Friday, October 31, 2008
Anyway back to what I am going to tell you. It rained yesterday afternoon and into the night. I just love the rain. It's my friend. I went out earlier that day because it looked like it was going to rain. It was all cloudy and smoky too. I think the farmers were doing a controlled burn, that or there was a fire somewhere. I just like how it looked yesterday, it was such a lovely day.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
I'm reading a book right now and it has become very theraputic for me. It's not a self help book or anything like that. Well, it might be a little bit like it because it's inspiring me. It's an art book. The way it's created is more for beginners. Right now I consider myself a beginer because I stopped painting and drawing for about two years. Now i'm getting back into the grove of things but I feel I need to go review a few things about what I learned in the past.
I promise I'll try to do at least one post a week. If I'm a little late please don't abandon all hope and think I'm not coming back to blog land. I love blogging so I will keep coming back. I'll leave you with this picture. I took it on my way back from Washington State in August. This picture is in Oregon.
Friday, October 17, 2008
A lot of people go and paint the lovely scene of pumpkins at the farm.
There are signs posted with trivia in the corn maze so you don't get bored.
Closeup of some pumpkins.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
I finished the first ACEO in the set. It's called Aztec Goddess Xochiquetzal it's 1/12. It's done on watercolor paper I can't tell you what kind at the moment because I can't find my pad. I used lightfast black india ink to ink the lines. Then I used watercolor pencils to finish the painting. The watermark is not in the original. It will be signed on the back. I found something out, it's very hard to paint when you don't have the right size paint brush. I need a smaller one to make my job a lot easier.
I hate scanners, they can never capture how the painting really looks. The colors aren't as vibrant. Her skin is actually a little darker than in this picture. It still looks quite nice. I think I may become addicted to making and collecting ACEOs. Each ACEO in this set will be a little different. I am going to play with the colors and also with the mediums I use. I'm planing on using prisma colored pencils, watercolor pencils, ink, and acrylics. Maybe I'll add some embellishments as well, who knows. All I want to do is have fun.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
This is what I had for lunch today two eggs with tortillas and some hot sauce. Simple meal that tastes so good when you add extras like the hot sauce. I like Valentina hot sauce because their hot sauce isn't as spicy as the Tapatio hot sauce. They do have another one that's spicier but the original is just right for me. If I do eat Tapatio hot sauce I will only use a drop or two on my food and test it, if it's not spicy enough then I'll add more. It's just too spicy for me.
I must admit that when it comes to spicy things I am a big chicken. Even though supposedly because I am Mexican I'm supposed to like Spicy things. That's just one stereotype that does not apply. I don't like to eat fresh chiles. Lots of people like doing that but I don't really do that unless they're sliced and I'm going to be eating them on nachos or on a sandwich where there will be lots of other flavors to balance out the spiciness a little bit.
Saturday, October 4, 2008
I found a picture of myself when I was in high school where I still had my natural hair color. You can see that it's a dark brown color. I've been dying my hair since high school. That's a couple of years that I haven't seen my natural color.
I've been thinking for a while now that I should let my natural color grow out. I have to dye my hair one more time because I bought hair dye and I don't have the receipt to return it. I' m not going to let it go to waste. So after this one time I will not dye it anymore. For some reason I've just been wanting to go back to being natural. I think I've grown tired of dying my hair. Plus all those nasty chemicals. I think I'm better off not dying my hair. I am now embracing my natural hair color and in a way I think I am now embracing my true self. I am accepting myself as I am. I don't need to dye my hair to make a statement. I'm also thinking about growing my hair out. I used to always have my hair long up to my waist. I have it short, up to my shoulders. For me that's short. I don't know why I want to go back. Something is calling to me and telling me go back. It's pulling at me. Some inner desire, or the me trapped inside. Maybe it's my indigenous side that's finally found a way out.
Something has also been calling me saying "create, draw, paint" it's telling me to read more about my culture it's telling me to look into the indigenous arts. No matter how Americanized I am there is something inside me that keeps me grounded and keeps me connected with my people. I'm not ashamed or embarrassed to be Mexican but I think I've forgotten about myself and that other part of me. I was born here in the US that's why I'm so Americanized. Even my language is something that I've been forgetting. All I would watch on t.v. is English channels, for 2 or 3 years. Recently in the last few months I've started to watch Spanish channels and it's been helping me in some way. I'm content inside. I don't know why. It's weird you know.
It seems that some part of me is not satisfied and I need to do something to fulfill that need.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
I've always been a person who was different from everyone else in the sense that I wasn't afraid to like things that I liked. I wasn't afraid to be open with things that I liked. I also most def didn't take crap from no one. No one messed with me because they knew I would defend myself. I was the quiet girl, who always did my homework and followed the rules but there was one place where I could let go and that was in the art room. I took art for 3 years in high school. I learned a lot about myself in that class. In the end art is what kept me going through high school. School wasn't tough or anything like that, it's just that at times I just didn't want to go. I wish I could have learned a lot more about art but seeing as I live in a small town and there isn't enough funding as is for the school, of course art is one of the departments they cut from first. We had limited materials, so we were limited in what we could learn. I loved my art teacher, he was great. He made due with what we had. You know a lot of people took art because they thought it was a free ride but boy were they wrong. You had to always be working in that class.
I find myself needing art again. It's like I'm discovering it for the first time again. I guess I'm one of those people that just can't be without it. *sigh*I just love art.