Thursday, April 17, 2014

Unica Mirando Al Mar, watercolor sketch

UNICA MIRANDO AL MAR, watercolor sketch in my art-notebook. This is the title of a novel by Fernando Contreras Castro, published in 2009, which depicts the hard life of homeless people in Costa Rica. It is an ironic denunciation of the courts. Unica is the only support for hope in the garbage dump area where the homeless have made their precarious home. She saves lives...up to a point. Excellent short story.

As usual, I wrote a summary and commentary of the novel, with a ink and watercolor sketch in my art-notebook.

Friday, April 4, 2014

DREAMER, pastel on grey Canson paper

DREAMER, pastel on grey Canson paper, 16x12 in.

This painting is in exhibition at the Juried show of the Pastel Society of San Diego in Gallery 21, Balboa Park, San Diego, California. Reception is TODAY!!! from 5:00-7:00 pm. It is an awesome show!!! Come over and invite your friends!

THE MASTER AT WORK, pastel on black Canson paper

THE MASTER AT WORK, pastel on black Canson paper, 12x9 in
This is a portrait of international DJ Dan DeLeon. He's playing in several venues in California this month, then he does an Asia tour:  Beijing, Singapour, Shanghai. He will return to California for a few days, before embarking on his playing tour of South America: Mexico, Colombia, Brazil and Argentina. Check him out! Get your tickets early!

This painting will be in exhibition  at the Pastel Society of San Diego Members show at the Point Loma Library, in San Diego, California,  from May 3rd till August 3rd. Reception will be announced soon. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

LAUREL II, pastel portrait on suede board

LAUREL II, pastel portrait on suede board, 20x16 in.
I painted Laurel's portrait in 2007. Her unfortunate brain cancer and untimely death some months later, at 13 years old, was a tragedy. The family was devastated.

I didn't know what happened to the portrait for several years. I found it last year in a very poor condition. For seven years that portrait must have been exposed to strong light, humidity, and a lot of movement , to judge by its condition. I offered to "fix" it, still not sure how I would do it, but it was very sad to see the state that portrait was in.

 I have been working over my original Laurel's portrait for some weeks now, and finally was able to make it look similar to the original. So this is the "fixed" version, finished today, of that original portrait painted seven years ago, and later ruined.

Monday, March 31, 2014

MEMORY LANE, watercolor

MEMORY LANE, watercolor, 8x11 in.
Accepted for exhibition at the San Diego Watercolor Society gallery during the month of April. Come to the reception on Friday, April 4th, 5:00-8:00 pm. Come for the wine, stay for the art!

As I look at this painting of my parents, I remember my mother noticing that as you age, people no longer notice you, or value your opinion, you become invisible. So I paint, write, email, blog, publish, post, teach, and make my mark, my statement: "I am alive, I have ideas, I can produce, give, influence and affect others!"

Sunday, March 30, 2014


PUNTARENAS FROM THE BALCONY, watercolor on Arches paper, 9x12 in.

Costa Rica was a wonderful experience! I spent five weeks in San Ramon, traveled to Volcan Poas, Tortuguero, San Jose, Puntarenas, walked to and from downtown San Ramon daily, made friends, ate rice and beans plus a host of delicious treats, laughed, painted in watercolors and pastels, had a solo show: PURA VIDA! at the Museo San Ramon, Universidad de Costa Rica, and most of all: I met the most wonderful people in the world! Costa Rica is good for your health!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

FORTALEZAS DE LA MUJER, acrylic on canvas

FORTALEZAS DE LA MUJER, acrylic on canvas, 32x 24 in.
This painting was recently obtained by the Museo San Ramon, Universidad de Costa Rica.

The painting depicts the 24 human strengths, written on the umbrella, which covers three women in different activities. The women are dressed in the three primary colors, to emphasize their "primary functions" in the life of the community. The woman in blue has a bookcase with books behind her. In the original, it is possible to read the titles, which are the names of women writers, painters, and one sculptor: Camille Claudel, and one photographer: Yahida Malhulla. The women's lives are reflected in the pool of their tears.