Monday, November 26, 2012

I re-photographed the painting I posted yesterday. It looks better and I am not so discouraged. That do you think?

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Where is my muse?

This week has been a creative struggle. I was so pleased how the painting with the masked dancer turned out, I thought I could keep painting with that ease and spontaneity. I worked 3 days on another encaustic Hungarian dancer painting - a much bigger one, but it never clicked. Ignoring my tightening solar plexes, I kept telling myself, "I can fix this" After too many hours, countless layers of encaustic - it was really getting heavy, I looked at the painting after the third full day of struggle and said, "This is crap" and put it back in the stacks with the other failures.

I finished this one today, but the excitement is gone and I find it without passion.  I will take a break from the studio until my muse shows up again.

Tomorrow is the life drawing session. At least, I can keep drawing. Here are some sketches that I have done. We start with 30 second drawings and end the 2 hours with 15 minutes sketches. I do enjoy this and the time flies.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

crazy carrots

I took a break from the studio today to work in the garden. It was lovely to see the winter vegetables poking through the dark, composted earth. I pulled some carrots for a carrot and sage pasta dinner and they are some crazy shaped and colorful vegetables.
They were delicious.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Hungarian Dance paintings

Both of my parents were born in Hungary and I grew up hearing the music of that country and my mother's stories of the traditions.

Years ago, I saw the Hungarian ballet in Budapest. At that time is was the only color I found in that city. There were still very much under the communist rule. A few months later the same group came to Scottsdale AZ, where we were living.

Just a couple of weeks ago, the Hungarian Dance Company came to San Miguel.
I was so impressed with the passion and action of the company's performance that I chose to start a new series based on those dancers.

24" x 24"

12" x 12"

!2" x 12"
Here are the first three paintings.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

I love San Miguel and Day of the Dead

A partial wall in the newly re-done children's play ground in Parque Jurez.
 Yesterday was the second of the "Day" of the Dead. This year it is a 4 day celebration. This is my 8th year experiencing this colorful celebration and it far surpasses anything I have seen before.

I strolled around town pretending that I was seeing San Miguel for the first time. I was thrilled by everything I saw and grateful that this really is my adopted home.

After dark I went back to the center to hear the earth harp.
It was new to me and very impressive. There were many of hundreds of people in the audience, including dozens of Katrinas in full makeup and fabulous costumes. Unfortunately, I did not have my camera with with me.
I couldn't resist taking this shot of the most photographed street in San Miguel
Giant skulls decorated by local artists are placed around the city.

This is really creative

multidimensional installation

In town

color and music everywhere

Sound check in the park

In front of the main altar in the center

school children's addition

Every child was given a box and they filled it with something personal

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Day of the Dead

This is my favorite celebration in Mexico. Today the altars we being set up in stores, all around town and especially in el Jardin. There will be parades music tonight. Tomorrow will be another colorful day.