I'm so obsessed with the shrines in Oaxaca, that I had to make my own. I used cereal boxes, tape, glue, paint, colored pencils, and marker to make this three-some. In the center is La Virgen de Guadalupe. To the left is Nuestra Senora de Soledad, the patroness of Oaxaca City, and all the way to the right is Nuestra Senora de Juquila, the patroness of Oaxaca State. Now for some miracles. . .
I regard these little paintings as exercises which I tire of after an hour or two. They are like sketches with paint. I do miss working on bigger projects--that begin with a vision or a compulsion which I feel driven to bring into being. Perhaps this is not the time to be undertaking such a project when most of my time and energy is devoted to soaking up the creative energies in which I am immersed. Perhaps the big projects will come later after I've digested a bit.
This is a drawing of one of the indigenous art pieces from the Rufino Tamayo museum. It is oil pastel on top of Acrylic. I love these ceramic figures, and it was a nice change of pace to draw rather than render in paint. I've really been filling up my sketchbook. For some reason drawing seems to be pleasing my brain more lately. But, I like that the underpainting shows through and gives intrigue and dimension to the drawing.
I finished this lady last night. She is based on this planter in our roof garden which features a Senorita carrying a vessel on her head which is overflowing with a succulent. The pattern behind her is taken from the iron chairs up there, and the green image on the bottom is from our wooden dining room chairs. The side tiles are taken from the inside of a fountain that was at a park we attended last week. I feel like these paintings are becoming collages of what I am noticing. They are a way to digest what I am seeing and learn about it through copying.
I saw a ceramic statue in the cultural museum the other day. I included a picture of her in our Oaxaca blog. I sketched her in my sketchbook and painted her last night. It was fun. I'd like to make ceramic pieces like her upon returning to Chicago.