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.


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.

Dia de los Muertos (freebie) … coloring book coming soon!

I’ve been doing a lot of sharpie drawings in my spare time when I can’t get to my paints. Rather than hoard them in my sketchbook, I thought I’d share them. Maybe they’ll become a coloring book when I collect enough of them to call it book. Here’s one I’m sharing and a sneak peak at few others. For the freebie click on the image and print and have fun with markers, crayons or paint.  Enjoy!

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


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.