Monday, December 31, 2007

For the New Year!

2007 is gone, it happened so fast and so much happened in my life. It's been a crazy year and I'm happy that it's over and that tomorrow a new life starts. So here's to new beginnings! I'm starting out the year as an artist should, by painting. I started working on my yellow tomato painting again. Having a hard time with it. I knew it was going to be a challenging piece but not to this extent. I've been working on it here and there for months now, and I can't wait to finish it. The towel has proven to be very difficult to execute. But I have to keep working until I get it right. 2008 will be more about art and my commitment to it. Happy New Year everyone and lets make it a good one!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Sepia Flows

Sepia Flow I, 2007, genuine sepia ink on paper, 10 x 8 3/8 inches
My investigation of water media continues. I decided to test out shellac ink and see if it could run like watercolor. I've worked with this kind of ink before but in a more direct application. This time I approached it in a different way by dropping ink on wet paper and/or puddles of water. I discovered that ink is much heavier and doesn't run as easy as watercolor. You literally have to push it around.
Sepia Flow II, 2007, genuine sepia ink on paper, 10 x 8 3/8 inches
This did not stop me since the main idea behind this process was to learn and, yes, to have fun.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Seeing Red

For Mikey I, 2007, watercolor on paper, 7.5 x 8.5 inches
It has been a color constantly making its presence known throughout my work and life. Red is everywhere and to many different people it may take on a different meaning; perhaps love, passion, emotion, or even something as generic as a Coca Cola sign.
For Mikey II, 2007, watercolor on paper, 9 x 7 3/8 inches
In my work Red pops up when painting tomatoes. It is obvious that tomatoes are of a certain color and as a representational artist I will recreate them in their true form, but the intent is not to represent a tomato per se, but to bring about the color Red. In life Red has always had some sort of impact on my subconscious. It manifests itself as a patriotic symbol for my country of birth, Peru. In art it hypnotized me as the color Vermilion and how Caravaggio would use such pigment in dramatic scenes and make it a focal point of his color scheme.
For Mikey III, 2007, watercolor on paper, 9 x 7 3/8 inches
Now Red has taken on a new, more powerful meaning. It represents the existence of a person, it stands for the life and intensity of a special man who always seemed to be surrounded by the color Red. There is no separating the two because when he comes to mind I see is a sea of Red.

Monday, December 03, 2007

Prints for Sale!

The holidays are here and everyone is now thinking about what gifts to buy for the special people in their lives. How about art? It would be great if most folk could afford an original piece of art by their favorite artist, but we all know that most working people can't. So here's an option. Purchasing fine art prints. Through Imagekind.com I am now able to make my work more attainable to most people. On this site you can buy a print of any painting on my gallery. All you have to do is choose a size and paper, and if you like, matting and framing. It's easy and affordable.