artbylupeflores.com/
To purchase her T-shirts, dolls, original art and prints visit her etsy store: http://www.etsy.com/shop/ArtByLupeFlores?ref=top_trail
Lupe’s art is also one of this months featured artists on ArtByLatinaArtists.com.

 

Easy DIY Covered Tin Flower Vase

I hope to share an easy DIY project every once in a while. This being the first of many. I am normally not a big crafter but I do enjoy DIY projects. This one is pretty easy I’d say and I didn’t have to look far to find the items to make this.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Recycled tin, rubber cement, ruler, scissors, pencil, ribbons, glue gun & glue sticks, paint brush.

Instructions:

S tep 1: Find a tin container to cover. I recycled a Rosarita’s Refried Beans tin, but any clean tin will do.

Step 2: Measure and cut a piece of your favorite scrapbook, magazine page, or leftover gift-wrap paper to fit around the tin. It could be a single strip of paper or small pieces added to cover the entire tin.

Step 3: Cover the blank side of the paper with rubber cement.

Step 4: Carefully wrap the scrapbook paper strip around the container while lining up the seams. Or placed randomly if using smaller pieces of paper.

Step 6: Embellish the container with ribbons or other epherma of your choice. I used hot glue to attach the ribbon.

Step 7: Place a small potted flower or plant in the tin!You can also add water and fill your container with fresh cut flowers (add floral foam or flower frog for support).

Step 8: Try it on different sized tins, line them up on a windowsill, as centerpieces on a table or fill with sand and use with a votive candle.

note: I can see myself using this covered tin to hold my paintbrushes once the flowers are gone.

Have fun with it!