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.

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

New Frida Kahlo painting and new mediums

Currently working on a new Frida Kahlo painting and trying out new mediums. I’ve never painted on cradled wood board or used gold leaf. I really like the smoothness of the board and how the wood grain shows through the paint. I am using acrylics and a gel stain medium to keep the paint light and not so opaque. I want the wood grain to come through. The gold leaf is so light and delicate as a feather. I love everything about it. Here are a few pictures of my process from pencil sketch to using just white and raw umber with a gel stain medium. I still have some more details on her face and the rest of the gold leaf around her to complete the painting. I’ll be posting pictures of the finished piece soon. Stay tuned. She will be on display in San Francisco in June. I think I will definitely be working more on cradled wood… maybe I’ll even brave painting with oils soon.